Cory Schlesener, B.S.





Professional Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics, 2018
Harvard University, Extension School, Cambridge, MA

Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, 2015
Funded by NIH R25 Research Education Grant
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, 2013
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, 2013
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Current Position:

Ph.D. student (Microbiology Graduate Group)



Research Interest:

Population genomics to explore diversity of microorganisms and their interactions with hosts,
with a focus on evolution and population dynamics of pathogens and their traits

Current Research Topics:

  • Helicobacter pylori genetics and disease states in humans
  • Avian orthoreovirus genomic diversity and antigenic variations
  • Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis genomic diversity and biological susceptibilities to antibiotics
  • Lactococcus species variations, genomic diversity, metabolic diversity, and beneficial host interactions

Past Research Experience:

  • Genetic diversity surveillance for population dynamics of Plasmodium falciparum
    Research Assistant II (Harvard Univ.)
  • Molecular pathogenesis of type III secretion system positive Vibrio Cholerae
    Graduate Research Assistant (Univ. Rochester)
  • Disease ecology of Leishmania sylvatic cycle in Texas
    Undergraduate Research Assistant (Univ. Texas – Austin)