University of California, Riverside

Department of Nematology

Adler Dillman Faculty Page

Dr. Adler Dillman Adler R. Dillman

Assistant Professor of Parasitology
2107B Genomics
Office phone: (951) 827-3912



Dr. Dillman has been interested in nematology since he was an undergraduate and joined the Society of Nematologists in 2004. He joined the faculty in the Department of Nematology in 2015.



2013-2014     Postdoctoral research in microbiology and immunology, Stanford University

2007-2013     Ph.D. in genetics, California Institute of Technology

2002-2006     B.Sc. in microbiology, Brigham Young University



2014     Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation.
            (3 year postdoctoral fellowship)

2013     Lawrence L. and Audrey W. Ferguson Prize (Caltech)

2012     John M. Webster Outstanding Student Award
            (Society of Nematologists and Nathan A. Cobb Foundation)

2012     Everhart Distinguished Graduate Student Lecturer Award (Caltech)

2009     Best poster in Ecology and Evolution, 2nd place award
            (Genetics Society of America)


Research Areas

We study host-parasite interactions from both perspectives, using insect host models. Our interest is in how hosts recognize and initiate an immune response to parasites and how parasites evade and/or suppress immunity. We study parasite host-seeking behavior and olfaction using parasitic nematodes. To investigate how parasites evade and/or suppress host immunity we are studying which proteins are involved in this process and are working to identify their targets.

From the host perspective we study how nematode parasites are recognized and the immune response that follows. To do this we use a variety of insect hosts. As part of this work we study host immunity generally using bacterial pathogens, nematode parasites, and other immune insults such as cancer. In studying immunity we differentiate the relative roles of resistance, the ability of the host to reduce or eliminate pathogen burden, and disease tolerance or the ability of the host to manage the effects of infections.


Selected Publications
(* equal contribution)

Dillman A.R.
, Cronin C.J., Tang J., Gray D.A. & Sternberg P.W. 2014. A modified mole cricket lure and description of Scapteriscus borellii (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) range expansion and calling song in California. Environmental Entomology43(1):146-156.

Veesenmeyer J.L., Andersen A.W., Lu X., Hussa E.A., Murfin K.E., Chaston J.M., Dillman A.R., Wassarman K.M., Sternberg P.W., & Goodrich-Blair H. 2014. NilD CRISPR RNA contributes to Xenorhabdus nematophila colonization of symbiotic host nematodes. Molecular Microbiology93(5):1026-1042.

Sapir A., Dillman A.R., Connon S.A., Grupe B., Ingels, J., Mundo-Ocampo M., Levin L., Baldwin J.G., Orphan V.J., & Sternberg P.W. 2014. Microsporidia-nematode associations in methane seeps reveal basal fungal parasitism in the deep sea. Frontiers in Microbiology5:43.

*Srinivasan J., *Dillman A.R., Mortazavi A., Antoshechkin I., Wong G. & Sternberg P.W. 2013. The genome and transcriptome of Panagrellus redivivus are shaped by the harsh demands of a free-living lifestyle. Genetics 193:1279-1295.

*Dillman A.R, *Minor P.J., & Sternberg P.W. Origin and evolution of dishevelled. 2013. G3 3(2):251-262.

Dillman A.R., Guillermin M., Lee J., Kim B., Sternberg P.W., & Hallem E.A. 2012. Olfaction shapes host-parasite interactions in insect-parasitic nematodes. PNAS 109(35):E2324-E2333.

Dillman A.R., Mortazavi A., & Sternberg P.W. 2012. Incorporating genomics into the toolkit of nematology. Journal of Nematology 44(2):191-205.

Dillman A.R. and Sternberg P.W. 2012. Entomopathogenic nematodes. Current Biology 22(11): R430-R431.

Dillman A.R., Chaston J.M., Adams B.J., Ciche T.A., Goodrich-Blair H., Stock S.P., & Sternberg P.W. 2012. An entomopathogenic nematode by any other name. PLoS Pathogens 8(3): e1002527.

Murfin K.E., Dillman A.R., Foster J.M., Bulgheresi S., Slatko B.E., Sternberg P.W., & Goodrich-Blair H. 2012. Nematode-bacterium symbioses – Cooperation and conflict revealed in the ‘omics’ age. Biological Bulletin 223(1):85-102.

*Chaston J.M., *Dillman A.R., Shapiro-Ilan D.I., Bilgrami A., Gaugler R., Hopper K.R., & Adams B.J. 2011. Outcrossing and crossbreeding recovers deteriorated traits in laboratory cultured Steinernema carpocapsae nematodes. International Journal of Parasitology 41(7):801-809.

*Hallem E.A., *Dillman A.R., Hong A.V., Zhang Y., Yano J.M., DeMarco S.F., and Sternberg P.W. 2011. A sensory code for host seeking in parasitic nematodes. Current Biology 21(5):377-383.

Adhikari B.N., Lin C.Y., Bai X., Ciche T.A., Grewal P.S., Dillman A.R., Chaston J.M., Shapiro-Ilan D.I., Bilgrami A.L., Gaugler R., Sternberg P.W., & Adams B.J. 2009. Transcriptional profiling of trait deterioration in the insect pathogenic nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. BMC Genomics 10:609.

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Department of Nematology
Margarita Flores
1447 Boyce Hall

Tel: (951) 827-3598
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