As a veterinarian, I am most interested in the physiological, immunological, and pathological processes occurring inside hosts in response to infectious disease pressures. Why do hosts get the infections that they do, when they do? What makes some hosts more susceptible than others, and what drives seasonal susceptibility? How do current infections affect hosts’ abilities to fight off other infectious agents? I am particularly interested in the immunomodulatory effects of macroparasite infections. For my PhD work, I studied coinfection trade-offs in wild herbivores in a natural anthrax and gastrointestinal parasite system in Africa. I am currently extending this research into new African systems and new species, while examining issues of immunological resistance and tolerance and the interactions between hosts, parasites, and the host microbiome. My underlying goal is to bring immunology out controlled laboratory settings, and to build off of the work that others have conducted in animal models by ground-truthing it in more variable natural systems.


Mixing up drugs to dart some zebras.

Mixing up drugs to dart some zebras.