Current research in the Ting Lab falls into one (or both) of the following complementary areas:

Conservation genetics/genomics
We have a long standing interest in the use of genetic and genomic data to aid in the conservation of endangered species, particularly those that inhabit the forested regions of the African tropics. This includes elucidating population history and genetic structure to understand the effects of environmental change, inferring abundance to establish baseline data on population size, and elucidating demography and social behavior in threatened taxa. Such information can then be used to inform conservation decisions and aid in the designation of conservation priorities.

Host-microbe / host-pathogen relationships
We use a combination of genomics, transcriptomics, and metagenomics to better understand disease susceptibility, host response to infection, and factors that structure the microbiome. Part of this work has been in association with the Kibale EcoHealth Project, where we are using distributions of primate pathogens across Kibale National Park (western Uganda) to elucidate how evolution has shaped disease-associated genomic variation in wild primates. We also have ongoing research on the behavioral and ecological factors that shape the assembly and maintenance of primate gut microbial communities, which have been implicated in a variety of health consequences. The ultimate goal of this research is to better understand connections between evolution, environment, behavior, and health.

We would like to thank the following organizations for having funded various projects in the Ting Lab.

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