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OHG Lab @ New Mexico State University

aBOUT us

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 until December 2023. Our research explores the microbial diversity and genetics of North American amphibians, reptiles and their pathogens. 

In January 2024, the laboratory will be relocating to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. We will be joining the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Ecology. Stay tuned for graduate student opportunities in wildlife disease ecology!

Lab News

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. 

OHG Lab Scientists have presented research at three separate conferences so far in 2023!

Pictured on the left: Tatiana Rodriguez, Elijah Costley-Trigueros, Alison White, Madison Giannetto, and Lubna Mulla presenting posters at the Bay Area EEID and Dominican University Scholarly and Creative Works Conferences.

New Pub!


The lab has a new publication! Dr. OHG collaborated with Dr. Jess Hua from University of Wisconsin, Madison on a review of amphibian microbiome work. The publication is now out in FEMS Microbiology Reviews.

New Grant!


We received $25,000 from Midpeninsula Open Space District to fund our salamander wildfire work! Tune in for photos of our students sampling salamanders in the field next spring!

New Pub!


The lab has a new publication! Our San Francisco Bay Area salamander work is featured in this month's edition of FEMS Microbiology Ecology! Check out our manuscript led by previous undergrad researcher (Rosenblum lab at UC Berkeley) and now PhD student (Becker Lab at Penn State) Shannon Buttimer!

Congrats Shannon on your first author pub!

New Pub!


The lab has a new publication! Our turtle work is featured in this month's edition of Ichthyology and Herpetology! Check out our manuscript where our lab contributed in the discovery of Emydomyces testavorians in in Californian turtles. This work has many implications for turtle conservation biology in the state!


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