Assistant Professor of Biology

Academic Accomplishments

  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Massachusetts Boston, 2020
  • B.S., Biology and Environmental Science, Washington College, 2016


Dr. Tokash-Peters (she/her) is an assistant professor of biology and she studies mosquito microbiomes, human pathogens, and the environmental factors that influence their interactions. She has broad interests in microbiology, molecular biology, genetics, and ecology, but especially enjoys projects with transdisciplinary elements. Recently, she and her research students have begun projects investigating aspects of gray seal (Halichoerus grypus) and spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) microbiomes.

During graduate school at UMass Boston, she was a member of the Woodhams Lab, where she was an NSF IGERT Fellow and a Sanofi-Genzyme Research Fellow. Her field work is primarily based in Rwanda, where she is a Research Fellow at the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management at the University of Rwanda. She enjoys collaborating and has had the opportunity to work on projects focused on everything from mosquito microbiomes to shellfish policy to science communication. In her spare time, Dr. Tokash-Peters enjoys spending time with her family, running triathlons, and enjoying theater and musical performances.

If you have questions about her work, are seeking collaboration, or just want to chat about microbes, feel free to send her an email.

Highlighted Recent Publications

  • Woodhams, D.C., Bletz, M.C., Becker, C. G., Bender, H.A., Buitrago-Rosas, D., Diebboll, H., Huynh, R., Kearns, P.J., Kueneman, J., Kurosawa, E., LaBumbard, B.C., Lyons, C., McNally, K., Schliep, K., Shankar, N., Tokash-Peters, A.G., Vences, M., & Whetstone, R. Host Associated Microbiomes Predicted by Immune System Complexity, Latitude and Climate. Genome Biology, 21(1), 23.
  • Tokash-Peters, A. G., Tokash, I. W., Campos, A. J., & Woodhams, D. C. (2019). Developing Effective Mosquito Control Strategies by Utilizing Vector Mosquito Life Histories and Ecology. Case Studies in the Environment.
  • Barnhart, K.L., Bletz M.C., LaBumbard, B.C., Tokash-Peters, A.G., Gabor, C., & Woodhams, D.C. Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans ELICITS STRESS RESPONSE IN SPOTTED SALAMANDERS BUT NOT MORTALITY. Animal Conservation, 23(5), 533.
  • Woodhams, D. C., Barnhart, K. L., Bletz, M. C., Campos, A. J., Ganem, S. J., Hertz, A., LaBumbard, B.C., Nanjappa, P., & Tokash-Peters, A.GBatrachochytrium: Biology and Management of Amphibian Chytridiomycosis. eLS, 1-18.
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