- PhD Candidate
- Supervisor: Dr. Heather Wilson, Veterinary Microbiology/VIDO
- Home community: Calgary, AB
- BSc, Microbiology
Gilts and sows represent an interesting group for mucosal vaccination as the uterine mucosal surface is currently accessed during breeding. Development of an intra-uterine vaccine that can be mixed with an artificial insemination dose would provide the industry with an easily administered vaccine that could potentially be effective in dealing with pathogens that cause reproductive failure. I am interested in studying the innate immune response in the porcine uterus to vaccine adjuvants. By characterizing the response to adjuvants and the corresponding recruitment of immune cells to the uterine endometrium and lumen we will be able to select the most effective combination of adjuvants for the development of a successful intra-uterine vaccine in gilts and sows.