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

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

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

Anne Janisch is a research technician in the lab. She has a B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since then, she’s been working in pharmaceutical research, both in the pre-clinical and clinical settings. She is ecstatic to be here working on evolutionary ecology questions and getting to know these nematodes! anj8hm@virginia.edu

Juliana Jiranek is a research technician in the lab. 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 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

Ally Motter is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology and Statistics with a minor in French. She joined the lab in the Spring of 2020 and is interested in genetic variation in resistance and modeling population dynamics. am2vv@virginia.edu 

Fabiane M. Mundim is a postdoctoral research associate. She received her Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is fascinated by biotic interactions, especially plant-herbivore, plant-nematode and multitrophic interactions. She is particularly interested in the strategies employed by plants to resist and/or tolerate biotic and abiotic stresses and on the role of plant secondary metabolites in these relationships. fmm5d@virginia.edu  

Akosua D. Odei is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology. She plans to apply to medical school following graduation in order to pursue a career in medicine. She joined the lab in Fall 2020 and is interested in studying how genetic variation influences the spread of infectious diseases. ado4bp@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

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Sophie Wong is an undergraduate majoring in Environmental Science and Biology. She joined the Gibson lab in Summer 2019 to study the relationship between coral and their zooxanthellae symbionts.  She is excited to learn more about marine biology and wildlife conservation. sw5pe@virginia.edu  

Lab alumni


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

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

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