Veronica Pereira

Research Associate l

Veronica brings a background in disease ecology, fisheries, and aquatic toxicology to GMGI. She comes from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where her work was primarily studying disease ecology in marine systems. Specifically, she was interested in the ecology of a parasite of the Atlantic blue crab in a Maryland estuary. Prior to her MS thesis work, Veronica received a B.S. in Environmental Science at Towson University. At Towson, she performed aquatic toxicology research where she was primarily interested in understanding the impact of various contaminants on the freshwater systems using a combination of ecotoxicology experiments and mathematical models. In her free time, Veronica likes to spend time with her cats and enjoys outdoor activities like snowboarding and hiking.


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Research Interests

As the seafood industry expands to keep up with increasing sea-based protein demands, it is important to not only preserve our commercial fisheries but also to improve and facilitate aquaculture practices. Due to the close quarters of densely grown fish and invertebrates, disease can be prevalent and cause significant losses. The need for fast and on-site disease diagnostic tests are critical in mitigating losses and preventing transmission. At GMGI, we are developing CRISPR-based disease diagnostic tools for aquatic animals to help fill this need.


2019 - M.S. Marine Estuarine Environmental Science, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD. Advisor: Joseph Pitula
2017 - B.S. Environmental Science, Towson University, Towson, MD.

Prior Positions

2017-2019: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD
2015-2017: Aquatic Toxicology Research Technician, Towson University, Towson, MD.

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