Welcome to the Woodhams Lab

Through the art of research and education, we study immunological ecology, symbiotic microbiota, and conservation medicine. Our goal is to effectively manage amphibian chytridiomycosis and to develop an amphibian model system for mucosal immunity using vaccination and microbiome manipulation. Similarly, we aim to apply ecological insight toward reducing the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Novel biotherapies that restore and stabilize beneficial microbial communities link ecology to public health.

Fieldwork ranges from locally in Massachusetts to tropical rain forests abroad. While ecologically focused, research methods in the Woodhams lab incorporate immunological chemistry and mass spectrometry, next-generation sequencing and bioinformatics analysis of microbial community diversity and function. We maintain a microbial culture collection and database of antifungal isolates, a biosecure insectary and thermal gradient for mosquito experiments, an outdoor mesocosm array and a flow-through aquatics facility for amphibians.

We foster an inclusive environment. We believe in sharing the values of mentorship, ecological ethics, and collaboration, and are united on a path toward innovation best achieved by celebrating a diversity of culture and thought.

"The pathogen is nothing.
The terrain is everything."
-Louis Pasteur

About

Dr. Doug Woodhams is a disease ecologist working to understand the microbial contribution to immunity and the applications of altering microbiota for conservation and human health...

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Opportunities

We are looking for creative, self-motivated, and committed individuals, including undergraduates, Master's, and Ph.D. students. If your research interests complement those of the lab, contact us with...

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Research

Our research vision is to advance probiotic strategies to mitigate the effects of chytridiomycosis on wild amphibian populations, and to reduce the risk of arbovirus transmission by mosquitoes...

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Teaching

As a teacher of ecology, Dr. Woodhams aims to inspire a fascination in discovery and an appreciation for the intricate beauty of nature. Beyond learning facts and methods, students will develop...

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I enjoy facilitating my students’ research and collaborating with them on the design and progress of their work.
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Methods

  • Antifungal Isolates Database
  • Skin mucosome function
  • Field collection of antimicrobial peptides from amphibian skin
  • Treatments against chytridiomycosis
  • Probiotic therapies
  • Characterizing microbiota
  • Anaerobic chamber
  • Germ-free tadpoles

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