Shelby is an veterinary student at UPenn (Class of ‘26) who spent the summer of 2023 in the lab working jointly with the PennVet Wildlife Futures program. As a ‘WFP’ student, Shelby split her time between bench work and field work. She collected and identified hundreds of ticks recovered from White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in PA state. She extracted DNA from these ticks and ran QPCR tests for a range of pathogens, then used this data to select ticks for metagenomic sequencing.
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