Heather Walsh

Biography

Education:

  • B.S., Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Aquatic Science, Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, WV, 2011
  • M.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Management, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2014-2018 
  • Ph.D., Forest Resource Science Program, Wildlife and Fisheries Management Major, West Virginia University

Dr. Heather Walsh is a Post Doc Researcher that has been involved in research at the Leetown Science Center Fish Health Research Lab since 2006.  She has focused her research on developing molecular techniques to better understand mechanisms associated with disease in wild fish.  To serve this purpose, she has developed her skills in histopathology, in situ hybridization techniques, and laser capture microdissection.  The use of these techniques has helped to understand disease observed during fish health assessments conducted in the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay (including the Susquehanna and Potomac River drainage).  Much of the research she has been involved in has been with fish species used as indicators of environmental contamination, including smallmouth bass, brown bullhead catfish, white suckers, and yellow perch.  She also uses PCR, Sanger sequencing, Nanostring technology, and RNA-Seq to help identify parasites or pathogens, for transcript abundance analyses, and de novo transcriptome development.