About Me

My name is Kishana Taylor and I am a post-doctoral researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. I work in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Wayne in the department of Chemical Engineering. Our work focuses on the role of monocytes in the development of severe COVID-19. I am alumni of the Diaz-Munoz Lab at UC-Davis where I focused on understanding patterns and frequencies of influenza reassortment.

I was part of the inaugural class of the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at The University of Georgia. My degree track focused on disease ecology. I received a B.S. in animal science from the University of Delaware and an M.S. in public health microbiology and emerging infectious disease (PHMEID). I seek to combine my knowledge from both areas of my education by taking an interdisciplinary approach to investigating zoonotic disease and arboviruses.

My doctoral project focused on creating an experimental laboratory animal transmission model for epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus , a vector borne virus that infects ruminants. My overall interests include viral evolution, especially arboviruses, as well as interactions between both the virus and the host and the virus and the vector. Additionally, zoonotic disease and viral discovery are other topics of interest.



Post-doctoral Researcher
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of California, Davis [email protected] 

B.S., Animal Science, 2011
M.S., Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Disease, 2013
Ph.D  Interdisciplinary Biomedical Sciences, 2018