University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology

Faculty - Brandon Ogbunu


Brandon Ogbunu, Henderson Fellow

  • MS & PhD, Yale University, 2010
  • Henderson Fellow, University of Vermont, 2014
Area of expertise

Evolutionary Biology, Epidemiology and Systems Biology

Contact Information
Email: bogbunug AT uvm DOT com

Office: 217A Marsh Life Science
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: (802) 656-4138


My research interests take place in the crossroads between evolutionary biology, epidemiology and systems biology. I utilize experimental evolution, mathematical modeling and simulations to address pressing questions in infectious disease, such as disease emergence and drug resistance


  • Ogbunugafor CB, Wylie CS, Diakite I ,Weinreich DM, and Hartl DL. Adaptive landscape by environment interactions dictate evolutionary dynamics in models of malaria drug resistance PLoS Computational Biology, 12(1): e1004710
  • Ogbunugafor CB and Hartl DL. A pivot mutation impedes reverse evolution across an adaptive landscape for drug resistance in Plasmodium vivax. Malar Journal. 2016 Jan 25;15(1):40
  • Wasik BR, Bhushan A, Ogbunugafor CB, and Turner PE. Prolonged transmission selects for increased survival of vesicular stomatitis virus. Evolution. 2014 Oct 14.
  • Ogbunugafor CB, Alto, BW, Overton, TM, Bhushan, A, Morales, NM, and Turner PE. Evolution of increased survival in RNA viruses specialized on cancer-derived cells. American Naturalist (2013). May;181(5):585-95
  • Pia Rebello Britto, C. Brandon Ogbunugafor, Adrian Cerezo, Jan van Ravens, Patrice Engle, Harold Alderman, Linda Richter and Walter Gilliam. Concept Note: Early Human Development Index. Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy (2011)
  • Ogbunugafor CB, Pease JB, and Turner PE. On the possible role of robustness in the evolution of infectious diseases, Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science (2010). 20, 026108
  • Ogbunugafor CB, Basu S, Morales NM, and Turner PE. Combining mathematics and empirical data to predict emergence of RNA viruses that differ in reservoir use, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B (2010). Jun 27;365(1548):1919-30
  • Ogbunugafor CB, McBride RC, Turner PE. Predicting virus evolution: the relationship  between genetic robustness and evolvability of thermotolerance, Cold Spring Harbor Annual Symposium Volume 74, Evolution: The Molecular Landscape (2009). 74: 109-118
  • Britto PR, Cerezo A, and Ogbunugafor CB. National ECD policy development: Case Study from the People's Democratic Republic of Lao. International Journal of Early Childhood. (2009). 40(2)
  • Ogbunugafor CB, and Sumba LA. Behavioral Evidence for the Existence of a Region-Specific Oviposition Cue in Anopheles gambiae s.s. Journal of Vector Ecology (2008). Dec; Vol 33, No. 2
  • Sumba LA, Ogbunugafor CB, Deng AL, Hassanali A. Regulation of Oviposition in Anopheles gambiae s.s.: Role of Inter- and Intra-Specific Signals. Journal of Chemical Ecology (2008). Nov; 34(11): 1430-6
  • McBride RC, Ogbunugafor CB and Turner PE. Robustness Promotes the Evolvability of Thermotolerance in an RNA Virus. BMC Evolutionary Biology (2008). 8:231
  • Omlin FX, Carlson JC, Ogbunugafor CB, Hassanali A, Anopheles gambiae Exploits the Treehole Ecosystem in Western Kenya: A New Urban Malaria Risk? American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 77(6_Suppl) (2007). pp. 264-269
  • Smith-Rohrberg D, Ogbunugafor CB, Basu S. Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in High-Burden Resource-Poor Countries. In Sharma SK and Mohan A, editors. Tuberculosis (2006). New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers
  • Ogbunugafor CB, On Reductionism in Biology: Pillars, Leaps and the Naïve Behavioral Scientist. Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine (2004). May;77(3-4):101-9
  • Ogbunugafor CB and Morris VR, A Discussion of the Colorado Agricultural Field Experiment, its Contribution to the Characterization of Ambient Trace Gas Species on an Agricultural Field, and its Implications for Tropospheric Modeling. Berkeley Scientific Journal (2000). VOL 4.1