Carolyn is very honored to have received the Graduate Student American Committee of Medical Entomology (ACME) Young Investigator Award. The award was presented at the 2017 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in Baltimore, MD. Carolyn also gave a presentation about her work on T. cruzi ecology at non-human primate centers during the ACME Symposium […]
I am a postdoctoral research associate in Dr. Sarah Hamer’s lab at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sicences. I’m also a board-certified veterinary pathologist. 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. I’m continuing to explore these relationships in my postdoctoral research.
Carolyn received her PhD degree on August 11, 2017 in Reed Arena at Texas A&M University.
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!