Jenny S. Cory

Editorial Board Member

Department of Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University, Canada

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Dr. Jenny Cory is currently a full professor at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Cory is also a Thelma Finlayson Chair in Biological Control and Director Masters in Pest Management Program. Dr. Cory research maily focus on the ecological studies of insect pathogens. By applying modern molecular techniques, she has been able to explore such issues as how pathogen virulence and population structure changes in response to host resistance and density, why pathogens are so diverse, and how pathogens survive when the host is absent. Her research has clarified how genetically diverse pathogens are maintained and why this process may be advantageous to the baculovirus. This research has produced insights that will be useful in terms of understanding infection diversity and host-pathogen dynamics and evolution in other disease systems. As part of her research, Dr. Cory is carrying out a laboratory and field research program to estimate the risks of releasing genetically modified baculoviruses. Her risk assessment will provide a template for other studies worldwide, helping to lay the foundation for the safer development of biological insecticides. By applying molecular tools combined with ecological and evolutionary approaches, she is opening up new avenues for research in the study of insect pathogen ecology and helping to unravel key issues in the ecology and evolution of host-parasite relationships.

Research Interest

Dr. Jenny S. Cory's research interests include: Pathogen Diversity and Pest Control.