I completed my PhD in Microbiology here at UC Davis in 2009. My primary interest is in the ecology and epidemiology of zoonotic diseases particularly at the human-wildlife-domestic animal interface. I am also interested in molecular and phylogenetic characterization of disease causing organisms. Some of my current research activities include; investigating the patterns of recombination of genes coding for a major surface protein (MSP2) in Anaplasma phagocytophilum the agent of granulocytic anaplasmosis (GA); characterizing A. phagocytophilum strains from wildlife, domestic animals, and humans; and surveying several woodrat populations for infection with A. phagocytophilum and the agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi.
In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities including mountain biking, surfing, hiking and traveling to new places. I have a 1-year-old daughter and a baby boy on the way!