Kate E. Langwig has been named as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, part of the Virginia Tech College of Science.

Langwig focuses her research on the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, addressing such questions as pathogen transmission and dynamics, heterogeneity in host susceptibility and infectiousness, the impacts of pathogens on ecological communities, and the conservation and policy implications of infectious disease. She draws on knowledge from many different fields, including community ecology, quantitative biology, population biology, epidemiology, and evolution, in her work.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience in 2008 at Union College, in Schenectady, New York, and later a doctoral degree in ecology and evolutionary biology in 2015 from the University of California in Santa Cruz. Prior to Virginia Tech, Langwig worked as a postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University’s Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Langwig is one of 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty members to join the College of Science and the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience this year.

Written by Mari Botha, of Ashburn, Virginia, a junior majoring in economics and professional and technical writing at Virginia Tech.