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

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

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



Aliruda El-Sayed

Major: Cell biology
Year: Sophomore
Current research project: predation & parasitism in Daphnia
Hobbies: hiking, skating, reading, writing, messing with my cats, cooking


Haley Essington

Major: Biology
Year: Freshman
Current research project: impacts of UV on parasitism in Daphnia
Hobbies: hiking, kayaking, skiing, listening to music, creative writing

Claire Freimark

Current research project: Spirobacillus infections in Daphnia


Seeta Goyal

Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (with a minor in History)
Year: Sophomore
Current research project: culturing different phytoplankton species
Hobbies: photography, reading, baking, hiking, and sculpting clay

Julia Meng

Current research project: culturing Asplanchna, microcosm experiments with Daphnia-parasite system


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Bruce O’Brien

Major: Kinesiology (Movement Science) and LSA (EEB)
Year: Junior
Current research project: virulence evolution, spore distributions in the environment
Hobbies: snowmobiling, ATV’s, taking my Siberian Husky Shelby on adventures


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: mental health of students in introductory science courses
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 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), post-graduation position: graduate school at Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences
Alison Burger (2011-2012)
Blake Christianson (2012)
Elisabeth Clark (REU, 2011)
Solanus de la Serna (2013-2015; UROP)
Derek Deraps (2008)
Kailash Dhir (2013-2016), currently Michigan State med school student
Laura Geronimo (2008)
Seda Grigoryan (2010),post-graduation position: medical school
Rebecca Healy (REU, 2013)
Natalie Huch Hardegree (2008; PURA recipient),post-graduation position: 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), currently Penn State grad student
Freddie Irizarry Delgado (REU, 2010)
Kristine Jansen (2010)
Katie Kenline (2009-2010), post-graduation position: physician assistant school
Chloe Lash (REU, 2013), currently graduate student at University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Susie Lee (2010)
Brian Lemanski (2012; REU)
Alan Longworth (2013-2015; UROP)
Xavier Nelson (2016, Doris Duke Conservation Scholar), currently Brandeis undergrad
Mitch Nisbet (2013)
Magen Prado (REU 2014)
Abigail Reynolds (2009-2010; Honors Thesis, PURA recipient),post-graduation position: podiatry school
Stephanie Roskowski (2016-2017)
Kevin Rothstein (2011-2012); post-graduation position: graduate school, UC-Irvine
Bonnie Ann Sarrell (2009-2011), post-graduation position: medical school
Sierra Schmidt (2008; PURA recipient), post-graduation position: pharmacy school
Mat Sebastian (REU, 2011), post-graduation position: MD-PhD student
Sara Snell (2011-2012; Honors Thesis, PURA recipient), currently graduate student at UNC
Ruby Siada (2015-2016)
Zayani Sims (REU 2009), musician
Hema Sundar (2011-2012), post-graduation position: dental school
Katherine Uyesugi (2011-2012)
Karla van Rensburg (2009-2010; Honors Thesis), post-graduation position: medical school
Gabby Vargas (2016, Doris Duke Conservation Scholar), currently Wesleyan undergrad
Alejandra Villalba (REU 2014)
Cherise Washington (REU 2010, NIH RISE Fellow 2011)
Grace Wilkinson (REU 2009), currently Assistant Professor, Iowa State

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


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