HANSON Mark Austin
- Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, Cornwall, Penryn, United Kingdom
- Coevolution, Disease Ecology/Evolution, Ecology of hosts, infectious agents, or vectors, Evolution of hosts, infectious agents, or vectors, Immunity to infections (innate, adaptive), Immunoecology, Interactions between hosts and infectious agents/vectors, Microbiology of infections, Molecular biology of infections, Molecular genetics of hosts, infectious agents, or vectors, Mutualistic symbionts, Pathogenic/Symbiotic Bacteria, Pathogenic/Symbiotic Fungi, Phylogenetics of hosts, infectious agents, or vectors, Proteomics of hosts, infectious agents, or vectors, Resistance/Virulence/Tolerance
Areas of expertise
My research has traditionally used Drosophila fruit flies, including non-model species, to study questions of innate immunity and immune evolution. This has been done using a diversity of microbial pathogens including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. I have previously specialized in clarifying the logic of the host antimicrobial peptide response, an innate immune defence mechanism common across plants and animals. Relevant topic expertise includes immunity including insect and arthropod immunity, host-pathogen interactions, and the regulation of the host microbiome.