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Rynkiewicz, Evelyn

Postdoctoral Associate

Research Description

Evie has a background in the ecology of parasites in wild mice in the US and the UK. She applies classic ecology tools and theories to parasite-host and parasite-parasite interactions to better understand how parasite communities assemble within hosts and how this influences individual hosts and the patterns of parasite co-infection we observe at the population and community scale. Previous work has been with bacterial communities within host blood and multiple tick species, measuring variation in host immunity in relation to ectoparasite burden, and using targeted drug treatment of intestinal helminths and cell culture and stimulus to study local and systemic effects of parasite infection within individual hosts. Evie will be working on investigating local and systemic effects of tick-borne infection on host immune response and possibly using drug treatments to better study the mechanisms of interaction between Borrelia burgdorferi and Babesia microti.  Her website is here: http://evelyn-rynkiewicz-phd.weebly.com/

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