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Research Associate
Year Started: 
2007
Introduction: 

Holly Lutz is a research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History and member of the Emerging Pathogens Project, a collaborative effort between the University of Chicago and FMNH dedicated to the accumulation of baseline field and genomic data for zoological pathogens and zoonotic diseases. Holly is currently pursuing her PhD at Cornell University, where she is studying the evolution of malaria parasites in wildlife.

I am currently pursuing my PhD at Cornell University, where I am studying the evolution of avian malaria parasites and closely related haemosporidians. My research is intimately connected to the Field Museum, with which I collect many new specimens and samples for my graduate work. My primary focus is on haemosporidian parasites in African birds and mammals (Plasmodium, Haemoproteus, and Leucocytozoon). Most recently, Field Museum colleagues and I have examined the extent to which host life history traits predict infection prevalence in birds of Malawi. I am now working to develop new markers for phylogenetic analyses, which will allow us to answer many questions about evolution and host switching of malaria parasites. I am also pursuing new methods that will allow me to conduct comparative genomic analyses between avian and mammalian (including human) malaria.