C. Brandon Ogbunugafor

MD student in Yale School of Medicine
UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Prior to joining the Turner lab, I worked on the behavioral and chemical ecology of malaria vectors. This work served as my introduction to ecological approaches to understanding disease-related phenomenon, an interest I carried into the Turner lab.

I am currently studying how characteristics of RNA viruses such as robustness (genetic and environmental) and generalism impact disease emergence and drug resistance. In addition, I am interested in various aspects of virus life history, including the relative evolvability of virus life history traits and potential tradeoffs between such traits.

On a grander scale, I hope to utilize my background in the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases to establish a research career in Darwinian medicine, where I can use ecological and evolutionary approaches to bring novel therapeutic regimens from the bench (and field) to the bedside.


Ogbunugafor, C.B., J.B. Pease, and P.E. Turner. 2010.
On the possible role of robustness in the evolution of infectious diseases.
Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science 20: (In Press).

Ogbunugafor, C.B., S. Basu, N. Morales, and P.E. Turner. 2010.
Combining mathematics and empirical data to predict emergence of RNA viruses that differ in reservoir use.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 365:1919-1930.

Ogbunugafor, C.B., R.C. McBride and P.E. Turner. 2009.
Predicting virus evolution: the relationship between genetic robustness and evolvability of thermotolerance.
Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology 74:109-118.

Ogbunugafor, C.B., and L.A. Sumba.
Behavioral Evidence for the Existence of a Region-Specific Oviposition Cue in Anopheles gambiae s.s.
Journal of Vector Ecology. Vol 33, No. 2.

Sumba, L.A., C.B. Ogbunugafor, A.L. Deng, A. Hassanali.
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.

Britto, P.R., A. Cerezo, and C.B. Ogbunugafor.
National ECD policy development: Case Study from the People's Democratic Republic of Lao.
International Journal of Early Childhood. 40(2), 101-118.

McBride, R.C., C.B. Ogbunugafor, and P.E. Turner.
Robustness Promotes the Evolvability of Thermotolerance in an RNA Virus.
BMC Evolutionary Biology, 8:231.

Omlin, F.X., J.C. Carlson, C.B. Ogbunugafor, A. Hassanali.
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., C.B. Ogbunugafor, S. Basu. 2006.
Treatment of Latent Tuberculosis Infection in High-Burden Resource-Poor Countries.
In S.K. Sharma and A. Mohan, editors. Tuberculosis. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers.

Ogbunugafor C.B.
On Reductionism in Biology: Pillars, Leaps and the Naíve Behavioral Scientist.
Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, 2004 May;77(3-4):101-9.

Ogbunugafor, C.B.
The Chemist and the Reluctant Economist
In Chemistry, Vol. 12 No.4, April/May 2003.

Ogbunugafor C.B., V.R. Morris.
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 Modelling
Berkeley Scientific Journal VOL 4.1 2000.