Chigger from giant kangaroo rat (Dipodomys ingens)

The parasite and pathogen ecology (PPE) Lab uses an interdisciplinary systems approach to investigate the ecology of infectious disease in natural populations, the role of infectious disease in wildlife conservation, the influence of ecological community structure and social or spatial connectivity on disease transmission dynamics, and pathways for spillover at the interface of human, wildlife, and domestic animal populations. To learn more, please visit our research page. The lab is jointly affiliated with the Department of Preventive Medicine and the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University. We are members of the Ecosystem Health Unit, the Infectious Disease Institute, and the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Lab. Our lab is equipped with ultramodern microscopes and Real-Time PCR detection systems to support molecular and morphological investigations of parasites and pathogens.

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