Treana Mayer

Postdoctoral Fellow Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

About Treana

Born and raised in Minnesota, I’ve always had a strong love for animals and the outdoors. I studied at the University of Minnesota for both my undergraduate and veterinary studies, with a focus on free-roaming wildlife and their intersections with public and ecosystem health. I’ve worked as a biologic field technician for the endangered Great Lakes Piping Plovers, researched wild raptors in rehabilitation, and studied the epidemiology of meningeal worm in white-tailed deer. The reason for pursuing the path of a microbiology residency and PhD is my passion for climate justice, One Health, and (re)emergent infectious diseases. I hope to use the tools of veterinary medicine, research, and disease diagnostics to monitor, mitigate and adapt to the health challenges of our changing future. Outside of the lab, I dabble in many hobbies: sketching and watercolor painting, reading sci-fi/fantasy, casual bird watching, baking pie, and hiking/camping with my partner Mose and our two giant dogs, Makwa and Addi. The dogs (270lbs total) are bossed around by our 10lb cat, Khajiit. We are all excited to make Colorado our new home for this next chapter.


DVM, University of Minnesota, 2020BS, University of Minnesota, 2017