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  • Jenifer Walke, Ph.D.
    Jenifer Walke, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    SCI 289A
    Phone: 509.359.4750

    Eastern Since: 2017

    Research: "Microbial Ecology, including host-microbiome-pathogen interactions and wildlife conservation."

    Undergraduate Degree: James Madison University, 2006, Biology

    Graduate Degree: Virginia Tech, 2014, Biological Sciences

    Post Doctoral Work: Virginia Tech 2015-2017

    Courses Taught: Microbiology (BIOL 301)

    Research Interests: microbial and disease ecology; host-microbe interactions; community structure-function relationships; probiotics to promote host health and for wildlife conservation

    Selected Publications:

    Walke JB, MH Becker, MC Hughey, MC Swartwout, RV Jensen, LK Belden. (2017) Dominance-function relationships in the amphibian skin microbiome. Environmental Microbiology. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13850.

    Walke JB and LK Belden. (2016) Harnessing the microbiome to prevent fungal infections: lessons from amphibians. PLoS Pathogens 12(9): e1005796. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1005796.

    Becker MH, JB Walke, S Cikanek, A Savage, N Mattheus, C Santiago, KPC Minbiole, RN Harris, LK Belden, B Gratwicke. (2015) Composition of symbiotic bacteria predicts survival in Panamanian golden frogs infected with a lethal fungus. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282(1805): 20142881. 

    Harris RN, RM Brucker, JB Walke, MH Becker, CR Schwantes, DC Flaherty, BA Lam, DC Woodhams, CJ Briggs, VT Vredenburg, KPC Minbiole. (2009) Skin microbes on frogs prevent morbidity and mortality caused by a lethal skin fungus. The ISME Journal 3: 818-824.

    Banning JL, A Weddle, GW Wahl III, MA Simon, A Lauer, RL Walters, RN Harris. (2008) Antifungal skin bacteria, embryonic survival, and communal nesting in four-toed salamanders, Hemidactylium scutatum. Oecologia 156: 423-429.


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