Welcome to the DeCandia lab website!
We are a community of scientists that pursue research, education, communication, and equity at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Within the realm of research, we are interested in how different types of molecular variation -- including genome-wide variation, epigenetic gene regulation, and host-associated microbiomes -- contribute to wildlife health and conservation in captivity and the wild. By partnering with academic, governmental, and non-governmental organizations, we study at-risk species and seek to translate our findings into conservation action. We primarily focus on North American mammals, with ongoing projects related to black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes), Channel Island foxes (Urocyon littoralis), and island spotted skunks (Spilogale gracilis amphiala). We further seek to communicate science with people of all backgrounds and ages -- from elementary school students through senior citizens -- to inspire participation in the sciences throughout our society. We do so through public presentations, non-technical science writing, classroom visits, and intentional mentoring. Following the Georgetown University tenet of cura personalis, we value community members as whole individuals, taking care to respect all aspects of identity. By providing support and encouragement, we aim to create welcoming and equitable spaces for collaboration and growth within the biological sciences and beyond. To learn more about our community, research, and outreach efforts, please explore the different pages of our lab website.