Andrea Graham earned an A.B. in Biology and Sculpture from Mount Holyoke College in 1992, after which she taught both subjects in NYC public high schools. In 2001, she earned a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (of parasites!) from Cornell University and moved to University of Edinburgh for a postdoc in immunology. Graham then obtained independent research fellowships (from the Leverhulme Trust, 2004-06, and then the UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, 2006-10) to establish her own research group in Edinburgh. She moved to Princeton in 2011.
Dr. Graham and her group study how natural selection has shaped strategies for both host defense and parasite transmission. Particular areas of interest are immunological conflicts posed by co-infection, the effects of strong immune responses upon both host and parasite fitness, and selection pressures that shape the speed and specificity of immune responses.