collins lab salamander image School of Life Sciences Arizona State University Collins Lab


Former Student

James Jancovich  James Jancovich

PhD received, now at ASU

Viral pathogenesis is a complex process that can involve factors from both the host and the pathogen. My research focuses on understanding the host-pathogen interactions that promote disease and mortality using the salamander-ranavirus system as a model. Other research interests include understanding ranavirus evolution, by sequencing ranavirus genes and/or genomes, in order to investigate why ranaviruses have become major pathogens of cold-blooded vertebrates in recent years, the genetic basis for ranavirus host range, and the phylogenetic relationships among large DNA viruses.

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