Carolyn received her PhD degree on August 11, 2017 in Reed Arena at Texas A&M University.
I am a veterinary pathologist and postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Sarah Hamer’s lab at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sicences. My research interests include zoonotic disease ecology and epidemiology, especially vector-borne diseases and diseases transmitted from wildlife to humans or domestic animals.
My dissertation work focused on the mammalian reservoirs of Trypanosoma cruzi, agent of Chagas disease, in the United States. Using field collections, opportunistic sampling, molecular methods, and pathologic examination, I aim to characterize the potential reservoirs of T. cruzi in the US, evaluate their relative importance in transmission cycles, and describe host-strain type relationships and their associated pathology.
New publication in the ILAR Journal – “Toward an Ecological Framework for Assessing Reservoirs of Vector-Borne Pathogens: Wildlife Reservoirs of Trypanosoma cruzi across the Southern United States” available online – open access: https://academic.oup.com/ilarjournal/article/doi/10.1093/ilar/ilx020/3926666/Toward-an-Ecological-Framework-for-Assessing
Carolyn successfully completed her dissertation defense on June 6, 2017! She will graduate in August 2017 and continue as a post-doc in the Hamer lab working on finishing up some projects, publishing manuscripts, and writing grants, while working toward obtaining an independent research position.
Carolyn received the “Outstanding PhD Student Award” at the TAMU College of Veterinary Medicine Honors & Awards Ceremony on April 21, 2017. What an honor!
Carolyn was selected as one of two 2017 Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) Graduate Student Scholarship Award winners. This prestigious award has a value of $2000 and will be awarded with a plaque during the awards banquet at the annual International WDA 2017 Conference in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico in July.
Carolyn was awarded a “High Impact First Author Publication” award at the 2017 CVM Graduate Student and Postdoc Research Symposium for her publication in the journal Acta Tropica “Trypanosome species, including Trypanosoma cruzi, in sylvatic and peridomestic bats of Texas, USA“
Carolyn was awarded a $500 travel award by the Texas A&M One Health Initiative program to attend the American College of Veterinary Pathologists annual meeting in New Orleans, LA, where she gave an oral presentation about Trypanosoma cruzi in coyotes, and a poster presentation about a novel poxvirus in wild rodents. For more details…