Dr. Megan Rúa  (Principal Investigator), Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences at Wright State University

Megan joined the faculty at WSU in Fall 2016. She has a BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Rice University and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked in the lab of Dr. Charles Mitchell studying microbial plant pathogens and mutualists. She was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Mississippi where she worked in the lab of Dr. Jason Hoeksema and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

Megan is broadly interested in the role abiotic and biotic forces play in shaping host-microbe interactions. Visit the Projects page for summaries of her current and past research projects.

CV (posted 16 June 2016)


Charli the Dog, field assistant. Charli is a 7 year old mixed breed dog (yes, she has one blue-eye and one brown-eye). Her research interests include flying insects and animal scat and has extensive experience as a poison ivy vector. She loves ten mile hikes in the snow but has been known to lay down on the sidewalk during short walks around the block.


Join the Lab!

I am looking for motivated graduate students and postdocs to join the lab beginning Fall 2016. If you are interested check out Joining the lab and send me an email!