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Kelsey Beavers

Mydlarz Lab - University of Texas at Arlington

 
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About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate researching cnidarian immunity and disease. Specifically, I study Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD), the most recent coral disease outbreak currently decimating reefs throughout the Caribbean. Traditionally, attempting to identify microorganisms as causative agents of disease has been the focus of many marine disease studies, but the role of microbial dysbiosis has been gaining momentum in the field. Because corals exist as a dynamic, multipartite symbiosis between the coral animal, photoendosymbiotic algae, and a rich consortium of microbes, I am interested in identifying the roles of each holobiont member during disease progression to gain a holistic view of SCTLD that can serve as a framework for future marine outbreak research.

 

Publications

01 March 2022

Adaptive variation in homologue number within transcript families promotes expression divergence in reef-building coral

Dimos, B., Emery, M., Beavers, K., MacKnight, N., Brandt, M., Demuth, J., & Mydlarz, L. (2022). Adaptive variation in homologue number within transcript families promotes expression divergence in reef‐building coral. Molecular Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.16414

17 February 2022

Alphaflexivirus Genomes in Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease-Affected, Disease-Exposed, and Disease-Unexposed Coral Colonies in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Veglia, A. J., Beavers, K., Van Buren, E. W., Meiling, S. S., Muller, E. M., Smith, T. B., Holstein, D. M., Apprill, A., Brandt, M. E., Mydlarz, L. D., & Correa, A. M. (2022). Alphaflexivirus genomes in stony coral tissue loss disease-affected, disease-exposed, and disease-unexposed coral colonies in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Microbiology Resource Announcements, 11(2). https://doi.org/10.1128/mra.01199-21 

 

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