Lab news!

JULY 2023: Congratulations to Dr. Xorla Ocloo, who defended her dissertation on July 11! Xorla will join DePaul University as an Assistant Professor in African/Black Diaspora Studies and Environmental Science and Studies departments this fall.

July 2023: THE CIVITELLO LAB WELCOMES Ta’Nyia Heard as our new lab manager, focusing on our Guinea worm project. Welcome Ta’Nyia!


March 2021: Congratulations to Dan Desautels, who earned this highly competitive Ecological Society of America’s Graduate Student Policy Fellowship! Dan will be joining 22 other students to learn about the importance of federal funding for science and the need for research relief for the biological and ecological sciences. Check out the press release here: CONGRATS DAN!!!!

February 2021: **NEW PAPER ACCEPTED!!** Congratulations to Karena, Rachel, Sandra, and Dave (among additional collaborators) for getting their paper titled, “Interventions can shift the thermal optimum for disease: Evidence from human schistosomiasis” accepted to PNAS! This is Karena’s second dissertation chapter and she is excited to have it completed! Congrats!!!


Credit: Romulus Whittaker, King Cobra Telemetry Project, Indonesia

December 2020: Lynda presented a poster at the AGU Fall 2020 meeting! Awesome job, Lynda!

November 2020: Karena presented a talk at the virtual ASTMH conference titled, “Mismatches in thermal optima of Schistosoma mansoni and Biomphalaria spp. life-history traits shift the thermal optimum of human schistosomiasis transmission under different intervention scenarios

October 2020: Sandra gave a talk on using symbionts to control vector-borne disease at the virtual SACNAS 2020 Conference as part of a session titled “Pathogens, Parasites, and Pandemics: Using Ecology and Evolution to Understand Disease.”

August 2020: A win for many in the lab this month!

Daniel presented a talk at the virtual ESA conference titled “Do invasive macrophytes alter snail-schistosome dynamics?”

KM presented a poster at the virtual ESA conference titled “Assessing strain specificity in acquired resistance response to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis vaccination”

KM and Dave get their paper accepted to Trends in Parasitology titled “Ecological and Evolutionary Challenges for Wildlife Vaccination”

June 2020: Sandra and Lynda both win IDASTP Award of Distinction!

May 2020: Lynda pass qualifying exams!!

April 2020: KM and Xorla pass qualifying exams!!

February 13, 2020: Congratulations to Sandra for being inducted to the Emory Bouchet Graduate Honor Society! The Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society (Bouchet Society) recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate. Go Sandra! Go Sandra!

February 3rd, 2020: Congratulations to Xorla and her SESYNC team! Their proposal was selected to participate in the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center Graduate Pursuit Program that is funded by the University of Maryland and NSF!

January 1st, 2020: THE CIVITELLO LAB WELCOMES DR. KARENA NGUYEN AS OUR NEWEST POSTDOC! Karena received her PhD in Integrative Biology at the University of South Florida, where she examined the impact of temperature on the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni and its intermediate snail host, Biomphalaria glabrata. She also conducted research using microbial source tracking (MST) to identify sources of fecal contamination in impacted water bodies in central Florida. Currently, Karena is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the FIRST program at Emory. She is interested in working with Drs. Civitello and Levy (Rollins School of Public Health) to develop environmental DNA sampling methods for detecting schistosomiasis in aquatic habitats. To learn more, please visit her website.

December 10th, 2019: NEW PAPER OUT! Congratulations to Rachel and Dave for getting their paper titled, Resource fluctuations inhibit the reproduction and virulence of the human parasite Schistosoma mansoni in its snail intermediate host, accepted to Proceedings B! Well done, Team!

November 22nd, 2019: Lynda, KM, and Xorla give their 3-Minute Thesis talks at the PBEE Retreat! Way to go!

November 12th, 2019: Xorla and her EGHI team present their summer projects at the Global Health Scholars Symposium. Congrats, Xorla and her team!

November 4th, 2019: Daniel attended the National Science Policy Network’s Annual Meeting in Madison, Wisconsin. It was a great experience to learn more about prioritizing diversity and inclusion in science and technology policy-making. Great work, Dan!

November 3rd, 2019: Rachel completed the New York City Marathon!!! This was a lifelong goal of hers and the training paid off. Rachel broke her foot halfway through the marathon BUT persevered and finished the race! What an amazing accomplishment! Congratulations, Rachel!

November 2nd, 2019: Daniel Desautels has been awarded the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship. He will spend 12 weeks working in the Committee on Population at the National Academies of Sciences, Technology and Medicine during the winter. Read about his work here! Congratulations, Dan!!!

November 1st, 2019: Sandra, the president of Emory’s SACNAS student chapter, attended the SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii to recruit students for Emory’s Laney Graduate School! Nice work, Sandra!

September 26th, 2019: Civitello lab goes to Pathogens gone global: Disease Ecology and Evolution in a changing world, a symposium at Duke University

September 19th, 2019: Kelsey presents her research at the Infectious Diseases Across Scales Symposium. Way to go, Kelsey!

September 15th, 2019: Dan receives a travel grant from the National Science Policy Network. Congrats Dan!

September 2nd, 2019 : Kelsey receives IDASTP T32 Trainee Grant! Congrats Kelsey!

September 1st, 2019: Sandra, KM, and Xorla complete their field season in the southeast of the US, east bay area of California, and St. Louis region of Senegal!

August 11th 2019 : Kelsey presents her research at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America!

August 6th, 2019: Xorla goes to SESYNC’s 7th Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis!

June 1st, 2019: Congrats to Ganesh for receiving a Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program grant! Congrats to Haley from Franklin and Marshall College who also joined the lab as a Summer Opportunity for Academic Research (SOAR) scholar!

May 23rd, 2019: NEW PAPER OUT! Congrats to Matt and Dave for publishing, Linking bioenergetics and parasite transmission models suggests mismatch between snail host density and production of human schistosomes, in Integrative and comparative biology!

April 4th, 2019 : KM and Lynda received NSF graduate research fellowships! Congrats KM and Lynda!

April 1st, 2019: Congratulations to Dave for being selected as a 2019 Early Career Fellow by the Ecological Society of America (ESA)!

March 25th, 2019 : Xorla receives Halle Institute Global Research Fellowship! Congrats Xorla!

March 13th, 2019 : Xorla receives the Global Health Institute Multidisciplinary Team Field Scholar Program grant! Congratulations Xorla!

Oct 18th, 2018 : Sandra presents her research at the annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science!