Mercedes Abeya, DVM, PhD
- DVM: National University of La Plata, School of Veterinary Sciences, Argentina.
- PhD: CONICET. National University of La Plata, School of Veterinary Sciences, Argentina. Ar/Fullbright. University of Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
Dr. Abeyá joined St. George’s University in July, 2020 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Abeyá has a solid formation in teaching and research which started while she was veterinary student, continued as a graduate student in Argentina, followed by being a visiting researcher to Nebraska and finally as a postdoctoral fellow in CONICET, Argentina. Through her 16 years of teaching experience Dr. Abeyá have being teaching Histology, General Microbiology, Immunology and Virology.
Through Dr. Abeyá research training she acquired a broad background on skills, techniques, hypothesis based research design and data analysis. She has refined skills in sequencing, cloning, PCR, qRT-PCR, cell culture and cytometry. Dr. Abeyá has been also doing diagnostics in different viral diseases like EAV (Equine Arteritis Virus), EIA (Equine Infectious Anemia), VIF and VILEF (Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency virus) and Influenza.
Dr. Abeyá´s PhD was based on the pathogenesis of Equine arteritis virus (EAV) infection, and how low and highly pathogenic strains behaves. It took place in La Plata, Argentina, under the direction of Dr. Gabriela Echeverria, and in Lincoln, Nebraska, under the supervision of Dr. Fernando Osorio.
Dr. Abeyá measurable research progress is evident in the resulting presentations and publications of her work and it has a significant DVM/MSc student involvement.
Dr. Abeyá has established intra and inter institution collaborations. The “One health” nature of some of the viruses she works with, influenza, has resulted in collaborative projects within SGU (Dr. Sonia Cheetham, Microbiology department).