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INVERTEBRATE MEDICINE, Second Edition BLOG

Who is Dr. Taylor Reynolds

Dr. Reynolds is a veterinary pathologist/scientist with a focus on the immune system. She received her BA from Colorado College, DVM from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and PhD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

While working in the Philippines, she co-discovered and described a rapidly emerging coral disease, Porites ulcerative white spot. In addition to finding an antimicrobial principal in the coral host, she and co-authors determined that the etiologic agents are vibroid bacteria.

More recently, Dr. Reynolds and co-authors found that during V(D)J recombination, the central mechanism by which mammalian immunologic diversity is generated, cell cycle coupled destruction of RAG-2 protein prevents genomic instability and lymphomagenesis. Dr. Reynolds is continuing to investigate mechanisms of genomic instability during V(D)J recombination.

Taylor L. Reynolds was the recipient of the Rockport Garden Club Environmental and Horticultural Scholarship (awarded twice); the PEO Scholar Award; the NIH training grant for clinical doctoral students (awarded three times); the Tufts University International Development Training Grant; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine Grant; the Tufts Institute for the Environment Interdisciplinary Grant; the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Institutional Service Initiative Grant, the Johns Hopkins Medicine Pathobiology Training Program NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship; the Johns Hopkins Medicine Immunology Training Program NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship; and the NIH Loan Repayment Grant (awarded twice).

Active community service, teaching, and leadership have always been a priority. For 2 years she served in the Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa where she trained local women to be health educators in the prevention of malnutrition and perinatal disease, and coached a local high school theater troop with whom she toured local villages to educate about AIDS. Dr. Reynolds served as an expert consultant on coral diseases for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coral Reef Histopathology Working Group. She was a clinical instructor in anatomic pathology as part of the pathology section of North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Today she is an officer of her local PEO chapter, a philanthropic organization that provides scholarships to women.

Dr. Reynolds is an avid distance runner and traveler with fluency in French. She is a member of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, in Kennebunkport, Maine where she often visits her family home.
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