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Karena Nguyen
Ph.D Student

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Office: SCA 322
Phone: 813/464-4686
Email:knguyen63@mail.usf.edu

Education

Ph.D. in Integrative Biology, University of South Florida (2014-Present)
B.S. Ecology, Evolutionary, and Organismal Biology, Saint Louis University (2010-2014)

Research

Broadly, my research explores host-parasite interactions in the context of global climate change. I am particularly interested in the effects of temperature and temperature variation on schistosomiasis, a human parasitic disease. My dissertation research examines life stages of the parasite, Schistosoma mansoni, and its intermediate host, Biomphalaria glabrata, under various temperature regimes. Collected parameters will help build a mathematical model, with the goal of predicting human health risk. I am also co-advised by Dr. Jody Hardwood, where I assess water quality through microbial source tracking (MST) methods.

Publications


K. Nguyen, C. Senay, S. Young, B. Nayak, A. Lobos, J. Conrad, J. Senkbeil, and V.J. Harwood. In preparation. Detection of Wild Animal Sources of Fecal Indicator Bacteria by Microbial Source Tracking (MST) Influences Regulatory Decisions.

J.R. Rohr, D. J. Civitello, B. Delius, M. Craft, G. DeLeo, P.J. Hudson, N. Jouanard, K. Nguyen, R. Ostfeld, J.V. Remais, G. Riveau, S. Sokolow, D. Tilman. In preparation. The Impacts of Feeding 11 Billion People on Infectious Diseases.

N.T. Halstead, C.M. Hoover, A. Arakala, D.J. Civitello, G.A. De Leo, M. Gambhir, S.A. Johnson, N. Jouanard, K.A. Loerns, T.A. McMahon, R.A. Ndione, K. Nguyen, T.R. Raffel, J.V. Remais, G. Riveau, S.H. Sokolow, and J.R. Rohr. Agrochemical pollution increases risk of human exposure to schistosome parasites. In press at Nature Communications.

W. Ahmed, V.J. Harwood, K. Nguyen, S. Young, K. Hamilton, S. Toze. 2016. Utility of Helicobacter spp. Associated GFD Markers for Detecting Avian Fecal Pollution in Environmental Waters of Two Continents. Water Research 88:613-622.
Presentations

K. Nguyen, C. Senay, S. Young, B. Nayak, A. Lobos, J. Conrad, J. Senkbeil, V.J. Harwood. 2017. Detection of Wild Animal Sources of Fecal Indicator Bacteria by Microbial Source Tracking (MST) Influences Regulatory Decisions. Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, November 10-12, St. Petersburg, FL. Oral Presenter.

K. Nguyen
, J. Rohr, B. Gemmell. The effects of temperature and viscosity on a waterborne human parasite: implications for transmission efficiency. Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, August 2017, Portland, OR. Poster presenter.

K. Nguyen, J. Rohr, B. Gemmell. The effects of temperature and viscosity on cercariae of Schistosoma mansoni: implications for transmission efficiency. Gordon Research Conference: Tropical Infectious Diseases, March 2017, Galveston, TX. Poster presenter.

K. Nguyen, J. Senkbeil, A. Lobos, J. Conrad, S. Young, V.J. Harwood. A Multi-Year Comparison of Fecal Indicator Bacteria and Microbial Source Tracking Methodologies at a Wildlife Conservation Site in Central Florida. Florida Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, October 2016, Miami, FL. Oral Presenter.

 

Awards

2017 Best Scientific Talk, Annual Southeastern Branch of the American Society for Microbiology Meeting
2017 Winner, 3-Minute Theses Competition, University of South Florida
2016 Runner-Up, 3-Minute Thesis Competition, University of South Florida
2015 Honorable Mention, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
2015 Outstanding Student Poster, American Society for Microbiology General Body Meeting


Grants
2017 $1000, Astronaut Trail Shell Club Scholarship
2016 $500, Porter Family Foundation
2016 $656, Integrative Biology Graduate Award