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 Expert  727114

Expert in Microbiomes in animals and the environment, and methods of analysis of these


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Ontario
Canada
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has sixteen years of laboratory experience and has developed or assisted in the development of numerous molecular biology techniques with the goal of describing how organisms in the environment and in microbiomes interact and function. She excels in her ability to communicate with non-scientists as well as scientists across disciplines, and has edited books and patents as well as published journal articles, book chapters and conference abstracts. She has also written non-technical scientific articles about plant GMOs, CRISPR-Cas systems, the effect of gut microbiomes on vaccine efficacy, and how soil bacteria and fungi can help plant growth.
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applied molecular biology

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DNA fingerprinting

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DNA manipulation

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gene amplification

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genetic sequencing

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molecular biology

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polymerase chain reaction


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
2001   Ph.D.   Terrestrial Microbiology   University of British Columbia  
1995   B.Sc.   Honours Microbiology (Environmental Emphasis)   (Undisclosed University)   With Distinction

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2011 to

 

(Undisclosed University)

 

School of Environmental Sciences

 

Research Associate

 

She is responsible for training students, a small amount of lecturing, and conducting research into the analysis of agricultural microbiomes and the development of new next-generation sequencing methods.

2010 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Forest Mycology and Pathology

 

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Expert was studying gene expression in Scots pine ectomycorrhizal symbioses exposed to ambient and elevated levels of carbon dioxide.

2008 to 2010

 

University of Alaska

 

Institute of Arctic Biology

 

Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Expert was studying the role of boreal forest fungi in postfire vegetative succession, and used molecular biology techniques to profile the fungi.

2002 to 2008

 

University of California

 

Department of Plant Pathology

 

Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Expert was involved in the analysis of numerous microbial communities from environmental (soil, plant, marine and intestinal) samples, primarily using a technique called oligonucleotide fingerprinting of ribosomal RNA genes (OFRG). She was involved in the development of numerous molecular biology protocols during this time.

2001 to 2002

 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

 


 

Visiting Fellow

 

Expert was involved in the determination of the mechanism by which a proprietary sewage sludge amendment affected the proliferation of soybean cyst nematode, a plant pest. She used molecular biology techniques to profile the bacterial and fungal communities in the soybean rhizosphere during this time.

2000 to 2001

 

Auburn University

 

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology

 

Research Technician

 

Expert was involved in the analysis of bacteria that affected plant defense responses, as well as in the cloning of cabbage genes involved in plant immunity. During this time she also was involved in the writing of several patents.

1995 to 2000

 

University of British Columbia

 

Department of Soil Science

 

Ph.D. Candidate

 

Expert studied the interactions between plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria and other rhizosphere microorganisms on lodgepole pine seedlings under controlled conditions.

1993 to 1995

 

(Undisclosed University)

 

Department of Microbiology

 

Research Assistant

 

Expert studied the interactions between plant-growth promoting rhizobacteria and canola seedlings under controlled conditions.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

American Society for Microbiology


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

She has over 20 publications, including two co-edited books on the subject of induced systemic resistance in plants.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Nematology  
 - Inflammatory Bowel Diseases  
 - Journal of Microbiological Methods  
 - Manual for Environmental Microbiology  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2001 to 2002   Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada   Researcher   Expert was involved in the determination of the mechanism by which a proprietary sewage sludge amendment affected the proliferation of soybean cyst nematode, a plant pest. She used molecular biology techniques to profile the bacterial and fungal communities in the soybean rhizosphere during this time.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert was asked to help write and proofread several patents dealing with methods for protecting plants from pathogens.
  • Expert has trained eight people (ranging in molecular biology experience from none to advanced) in a variety of molecular techniques, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), polymerase colony (polony) PCR, and oligonucleotide fingerprinting of ribosomal RNA genes (OFRG).
  • Expert has been involved in several interdisciplinary projects where communication with non-scientists, or with scientists of different disciplines, was an integral part of the work.
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Additional Skills and Services:
Other Skills and Services

Expert is an expert editor and writer of technical documents, including patents, books, book chapters, journal articles and abstracts, and also has written non-technical science articles to explain scientific findings to a general audience.


 

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