Seminar - Microbial diversity and rapid evolution in host-pathogen interactions

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
presents a seminar by:
Dr. Kayla C. King
Professor of Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford
Microbial diversity and rapid evolution in host-pathogen interactions


Microbial diversity and rapid evolution in host-pathogen interactions

Many animal and plant species harbour a diverse microbiota that can suppress pathogen infection. These ‘protective microbes’ can form a significant         component of host defence. By experimentally evolving multiple microbial systems (e.g., worms, bacteria, viruses), my group has demonstrated that host-    associated microbes can rapidly evolve to defend their animal hosts against infection by endemic and novel pathogens. We show that within-host microbial     diversity can drive major changes in the evolutionary dynamics underlying pathogen virulence and host immunity, and can alter host-pathogen coevolution.     Our future research will continue to tackle the role of biodiversity, as well as climate extremes, in shaping infection outcomes during pathogen emergence     and over evolutionary time.  


Sponsored by the UBC Department of Microbiology & Immunology and the UBC Department of Zoology. 

This seminar will be hybrid - join us in LSC3 or on Zoom. If you would like to attend virtually, please email for the Zoom ID and passcode. 



Friday, June 24, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Life Sciences Centre, LSC 3
2350 Health Sciences Mall