- B.S. Microbiology, University of New Hampshire
- M.S. Pathology, University of Connecticut
- Ph.D. Bacteriology, University of Connecticut
My research focus is on the evolution of virulence, not only to determine how new diseases appear and where they come from but also how to predict what new disease might arise next — pathogen forecasting. My current research uses the microbial parasite, Mycoplasma synoviae, as a model system to study mechanisms of pathogen attachment to host cells: the first step in how a pathogen causes disease in a host organism. Additional research projects focus on the dynamics of infectious disease emergence by studying Mycoplasma gallisepticum, novel diagnostic tests to detect antimicrobial resistance using Haemophilus influenzae and uropathogenic EscMyichia coli, identifying the killing mechanism of a novel disinfectant against Staphylococcus aureus and Mycoplasma species, and the characterization of novel clinical isolates including Legionella and Francisella species. I am a Co-Principal Investigator on a research grant from National Institutes of Health, the chair of the American Society for Microbiology’s Division G, the chair of the International Research Programme in Comparative Mycoplasmology’s Molecular Genetics Team, and an elected member of the International Committee for the Systematics of Prokaryotes (Mollicutes Taxonomy Subcommittee). I also volunteer professional consultations in clinical microbiology and mycoplasmology for ASM’s international laboratory capacity (LabCAP) program and for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. I am the author of 18 peer-reviewed publications, 8 invited book chapters, numerous editorials in both scientific and popular press, and have given several platform presentations at national and international meetings.