My research interests include non-coding RNA-based mechanisms that regulate of gene expression as it relates to the host-pathogen interactions in wildlife infectious diseases. My current research as an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow focuses on microRNA-mediated regulation of the amphibian immune system in response to Frog Virus 3 infection.
My research focuses on validating eDNA methodologies alongside conventional taxonomic identification in local waterways.
2019 Ages Foundation Bursary from rare Charitable Research Reserve ($4,000 – 1st place prize)
I began research for my thesis in Fall 2019. I am working to assemble a transcriptome of North American wood frog skin and isolate transcripts of novel antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). I will be investigating the effects of these AMPs on a panel of microbes, the epizootic amphibian pathogen Frog Virus 3, and cultured frog cells.
My research is focused on developing and using environmental DNA methodologies to characterize fish populations in remote Patagonian rivers.