Rachael Wolters is a graduate student in the department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt, mentored by Dr. James E. Crowe, Jr. She obtained her B.S. in Animal Science from The University of Tennessee at Martin, where she conducted analytical chemistry research evaluating river water for fertilizer residue. Rachael went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, in Knoxville Tennessee.
During that time, she studied mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Staphylococcus pseudintermedius and traveled to South Africa to the University of Pretoria to investigate epidemiologic patterns of AMR in dairy cattle. She was a member of the Cornell Veterinary Leadership Program in 2018 where she studied mechanisms of Zika virus replication. She is interested in emerging zoonotic infectious diseases, and animal models.