Natural Resistance to Disease
Domestic and livestock zoonotic diseases have a significant
impact on species conservation efforts, human health, and the
economy. The incidence, transmission, treatment, and prevention of
zoonotic diseases are directly influenced by the genetic makeup and
dynamics of populations and species, the combined effect of which
impact the long-term conservation of species. My research focuses
on the identification of genetic variants (mutations) in the host
genome that influence natural resistance to infectious diseases.
Previous work in this area has included the study of
Rhodococcus equi pneumonia in foals and brucellosis in
bison and other wildlife species.