The Duffy Lab


Summer 2017
Back row: Katie M., Clara, Blenna, Mary, Harbria, Justin
Front row: Haniyeh, Kristel, Meghan, Nina, Morgan

Principal Investigator

Meg with lake backgound c2

Meghan Duffy

Associate Professor
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2006
Office: 1039 Ruthven
Phone: (734) 763-3658
Twitter: duffy_ma
Blog: Dynamic Ecology (link to Meghan’s posts)
Duffy CV

Research Interests: disease ecology, aquatic ecology, evolutionary ecology
Hobbies: running, reading, wrangling small children

Research Technicians

Katherine (Katie) Hunsberger

B.S., SUNY Binghamton, 2013
Office: 1038 Ruthven
Research Interests: influence of host resources on parasite fitness
Hobbies: reading, cooking, gardening, and sailing


Rebecca Bilich

B.S., University of Michigan, 2017
Office: 1038 Ruthven
Research Interests: molecular genetics of infections in Daphnia; parasite adaptation to hosts

Postdoctoral Scientists

Rogalski photo for website

Mary Rogalski

Ph.D., Yale University, 2015
Office: 1043 Ruthven
Research Interests: human impacts on aquatic populations and communities
Hobbies: powerlifting, obstacle course racing, and assorted arts and crafts

Nina WDSC_9337.jpgale

Ph.D., Penn State University, 2016
Office: 1043 Ruthven
Twitter: @ninawaleEEB
Research Interests: evolution of virulence & drug resistance, predator-parasite interactions, evolutionary emergence of infectious diseases
Hobbies: traveling, moving fast on bikes or feet, enjoying music & spoken word, sports

Nina’s CV

Graduate Students

Camden Gocamden.jpgwler

PhD Candidate
B.S., Emory University, 2013
Office: 1038 Ruthven
Research Interests: host-pathogen coevolution; dilution effect
Hobbies: running, reading, playing soccer, disease control and prevention


Katherine (Katie) McLean

PhD Student
B.S., Westminster College, 2016
Office: 1038 Ruthven
Research Interests: coinfection dynamics, emergence of pathogens in novel host populations, evolution of virulence
Hobbies: reading, traveling, embarrassing her two children


Kristel Sanchez

PhD Student
M.S., University of Michigan, 2017
B.S., Florida International University 2014
Office: 1300 Kraus Nat Sci
Research Interests: aquatic chemical ecology and community ecology
Hobbies: biking, kayaking, snorkeling, painting


Clara Shaw

PhD Candidate
B.A., Oberlin College, 2010
M.S., University of Mississippi, 2013
Office: 1038 Ruthven
Research Interests: effects of light on host and parasite interactions and genetic structure of parasite populations.
Hobbies: running, gardening, cooking, reading, playing violin, photographing her cat




Claire Freimark

Current research project: Spirobacillus infections in Daphnia


Justin Ramirez

Major: Public Health Sciences
Year: Sophomore
Current research project: population dynamics of virulent parasites
Hobbies: road tripping, exploring, reading, and baking



Morgan Rondinelli

Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Year: Senior
Current research project: dose-response relationships
Hobbies: dance, reading, writing



McKenna Turrill

Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Year: Sophomore
Current research project: virulence and color variation of Spirobacillus
Hobbies: running, horseback riding, traveling, baking, being outside and with friends and family


Karana Wickens

Major: Microbiology
Year: Sophomore
Current research project: chemical ecology of host-parasite interactions
Hobbies: running, reading, gardening, and spending time outside


Haniyeh Zamani

Major: Biology
Year: Junior
Current research project: the heritability of resistance and the impact of epidemics on host susceptibility
Hobbies: cooking, traveling, swimming, movies, and painting

Older Group Photos


Summer 2016

Summer 2016, pretending to be Daphnia

DSC04762cWinter 2014

DSCN0504cSummer 2014


May 2014

ChristmasPhoto2013Winter 2013



Fall 2010


Fall 2008

Duffy Lab Alumni

Former Technicians:
Jessie Housley (2009-2013)
Bella Oleksy (2013-2014); PhD student at Colorado State

Former Postdocs:
Stuart Auld (2011-2012), NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Stirling, Scotland
Catherine Searle (2011-2014), Assistant Professor, Purdue University
Sara Thomas (2009-2010), Teacher, Marietta High School, Marietta, GA

Former Grad Students:
Rachel Penczykowski (2008-2013), PhD, Georgia Instititute of Technology; currently Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Wisconsin; beginning Fall 2017: Assistant Professor, Washington University (St. Louis)
Dylan Grippi (2010-2014), MS, University of Michigan; currently Consumer Safety Officer, US Food & Drug Administration

Former Undergrads:
Abdurrahman Abdi (2015-2016)
Tamanna Ahmed (2010-2011; Honors Thesis, PURA recipient)
Amanda (Mandy) Bromilow (2012-2014), PhD student at Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences
Alison Burger (2011-2012)
Blake Christianson (2012)
Elisabeth Clark (REU, 2011)
Solanus de la Serna (2013-2015; UROP), UMich undergrad
Derek Deraps (2008), Georgia Tech employee
Kailash Dhir (2013-2016), Michigan State med school student
Laura Geronimo (2008)
Seda Grigoryan (2010), medical school
Rebecca Healy (REU, 2013), Mercyhurst College undergrad
Natalie Huch Hardegree (2008; PURA recipient), sales rep for Fisher Scientific
Stephanie Hernandez (2010-2012, PURA recipient, REU), AmeriCorps FEMA Corps
Jessica Housley (undergrad: 2008-2009)
Zuri Hudson (2011-2012, REU), AmeriCorps FEMA Corps
Naomi Huntley (2016)
Natalie Imirzian (2015-2016; Biology Honors), Penn State grad student
Freddie Irizarry Delgado (REU, 2010)
Kristine Jansen (2010)
Katie Kenline (2009-2010), physician assistant school
Chloe Lash (REU, 2013), Valparaiso University undergrad
Susie Lee (2010)
Brian Lemanski (2012; REU), Colgate University undergrad
Alan Longworth (2013-2015; UROP), UMich undergrad
Xavier Nelson (2016, Doris Duke Conservation Scholar), Brandeis undergrad
Mitch Nisbet (2013), Michigan State Undergrad
Magen Prado (REU 2014), Cal State Dominguez Hills undergrad
Abigail Reynolds (2009-2010; Honors Thesis, PURA recipient), podiatry school
Stephanie Roskowski (2016-2017)
Kevin Rothstein (2011-2012); PhD student, UC-Irvine
Bonnie Ann Sarrell (2009-2011), medical school
Sierra Schmidt (2008; PURA recipient), pharmacy school
Mat Sebastian (REU, 2011), MD-PhD student
Sara Snell (2011-2012; Honors Thesis, PURA recipient)
Ruby Siada (2015-2016)
Zayani Sims (REU 2009), musician
Hema Sundar (2011-2012), dental school
Katherine Uyesugi (2011-2012)
Karla van Rensburg (2009-2010; Honors Thesis), medical school
Gabby Vargas (2016, Doris Duke Conservation Scholar), Wesleyan undergrad
Alejandra Villalba (REU 2014), Cal State Dominguez Hills undergrad
Cherise Washington (REU 2010, NIH RISE Fellow 2011)
Grace Wilkinson (REU 2009), PhD student at U. Virginia

Former Teacher:
Nikolai Curtis (RET 2009), Biology Teacher, Grady High School


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