I am a veterinarian with academic doctorates in Veterinary Medicine, as well as Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and have also been trained as a Veterinary Anatomical Pathologist.
I have a particular interest in bacterial infectious diseases of commercial aquatic species, currently working with oysters, shrimp, salmonids, and black cod. My group studies probiotics and their use as alternative treatment options against a variety of aquaculture pathogens, their influences on the innate immune response and the gut microbiome of the aquatic host, their efficacy in food safety, and the molecular mode of action of the probiotic. I am also curious about aspects of bacterial cell physiology and working with zebrafish.
Students are welcome to participate in the various research projects via the (URSA) (Feb-June), SURE (summer) and CCVM summer scholarships. Long-term commitments are preferred as some projects require aquatic animal handling and/or biosafety training. Ecampus students who live close to Newport are also welcome. Students should provide their own transportation. Housing at Hatfield is available upon request.
Infectious diseases of shellfish and commercial fish species
Bacterial pathogenesis, with special focus on aquatic pathogens
Teleost immune responses