Exciting publication from a really cool side project – we identified a novel poxvirus in skin lesions of wild Baiomys mice in Texas. This was a great collaboration between Texas A&M Vet Med, Wildlife & Fisheries, and the CDC! https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/24/6/17-2057_article
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.
Very excited that we were awarded a $30,000 grant from the American College of Lab Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Foundation to study transmission ecology of Trypanosoma cruzi among non-human primates in a research and breeding facility in Central Texas. We in the Hamer lab have been collaborating with researchers at this facility for a few years (see […]
Another chapter of my dissertation now published online in EcoHealth journal. Check it out! Trypanosoma cruzi Transmission Among Captive Nonhuman Primates, Wildlife, and Vectors. CL Hodo, GK Wilkerson, EC Birkner, SB Gray, SA Hamer https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10393-018-1318-5
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 […]
Carolyn received her PhD degree on August 11, 2017 in Reed Arena at Texas A&M University.