The Duffy Lab


Most of the Summer 2018 Lab Folks. Back row: Bruce, Katie M., Mia, Katie H., Clara, McKenna Front row: Becca, Kristel, Alliyah, Justin, Haniyeh. Not in picture: Camden, Laura, Mary, Meghan, Nina

Principal Investigator


Meghan Duffy

Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2006
Office: 3034 BSB
Phone: (734) 763-3658
Twitter: duffy_ma
Pronouns: she/her

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 Technician


Rebecca Bilich

B.S., University of Michigan, 2017

Office: 2012 BSB


Research Interests: molecular genetics of infections in Daphnia; parasite adaptation to hosts

Hobbies: Swimming, hiking, traveling, reading, playing the cello.

Postdoctoral Scientists

eggPatrick Clay

Ph.D., Rice University, 2019

Office: 2012 BSB


Twitter: @patrickaclay


Research Interests: disease ecology, coinfections, how processes within hosts scale up to populations and communities



Laura Lopez

Ph.D., University of Wollongong, 2017

Office: 2012 BSB


Research Interests: predator-prey interactions, behavioural responses to environmental stressors, invasive species

Hobbies: swimming, climbing, squash, playing violin, and quilting

Nina WDSC_9337.jpgale

Ph.D., Penn State University, 2016

Office: 3050F BSB


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: 2012 BSB


Research Interests: multi-host, multi-pathogen dynamics and evolution of virulence

Hobbies: running, reading, playing soccer, disease control and prevention


Katherine (Katie) McLean

PhD Candidate

B.S., Westminster College, 2016

Office: 2012 BSB



Research Interests: coinfection dynamics, emergence of pathogens in novel host populations, evolution of virulence

Hobbies: reading, traveling, writing, collecting odd hobbies


Khadijah Payne

Frontiers Masters Student

B.S., Saint Augustine’s University, 2018

Office: 2012 BSB


Research Interests: aquatic ecology, water quality, and disease ecology

Hobbies: photography, knitting, and playing basketball


Kristel Sánchez

PhD Candidate

M.S., University of Michigan, 2017

B.S., Florida International University 2014

Office: 2012 BSB


Research Interests: aquatic chemical ecology and community ecology

Hobbies: biking, kayaking, snorkeling, painting

Languages: Spanish



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Jorge Agudelo

Josh Cohen

Major: Undeclared

Year: Freshman

Current Research Project: how temporal gene flow from egg banks impacts the rate of host resistance evolution.

Hobbies: Running, listening to music, swimming, and being with friends and family.


Haley Essington

Major: Biology

Year: Sophomore

Current research project: impacts of UV on parasitism in Daphnia

Hobbies: hiking, kayaking, skiing, listening to music, creative writing

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Claire Freimark

Majors: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematical Biology

Year: Junior

Current research project: Spirobacillus infections in Daphnia

Hobbies: traveling, listening to music, going to shows, hanging out with friends and family

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Jade Garcia

Hobbies: Reading, Hiking / exploring, Fishing (strictly catch and release!), Chasing lizards (I love reptiles)


Seeta Goyal

Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (with a minor in History)

Year: Junior

Current research project: culturing different phytoplankton species

Hobbies: photography, reading, baking, hiking, and sculpting clay

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Haikel Haile

Major: Biology & International Studies

Year: Senior

Current research project: reproduction and epidemics in Daphnia

Hobbies: traveling, watching movies, baking

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Vincent Hernandez

Major: Cell and molecular biology

Hobbies: Reading about biological extremes, playing chess, eating, and outdoor activities


Bruce O’Brien

Major: Movement Science, minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Year: Senior

Current research project: virulence evolution, spore distributions in the environment

Hobbies: Taking my Siberian Husky Shelby on adventures


Justin Ramirez

Major: Public Health Sciences

Year: Junior

Current research project: population dynamics of virulent parasites

Hobbies: road tripping, exploring, reading, and baking

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Ellie Simon

Major: International Studies and Earth and Environmental Science

Year: Sophomore

Current research project: Effects of temperature on Chaoborus predation rates

Hobbies: Hiking, skiing, hammocking, and being outside!

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Elizabeth Solis


McKenna Turrill

Major: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Year: Senior

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: Junior

Current research project: chemical ecology of host-parasite interactions

Hobbies: running, reading, gardening, and spending time outside

Liberty Woodside

Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Year: Junior

Current research project: Daphnia behavior following infection

Hobbies: running, dancing, and being outdoorsy.

Catherine Zheng

Major: Neuroscience

Year: Freshman

Current research project: Effect of spore degradation on infection prevalence

Hobbies: Running, traveling, and photography.


Baili Zhong

Older Group Photos


Summer 2017


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); now a small business owner in Atlanta

Katie Hunsberger (2013-2018); now a nursing student at Eastern Michigan

Bella Oleksy (2013-2014); currently a PhD student at Colorado State

Former Postdocs:

Stuart Auld (2011-2012), NERC Independent Research Fellow, University of Stirling, Scotland

Mary Rogalski (2015-2017), Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College

Catherine Searle (2011-2014), Assistant Professor, Purdue University

Sara Thomas (2009-2010), Teacher, Marietta High School, Marietta, GA

Former Grad Students:

Dylan Grippi, MS, 2014, University of Michigan; currently Consumer Safety Officer, US Food & Drug Administration

Rachel Penczykowski, PhD, 2013, Georgia Instititute of Technology; currently Assistant Professor, Washington University (St. Louis)

Clara Shaw, PhD, 2018, University of Michigan; currently postdoctoral scientist, Penn State University

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

Aliruda El-Sayed (2017-2018)

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

Zenani Kettle (2018)

Chloe Lash (REU, 2013), currently graduate student at University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Susie Lee (2010)

Brian Lemanski (2012; REU)

Alan Longworth (2013-2015; UROP)

Julia Meng (2018)

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

Morgan Rondinelli (2016-2018; Honors Thesis)

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

Haniyeh Zamani (2017-2018)

Former Teacher:

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

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