Elizabeth Scherbatskoy is a PhD student in the Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. A member of the Wildlife & Aquatic Veterinary Diseases Lab, she is passionate about fish health and the intersection of research, medicine and conservation. Her dissertation research focuses on a novel picornavirus believed to be responsible for mass mortality events observed over the past few decades in aquacultured clownfish. The objectives of this research include an improved understanding of both the pathology and transmission of the virus, as well as how to best detect and prevent its spread. Elizabeth has received awards at both the national and international level for this work, and is supported by the competitive UF Graduate School Preeminence Award as well as private grants from affected aquaculture facilities. In addition to fish health, Elizabeth’s career interests include aquatic and terrestrial wildlife conservation and how the improved understanding and prevention of infectious diseases can further this goal. Elizabeth holds a BS in both Biology and Environmental Science from Eckerd College, and has recently completed a certificate in Aquaculture and Fish Health at UF while working towards her PhD.
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