I am a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Public and Ecosystem Health at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. I study host-pathogen interactions in emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) of free ranging wildlife and develop molecular tools to improve surveillance methods for wildlife and their pathogens. My graduate work focused on amphibian EIDs including ranavirus and the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
Currently, I am continuing my work in amphibian disease systems while also expanding my focus to include research on chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer. In addition to pursuing my research interests, I enjoy training undergraduate and veterinary students in molecular biology techniques and outreach activities to connect elementary, middle, and high school students with conservation science.