Principal Investigator

Dr Mauricio Seguel. I’m a veterinary pathologist and wildlife scientist interested in the host and environmental factors that impact the ecology, immunology and pathology of wildlife infectious diseases. Since July 2020 I’m an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph. I have worked for several years studying wildlife infectious diseases at Guafo Island, Chilean Patagonia and I collaborate on similar projects in Peru, the USA (California and Georgia) and South Africa. I also provide diagnostic consultation services for zoo and wildlife species and currently contribute to the diagnostic pathology service for the Toronto Zoo and the necropsy service of the department of Pathobiology at OVC.


Dr Carmon Co. I am a veterinarian training as a veterinary anatomic pathologist at the Ontario Veterinary College with special interest in determinants of infectious diseases in wild and exotic animals. Before pursuing a veterinary career, I completed a master’s degree researching equine cord blood stem cells and cartilage tissue engineering. My current research project in the Seguel lab focuses on the effects of helminth infections on cytokine expression in South American Fur seals. 

Jared Fischbach. I’m an undergraduate researcher majoring in Bio-Medical Science with an academic interest in pathology, microbiology and immunology. As a recipient of the University of Guelph President’s Scholarship, I am completing my President’s Research Assistantship under the supervision and mentorship of Dr Seguel. My current project focuses on assessing the potential pathogenic role of helminths in wildlife species.

Katherine Wu. I am a third-year science student pursing a major in Bio-Medical sciences with a minor in microbiology. I am interested in how the immune system functions against infectious diseases and at the Seguel Lab I’m working on a harbor porpoise model of immune response against respiratory bacterial and helminth infection


Dr Josefina Gutierrez. I’m a wildlife veterinarian and scientist interested in the host factors that impact the transmission and evolution of wildlife infectious diseases. I conducted my Master in Veterinary Sciences thesis under the supervision of Dr Seguel and Dr Claudio Verdugo (Universidad Austral de Chile). Currently, I’m part of the PhD program in ecology and evolution at Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile.



Felipe Montalva. I’m a marine biologist interested in the impact of infectious diseases and environmental change on the behavior of wild animals. I conducted my undergraduate thesis with Dr Seguel on the impact of hookworm infection on the swimming ontogeny of fur seal pups. Currently I conduct environmental impact studies for a consulting firm in central Chile.