Laryssa Howe

Massey University
New Zealand

Topic: Avian Malaria in New Zealand: How isolated are we?


Laryssa spent most of her education years in the United States, graduating from Denison University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and went on to the University of Pittsburgh to complete her doctorate degree in the Department of Infectious Diseases within the Graduate School of Public Health focusing on the Equine Infectious Anemia Virus (EIAV). She returned to New Zealand in 2004.  As a Associate Professor in the School of Veterinary Sciences (SoVS) at Massey University, in Palmerston North, Laryssa currently works on developing a better understanding of illnesses related to Apicomplexan parasitic diseases in production animals (Neospora and Toxoplasma) and wildlife (Toxoplasma and avian malaria), with a focus on molecular detection and genotyping and immune response.