Katherine Sayler

PhD/MPH student
Department of Physiological Sciences
Expected year of graduation: 2014
Major advisor: Rick Alleman

Office Location: V3-168
Lab location: V2-240
2015 SW 16th Ave.

Building 1017 V2-240
PO BOX 100103
Gainesville, Florida 32608
(352) 294-4083


  • M.Ed. 2008, University of Florida, Masters of Biology Education.
  • B.S. 2007, University of Florida, Wildlife Conservation and Ecology, Minor in Biology Education.

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to teach with Teach for American Program in Baltimore City, Americorps, 2008-2009
  • Florida Certified Teacher, “Highly Qualified”, High School Biology, 2007
  • Bright Futures Scholarship, University of Florida 2004-2007
  • Teaching Award, Macroecomics T.A., New College of Florida, 2004
  • Presidential Scholarship, New College of Florida 2002-2004

Research Interests

  • I am interested in the detection of tick-borne pathogens using multiplex real-time PCR and nested PCR, including an emerging pathogen which is closely related to Heartwater.
  • I am also interested in the identification of endemic pathogens as potential vaccines for tropical diseases.

Laboratory Experience

  • Conventional PCR, nested PCR, and real time PCR
  • Serology including cELISA, Western blot, ect.
  • Recombinant protein generation
  • Mammalian cell line culture
  • Specimen collection
  • Tick identification
  • gDNA extraction and purification
  • Limited sequence analysis

Selected Publications

  • Stacy NI, Alleman AR and Sayler KA. 2011. Diagnostic Hematology of Reptiles. Clin. Lab. Med. 31:87-108.
  • Sayler KA, Alleman AR, Tick Identifier, Website Publication http://www.scalibor-usa.com/tick-identifier , Intervet-Schering Plough Animal Health (a subsidiary of Merck and Co., Inc). Site with detailed information on tick species found in the US, habitat of the ticks, mammalian hosts, diseases transmitted and information regarding diagnosis and management of tick-borne diseases. 2011.
  • Alleman AR, Beall MJ, Breitschwerdt EB, Cohn LA, Couto G, Dryden M, Eddlestone S, Guptill L, Hoffman W, Kennedy M, Lathan P, Little SE, Roy A, Sayler KA, Sinsabaugh J, Snowden K, Stillman BA, Welles E, and Yabsley M. Seroprevalence of three Ehrlichia species in dogs – a multi-institutional study. Submitted to American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine meeting 2011.
  • Alleman, A.R. and Sayler K,A. 2010. Coinfections in Canine Vector-Borne Diseases. DX Consult, IDEXX Laboratories, 3(1);18-19.

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