News

GIDI-UP Award

Congratulations to Fabiane and Jai for earning a GIDI-UP Award from the Global Infectious Disease Institute at UVA! This award supports the research of undergraduate-postdoctoral research pairs, and Jai will be developing an experiment on the role of parasite genetic diversity in promoting establishment and spread of disease.

Poster presentations!

Gibson Lab folks presented their research at our end of year poster sessions on May 4. Congratulations to our first-year graduate students Abbey and Irish and our undergraduates Ally, Leila, Tori, and Jai on their beautiful posters and great data! And big thanks for the mentors who worked with our undergraduates!

Teaching award!

Mandy was awarded the Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award, which goes to an assistant professor at UVA who has demonstrated outstanding teaching and a commitment to student success. Big thanks to students and colleagues who supported her nomination! See the UVAToday feature here

Congratulations to our undergraduates!

They’re off to exciting things this summer! Leila will join the Beck Lab at the Jackson Laboratory as part of their REU program. Tori has been accepted to the Mountain Lake Biological Station REU program and will work with Corlett Wood. And Ally Motter is graduating and starting as an NIH IRTA in the Hanchard Lab at the National Human Genome Research Institute

New paper accepted in Evolution!

The lab has a new paper coming out in Evolution entitled “Contrasting parasite-mediated reductions in fitness within vs. between patches of a nematode host.” It represents work by Anne Janisch, undergraduate Emily Tillet, and Louis Bubrig to figure out the fitness consequences of the natural parasites of C. elegans. We’ll post the manuscript soon!

Fabiane got a job!

Huge congratulations to postdoc Fabiane Mundim – she’ll be starting as an Assistant Professor of Insect Ecology at Utah State University in August 2022!!!!! Keep an eye out for positions in her new lab next fall! We look forward to working with the whole Mundim lab in the future.

Go Caroline! F32!

Caroline Amoroso was awarded an NRSA F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship from NIH! She’s already started on her super cool plan to work with the Gibson and Antonovics labs to study the evolution of parasite avoidance using both theoretical and empirical approaches with C. elegans. Congratulations Caroline – we’re all thrilled to get the chance to work with you on this!