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Title: PhD Student
Phone: 06 356 9099 ext. 81209
Fax: 06 350 5716
Location: 2.39 Hopkirk Building , Massey University
I grew up in Southern California, and raising exotic bantam chickens as a kid established my desire to become a veterinarian. I have a strong interest in wildlife and exotic medicine, emerging infectious disease, and veterinary public health. My favorite hobbies include playing soccer and lacrosse, cooking (especially brewing), and playing and listening to music (particularly the Blues).
My doctoral thesis is "A food chain approach to control of shigatoxigenic E. coli in New Zealand". My research focuses on improving the methods of detection for 7 of the most common shigatoxigenic E. coli (STEC), as well as understanding the risk factors and overall prevalence of STECs in New Zealand. STECs can cause serious and sometimes fatal disease in humans and cattle are recognized as the main reservoir of the pathogen.
The research is part of a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and the meat industry to protect public health and New Zealand's meat export trade.
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