Laboratory for Integrative Biology
Researchers in the Laboratory for Integrative Biology study of the influence of genes and the environment on immunity in wild-ranging avifauna.
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Sialic Acid Project:
This work involves an investigation into the reasons behind differences in susceptibility to avian influenza across all avian taxa. We are interested in how phylogenetic position influences a bird’s immunological response to avian influenza for reasons of basic biological interest, as well as to inform a more focused highly pathogenic avian influenza surveillance effort. This project integrates work at the molecular, cellular, physiological, and ecological levels and occurs both in the field and in the laboratory.