Carla Schubiger

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Assistant Professor Senior Research

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Carla B Schubiger

M Med Vet (DVM equivalent),, ACVP-C, PhD, EMPA 2022

Professional Profile
Academic doctorates in Infectious Diseases and Immunology (2009-2014, School of Global Animal Health, Washington State University) and Veterinary Medicine (2001-2003, Center for Fish and Wildlife Health, University of Bern, Switzerland). DVM class of 2000 (University of Zurich, Switzerland).

Research interests

 Food Security and Seafood Safety:

●Infectious diseases and immunology of commercial aquatic species, currently working with oysters, shrimp, salmonids, crab, and finfish.

●Probiotic treatments and natural compounds to increase aquaculture production yields.

●Alternative amino and fatty acid sources in marine fish feeds, including macroalgae and insects.

●Zoonotic and antibiotic resistance threats in the coastal environment. 

Professional Experience
2018-present     Assistant Professor Sen. Res., Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Vet. Medicine, Oregon State University (since Oct 2018)
2019-present    Adjunct Faculty, Department of Microbiology, College of Science, Oregon State University
2020-present    Adjunct Faculty, Department of Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, University of Hawaii-Hilo
2018 (Feb-Sept)    Faculty Research Associate, Biomedical Sciences, Oregon State University
2015-2018        Postdoctoral scholar, Biomedical Sciences, Oregon State University
2006-2009    Associate Veterinarian, Mixed Animal Practice, Basel, Switzerland
2005-2012    CEO, Dr. Schubiger GmbH, E-commerce businesses in the pet and the medical supply industry
2004-2005    Attending Veterinarian, Roche Ltd, Basel, Switzerland

2020-2022    Executive Master’s in Public Administration (EMPA), Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
2009-2015    Ph.D., School of Global Animal Health, Washington State University
2009-2013    Residency, Veterinary Anatomical Pathology, Washington State University
2001-2003    Academic doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Center for Fish and Wildlife Health, University of Bern, Switzerland
1995-2000    M Med Vet (UZH; DVM equivalent), University of Zurich, Switzerland

Peer-reviewed Publications
Schubiger CB, Gorman ME, Johns JL, Arkoosh MR, Dietrich PD (submitted to PLOS ONE): Sablefish (Anoplopoma fimbria) plasma biochemistry and hematology reference intervals including blood cell morphology. Available on bioRxiv shortly.

Schubiger CB, Huang KH, Häse CC (2020): Sodium antiporters of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in challenging conditions: Effects on growth, biofilm formation and swarming. Journal of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, 18,4. doi: 10.1186/s43141-020-0019-y

Schubiger CB, Häse CC (2019): Growth assays of Vibrio cholerae membrane transporter mutants in different pH and cation conditions. Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, (4)1:01

Ushijima B, Richards GP, Watson MA, Schubiger CB, Häse CC (2018): Factors affecting infection of corals and larval oysters by Vibrio coralliilyticus. PLoS One. 2018 Jun 19;13(6):e0199475. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0199475

Mourin M, Wai A, ONeil JD, Schubiger C, Häse CC, Hausner G, Dibrov P (2018): A pathway leading to cation binding pocket determines the selectivity of NhaP2 antiporter in Vibrio cholerae. Biochemical and Cellular Biology, 16:1-8. doi: 10.1139/bcb-2018-0146

Schubiger CB, Mourin M, Resch G, Häse CC, Dibrov P (2017): Mutations of a single glycine in Vc-NhaP2, a cation-proton antiporter in Vibrio cholerae, confer the ability to exchange Li+ for H+. Journal of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, (2)2:5

Mourin M, Schubiger CB, Resch G, Häse CC, Dibrov P (2017): Physiology of the Vc-NhaP paralogous group of cation-proton antiporters in Vibrio cholerae. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry. 428(1-2):87-99. doi: 10.1007/s11010-016-2919-3

Aagesen AM, Schubiger CB, Dibrov P, Häse CC (2016): Effects of chromosomal deletion of the operon encoding the Multiple Resistance and pH (Mrp) antiporter in Vibrio cholerae. Microbiology. doi: 10.1099/mic.0.000384

Schubiger CB, Orfe LH, Sudheesh PS, Cain KD, Shah DH, Call DR (2015): Entericidin is required for a probiotic treatment (Enterobacter sp. strain C6-6) to protect trout from cold-water disease challenge. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 81 (2), 658-665

Oidtmann B, Lapatra S, Verner-Jeffreys D, Stone M, Peeler E, Noguera P, Bruno D, St-Hilaire S, Schubiger C, Snekvik K, Crumlish M, Green D, Metselaar M, Rodger H, Schmidt-Posthaus H, Galeotti M, Feist S (2013): Differential characterization of emerging skin diseases of rainbow trout - a standardized approach to capturing disease characteristics and development of case definitions. Journal of Fish Diseases. 36. doi: 10.1111/jfd.12086

Schubiger C, Segner H, Wahli T (2003): PKD: [Proliferative kidney disease in fish]. Schweizer Archiv fuer Tierheilkunde, 145(10), 471-481

Current Society Memberships
American Society of Microbiology
American Fisheries Society
National Shellfisheries Association
World Aquaculture Society - United States Aquaculture Society (board of directors)
European Association of Fish Pathologists
Grant Professionals Association

English (full professional proficiency)
German (bilingual proficiency)
Swiss (native tongue)
French (formerly full professional proficiency; now limited working proficiency)

Extracurricular skills 
PADI-certified Rescue Diver (Scientific Diver certification anticipated in the Spring 2021, @OSU)
Remote Pilot Certification, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, commercial license, FAA Part 107

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