The zoo is open! All visitors will require free entry passes and be required to follow safety measures. Free timed-entry Asia Trail/Panda Passes are required for the giant panda viewing.

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Alyssa Wetterau

Graduate Student Researcher
B.S., Cornell University; Ph.D. Cornell-Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program, expected 2019

Alyssa Wetterau is a graduate student researcher at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Center for Species Survival working with the Center for Conservation Genomics to apply genetic and genomic technologies to improve the survival of threatened amphibian species. She focuses on the intersection of host, pathogen and microbiome in amphibian chytrid fungal disease in eastern hellbender salamanders and Panamanian golden frogs.

Wetterau's projects include:

  • Understanding the roles of host, microbiome and pathogen in relation to disease
Wetterau earned her bachelor's degree in animal science and biological sciences with a concentration in animal physiology from Cornell University in 2013. She is currently working on her Ph.D. with the Cornell-Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program.