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Interview with Cathy Cullingham, CWD Project Manager

Cathy Cullingham has both the science background and the Genome Canada project background that has made her a perfect fit for the Genome Alberta funded project on Systems biology and molecular ecology of Chronic Wasting Disease. She was recently hired as Project Manager for the LSARP project led by Debbie McKenzie and David Wishart at the University of Alberta.
Chronic Wasting Disease (often referred to as simply CWD) is found in 24 US states, and here in Canada it is prevalent in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Manitoba, BC, and the Northwest Territories are also at risk. 
The project aims to build up a body of knowledge to understand more about CWD, assess the risk to the ecosystem, develop early detection tools, and ultimately reduce the level of the disease in wild cervids such as deer, elk, moose, caribou.
Cathy Cullingham is no stranger to us here at Genome Alberta as she was part of our Mountain Pine Beetle research and key to showing that the Mountain Pine Beetle has jumped tree species. She has a background in population genomics, worked on wildlife and animal projects with the Calgary Zoo, and has done work with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
She will be an important asset to the CWD project team and freelance broadcaster caught up with Cathy to talk about the project and learn a bit about the impact of CWD.

Interview with Cathy Cullingham, CWD Project Manager

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