Megan Stroup Thoemmes
Position: Graduate Student
Mites of the genus Demodex live on many, if not all, mammal species. The two described species of human-associated mites, D. folliculorum and D. brevis, live in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands of the face and across other various regions of the body. Currently, I study the prevalence, genetic diversity and evolutionary history of Demodex lineages, in relation to both human populations, as well as other mammalian hosts. In conjunction with this, I am beginning to explore the full diversity of arthropod and microbial communities associated with mammals and their homes.
Thoemmes MS, Fergus DJ, Urban J, Trautwein M, Dunn RR (2014) Ubiquity and diversity of human-associated Demodex mites. PLoS ONE. In Press.