Dr. Dustin Brisson was named a 2013 Investigator in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. His work on the ecology and evolution of Lyme disease was featured recently on PennNews. The Burroughs Wellcome award encourages and supports ambitious early career faculty to take on problems at the points where human and microbial systems connect. The program supports research that sheds light on the fundamentals that affect the outcomes of hosts’ and microbes’ ongoing colloquy and commerce, for example on how colonization, infection, commensalism and other relationships play out at levels ranging from molecular interactions to systemic ones. By pressing toward an in context understanding of how pathogenesis begins, the program aims to stimulate broader thinking about the unifying principles by which health is maintained or pathology is developed in our microbe filled lives.