Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases - University of Manitoba
Nelson received his BSc. in 2019, and is currently pursuing his MSc. in Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases under the supervision of Dr. Natalie Knox. He will use his knowledge gained from prior work involving bacterial and viral pathogenomics to explore the fungal microbiome in a cohort involving pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis individuals. As a result of the mycobiome being understudied, there is a lack of methodologies, characterization tools, and thorough evaluation of existing protocols; Nelson’s project aims to devise a protocol by evaluating genomic and bioinformatics approaches for examining the gut mycobiota. Further, he will use the established protocol to investigate if an association between the gut mycobiota and multiple sclerosis exists.