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Wale, Nina

Assistant Professor - Tenure System
(517) 884-5289
We use a highly interdisciplinary approach to understand the ecology & evolution of infectious diseases and their impacts on host health and ecosystem dynamics. Specifically, we study the ecology of parasites in order to better understand the evolution of their traits, such as drug resistance, virulence and secondary metabolite production. We use a rodent malaria parasite and a little-studied bacterium of zooplankton to understand ecological interactions in a diversity of environments - from inside the body to Michigan’s lakes – and use a wide-range of research techniques, from molecular analyses to theoretical modeling.