Welcome to the Lazzaro Lab at Cornell University! Our work is focused on the evolutionary genetics of insect-pathogen interactions. Our projects include population genomic and molecular evolutionary analysis of insect immune systems and quantitative genetic study of differences in immune performance among individuals in a population. We seek to identify the genes responsible for individual differences in resistance or susceptibility to infection and environmental factors that influence defense. We are determining how genotype and environment interact to shape defense traits, and how seemingly distinct physiological processes are genetically linked and may constrain each other. We are especially interested in the effects of dietary nutrition and metabolism, gut microbiological communities, and reproductive status on immune performance. We use molecular tools and genomic analysis in our research. Read more at our Research page.

About the Principal Investigator

Brian P. Lazzaro, Associate Professor
Department of Entomology, Cornell University
B.S., Genetics, 1995
University of California, Davis

Ph.D., Population Genetics, 2002
Pennsylvania State University

Curriculum vitae
Our lab accepts graduate students through the Graduate Training Fields of Entomology, Genetics & Development, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Comparative Biomedical Sciences.

I am currently the Director of Graduate Studies for Entomology.

I teach a course in Ecological Genetics and am one of multiple instructors involved in teaching introductory Evolutionary Biology and Diversity.
Lazzaro Lab News

Moving on to Bigger and Better Things


Congratulations to several members of the lab as they prepare for the next stages in their careers.

Alireza has graduated from Cornell and will be pursuing his Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts in the fall.

Jamilla and Alix will be graduating this semester. Alix is staying at Cornell for her Ph.D., and Jamilla, who was awarded an Honorable Mention for her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship application, will be moving to Harvard for her Ph.D. study.

Parvin has accepted a faculty position with the California State University at Fullerton and will begin in August 2015.

And proud we are of all of them.

Lazzaro Lab News archive