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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. Senkbeil, J. Conrad, and V.J. Harwood. A Multi-Year Comparison of Fecal Indicator Bacteria and Microbial Source Tracking Methodologies at a Wildlife Conservation Site in Central Florida. In preparation.

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

Ahmed, W., Harwood, V.J., Nguyen, K., Young, S., Hamilton, K., Toze, S. 2016. Utility of Helicobacter spp. associated GFD markers for detecting avian fecal pollution in natural waters of two continents. Water Research, 88, 613-622.

Presentations

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.