Sarah with her friend the Andean buzzard eagle
Sarah is a master’s student in the Integrative Pathobiology graduate group at UC Davis, where she also completed her undergraduate in 2009. Her academic and research interests gravitate around the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and the pathology of diseases in exotic animals. She is also interested in emerging fungal diseases, such as the pathogenic chytrid (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) implicated in worldwide amphibian declines.
Currently, Sarah is working on quantifying histologic lesions in Cascades Frogs (Rana cascadae) that were experimentally challenged with two different strains of the Bd fungus. These data are part of a larger research scope looking at the differences in virulence of chytrid strains, which have not yet been characterized.