Insect Immunity Database


Seth Bordenstein, PI

Dr. Bordenstein is an evolutionary geneticist in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is an Assistant Professor with broad interests in microbial-host interactions. Dr. Bordenstien received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in Jack Werren's lab. He held a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the National Rearch Council while at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Jen Wernegreen's lab (now at Duke) and remains an Adjunct Faculty member of the Bay Paul Center at the MBL.

Email: s.bordenstein(at) / Phone: 615.322.9087




Rob Brucker, Graduate Student

Rob Brucker is a recipient of the 2010 Ann Bernard Martin Award for excellence in research and the 2011 Hickory Stick Teaching Award in the Department of Biological Sciences. Rob joined the lab in May 2009 to study the interconnections between microbiology, immunology, development, and evolution. As Nasoniawasps are an emerging genetic and symbiosis model system, any study of this animal will require a detailed understanding of the symbionts that afect this host's fitness, ecology, immnuity, and development. Rob is using the three species of Nasonia vitripennisN. giraulti, and N. longicornis to characterize (i) the microbiota of closely related species, (ii) the immune pathways involved in regulating the microbiota, and (iii) how both these entites breakdown during speciation.


Email: bruckerm(at) / Phone: 615.322.9094




Lisa Funkhouser, Graduate Student

Lisa Funkhouser is a recipient of the 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Ann Bernard Martin Award for excellence in research in the Department. She joined the lab in 2010 to study the genetics and applications of bacteriophage in Wolbachia. Her project is focussed on determing the number and kinds of genes that regulate immunocompetence varation to Wolbachia and phage. If you bump into her, ask her about her secret stash of pink gloves.

Email: lisa.j.funkhouser(at) / Phone: 615.322.9094