Dr. Leslei Douglas, PhD


Dr. Leslie J. Douglas completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UHH) before attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM), Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology. Her graduate studies focused on the phylogenetic relationships within and between tephritid species, with a sub-study involving the phylogeny of native Hawaiian avian species. Currently she is the Principal Investigator and Laboratory Manager of DNA Connexions, a Colorado based company focusing on bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic molecular based detection assays. Her main focus is the research and development of a PCR based Lyme test inclusive of Borrelia burgdorferi and a number of prevalent tick-borne disease co-infections, as well as the ongoing development of various molecular based assays. Dr. Douglas’s research and patient demographics is yielding invaluable data to better understand the relationships between Lyme and other chronic conditions.

Dr. Douglas and Dr. Grube will carry out the presentation jointly during their teaching period in this course Dr. Douglas will be present in the room and Dr. Grube will be participating via video conference.