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Nathan T. Mortimer
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Dr. Nathan T. Mortimer

Research in the Cellular Immunology Lab is focused on understanding the cellular immune response, and the tricks that pathogens and parasites use to overcome it. For this research we utilize the Drosophila melanogaster-parasitoid wasp host-parasite system. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster provides an excellent model to gain insight into the immune responses of humans and other insects including mosquitoes, which transmit human disease, and diverse bee species, which are important agricultural pollinators.

Research Interest​s:

We are broadly interested in understanding host-parasite interactions at both the organismal and molecular levels. We take an integrative approach, using genetics, cell biology, ecology, and bioinformatics techniques to investigate the fruit fly-parasitoid wasp interaction. Projects in the lab include:
  • Molecular genetics of Drosophila melanogaster cellular immunity
  • Parasitoid wasp virulence mechanisms
  • Genetics of host autoimmunity
  • Comparative genomics of insect immune responses

Positions and Education:

Assistant Professor of Cellular Immunology
2015- Present
Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Visiting Scholar
University of Denver, Denver, CO

Assistant Professor
University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Postdoctoral Fellow
Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Ph.D. Genetics and Molecular Biology - 2009
Emory University, Atlanta, GA

B.S. Biology - 2000
Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Contact Me:

Nathan T. Mortimer
Assistant Professor of Cellular Immunology
School of Biological Sciences
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4120
Normal, IL 61790-4120

Email: ntmorti (at)
Phone: (309) 438-8597