Chelsea Higgins

E-mail: TBD
Broadly, I am interested in what makes a pathogen successful. I have previously used bioinformatics to understand the genetic basis of invertebrate host resistance to parasites and look for signs of selection in response to parasitism in natural host populations. In my PhD, my goals are to understand what factors affect a pathogen’s ability to successfully infect novel host species and how the pathogen will evolve in response to the host shift event.


Bates, K.A., Neiman, M., Higgins, C., King, K.C. 2022. Turning the tide on sex and the microbiota in aquatic animals. Hydrobiologia. Online view.
Higgins, C. 2020. Immunology at Eye Level: An Artistic View to the Immune System. Kindle Direct Publishing.


2023  M.Sc. Integrated Biology, University of Iowa
2020  Certificate in Clinical and Translational Science, University of Iowa
2020  B.Sc. Biology, University of Iowa
2020  B.A. Music, University of Iowa


4YF Fellowship in Biology, UBC
Latham Science Engagement Fellow 
Iowa Biosciences Academy Scholar