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Department of Biology at Illinois State University
Department of Biology
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Immunology

Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Rachel Bowden
Rachel Bowden
Maternal effects, including yolk steroids and steroid metabolism; effects of temperature fluctuations on sex determination and offspring phenotype; immune function in reptiles
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Joseph Casto
Joseph M. Casto
Integrative Avian Biology, including physiological effects of host-parasite interactions, maternal effects on offspring development, neural mechanisms of motivated social behaviors
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Erik Larson
Erik Larson
Genome maintenance pathways and mutagenesis; DNA repair and mutagenesis in the immune system; lymphomagenesis and carcinogenesis pathways; DNA repair regulation and proteins; alternatively structured DNA
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Nate Mortimer
Nathan T. Mortimer
Cellular immunology and parasitology using Drosophila melanogaster and parasitoid wasps as a model host-parasite system; molecular genetics of cellular immunity; parasite virulence mechanisms; genetics of autoimmunity
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Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty Research Interests
Ben Sadd
Ben Sadd
Evolutionary ecology of host-parasite relationships, using bumblebees and other insects. The evolution of antimicrobial defence in insects. Ecological immunology in insects.
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Scott Sakaluk
Scott K. Sakaluk
Animal behavior, particularly in the context of the evolution of animal mating systems; eco-immunology of birds; insect reproductive behavior.
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Laura Vogel
Laura A. Vogel
Immune regulation at the cellular level, incorporating studies of genetics, biochemistry, and environmental effects
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