Dr. Katharina Dittmar, Biological Sciences
Dr. Katharina Dittmar completed her DVM and Ph.D. in Parasitology at the University of Leipzig, Germany in 2000. She continued on to her initial postdoctoral work at Brigham Young University for four years working in Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology. After spending a year and a half as a senior postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wyoming Dr. Dittmar joined the University at Buffalo in 2007. As an evolutionary biologist, Dr. Dittmar de la Cruz research focuses on questions relating to the genetic basis of adaptive evolution, more specifically of parasitism. This pertains to her organismal expertise on blood-feeding arthropod vectors, specifically in the orders Diptera (flies) and Siphonaptera (fleas). Dr. Dittmar de la Cruz’s work is highly interdisciplinary, combining molecular, biological and bioinformatics methods with population genetics studies in an effort to understand the mechanisms by which new functionalities of genes evolve. The ultimate goal of her work is to determine how this process leads to phenotypic divergence of species in a phylogenetic context. Her teaching interests entail Evolutionary Genetics, Medical Entomology and Parasitology, Colloquium in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and Microbial Genomics.