We pursue microbiological questions related to ecosystem change and the surveillance of infectious diseases, which I address through the lens of emerging next-generation sequencing tools. These topics rely on taking a One Health approach to address the connection of human, animal, and environmental health.
Our primary research emphases are 1) tracking the spread of emerging human (e.g., SARS-CoV-2) and veterinary pathogens (e.g., African Swine Fever virus), 2) exploring the impacts of disturbance on the resistome, environmental antibiotic resistance genes, and 3) examining the effects of thawing permafrost on microbes in the overlying soil and some resultant impacts on boreal forest plant growth.
Our research incorporates fieldwork, molecular analysis, and experimental laboratory research as well as mathematical modeling. Our research team has a commitment to broadening participation in biomedical research.