I study the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions using Borrelia in wild rodents as study system. My project currently focuses on three topics:
- Evolution of Borrelia virulence: How does natural selection act on virulence (the harm that a parasite causes its host)? What factors favour high or low virulence?
- Genetics and evolution of host defence: What is the genetic basis of variation in resistance to Borrelia, and how is genetic variation for resistance maintained?
- Population genetics of Borrelia: At what scale is there geographic structuring of Borrelia? What are the causes and consequences of such structuring?
(fetched from Lund University's publications database)
- Contrasting patterns of structural host specificity of two species of Heligmosomoides nematodes in sympatric rodents.
- How to live with the enemy: understanding tolerance to parasites.
- Immune-mediated competition in rodent malaria is most likely caused by induced changes in innate immune clearance of merozoites.
- Infection dynamics of the tick-borne pathogen 'Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis' and co-infections with Borrelia afzelii in bank voles in Southern Sweden.
- Positive Selection on MHC Class II DRB and DQB Genes in the Bank Vole (<i>Myodes glareolus</i>).
- The potential for arms race and Red Queen coevolution in a protist host-parasite system.
- MHC-I Affects Infection Intensity but Not Infection Status with a Frequent Avian Malaria Parasite in Blue Tits
- Multiple-Strain Infections of Borrelia afzelii: A Role for Within-Host Interactions in the Maintenance of Antigenic Diversity?
- Polymorphisms at the innate immune receptor TLR2 are associated with Borrelia infection in a wild rodent population
- The origin of Swedish and Norwegian populations of the Eurasian harvest mouse (Micromys minutus)
- Signatures of selection acting on the innate immunity gene Toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) during the evolutionary history of rodents.
- The genetic structure of Borrelia afzelii varies with geographic but not ecological sampling scale.
- Wild Rodents and Novel Human Pathogen Candidatus Neoehrlichia mikurensis, Southern Sweden.
- Animal Defenses against Infectious Agents: Is Damage Control More Important Than Pathogen Control?
- CD4(+)T cells do not mediate within-host competition between genetically diverse malaria parasites
- Latitudinal variation of immune defense and sickness behavior in the white-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
- Long-term effects of nestling condition on blood parasite resistance in blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus).
- Maximum host survival at intermediate parasite infection intensities.