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Current Lab Members

Hird Lab at the 2019 MCB Summer Retreat (at Avery Point).

Left to right: Josh Gil, Kirsten Grond, Sarah Hird, Beth Herder, Ryan Duggan

Principal Investigator

Graduate Students

  • Ian Barron
  • Ian is interested in the diversity and impact of viruses on wild birds and their microbiota.

  • Ryan Duggan
    PhD Student
  • @R_Duggan_
  • Ryan is interested in how the avian immune system interacts with the microbiome. He's also very interested in (human) vaccine education.

  • Josh Gil
    PhD Student
  • Josh is interested in the phylogeography of the avian microbiome. 


  • Darien Capunitan (MS Student)
  • Dr. Kirsten Grond, Current Position: Postdoc at University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Dr. Elizabeth Herder (PhD student)

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