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Research interests

My research focuses on how disease constrains the evolutionary process. This has primarily involved demographic studies of behaviour, meiosis and life history in insects. We have found that fungus-infected insects adaptively alter their thermal preferences, shift their diet, and exhibit higher meiotic recombination. These phenomena provide basic insights into evolution, health and healthy ageing. But, they are also important for insect control and managing the spread of human diseases by insects. Our current research is focused on applying what we have learned to help people, especially with respect to fertility, alternative medicine and Chagas Disease.

Research interests

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Chagas disease engineering and disease evolutionary ecology

Priest, N., Thompson, J. & Aguilar, A. C.


Project: Research-related funding

Evolution and Genomic Basis of Mortality and Senescence

Urrutia, A., Szekely, T., Priest, N., Constable, G., Ovando, D. C., Colchero, F., Gaillard, J. M. & Lemaitre, J.


Project: Research-related funding

Sustainable Health and Postgraduate Innovation in Paraguay

Milewski, P., Lambert, P., Galeano Rios, C., Priest, N., Vega, J. & Rojas de Arias, A.


Project: Research-related funding

Research Output

Silicon Valley’s quest for immortality – and its worrying sacrifices

Horton, J. & Priest, N., 10 Dec 2018, The Conversation, 101405.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

The evolution of sex-specific dominance in response to sexually antagonistic selection

Spencer, H. G. & Priest, N. K., May 2016, In : The American Naturalist. 187, 5, p. 658-666 9 p., 10.1086/685827.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    174 Downloads (Pure)

    Cold-seeking behaviour mitigates reproductive losses from fungal infection in Drosophila

    Hunt, V., Zhong, W., Mcclure, C., Mlynski, D., Duxbury, E., Charnley, A. & Priest, N., 9 Dec 2015, In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 85, 1, p. 178-186 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 10 Citations (Scopus)
    35 Downloads (Pure)

    Recombination Is Surprisingly Constructive for Artificial Gene Regulatory Networks in the Context of Selection for Developmental Stability

    Wang, Y., Lan, Y., Weinreich, D., Priest, N. & Bryson, J., Jul 2015, p. 530. 537 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

  • Sex-specific effects of protein and carbohydrate intake on reproduction but not lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster

    Jensen, K., Mcclure, C., Priest, N. & Hunt, J., 14 Jul 2015, In : Aging Cell. 14, 4, p. 605-615 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 82 Citations (Scopus)
    53 Downloads (Pure)