Section Editors

Section Board for 'Animal Pathogens' (51)

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Dr. Sébastien Besteiro
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Section Editor-in-Chief
Inserm/University of Montpellier, 34095 Montpellier, France
Interests: cellular parasitology; Apicomplexa; Toxoplasma; autophagy; metabolism; cell biology
Prof. Dr. Albert Mulenga
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Department of veterinary pathobiology, College of Veterinary medicine & biomedical sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
Interests: Ticks and Tick borne diseases; tick molecular physiology; vaccine target discovery and validation; tick vaccine development
Dr. Guolong Zhang
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Department of Animal Science, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078, USA
Interests: innate immunity; host defense peptides; antibiotic alternatives
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Dr. El-Sayed Mohammed Abdel-Whab
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Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Institute of Molecular Virology and Cell Biology, Greifswald, Germany
Interests: My current research interests aim to understand the genetic basis for adaptation and virulence of avian influenza virus in poultry and mammals, interspecies transmission, virus-host interaction and development and evaluation of vaccines
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Dr. Shlomo (Eduardo) Blum
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Department of Bacteriology and Mycology, Kimron Veterinary Institute, Israel Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Israel
Interests: veterinary and zoonotic bacterial pathogens; mastitis and udder health; bacterial genomics and molecular epidemiology; antibiotic resistance
Prof. Dr. Edward B. Breitschwerdt
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Comparative Medicine Institute, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA
Interests: Vector Borne Infectious Diseases
Prof. Dr. José María Alunda
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Department of Animal Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Interests: canine leishmaniasis, gastrointestinal helminthes of ruminants, immunology, therapeutics, vaccines
Dr. Andrew Byrne
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One-Health Scientific Support Unit, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Dublin 2, Ireland
Interests: Epidemiology of infectious disease of veterinary significance (primarily affecting cattle); Wildlife disease ecology and management; disease surveillance; Mycobacterial pathogens (for example, bovine tuberculosis M. bovis, Johne’s disease M. avium paratuberculosis)
Dr. Lage Cerenius
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Uppsala University, 75236 Uppsala, Sweden
Interests: Animal parasitic oomycetes; Prophenoloxidase system
Dr. Llilianne Ganges

OIE Reference Laboratory for Classical Swine Fever, IRTA, Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA, IRTA-UAB), Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: Virology; viral immunology; virus host interaction; viral evolution; vaccine and diagnostic tools design; viruses in animal health
Prof. Giovanni Di Guardo
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University of Teramo, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Località Piano d'Accio, 64100 - Teramo, Italy
Interests: comparative neuropathology, with special emphasis on prion diseases (especially sheep and goat Scrapie), as well as Cetaceans’ pathology
Dr. Neil Foster
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School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
Interests: Innate immune responses to microbial infections; Inflammation and immunomodulation; Development of biomarkers of disease
Prof. Gema Álvarez García
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Animal Health Department, Complutense University of Madrid, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: Reproductive failure and zoonotic diseases in ruminants caused by protozoans. Diagnosis, host pathogen interactions, vaccines
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Magda Dunowska
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Infectious Disease Team leader, School of Veterinary Science, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Interests: Teaching and research encompassing all aspects of veterinary virology and infection control, including viruses affecting both domestic animals and wildlife such as equine herpesviruses, canine respiratory viruses, canine parvoviruses, feline coronaviruses and others. Special interest in virus discovery including novel animal papillomaviruses or arteriviruses of wildlife. Assessment of viricidal activity of various physical and chemical treatments (viral clearance studies)
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Assoc. Prof. Bonto Faburay
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Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
Interests: vaccinology; molecular and serological diagnostics; molecular epidemiology; biosurveillance; virology; emerging infectious diseases: transboundary, animal and zoonotic disease
Dr. Natasha N. Gaudreault
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Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506, USA
Interests: African swine fever virus, Rift Valley fever virus, emerging and transboundary animal and zoonotic viral pathogens, virus-host interactions, genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics, vaccinology and diagnostics
Assoc. Prof. Yasuyuki Goto
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Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Interests: leishmaniasis, immunology, immunopathology, vaccine
Dr. Danièlle Gunn-Moore
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The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute, the University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Campus, Midlothian, EH25 9RG, UK
Interests: Feline and canine infectious disaeses; Mycobacterial infections; Feline Coronavirus
Assoc. Prof. Souvik Ghosh
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Department of Biomedical Sciences, One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Interests: Molecular Epidemiology; Genetic Diversity and Interspecies Transmission of Enteric and Respiratory Viruses of Animals and Humans
Dr. Masahiro Kajihara
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Research Center for Zoonosis Control, Hokkaido University, Japan
Interests: Hemorrhagic fever viruses; Zoonotic viruses, Filoviruses; Paramyxoviruses, Bunyaviruses
Prof. Frederick Kibenge
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Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Prince Edward Island, Atlantic Veterinary College, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
Interests: Veterinary virology; Aquatic viruses; Biology of viral pathogens; Mechanisms of virus virulence; Viral pathogenesis; Improve on methods of virus detection and control
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Prof. Dr. Elias Papadopoulos
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Laboratory of Parasitology and Parasitic Diseases, School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Interests: parasitic diseases of animals; anthelmintic resistance; vector borne diseases; arthropods
Prof. Dr. Maria Filippa Addis
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Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Milan, Milan, Italy
Interests: Veterinary infectious diseases; Veterinary immunodiagnostics; Animal and microbial proteomics; Dairy ruminant mastitis; Animal microbiome
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Dr. Alessio Lorusso
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Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise, Teramo-Italy
Interests: Moleculary epidemiology of Orbiviruses; Morbilliviruses and Flaviviruses; Next Generation Sequencing; metagenomics and virus discovery; Innovative diagnostic tools; Genome manipulation via reverse genetics
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Dr. Anna M.F. Marino
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Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale Della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy
Interests: Toxoplasmosis; Food Safety; Animal Health
Dr. María Martínez Valladares
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University of León (Institute for Mountain Stock Farming), Spain
Interests: Helminth infections in animals and humans: prevalence; diagnosis; detection of anthelmintic resistance; anthelmintics and new molecules with anthelmintic activity; selection of resistant animals
Prof. Tanja Opriessnig
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1. The Roslin Institute and R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh Easter Bush, Midlothian EH25 9RG, Scotland, UK
2. Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine Iowa State University, Veterinary Medical Research Institute Building 1, 1907 ISU C-Drive Ames, Iowa 50011-1250, USA
Interests: Porcine circoviruses, Erysipelothrix spp., Swine Hepatitis E Virus (HEV), Porcine Parvovirus (PPV), Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV), mulberry heart disease, Porcine epidemic diarhea virus
Prof. Joaquín Quílez
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Department of Animal Pathology. Faculty of Veterinary Sciences. University of Zaragoza. Miguel Servet, 177. 50013 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: Cryptosporidium; Zoonotic protozoa
Dr. Tavis Anderson
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Virus and Prion Research Unit, National Animal Disease Center, USDA-ARS, Ames, IA 50010, USA
Interests: molecular epidemiology; virology; emerging infectious diseases; ecology and evolution; virus surveillance; swine influenza A; Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus; bioinformatics
Assoc. Prof. Christopher J. Coates
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Department of Biosciences, College of Science, Swansea University, Swansea SA2 8PP, Wales UK
Interests: invertebrate immunology; oxygen binding & transport proteins; shellfish health & disease; melanin-associated defences; cryptides; insects as disease models
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Prof. Dr. Jörg Jores
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Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology, Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology, University of Bern, 3001 Bern, Switzerland
Interests: Infectious Livestock Diseases, Host-Pathogen Interaction with focus on Mycoplasma, Synthetic Genomics, Development of Vaccines, Diagnostics, Molecular Epidemiology
Dr. Dorothee Misse
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IRD Institute MIVEGEC Unit 911 Avenue Agropolis 34394 Montpellier, France
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Prof. Dr. Torsten Seuberlich
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Abteilung Experimentelle klinische Forschung, University of Bern
Interests: Neuroinfectious diseases; Veterinary medicine; Prions; Metagenomics
Prof. Seonghyang Sohn
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Department of Microbiology, Ajou University School of Medicine, 164, World cup-ro, Suwon, 443-380, Korea
Interests: Herpes simplex virus induced inflammation in a mouse model; Inflammation related mechanism; Therapeutic target for inflammation; Mouse model for Behcet's disease; Electron microscopy
Assoc. Prof. Joauin Vicente Baños
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National Institute on Wildlife Research - Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC-ETSIA CR) CSIC-UCLM-JCCM, SABIO department, Ronda de Toledo 12, 130071, Ciudad Real, Spain
Interests: Wildlife disease, epidemiology, ecology, control, wildlife-livestock interface, management, wild boar, wild ungulates, ASF, tuberculosis, One Health, risk analysis
Prof. Joaquín Castilla
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CIC BioGUNE, Derio, Spain
Interests: molecular mechanisms involved in the prion transmission between different species
Dr. José Antonio Fernández Robledo
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Senior Research Scientist, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences , 60 Bigelow Drive -- PO Box 380, East Boothbay, ME 04544-0380, USA
Interests: Molecular Parasitology; Blue Biotechnology; Parasite Vaccine Development; Marine Natural Products
Prof. Geoff Hide
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Biomedical Research Centre, School of Science Engineering and Environment, University of Salford, Salford, M5 4WT, UK
Interests: molecular epidemiology, Toxoplasma, trypanosomes, protozoan parasites, host-parasite interactions, ecology of parasitic diseases, host resistance to parasites
Dr. Sebastian Napp
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Veterinary Epidemiology and Risk Analysis (EPIDEM) Subprogram. Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal (CReSA) - Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA), Barcelona, Spain
Interests: Epidemiology; Disease surveillance; Vector-borne diseases; Zoonoses
Prof. Dr. Roland Zell
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Section of Experimental Virology, Institute for Medical Microbiology, Jena University Hospital, Friedrich Schiller University, D-07745 Jena, Germany
Interests: evolution of picornaviruses, molecular biology of picornaviruses, swine influenza viruses, evolution of influenza viruses
Assoc. Prof. Janet M. Daly
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School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD, UK
Interests: epidemiology and evolution of viruses; development and testing of viral vaccines, antivirals and diagnostics; science communication
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Dr. Vito Martella
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Department of Veterinary Medicine, Infectious Diseases of Animals Unit, University of Bari Aldo Moro, S.p. per Casamassima Km 3, 70010 Valenzano, Bari, Italy
Interests: Enteric viruses; zoonoses; virus discovery; viral infections of animals
Prof. Sergio Costa Oliveira
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Departmento de Bioquimica e Imunologia, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, 31270-901, Brazil
Interests: innate immunity; inflammasomes; cytosolic sensors; STING; caspase-11
Assoc. Prof. Makoto Ozawa
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Laboratory of Animal Hygiene, Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kagoshima University, 1-21-24 Korimoto, Kagoshima 890-0065, Japan
Interests: Basic and applied research with recombinant influenza viruses; Animal influenza surveillance; Swine viral diseases
Dr. Roberto Bermúdez Pose
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Faculty of Veterinary, University of Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
Interests: animal pathogens; fish pathogens
Dr. Valentina Virginia Ebani
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1. Department of Veterinary Science, University of Pisa, Viale delle Piagge 2, 56124 Pisa, Italy 2. Interdepartmental Research Center “Nutraceuticals and Food for Health”, University of Pisa, via del Borghetto 80, 56124 Pisa, Italy
Interests: microbiology; bacterial infectious diseases; zoonosis; natural products; essential oils; antibacterial activity
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Prof. Seung-Chun Park
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Department of Pharmacology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea
Interests: Pharmacokinetics; Antimicrobial; Pharmacodynamics; Quorum sensing; Mushroom's Pharmacology; Probiotics
Assoc. Prof. Fabrizia Veronesi

Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Perugia, Italy
Interests: Food-borne zoonotic pathogens; Water-borne zoonotic pathogens; Vector-borne pathogens of domestic and wild-life animals; Lungworms of companion animals; Enteric protozoan parasites of small animals and ruminants
Dr. Antonio José Piantino Ferreira
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Universidade de Sao Paulo - USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Interests: enterobacterial research in birds; broiler chickens; genome; avian diseases; avian pathology
Prof. Teshome Yehualaeshet
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Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine; Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 36088, USA
Interests: Development of robust and rapid molecular-based detection technique with major emphasis to foodborne pathogens and biothreat agents; Food safety (Identification of the role and risk of injured foodborne pathogens after thermal, pH and other environmental challenge); Antibiotic resistance and metabolomics
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Dr. Sonia Zuñiga
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Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, National Center of Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC), Campus Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Darwin 3, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Interests: The molecular basis of coronavirus pathogenesis, focusing in coronaviruses relevant for human and animal health
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