IE Emerging Pathogen Ecology Research Group

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The research focus of the group is eco-epidemiology and evolution of parasites and pathogens. Our main aim is to gain a deeper understanding of the biology, natural cycle of human and animal parasites (including microbial pathogens and macroparasites) and their relation with their hosts. We pay special attention to the eco-epidemiology of pathogens emerging as a consequence of climate change and anthropogenic pressure. We plan to implement the obtained results in pandemic and epidemic prevention e.g. by applying the DAMA (Document, Assess, Monitor, Act) protocol. We investigate the epidemiological role of pathogen-transmitting vectors, e.g. ticks and their occurrence in urban areas. We study the evolutionary background behind infectious and non-infectious diseases transmitted by ticks with Darwinian methods. We also deal with historical, behavioural science and biopolitical aspects of pathogens, diseases and pandemics. We examine the host-pathogen relationship and developing diseases from both molecular biological, immunological, ecological and theoretical evolutionary angles.

Selected publications:


Apari P, G Földvári (2021): Harm or protection? The adaptive function of tick toxins Evolutionary Applications 14:241-247.


Jankowiak Ł, Rozsa L, Tryjanowski P & Møller AP (2020): A negative covariation between toxoplasmosis and CoVID-19 with alternative interpretations Scientific Reports 2020; 10: 12512.


Piross I. S., Harnos A., Rózsa L. (2019): Rensch’s rule in avian lice: contradictory allometric trends for sexual size dimorphism Scientific Reports 9(1): p. 7908
Reiczigel J, M Marozzi, I Fábián, L Rózsa (2019): Biostatistics for parasitologists – a primer to Quantitative Parasitology Trends in Parasitology 35(4): pp. 277-281.
Szekeres S, Docters van Leeuwen A, Tóth E, Majoros G, Sprong H, Földvári G. (2019): Road-killed mammals provide insight into tick-borne bacterial pathogen communities within urban habitats Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 66(1):277-286.