PhD Student

IST Austria
Am Campus 1
A-3400 Klosterneuburg

Tel: +43 664 604844710
email: barbara.casillas-perez (AT) ist.ac.at


RESEARCH INTEREST

My PhD project is co-supervised by Gasper Tkacik and Sylvia Cremer.

Effects of social interaction on disease transmission in insect societies

I am interested in the behavioural and organisational response of ant colonies towards an intruding fungal pathogen. I study changes in the overall activity, social interaction pattern and sanitary actions of ants when facing nestmates that are exposed to the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium. I am further interested how these behavioural changes affect the spread of infectious particles between group members, i.e. the epidemiology of the disease.

CAREER

2011-current      PhD thesis, IST Austria, Austria

 

2011                   BSc in Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico

 

2005-2011          Studies in Biology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico