Welcome to the Reinke lab!

We study the crazy and fascinating pathogen microsporidia.  These things are able to infect basically all animals, despite the fact that they have the smallest genomes of any eukaryote.  We research microsporidia using the simple and incredible worm, Caenorhabditis elegans.  We are trying to understand how these parasites are able to infect and grow inside of their hosts.  We are also interested in learning how hosts evolve resistance against pathogens, and how pathogens evolve to infect new hosts.

 Two different microsporidia species, Nematocida parisii (red) and Nematocida displodere (green) infecting C. elegans  Picture credit: Robert Luallen

Two different microsporidia species, Nematocida parisii (red) and Nematocida displodere (green) infecting C. elegans

Picture credit: Robert Luallen