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 will not tolerate harassment or discrimination of any kind in the lab or in the field.

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.  akg5nq@virginia.edu, (434) 243-2626. CV

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Anne Janisch

Anne is a research technician in the Gibson 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




Anna Nguyen

Anna 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



Simran Budhwar

Simran is an undergraduate in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Global Public Health and Anthropology. She is interested in working with infectious diseases. She became part of the Gibson Lab in the Spring of 2019 and is excited to research host-parasite interactions and learn more about evolutionary ecology.  sb3dd@virginia.edu



Emily Tillet

Emily 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

Sophie 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  


Emma Kirschke

Emma 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

Former members

Donna McNeill – summer 2019, undergraduate at University of Connecticut