About This ProjectBats have the unique ability to host many viruses without become sick themselves. The major histocompatibility complex, or MHC, is a set of genes that regulate the vertebrate immune response. By looking at these genes, we will be able to gain a better understanding of the bat immune system and the basic biology which allows bats to function as reservoirs for viruses that may pose a threat to human populations.
These funds will be used to support my research project. Your contributions will help me purchase the laboratory equipment and the buffers, primers, and reagents that I need for DNA sequencing. I am also requesting funds for a rabies vaccine, so I can work safely with live bats in the future. This will allow me to eventually continue this research project with a greater number of bat species.
Meet the Team
Team BioI'm from San Diego, California and did my undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. Currently, I live in New York City where I'm a Conservation Biology MA student at Columbia University. In my free time, I like to go running in Central Park in search of birds that aren't pigeons.
I am fascinated by connections between human, wildlife, and environmental health. My background has included research in genetics, ecology, and wildlife disease. I also have previous experience in wildlife veterinary care and youth science outreach.
In the future, I plan to continue my research on bat immune genetics and disease ecology in the context of a doctorate program. Eventually, I want to expand this project to include fieldwork so that I can obtain samples for more bat species. All samples will be collected using minimally invasive techniques.
I hope to focus in particular on the importance of conservation and habitat protection as methods of preventing the future emergence of novel pathogens from wildlife.
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