About Dr. Smyth
I am currently an Assistant Professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. I primarily work at the Clearfield, PA campus of LHU, where I teach microbiology for nursing students, as well as majors and general education introductory biology courses.
I am a mycologist and microbial ecologist. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State University.
I am broadly interested in fungal taxonomy, ecology and evolution, as well as emerging fungal wildlife diseases. Recently, my work has focused on human and animal-infecting Fusarium species. Several Fusarium species commonly implicated in human infections were recently identified in association with mass mortalities in sea turtle nests. Much of my research has focused on understanding the ecology and epidemiology of the pathogens responsible for this disease, which we are calling sea turtle egg fusariosis (STEF).
Current research projects:
Elucidating the structure and function of filamentous fungal biofilm formation – the Fusarium model
Fusarium systematics and taxonomy – describing a new species of marine animal-pathogenic Fusarium species
Using population genetics to unravel the ecology and epidemiology of infectious Fusarium species in humans and animals
Find more information on my research here.
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