Department of Biological Sciences

Evolutionary Ecology of Infectious Diseases

University at Albany faculty have recently initiated a new, interdisciplinary doctoral-research emphasis in the Evolutionary Ecology of Disease (EED). Participating faculty include researchers from the Department of Biological Sciences and the Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences, and from the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Public Health.

The past decade has witnessed a rapid increase in ecological analyses of disease in natural communities, inspiring new perspectives on the conceptual basis of population biology, and identifying applications important to public health and resource management. Evolutionary biologists have increasingly sought to understand selective pressures and genetic mechanisms governing transmission, resistance and virulence of infectious disease. Biological anthropologists have acquired novel insights concerning relationships among social structure, life histories and both infectious and chronic disease. Research interests of faculty in the EED program span these questions, and EED faculty invite applications for doctoral study.

Graduate Admissions

Students are admitted as graduate students in the Department of a Participating Faculty. Consult the web pages of the individual departments and of the University.

Participating Faculty


Dr. Thomas Caraco Adaptive Dynamics in Host-Pathogen Systems
Dr. Jan E. Conn   Population Genetics, Mosquito Vectors of Malaria & West Nile Virus
Dr. Sharon DeWitte   Paleodemography, Paleoepidemiology
Dr. Timothy B. Gage   Human Demography, Mortality Patterns, Population Genetics
Dr. Laura D. Kramer   Ecology and Evolution of Arboviruses
Dr. George Robinson   Disease and Forest Community Structure, Lyme Disease
Dr. Caro-Beth Stewart   Co-evolution of Primates and Immunodeficiency Viruses
Dr. Ing-Nang Wang   Experimental Evolution of Viruses, Life History Theory