Research Goals

Focusing on the natural world as a source of insights for human health to:

  1. Identify the evolutionary origins of vulnerability to disease
  2. Identify natural animal models of disease resistance and vulnerability and
  3. Uncover and characterize taxa-wide trends and patterns of relevance to human and animal health and development.

“Between human and animal medicine there is no dividing line…”

Rudolph Virchow (1821 – 1902)

“To get light on the behavior of man, particularly his innate drives and conflicts…study the behavior in a simple animal.”

Nikolaas Tinbergen (1907-1988)