Who we are

We are dedicated to promoting an inclusive and safe environment in our lab.  We support all the members of our team in realizing their full potential, and we value the creativity and productivity that comes from the meeting of diverse minds. Read more here


Amanda Kyle Gibson (Mandy) is an assistant professor in Biology.  She got her PhD in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior from Indiana University and worked as an NIH FIRST postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. Mandy studies the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions. She has a particular fondness for coevolution, the evolution of sex, the evolution of virulence, nematodes, polyphagy, and biological control. amandakgibson@virginia.edu, (434) 243-2626. CV

Caroline Amoroso is a postdoc in the lab, coadvised by Mandy Gibson and Janis Antonovics. Caroline received her B.S. from Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University. She started at UVA in Spring 2020 and joined the Gibson Lab in Summer 2021. Caroline uses theoretical and experimental approaches to study the evolution and ecology of parasite avoidance. cra2z@virginia.edu, website

Irish Amundson is a PhD student in the Biology Department. She received her B.A. in Biology from Amherst College in 2019. She joined the lab in the Fall of 2021, where she is continuing her study of the evolution of host-parasite interactions, particularly the dynamics of disease transmission. eym8um@virginia.edu

Louis Bubrig is a PhD Student in the Biology Department. He received his master’s degree in biology from the University of Alabama where he worked on nematode dormant stage recovery. He joined the Gibson lab in Summer 2020 and plans to continue working on very small organisms and their complex strategies for survival and social interaction. ltb4pv@virginia.edu, website

Schubin Chon is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences planning on majoring in Biology. Schubin joined the lab in January of 2022 and is extremely interested in studying coevolution in host/parasite interactions! stn4bx@virginia.edu

Victoria Feist is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences working to obtain a B.S. in Biology. She plans to apply to graduate school to continue to study infectious diseases and pursue research as a career. Victoria joined the lab in the Summer of 2021 and is excited to explore the evolutionary dynamics of host-parasite relationships. vkf5ugb@virginia.edu

Sarah Hesse is research technician in the lab. She received her B.S. in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University. Thereafter, she lived in Frankfurt, Germany to work with the local community and migrant groups. She is excited to be back in the States, returning to one of her first loves: nematodes! She joined the lab in Fall of 2020 and is eager to further explore and tackle evolutionary ecological questions. zje5kj@virginia.edu

Juliana Jiranek is a PhD student in the Biology Department. She received her B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University, where she wrote her senior thesis on the role of climate in the epidemiological dynamics of plant pathogens. She joined the Gibson Lab in Fall 2020 and is currently using experimental and theoretical methods to explore how environmental quality drives the evolution of resistance to parasites. jaj3sr@virginia.edu

Andreas Kamali is a third year biology major and is pursuing a career in dentistry. He does like many different topics within biology but is particularly fascinated by co evolutionary relationships and gene editing with crispr. aak8tt@virginia.edu

Adianna Lockwood-Shabat is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology. She joined the Gibson Lab in Spring of 2022. She is interested in studying infectious disease and drug resistance, and is planning to pursue a career in research. She is excited to learn about host/parasite relationships! cwt6jk@virginia.edu

Linyao Peng is a postdoctoral research associate. She received her Ph.D. in Biology from Drexel University studying within-host symbiont interactions. She joined the lab in Summer 2022 and will be working on the context-dependent genetic basis of parasite resistance. She is particularly interested in combining molecular techniques with experimental evolution to study the genotype x genotype association between hosts and parasites under environmental contexts. kqq8ng@virginia.edu

Abbey Ramirez is a PhD Student in the biology department. She got her M.S. at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma where she studied migratory patterns and capture efficiency of the northern saw-whet owl. She joined the lab in the Summer of 2021 and is interested in studying host/parasite relationships – particularly coevolution. jsx6hx@virginia.edu

Leila Shepard is an undergraduate in the class of 2023, majoring in BS Biology. Her favorite topics are genetics, evolution, infectious disease, and species interactions, and she would love to do research as a career. She started working in Antonovics’ lab her first year and started in Gibson’s lab this semester. lls9vnc@virginia.edu

Jaisimar Singh (Jai) is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology. He joined the lab in Fall 2021. He is interested in studying host/parasite specificity and the transmission of infectious diseases. js8uc@virginia.edu

Talia Sol is a UVA undergraduate majoring in Biology. She joined the Gibson lab in Spring 2022 to assist Dr. Mundim. She loves marine biology and anything with animals or plants. She is excited to work with nematodes and study biotic interactions. ts3fd@virginia.edu

Sarah Talley is a UVA undergraduate majoring in Biology and Global Public Health. She joined the lab in summer 2022 and is interested in the cellular mechanisms and genetic background of infectious diseases and host/parasite interactions. skt7yd@virginia.edu

Lab alumni


Fabiane Mundim – fall 2019 to summer 2022. Assistant Professor at Utah State University


Anne Janisch – winter 2019 to summer 2022; graduate student in Cytology at the Mayo Clinic


Simran Budhwar– spring 2019 to spring 2020.

Emma Kirschke – fall 2019 to spring 2021. At the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine starting fall 2021

Donna McNeill – summer 2019

Ally Motter – spring 2020 to spring 2022. Off to an NIH IRTA at the National Human Genome Research Institute

Anna Nguyen – spring 2019 to spring 2021. At the UCSF School of Dentistry starting fall 2021

Akosua Odei – fall 2020 to December 2021. Off to medical school in 2023!

Emily Tillet – summer 2019 to spring 2021. At Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health starting fall 2021

Sophie Wong – summer 2019 to spring 2022. Figuring out her next steps while staying Charlottesville this summer!