Stineke van Houte

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Member of Professor Angus Buckling's research group.

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Dr Stineke van Houte

Research Fellow


I am a biologist with a broad interest in host-parasite interactions, from an evolutionary, ecological and molecular perspective. Currently I work as a Marie-Curie fellow in the lab of Professor Angus Buckling on the evolution of immunity against virus infections in Pseudomonas bacteria. My PhD research at the Laboratory of Virology, Wageningen University (the Netherlands) focused on manipulation of host insect behaviour by baculoviruses, insect-specific viruses that cause lethal disease in caterpillars.

I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Research publication titles


Research interests

  • Evolution of host-parasite interactions
  • Evolution and ecology of immunity mechanisms
  • Bacteria-phage coevolution
  • Behavioural ecology
  • Insect-virus interactions

Current projects

  • Evolution of immune strategies in bacteria in response to phage infections
  • Host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics in soil


2014 PhD in Insect Virology (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)
MSc in Molecular Sciences (Wageningen University, The Netherlands)


2015  Marie-Curie Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Junior Researcher, University of Bologna, Italy

Contact details

Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 2.03
Address University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE