The evolutionary dynamics of disease life histories

Professor Troy Day, Department and Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Biology at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.

Friday 8th April, Location: AV Hill Lecture Theatre, Time: 13:00

Infectious diseases display a wide variety of patterns of transmission and pathogen-induced mortality during infection. These epidemiological characteristics are analogous to organismal patterns of reproduction, mortality, and senescence, and can be thought of as characterizing a disease’s life history. Understanding the evolution of different disease life histories requires integrating aspects of infectious disease dynamics at the within-host level with dynamics at the population level. In this seminar I will present some theoretical work that bridges this divide by using techniques from both population genetics and functional analysis. I will illustrate the application of the theory with an example involving the evolutionary biology of the malarial parasite, P. Chabaudi.

Troy Day is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Biology, in the Department and Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Biology at Queen’s University. He has broad interests in mathematical biology, and has worked on a variety of biological questions in evolutionary theory including evolutionary epidemiology, life history evolution, sexual selection and sexual conflict, kin selection and inclusive fitness theory, and the evolutionary dynamics of coral bleaching.

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