Christie MayoMicrobiology, Immunology, and Pathology
Dr. Mayo is the head of the virology section at Colorado State University’s Diagnostic Medicine Center where she is actively involved in diagnostic test development. She received her DVM from the University of Georgia in 2006, completed a microbiology residency at CSU in 2008 and wrapped up her PhD and post-doctoral work at UC Davis in 2012. The Colorado State University (CSU) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System (VDL) is the backbone of Colorado’s warning system and helps to protect the health of Colorado’s livestock and poultry industries as well as patients treated at the veterinary teaching hospital (VTH). As the diagnostic virologist, she is uniquely positioned to support the interface of application and development in both conventional and novel (next generation) diagnostic technologies. Currently, the main thrust of her research has led to characterizing the ecology and genetic diversity of an economically important arbovirus that affects livestock, bluetongue virus. Additionally, her research has focused on developing novel diagnostics for the veterinary diagnostic community and utilizing next generation sequencing to monitor and characterize infectious agents. The goals are to allow tracking of microbial or viral adaptation over short periods of time, both in the laboratory and environment, pushing the boundaries of veterinary research and diagnostic technologies.