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Steve J. Perlman Evolutionary Biologist

A major goal of Steve Perlman’s research is to understand how symbiosis and parasitism have shaped the life of insects. He is interested in identifying and characterizing novel and understudied microbes that infect insects and other invertebrates, and to understand how they affect the evolution and ecology of their hosts. Infectious microbes also represent a largely untapped resource for the control of a wide range of insects that affect human health and economic welfare, such as disease vectors and agricultural pests. A major recent focus in the lab has been to characterize a newly discovered defensive symbiosis, whereby a Spiroplasma bacterial symbiont protects its insect host against a virulent parasitic nematode.

Relevant Publications

P. T. Hamilton et al, "Infection dynamics and immune response in a newly described Drosophila-Trypanosomatid Association," mBio, vol. 6, pp. e01356-15, 2015.

S. J. Perlman et al, "Maternal transmission, sex ratio distortion, and mitocondria," PNAS, vol. 112, pp. 10162-8, 2015.

P. T. Hamilton et al, "Infection dynamics and immune response in a newly described Drosophila-Trypanosomatid Association," Molecular Ecology, vol. 23, pp. 1558-1570, 2014.

S. N. Cockburn et al, "Dynamics of the continent-wide spread of a Drosophila defensive symbiont," Ecology Letters, vol. 16, pp. 609-616, 2013.

J. Jaenike et al, "Adaptation via symbiosis: recent spread of a Drosophila defensive symbiont," Science, vol. 329, pp. 212-215, 2010.

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Appointment

Fellow Integrated Microbial Biodiversity

Institution

University of VictoriaDepartment of Biology

Education

PhD (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) University of Arizona

MA University of Rochester

MSc University of Toronto

BSc University of Toronto

Country

Canada

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