We are a genetics/microbiology lab studying disease ecology, microbial ecology, and immunogenetics of amphibians and reptiles We are based at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, CA. Our research explores the microbial diversity and genetics of North American amphibians, reptiles and their pathogens.
Our salamander research was featured in the NBC Bay Area's segment "Climate in Crisis". Check out our students in action collecting and swabbing salamanders for microbiome and Bd monitoring across sites affected by the 2020 California wildfires.
We're on TV!
We are local celebrities.... for a week! Some of our fieldwork was featured both on NBC Bay Area (video above) and DUC press. Check out these reports on our salamander wildfire research and fieldwork!
Alison White, undergraduate researcher, received the Northern California Herpetology Society Research Grant! Alison will be performing microbial genetics research for her Research Methodology project.
The lab has a new technical comment in Science! Dr. OHG is a contributing author on a comment of Scheele et al., 2019. The team attempted to replicate Scheele's analysis, but where not able to recreate their results. You can follow this conversation in Science (check out a link in the Publications tab!)
The lab has a new publication in PeerJ! Dr. Hernandez-Gomez is the first author on an investigation into the effects of invasive Eucalyptus on the skin microbiome and body condition of Bay Area salamanders. This is a collaborative project in the Rosenblum Lab at UC Berkeley
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