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Maureen K Purcell

The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands


Maureen K Purcell,Research Microbiologist Western Fisheries Research Center,Maureen leads a team of scientists, technicians, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students and visiting scientists working to improve methods for the detection of fish pathogens, determine factors affecting the epidemiology of fish diseases, and develop novel control strategies for reducing losses among both hatchery-reared and wild fish.

Research Interest

Aquatic Animal Health Genetics Immunology Microbiology Virology


  • Analytical validation of a reverse transcriptase droplet digital PCR (RT-ddPCR) for quantitative detection of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus

  • Influence of temperature on the efficacy of homologous and heterologous DNA vaccines against viral hemorrhagic septicemia in Pacific Herring

  • Detection of Nanophyetus salmincola in water, snails, and fish tissues by quantitative polymerase chain reaction

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