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Dr. Tiffany Kosch is investigating the genetic basis of immunity to the devastating amphibian fungal disease chytridiomycosis in the southern corroboree frog, an endangered amphibian endemic to the Snowy Mountains of Australia. Her goal is to use this information to improve the success of the reintroduction program for this species. 

Tiffany completed her PhD in 2012 in the laboratory of Kyle Summers at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, USA. The subject of her dissertation was the prevalence of the amphibian fungal disease chytriomycosis in Peru and methods for detecting the disease. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea where she studied chytridiomycosis in Korea along with investigating virulence differences among strains and the influence of chytridiomycosis on MHC Class IIB variation in wild populations of tungara frogs from Panama. 

Tiffany is part of the One Health Research Group of senior and postdoctoral scientists and PhD students. The group uses methods from molecular genetics, veterinary science, and biochemistry to investigate wildlife diseases that impact biodiversity, humans or livestock. Please see:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/college-of-public-health-medical-and-veterinary-sciences/public-health-and-tropical-medicine/one-health-research-group2 and https://www.facebook.com/onehealthresearchgroup/?fref=ts for more information.

Interests
Research
  • Conservation Biology and Genetics
  • Immunogenetics
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases of Wildlife
  • Evolution of Virulence
  • Consequences of Genetic Variation
Experience
  • 2015 to 2017 - Post Doctoral Fellow, James Cook University (One Health Research Group, Townsville, Australia)
  • 2013 to 2015 - Post Doctoral Fellow, Seoul National University (Laboratory of Behavorial and Population Ecology, Seoul, South Korea)
  • 2012 to 2013 - Teaching Assistant Professor, East Carolina University (Department of Biology, Greenville, NC, USA)
  • 2006 to 2012 - Doctor of Philosophy, Major: Interdisciplinary Biology, Dissertation: Detection and Distribution of the Amphibian Fungal Disease Chytridiomycosis in Peruvian Amphibians, East Carolina University (Department of Biologyy, Greenville, NC, USA)
  • 2004 to 2006 - Zookeeper, Houston Zoo, Inc. (Department of Herpetology, Houston, TX, USA)
  • 2001 to 2004 - Bachelor of Science in Biology, cum laude, Bowling Green State University (Department of Biology, Bowling Green, OH, USA)
Research Disciplines
Honours
Fellowships
  • 2013 to 2015 - Brain Korea Research Fellowship
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Can we stop amphibian extinction by increasing immunity to the frog chytrid fungus?

Indicative Funding
$8,000
Summary
As a result of the arrival of the chytrid fungus in Australia, corroboree frog populations declined so now only a handful of individuals remain in the wild. Since the fungus cannot be eradicated, the immunity of frogs needs to be increased to enable survival and produce self-sustaining populations. We will work with captive breeding programs to identify immune genes associated with disease resistance, so frogs can be selectively bred to increase survival.
Investigators
Lee Berger, Tiffany Kosch and Lee Skerratt in collaboration with Alexandra Roberts and Richard Webb (College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)
Keywords
Pseudophryne corroboree; Corroboree frog; Chytridiomycosis; Immunity; Sequencing
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