College of Veterinary Medicine

Infectious Disease



Research foci include emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, including zoonotic diseases, in the areas of diagnosis, antibiotic resistance, vaccine development, disease modelling (epidemiology), vector-borne diseases, infectious diseases of cold-water aquaculture and wildlife, veterinary pharmacology, and disease surveillance and spatial epidemiology as applied to production animals, wildlife (including free-roaming dogs), and aquatic species.

Research on biofilm development, gene regulation of virulence factors, and vaccine and diagnostic test development is being led by Dr. Tom Inzana. Dr. Soo Jin Jeon is working on bacterial uterine infections of dairy cows, and the genetics and bacterial infections of aquatic species. Dr. Reta Abdi investigates antimicrobial resistance in bacteria, the role of membrane proteins in resistance to antimicrobial agents, and development of alternative therapies to antibiotics.


Dr. Maria Forzan is using improved molecular diagnostic assays to investigate and better diagnose viral diseases caused by ranavirus and the chytrid fungi Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) and B. dendrobatidis (Bd), which are causing significant morbidity and mortality of Amphibian species.


Dr. Raphael Vanderstichel investigates the epidemiology of a wide rage animal species and pathogens, such as sea lice and other infectious agents in salmonids, fungi in frogs, and parasites in birds.