Welcome to the Enard Lab based at the University of Arizona in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology department!
Our lab studies ancient epidemics through the lens of host genomic adaptation and develops new methods to better quantify genomic adaptation in general. We examine the intersection of quantitative evolutionary genomics and environmental and ecological contexts to give a broader understanding to the recent developments in the field, focusing specifically on the interplay between diseases and adaptation. We do this by leveraging the power of genome-wide approaches to study the role of natural selection in the evolution of infectious diseases in humans and other mammals. This research program is articulated around two main axes: (I) the development of novel methods to quantify adaptation genome-wide and (II) the identification of the ecological causes of adaptation with in particular the study of ancient epidemics.