The King Lab investigates the contemporary evolution and ecology of
We are a diverse and multi-disciplinary team based in the Departments of Zoology and Microbiology & Immunology, University of British Columbia, as well as the Department of Biology, University of Oxford.
We test evolutionary and ecological hypotheses on a diversity of infectious disease systems across the tree of life. We use an integrated combination of experimental evolution, state-of-the-art genomics approaches, field collections for hypothesis-driven pathogen surveillance, comparative analyses, and theory. Our research focuses on links between host-pathogen interactions and big topics in biology:
⦁ Virulence evolution
⦁ Biodiversity loss and global climate change
⦁ Zoonoses and emerging infectious diseases
⦁ Protective microbiome
⦁ Social interactions
⦁ Sexual reproduction
The continual evolution of pathogens makes disease control challenging. We leverage our understanding of evolution to predict and mitigate against the dynamics of emerging and endemic pathogens.