Dr. Aimee Reed, DVM
548 Nash Hall; 541-737-1855

Dr. Aimee Reed is a graduate of UC Davis SVM class of 2011, where she received focused training in aquatic animal medicine and research.  Through the STAR program at UC Davis, she worked on many research projects, including novel virus discovery, free-ranging primate disease surveillance, and the development of diagnostic tools for viral diseases of sharks.  Her PhD in Microbiology demonstrates the molecular biology of koi herpesvirus latency, an important and deadly virus of koi and carp.  Her research has significantly broadened the current understanding of herpesvirus latency for KHV and has contributed to understanding the conserved biology of herpesvirus latency across taxa. She plans to contribute teaching and serving in rural aquaculture practices in underdeveloped countries.


Jerry Jones, Senior Fish Health Specialist
512 Nash Hall; 541-737-6041; jonesge@oregonstate.edu

Fish Health Specialist, ODFW. B.S. in Fisheries and Aquaculture from Humboldt State University, California. Worked in Idaho (1988-2004) as a Fish Health Technician at a private rainbow trout hatchery, then in a private disease research laboratory researching vaccines and immune system dynamics relating to Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis Virus (IHNV) and Flavobacterium psychrophilum (causative agent for Bacterial Coldwater Disease). Conducted diagnostic exams on fish submitted to lab by hatcheries. Currently part of ODFW Fish Health Services, assisting ODFW fish culture and fish research and management programs in an effort to reduce the impacts of disease on fish populations.

Dr. Sarah Bjork, Fish Health Specialist
516 Nash Hall; 541-737-1863;

I started working for ODFW in 2011 and am currently a Fish Health Specialist. I provide fish health monitoring and diagnostics for a group of salmon and trout hatcheries in the state. I received a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Maryland in 2002 and PhD in Microbiology from Oregon State University in 2010. My graduate research focused on Ceratonova shasta infection dynamics in the salmonid host in Dr. Jerri Bartholomew’s lab. 


Dr. Derek Gibbs, Microbiologist
516 Nash Hall; 541-737-1863; gibbsgo@oregonstate.edu

This is my second time working for ODFW – previously I had worked in the La Grande Fish Health Services lab from 2004-2009.  I left ODFW to pursue a Ph.D. at Mississippi State University, which I completed in 2015.  My research focused on detection of F. columnare in catfish tissues and pond water using qPCR.  I am particularly interested in mechanisms of pathogenesis and innovative ways to detect pathogens.

Melissa White, Fish Health Specialist/Virologist
512 Nash Hall; 541-737-1853;

I am currently a fish health specialist and virologist for the Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife.  In 2001, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology at the U. of Kansas.  In 2009, I received a Master of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the U. of Missouri-Kansas City.  I worked on how yeast cells form organized communities and the importance of cell to cell interactions.  In 2011, I decided that fish were more exciting than yeast and joined our La Grande lab as a microbiologist until moving to Corvallis in the fall of 2015.

Dr. Carolyn Richards, Microbiologist
516 Nash Hall; 541-737-1863; richcaro@oregonstate.edu

I started as a microbiologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in June 2015.  Prior to that I received a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife, with a specialization in Fish Health, at Michigan State University.  While in graduate school, I studied leeches and bacterial diseases of fish.  I am currently responsible for Bacterial Kidney Disease (BKD) testing for the western portion of the state.  I enjoy hiking all over the State of Oregon and learning more about parasites, BKD, and fish diseases in general.

Amelia Thornhill, Microbiologist
516 Nash Hall; 541-737-1863; thornhia@oregonstate.edu

I have been a microbiologist with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for 5 years.  I currently preside over Myxobolus cerebralis monitoring program for public and private hatcheries in the State of Oregon.  In 2006, I graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology.   My interests include fish diseases and parasites as well as doughnuts.