Principal Investigator

Joe Mihaljevic, PhD

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Contact Info:

School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems
1295 S. Knoles Drive
PO Box 5693
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Office: SICCS 213
Phone: (928) 523-5125
Email: joseph.mihaljevic@nau.edu

Graduate Students

Kelsey Banister (M.S. Student [SICCS] and Research Technician)

Kelsey is a Research Technician and Informatics Masters student, with a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from Northern Arizona University. Excited by complex pathogen systems and emerging diseases, Kelsey’s current research interests are focused on Ranavirus genetics and genomics, pathogen detection across Arizona, disease modeling, and genetic epidemiology. Her previous laboratory experiences have involved studying mating systems and population genetics of various invertebrate species.

Email: kelsey.banister@nau.edu

Kathryn Cooney (M.S. Student [Biology])

Kathryn is a Masters student in Biology, with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Kathryn is interested in wildlife disease dynamics, landscape ecology, and conservation biology. She is specifically interested in combining genetic, ecological, and spatial data to analyze trends in disease ecology and ecosystem functioning.

Email: kathryn.cooney@nau.edu

Undergraduate Students

Diego Olivo

Diego is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Biology. Diego’s primary research interests are in DNA and virology. In 2019, Diego (along with Braden) received the prestigious Urdea Collaborative Research Award to study the effects of temperature on viral shedding rates in the Ranavirus system.

Email: dao63@nau.edu

Braden Spencer

Braden is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Civil-Environmental Engineering. Braden is interested in modeling disease within amphibian populations, and how we can use these models, mathematics, and statistics to better understand disease spread through various species and climates. In 2019, Braden (along with Diego) received the prestigious Urdea Collaborative Research Award to study the effects of temperature on viral shedding rates in the Ranavirus system.

Monica Long

Monica is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Disability Studies. Monica’s research interests are in the areas of cellular and molecular biology, and genetics. Monica also enjoys the study of viruses and how they affect the molecular make-up of humans and animals.