Jeff Doherty

Postdoctoral Fellow


I study insects and their parasites. I have broad research interests in the evolution and ecology of host-parasite interactions, in particular the behavioural consequences of host manipulation and parasite tranmission. Currently, I am combining high-resolution behavioural assays with high-throughput molecular methods (comparative genomics, comparative transcriptomics, and proteomics) and gene editing (CRISPR-Cas9) to understand the proximate mechanisms that cause terrestrial insects, infected with hairworms (phylum Nematomorpha), to enter water and drown, allowing the parasites to escape and mate.



Research Interests

host-parasite interactions
multidisciplinary research
host manipulation
Disease Ecology

Research Methodology

behavioural assays
movement tracking
insect rearing
experimental infections
Bayesian analysis

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.

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