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  • Luis F. Matos, Ph.D.
    Luis F. Matos, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    SCI 293
    Phone: 509.359.7082

    Eastern Since:
    2008
    Research: My lab studies host/pathogens interactions. We use Drosophila and Drosophila-specific viruses in a model system to learn about the evolution of virulence (harm to host) following host shifts by studying the genetics of the pathogen and pathogenesis in the host. We want to understand why pathogens are capable of moving across host species (e.g. pigs to humans in swine flu).
    Undergraduate Degree:
    California State University Stanislaus, Biology
    Graduate Degree(s):
    Washington State University, 2002, M.S. Entomology
    University of Florida, 2012, Ph.D. Entomology
    Advisor:
    Biotechnology and Pre-Med/Pre-Dent
    Courses Taught:
    Biological Investigation; Fundamentals of Genetics; Molecular Biology; Biotechnology series; Human Genetics; Research Design and Literature; Current Topics in Molecular Biology.

    Research Areas:
    My research interests are in the evolutionary genetics of host/pathogen interactions. I am particularly interested in understanding how pathogen genetics and virulence change following host shifts to permit a successful long term infection of the novel host.

    Students interested in undergraduate or graduate research experiences should contact me by email to set up an appointment to meet and discuss current opportunities in the lab.

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