Who we are

We are dedicated to promoting an inclusive and safe environment in our lab.  We support all of 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.

We support the department’s Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, its Goals and Action Items, and its Code of Conduct.

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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 fondess for coevolution, the evolution of sex, virulence, nematodes, polyphagy, and biological control. amandakgibson@virginia.edu, (434) 243-2626. CV

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

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

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Emma Kirschke is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology who plans to pursue a career in Veterinary Medicine. She joined the lab in the Fall of 2019 and is interested in exploring the complex relationship between parasites and their hosts and how this relationship contributes to natural selection. esk7hv@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  

Anna Nguyen is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology and Statistics. She joined the lab in the Spring of 2019 and is interested in using statistical methods to conduct research in ecological and evolutionary biology.  aen8zq@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 

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Emily Tillet is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Biology and Global Public Health. She joined the lab in Summer 2019 and is interested in immunology and epidemiology. She’s super excited to learn about parasites of parasites and to exercise her green thumb growing eggplant hosts.  emt4fu@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