Julie Lewis MDSc, PhD Candidate

New Brunswick, Canada
Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University

Biography

Julie Lewis is a PhD student at the Université de Moncton and Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada. Her primary research interest involves infectious diseases at the molecular and cellular level.

To investigate the infectious hypothesis as the cause of Morgellons disease, her current work seeks to characterize pathogen-host interactions of Morgellons samples derived from human and domesticated animal patients. For her Masters, Julie assessed the risk of Lyme disease by testing ticks from Atlantic Canada for the widespread Borrelia species, Borrelia burgdorferi, a member of the Borrelia group responsible for Lyme disease.

Through this work, she identified an evolving threat for the emerging disease – infected ticks expanding away from known endemic areas. Julie also detected Borrelia bissettii, another Borrelia species of the Lyme group that was recently introduced in Canada, in ticks found feeding on humans and dogs; thereby reporting, for the first time, an existing health risk for Lyme disease from this understudied Borrelia species in New Brunswick.