Dr. Lucio-Forster earned her PhD in Microbiology from Cornell University in 2007 where she studied zoonotic waterborne and soil-transmitted parasites under the tutelage of Dr. Dwight D. Bowman. After graduation, she accepted a position as Teaching Support Specialist in Cornell’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, a position she still currently holds. Her main focus has been in teaching Clinical Diagnostic Parasitology to 3rd and 4th year veterinary students. She is a co-instructor in the courses Wildlife Parasitology and Parasites as Literary Protagonists, and an invited lecturer in General, Medical and Veterinary Parasitology, Paleoparasitology, Swine Management, and Sheep and Goat Medicine Lab courses.
Araceli was also recently involved in the development and registration of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Master in Professional Studies - Veterinary Sciences, and is one of the lecturers involved in this unique program designed for individuals who seek to enhance their careers with specialized professional training in Veterinary Parasitology. Araceli’s main research interests are in parasite identification, diagnostic methods, and education. She authored a number of manuscripts on parasite detection and identification, and is currently working on chapters for the new editions of Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters, Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat, and Georgis’ Parasitology for Veterinarians. She is a member of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (where she is currently serving on the Education Committee for a second time), the International Society of Protistologists, and the Helminthological Society of Washington. Araceli is an Honorary Member of the Cornell University Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta.