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dittmarDr. Katharina Dittmar

Associate Professor
Dittmar Lab Website
Office: 109 Cooke Hall
Tel: 716-645-4912


  • Dittmar K, Zhu Q, Hastriter MW, Whiting MF. 2016. On the probability of dinosaur fleas.  BMC Evolutionary Biology 16 (1).
  • Zhu Q, Hastriter MW, Whiting MF, Dittmar K. 2015. Fleas (Siphonaptera) are Cretaceous and evolved with Theria. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 90: 129-139.
  • Brook C, Bai Y, Dobson AP, Osikowicz LM, Ranaivoson H, *Zhu Q, Kosoy MY, Dittmar K. 2015. Bartonella spp. in fruit bats and blood-feeding ectoparasites in Madagascar. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 9(2).
  • Zhu, Q, Kosoy M, Dittmar K. 2014. HGTector: An automated method facilitating genome-wide discovery of putative horizontal gene transfers. in press. BMC Genomics 15(1): 717.
  • Zhu Q, Kosoy M, Olival KJ, Dittmar K. 2014. Horizontal gene transfer and losses in the phospholipid pathway of Bartonella reveal clues about early ecological niches. in press. Genome Biology and Evolution 6(8): 2157-2167.
  • Young HS, Dirzo R, Helgen KM, McCauley D, Billeter SA, Kosoy MY, Osikowicz LM, Salkeld DJ, Young TP, Dittmar, K. 2014. Declines in large wildlife increase landscape-level prevalence of rodent-borne disease in Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (19) 7036-7041.
  • Olival KJ, Dick CW, Simmons NB, Morales JC, Melnick DJ, Dittmar K, Perkins SL, Daszak P, DeSalle R. 2013. Lack of population genetic structure and host specificity in the bat fly, Cyclopodia horsfieldii, across species of Pteropus bats in Southeast Asia. Parasites and Vectors 6(1):231. [Highly Accessed]
  • Morse SF, Bush SE, Patterson BD, Dick CW, Gruwell ME, Dittmar K. 2013. Evolution, multiple acquisition, and localization of endosymbionts in bat flies (Hippoboscoidea, Streblidae and Nycteribiidae). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79(9): 2952-2961.
  • Morse S, Olival K, Patterson BD, Dick CW, Kosoy M, Dittmar K. 2012. Genetic diversity of bartonellae in a global sampling of bat flies (Hippoboscoidea, Streblidae, Nycteribiidae). Infection, Genetics, and Evolution 12(8):1717-1723.
  • Morse S, Dick CW, Patterson BD, Dittmar K. 2012. Some like it hot: Evolution and ecology of novel endosymbionts in bat flies of cave roosting bats (Hippoboscoidea, Nycterophiliinae). Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78 (24): 8639-8649.
  • Balasubramaniam KN, Dittmar K, Berman CM, Butovskaya M, Cooper MA, Majolo B, Ogawa H, Schino G, Thierry B, de Waal FBM. 2012. Hierarchical steepness and phylogenetic models: phylogenetic signals in Macaca. Animal Behaviour 83: 1207-1218
  • Dittmar K, *Morse S, Gruwell M, *Mayberry J, *DiBlasi E. 2011. Spatial and temporal complexities of reproductive behavior and sex ratios: A case from parasitic insects. PLoS One 6(5): e19438.
  • Taylor D, Dittmar K, *Ballinger M, Bruenn J. 2011. The evolutionary mainte-nance of filovirus-like genes in bat genomes. BMC Evolutionary Biology 11:336. [Highly Accessed]
  • Rothenburg S, Seo EJ, Gibbs J, Dever T, Dittmar K. 2009. Rapid evolution of protein kinase alters the sensitivity to viral inhibitors. Nature Structural and Molecular Biology 16:63-70. [Must Read: Faculty of 1000]