The Tate Lab


Ann Tate – PI

headshot2TimorI am an Assistant Professor in the Vanderbilt University Department of Biological Sciences (Jan. 2017 – present). My research focuses on understanding reciprocal ecological and evolutionary feedbacks between hosts and parasites, using a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches to zoom back and forth between the molecular details and the population level processes.

Before moving to Vanderbilt I was a USDA NIFA postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Houston, mentored by Tim Cooper. I completed my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University (advised by Andrea L. Graham), and received my B.S. from Rice University.

Contact: a.tate@vanderbilt*dot*edu

Derrick Jent – Research Assistant

Derrick2Derrick previously worked on fungal infections in spiders and crickets, and most recently delved into the mysteries of citrus greening disease. He is applying his penchant for insect infection systems to study host-microbe interactions during co-infection.


Justin Critchlow – Graduate Student

JustinI am a Ph.D. student investigating the causes behind phenotypic variation in disease symptoms and their impact on onward transmission of parasites. Previously I worked on the population dynamics of the white-footed mouse at Penn State University. Outside of the lab, you’ll find me running around in the sun, listening to podcasts, or behind a good book.


Abby Perry – Undergraduate Student

Abby PerryI am an undergraduate student from Mississippi majoring in Biochemistry. My work in the lab focuses on differences in immune gene transcription between larval and adult beetles.  Outside the lab, my interests include music, running, and Russian language.