Zhou, W and D Brisson. Accepted. Interactions between host immune response and antigenic variation that control Borrelia burgdorferi population dynamics. Microbiology.


Brisson, D. 2017. Negative frequency-dependent selection is frequently confounding. bioRxiv 113324, ver. 3 of 20 June 2017. doi: 10.1101/113324 **peer-reviewed and recommended by Peer Community In Evolutionary Biology (Bravo IG. 2017. Unmasking the delusive appearance of negative frequency-dependent selection. Peer Community in Evolutionary Biology, 100024.10.24072/pci.evolbiol.100024)**

Clarke, EL, SA Sundararaman, SN Seifert, FD Bushman, BH Hahn, and D Brisson. Accepted. swga: A primer design toolkit for selective whole genome amplification. Bioinformatics 33 (14): 2071-2077. Clarke2017.pdf

Zhou, W and D Brisson. 2017.  Correlation between antigenicity and variability in the vls antigenic variation system of Borrelia burgdorferi. Microbes and Infection 19(4-5):267-276. Zhou2017a.pdf

Vuong, HB, GS Chiu, PE Smouse, DM Fonseca, D Brisson, PJ Morin, RS Ostfeld. 2017. Influences of host community characteristics on Borrelia burgdorferi infection prevalence in black-legged ticks. PLoS ONE 12(1):e0167810. Vuong2017a.pdf


Springer YP, et al.  2016.  Continental scale surveillance of infectious agents: Tick-, mosquito-, and rodent-borne parasite sampling designs for NEON. Ecosphere. 7(5):e01271. springer_et_al-2016-ecosphere

Sundararaman SA, Plenderleith LJ, Liu W, Loy DE, Learn GH, Li Y, Shaw KS, Ayouba A, Peeters M, Speede S, Shaw GM, Bushman FD, Brisson D, Rayner JC, Sharp PM, Hahn BH.  2016.  Genomes of cryptic chimpanzee Plasmodium species reveal key evolutionary events leading to human malariaNature Communications. 7:11078. sundararaman2016

Adalsteinsson SA, D’Amico V, Shriver GW, Brisson D, Buler JJ.  2016.  Scale-dependent effects of nonnative plant invasion on host-seeking tick abundanceEcosphere. 7(3):e01317. adalsteinsson2016-ecosphere


Yue M, Han X, Masi LD, Zhu C, Ma X, Zhang J, Wu R, Schmieder R, Kaushik RS, Fraser GP, Zhao S, McDermott PF, Weill F-X, Mainil JG, Arze C, Fricke FW, Edwards RA, Brisson D, Zhang NR, Rankin SC, Schifferli DM.  2015.  Allelic variation contributes to bacterial host specificityNature Communications. 6:8754. yue2015a

Seifert SN, Khatchikian CE, Zhou W, Brisson D.  2015.  Evolution and population genomics of the Lyme borreliosis pathogen, Borrelia burgdorferiTrends in Genetics. 31(4):201-207. seifert2015a

Devevey G, Nguyen T, Graves CJ, Murray S, Brisson D.  2015.  First to arrive takes all: Inhibitory priority effects dominate competition between co-infecting Borrelia burgdorferi strainsBMC Infectious Diseases. 15:61. devevey2015a

Khatchikian CE, Foley EA, Barbu CM, Ancca-Juarez J, Borrini-Mayori K, Quispe-Machaca V, Naquira C, Brisson D, Levy MZ.  2015.  Population structure of the Chagas disease vector Triatoma infestans in an urban environmentPLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 9(2):e0003425. Website khatchikian2015a

Khatchikian CE, Nadelman RB, Nowakowski J, Schwartz I, Levy MZ, Brisson D, Wormser GP.  2015.  Public Health Impact of Strain Specific Immunity to Borrelia burgdorferi. BMC Microbiology. 15:472. khatchikian2015c

Khatchikian CE, Prusinski M, Stone M, Backenson BP, Wang I-N, Foley E, Seifert SN, Levy MZ, Brisson D.  2015.  Recent and rapid population growth and range expansion of the Lyme disease tick vector, Ixodes scapularis, in North AmericaEvolution. 69(7):1678-1689. khatchikian2015b


Khatchikian CE, Nadelman RB, Nowakowski J, Schwartz I, Wormser GP, Brisson D.  2014.  Evidence for strain-specific immunity in patients treated for early Lyme diseaseInfection and Immunity. 82(4):1408-1413. khatchikian2014a

Vuong HB, Canham CD, Fonseca DM, Brisson D, Morin PJ, Smouse PE, Ostfeld RS.  2014.  Occurrence and transmission efficiencies of Borrelia burgdorferi ospC types in avian and mammalian wildlifeInfection, Genetics, and Evolution. 27:594–600. vuong2015

Zhou W, Brisson D.  2014.  Potentially conflicting selective forces that shape the vls antigenic variation system in Borrelia burgdorferiInfection, Genetics and Evolution. 27:559–565. zhou2014a

Richer LM, Brisson D, Melo R, Ostfeld RS, Zeidner N, Gomes-Solecki M.  2014.  Reservoir Targeted Vaccine Against Borrelia burgdorferi: A New Strategy to Prevent Lyme Disease TransmissionJournal of Infectious Diseases. 18(11):1809-1816. richer2014

Leichty AR, Brisson D.  2014.  Selective Whole Genome Amplification for Re-Sequencing Target Microbial Species from Complex Natural Samples. Genetics. 198(2):473-481. leichty2014a digest_all file_s2 Abstract

Onder O, Shao W, Lam H, Brisson D.  2014.  Tracking sources of blood meals using unidentified tandem mass spectral libraries. Nature Protocols. 9(4):842-850. onder2014a Abstract


Voordouw MJ, Tupper H, Onder O, Devevey G, Graves CJ, Kemps BD, Brisson D.  2013.  Reductions in human Lyme disease risk due to the effects of oral vaccination on tick-to-mouse and mouse-to-tick transmissionVector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 13(4):203-14. voordouw2013a

Lerner MB, Dailey J, Goldsmith BR, Brisson D, Johnson ATC.  2013.  Detecting Lyme disease using antibody-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotube transistors. Biosensors and Bioelectronics. 45:163-167. lerner2013a Abstract

Brisson D, Zhou W, Jutras B, Casjens S, Stevenson B.  2013.  Distribution of Lyme disease spirochete cp32 prophages and natural diversity among their lipoprotein-encoding erp loci. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 79:4115-4128. brisson2013a Abstract

Onder O, Shao W, Kemps B, Lam H, Brisson D.  2013.  Identifying sources of tick blood meals using unidentified tandem mass spectral libraries. Nature Communications. 4:1746. onder2013a Abstract

Graves C, Ros VID, Stevenson B, Sniegowski P, Brisson D.  2013.  Natural selection promotes antigenic evolvability. PLoS Pathogens. 9(11):e1003766. Website graves2013a Abstract

Foley EA, Khatchikian CE, Hwang J, Ancca-Juárez J, Borrini-Mayori K, Quıspe-Machaca VR, Levy MZ, Brisson D.  2013.  Population structure of the Chagas disease vector, Triatoma infestans, in an urban environment. Molecular Ecology. 22:5162–5171. foley2013a Abstract


Tripepi M, You J, Temel S, Onder O, Brisson D, Pohlschroder M.  2012.  N-glycosylation of Haloferax volcanii flagellins requires known Agl proteins and is essential for biosynthesis of stable flagellaJ Bacteriol. 194:4876-87. tripepi2012a  

Schwanz LE, Previtali MA, Gomes-Solecki M, Brisson D, Ostfeld RS.  2012.  Immunochallenge reduces risk sensitivity during foraging in white-footed mice. Animal Behaviour. 83:155-161. schwanz2012a Abstract

Khatchikian CE, Prusinski M, Stone M, Backenson PB, I.N. Wang, M.Z. Levy, Brisson D.  2012.  Contemporary population expansion of blacklegged Ticks (Ixodes scapularis). Ecosphere. 3:10. Website khatchikian2012a Abstract

Nadelman RB, Hanincova K, Mukherjee P, Liveris D, Nowakowski J, McKenna D, Brisson D, Cooper D, Bittker S, Madison G, Holmgren D, Schwartz I, Wormser GP.  2012.  Differentiation of Reinfection from Relapse in Lyme Disease Patients with Recurrent Erythema Migrans Using Molecular Microbiologic Tools. New England Journal of Medicine. 367:1883- 1890. nadelman2012a Abstract

Devevey G, Brisson D.  2012.  The effect of spatial heterogenity on the aggregation of ticks on white-footed miceParasitology. 139:915-25. devevey2012a 

Morlon H, Kemps BD, Plotkin JB, Brisson D.  2012.  Explosive radiation of a bacterial species groupEvolution. 66:2577-86.  morlon2012b

Brisson D, Drecktrah D, Eggers CH, Samuels SD.  2012.  Genetics of Borrelia burgdorferiAnnual Review of Genetics. 46:515-536. brisson2012a Abstract

Önder O, Humphrey PT, McOmber B, Korobova F, Francella N, Greenbaum DC, Brisson D.  2012.  OspC is a potent plasminogen receptor on the surface of Borrelia burgdorferiJournal of Biological Chemistry. 287:16860-16868. onder2012a


Harbut MB, Velmourougane G, Dalal S, Reiss G, Whisstock JC, Onder O, Brisson D, McGowan S, Klemba M, Greenbaum DC.  2011.  Bestatin-based chemical biology strategy reveals distinct roles for malaria M1- and M17-family aminopeptidasesProceedings of the national Academy of Sciences. 108:E526-34. harbut2011a

Schwanz LE, Voordouw MJ, Brisson D, Ostfeld RS.  2011.  Borrelia burgdorferi has minimal impact on the Lyme disease reservoir host Peromyscus leucopusVector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 11:117-24. schwanz2010a

Brisson D, Baxamusa N, Schwartz I, Wormser GP.  2011.  Biodiversity of Borrelia burgdorferi Strains in Tissues of Lyme Disease Patients. PLoS ONE. 6:e22926. Website  brisson2011a Abstract

Brisson D, Brinkley C, Humphrey PT, Kemps BD, Ostfeld RS.  2011.  It takes a community to raise the prevalence of a zoonotic pathogenInterdiscip Perspect Infect Dis. 2011:741406. brisson2011b


Humphrey PT, Caporale DA, Brisson D.  2010.  Uncoordinated phylogeography of Borrelia burgdorferiand its tick vector, Ixodes scapularisEvolution. 64:2653-63. humphrey2010a

Brisson D, Vandermause MF, Meece JK, Reed KD, Dykhuizen DE.  2010.  Evolution of northeastern and midwestern Borrelia burgdorferi, United StatesEmerging Infectious Diseases. 16:911-7. brisson2010a

Dykhuizen DE, Brisson D.  2010.  Evolutionary Genetics of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. Borrelia: Molecular Biology, Host Interaction and Pathogenesis. (Samuels, DSRadolf , JD, Eds.)., Norwich, UK: Caister Academic Press


Ivanova L, Christova I, Neves V, Aroso M, Meirelles L, Brisson D, Gomes-Solecki M.  2009.  Comprehensive seroprofiling of sixteen Borrelia burgdorferi OspC: implications for Lyme disease diagnostics design. Clin Immunol. 132:393-400. Website ivanova2009a Abstract


Brisson D, Dykhuizen DE, Ostfeld RS.  2008.  Conspicuous impacts of inconspicuous hosts on the Lyme disease epidemicProceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Sciences. 275:227-35. brisson2008

Wormser GP, Brisson D, Liveris D, Hanincova K, Sandigursky S, Nowakowski J, Nadelman RB, Ludin S, Schwartz I.  2008.  Borrelia burgdorferi genotype predicts the capacity for hematogenous dissemination during early Lyme disease. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 198:1358-1364.  Website wormser2008a Abstract

Wormser GP, Liveris D, Hanincova K, Brisson D, Ludin S, Stracuzzi VJ, Embers ME, Philipp MT, Levin A, Aguero-Rosenfeld M, Schwartz I.  2008.  Effect of Borrelia burgdorferi Genotype on the Sensitivity of C6 and 2-Tier Testing in North American Patients with Culture-Confirmed Lyme Disease. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 47:910-914.  Website wormser2008 Abstract

Dykhuizen DE, Brisson D, Sandigursky S, Wormser GP, Nowakowski J, Nadelman R, Schwartz I.  2008.  The propensity of different Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto genotypes to cause disseminated infections in humans. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 78:806-810. dykhuizen2008a


Gomes-Solecki MJ, Brisson DR, Dattwyler RJ.  2006.  Oral vaccine that breaks the transmission cycle of the Lyme disease spirochete can be delivered via bait. Vaccine. 24:4440–4449. gomes-solecki2006 Abstract

Brisson D, Dykhuizen DE.  2006.  A modest model explains the distribution and abundance of Borrelia burgdorferi strains. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 74:615-622. brisson2006

Brisson D, Dykhuizen DE.  2004.  ospC diversity in Borrelia burgdorferi: Different hosts are different niches. Genetics. 168:713-722. brisson2004

Brisson D.  2003.  The directed mutation controversy in an evolutionary context. Crit Rev Microbiol. 29:25-35. brisson2003

Feldgarden M, Stoebel DM, Brisson D, Dykhuizen DE.  2003.  Size doesn’t matter: Microbial selection experiments address ecological phenomenaEcology. 84:1679-1687.feldgarden2003