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Doug Graham

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Associate Professor

315 Henry Hall



Office Hours

See available times here, or by appointment.

Courses Taught

BMS 100 - Human Health and Disease
BMS 212 - Introductory Microbiology
BMS 213 - Microbiology lab
BMS 222 - Introduction to Public Health
BMS 223 - Public Health Concepts
BMS 380 - Infectious Disease and Human History
BMS 431 - Medical Virology
BMS 433 - Parasitology
BMS 495 - Concepts in Wellness
BMS 523 - Epidemiology
BMS 540 - Molecular Ecology of Infectious Disease


Post-doctoral fellow, U.S. Centers for Disease Control (Division of Parasitic Diseases), 2001-2003
Post-doctoral fellow, University of Notre Dame (Biology), 2000
Ph. D. Colorado State University (Microbiology), 1999
M.A. University of Florida (Geography), 1986
B.A. Denison University (Biology), 1983

Research Interests

My research program is somewhat unique in that there isn’t really an overarching disciplinary theme that all my work falls neatly under. Since arriving at GVSU, my tendency has been to seize on an interesting question, recruit students to help answer it, then after a year or two move on to something (sometimes totally) different. My intellectual interests are eclectic—or maybe I just have a short attention span—but most of the projects in my lab, in one way or another, have employed molecular markers to infer past demographic and evolutionary events in populations of parasites and human pathogens. Past projects have looked at intragenic recombination in rotavirus, positive selection in viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus, and microevolution of rabies virus in Michigan bat populations. My students and I recently completed a project looking at the population dynamics of raccoon roundworm in West Michigan. And with colleagues in GVSU's Computer Science department, I recently collaborated on a project modeling Ebola diffusion in West Africa. Currently, my research students and I are studying social evolution among bacterial symbionts in an interesting tripartite system involving bacteria, nematodes, and insect hosts (a good review on social evolution in microbes can be found here). 

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