Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand
more, so that we may fear less. ― Marie Curie
Holly L. Lutz, PhD Postdoctoral Affiliate, Andersen Lab Department of Immunology and Microbiology The Scripps Research Institute
I am a Postdoctoral Affiliate in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology at Scripps Research (La Jolla, CA) and a Research Associate with the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, IL). I study the ecology and evolution of host-symbiont systems and the immunological mechanisms underlying observed patterns of association. My research integrates natural history collections with metagenomic, metabolomic, and histological methods to investigate the evolutionary processes shaping these associations in animal systems. I also apply these methods to clinical and experimental investigations of humans and disease phenotypes. Continuing interests and collaborations involve comparative phylogenetics and biogeography of malarial parasites and related haemosporidia. I am actively involved in biotic inventories of tropical ecosystems with a focus on the Afrotropics. I received my Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology ('16) from Cornell University, where I was affiliated with the Department of Ecology and Evolution, the Lab of Ornithology, and the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
I believe in equity, diversity, and inclusion, and promote these values in the courses I teach and the students I mentor.