Welcome New Faculty Dr. David Duffy to Whitney
Published: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Please welcome Assistant Professor of Wildlife Disease Genomics and Rising Star Condron Family Endowed Assistant Professor, Dr. David Duffy, to Whitney Laboratory!
The Duffy Lab focuses on questions at the interface between wildlife and human health, with the aim of identifying disease mechanisms and novel therapeutic treatments. They are are primarily focused on cancer, particularly on understanding fibropapillomatosis in endangered sea turtles. Fibropapillomatosis is a global disease epizootic (animal epidemic) that is hampering marine turtle conservation. They investigate the environmentally and virally induced genetic changes driving sea turtle fibropapillomatosis. Leveraging Whitney’s state-of-the-art Sea Turtle Hospital and laboratory facilities, they apply genomic, molecular and imaging techniques, as well as One Health and precision medicine approaches to sea turtle disease.