Current Position: Postdoc at Craig Venter Institute
Originally raised in the foothills of the Adirondacks with her parents and two younger sisters, she had been living among Ithaca's gorges for the past 10 years. Fortunately she enjoyed her time at Cornell, and in Ithaca, and greatly appreciated the year-round opportunities the area offered for getting outdoors. Her two dogs loved to accompany her on the trails when she hiked, skied, or ran. Much of her indoor time over the years has been spent at Cornell working towards her undergraduate, then veterinary and graduate, degrees. Obtaining her degrees certainly kept her busy, but allowed for a broad education that provided a solid foundation for her plans to pursue a career in academic research and teaching.
Currently she is a Post Doctoral Fellow at J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland.
Publications & Presentations
1: Nyaga MM, Stucker KM, Esona MD, Jere KC, Mwinyi B, Shonhai A, Tsolenyanu E, Mulindwa A, Chibumbya JN, Adolfine H, Halpin RA, Roy S, Stockwell TB, Berejena C, Seheri ML, Mwenda JM, Steele AD, Wentworth DE, Mphahlele MJ. Whole-genome analyses of DS-1-like human G2P and G8P rotavirus strains from Eastern, Western and Southern Africa. Virus Genes. 2014 Oct;49(2):196-207. doi: 10.1007/s11262-014-1091-7. Epub 2014 Jun 22. PubMed PMID: 24952422.
2: Magagula NB, Esona MD, Nyaga MM, Stucker KM, Halpin RA, Stockwell TB, Seheri ML, Steele AD, Wentworth DE, Mphahlele MJ. Whole genome analyses of G1P rotavirus strains from vaccinated and non-vaccinated South African children presenting with diarrhea. J Med Virol. 2014 May 20. doi: 10.1002/jmv.23971. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24841697.
3: Markovich JE, Stucker KM, Carr AH, Harbison CE, Scarlett JM, Parrish CR. Effects of canine parvovirus strain variations on diagnostic test results and clinical management of enteritis in dogs. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2012 Jul 1;241(1):66-72. doi: 10.2460/javma.241.1.66. PubMed PMID: 22720989.
4: Stucker KM, Pagan I, Cifuente JO, Kaelber JT, Lillie TD, Hafenstein S, Holmes EC, Parrish CR. The role of evolutionary intermediates in the host adaptation of canine parvovirus. J Virol. 2012 Feb;86(3):1514-21. doi: 10.1128/JVI.06222-11. Epub 2011 Nov 23. PubMed PMID: 22114336; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3264339.
5: Allison AB, Harbison CE, Pagan I, Stucker KM, Kaelber JT, Brown JD, Ruder MG, Keel MK, Dubovi EJ, Holmes EC, Parrish CR. Role of multiple hosts in the cross-species transmission and emergence of a pandemic parvovirus. J Virol. 2012 Jan;86(2):865-72. doi: 10.1128/JVI.06187-11. Epub 2011 Nov 9. PubMed PMID: 22072763; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3255849.
6: Pesavento P, Liu H, Ossiboff RJ, Stucker KM, Heymer A, Millon L, Wood J, van der List D, Parker JS. Characterization of a continuous feline mammary epithelial cell line susceptible to feline epitheliotropic viruses. J Virol Methods. 2009 Apr;157(1):105-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jviromet.2008.11.018. Epub 2009 Jan 14. PubMed PMID: 19103225.