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Victoria Gonzalez Graduate Student, Department of Veterinary Microbiology


  • PhD Student
  • Supervisor: Dr. Arinjay Banerjee, Veterinary Microbiology/VIDO
  • Home community:  Toronto, ON

Academic Credentials

  • BSc Honours, Microbiology and Immunology, Dalhousie University
  • MSc, Infectious Diseases and One Health, Universite de Tours, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and University of Edinburgh

Research Interests

Area of Study:  Zoonotic viruses and Comparative Immunology

The broad objective of my project is to explore the evolution of virus-host interactions in bats. Bats represent a considerable portion of all mammals and though they perform essential ecological roles, they have recently been identified to harbor several emerging viruses that cause significant disease in humans and animals. However, infected bats do not show clinical sings of disease. Therefore, the aim of my project is to assess if bats have evolved an enhanced innate immune response to better control viral infection.