María J. Forzán, MVZ (DVM), PhD, DACVP

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine

Email: Maria.Forzan@liu.edu

María J. Forzán was born and grew up in Mexico City. She obtained her MVZ (DVM) degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and worked at a private zoo for a short time before moving to Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she obtained a MSc degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College working on a parasitic disease of cormorants. Having acquired a taste for pathology during her Master's work, she enrolled in a residency training program in anatomic pathology, with a special emphasis on wildlife, that started at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and finished back in Canada, at the AVC. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2004, while working at Finn Pathologists, a private diagnostic laboratory in England. After working in England for 3 years, María returned to Canada as a diagnostic wildlife pathologist for the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. In 2016 she completed her PhD on the pathogenesis of ranavirus in a native North American frog. María worked as a diagnostic wildlife pathologist at the Cornell Wildlife Health Lab for a couple of years, where her research focused on emerging wildlife pathogens. Her teaching experience includes traditional courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, veterinary teaching rotations, remote education lectures, and training workshops conducted in North America, Central America and Europe. In the fall of 2019 she joined the Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine, where she continues her amphibian work and hopes to expand the exposure of veterinary students to wild species, particularly those that swim and hop.

María’s research interest focuses on the application of diagnostic pathology to disease ecology and surveillance. She is particularly active in areas that forge multidisciplinary collaborations bridging gaps between veterinary medicine, immunology, biology, and conservation ecology.

Publications - (selected manuscripts)

  • Rhoo KH, Edholm ES, Forzán MJ, Khan A, Waddle AW, Pavelka MS, Robert J. Distinct host-mycobacterial pathogen interactions between resistant adult and tolerant tadpole life stages of Xenopus laevis. Journal of Immunology, 2019, Oct 7, doi:10.4049/jimmunol.1900459
  • Forzán MJ, Bienentreu J, Schock DM, Lesbarrères D. Multi-tool diagnosis of an outbreak of ranavirosis in amphibian tadpoles in the Canadian boreal forest. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 2019,135:33-41
  • Forzán MJ, Renshaw R, Bunting E, Buckles E, Okoniewski J, Hynes K, Melendez R, Ableman A, Laverack M, Fadden M, Dastjerdi A, Schuler K, Dubovi E. Novel orthoreovirus associated with epizootic necrotizing enteritis and splenic necrosis in American crows, Corvus brachyrhynchos. Journal of Wildlife Disease, 2019, 55(4):812-822
  • Needle D, Burnell VC, Forzán MJ, Dubovi ED, Schuler KL, Bernier C, Hollingshead NA, Ellis JC, Stevens BA, Tate P, Anis E, Wilkes RP. Infection of eight mesocarnivores in New Hampshire and Vermont with a distinct clade of canine distemper virus in 2016-2017. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 2019:1-6
  • Saucedo B, Garner T, Kruithof N, Allain S, Goodman M, Cranfield R, Sergeant C, Vergara D, Kik M, Forzan M, vanBeurden S. Common midwife toad ranaviruses replicate first in the oral cavity of smooth newts (Lissotriton vulgaris) and show distinct strain-associated pathogenicity. Scientific Reports 2019, 9:4453
  • Forzán MJ, Okoniewski J, Lejeune M, Morrissey S, Zitek W, Hollingshead N, Bunting E.  Necrotizing enteritis in nesting adult eastern bluebirds, Sialia sialis, in New York State. Journal of Wildlife Disease, 2019, 55(4):889-896
  • Maclaine A, Forzán MJ, Mashkour N, Scott J, Ariel E. Pathogenesis of Bohle iridovirus (genus Ranavirus) in experimentally infected juvenile eastern water dragons (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii). Veterinary Pathology, 2019, 56(3):465-475
  • S McBurney, W Kelly-Clark, MJ Forzán, R Vanderstichel, K Teather, S Greenwood. Persistence of Trichomonas gallinae in bird seed. Avian Diseases, 2017, 61(3):311-317
  • H Fenton, PY Daoust, MJ Forzán, RV Vanderstichel, JKB Ford, L Spaven, S Lair, S Raverty.  Causes of mortality of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phoceona) along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of Canada. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 2017, 122(3):171-183
  • MJ Forzán, KM Jones, E Ariel, RJ Whittington, J Wood, RJF Markham, PY Daoust. Pathogenesis of Frog Virus 3 (Ranavirus sp, Iridoviridae) infection in wood frogs, Rana sylvatica. Veterinary Pathology, 2017, 54(3):531-548
  • MJ Forzán, J Heatley, KE Russell, B Horney. Clinical Pathology of Amphibians: A Review. Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 2017, 46(1):11-33
  • Pessier AP, MJ Forzán, JE Longcore, L Berger, L Rollins-Smith, L Skerratt. Letter to the editor: Comment on chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis fungal infection in freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium rosenbergii (de Man)-a new report. Aquaculture, 2017, 468(1):326-327
  • CL White, MJ Forzán, AP Pessier, MC Allender, JR Ballard, A Catenazzi, H Fenton, A Martel, F Pasmans, DL Miller, RJ Ossiboff, KD Richgels, JL Kerby. Amphibian: A case definition and diagnostic criteria for Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans chytridiomycosis. Herpetological Review, 2016, 47(2):207-209
  • MJ Forzán, TG Smith, RV Vanderstichel, NS Hogan, CV Gilroy. Hematological reference intervals for Rana sylvatica (Lithobates sylvaticus) and effect of infection with Frog Virus 3 (Ranavirus sp, Iridoviridae). Veterinary Clinical Pathology, 2016, 45(3):430-443
  • LA Maxham, MJ Forzán, NS Hogan, RV Vanderstichel, CV Gilroy. Hematological reference intervals for Xenopus tropicalis with partial use of automatic counting methods and reliability of long-term stored samples.  Veterinary Clinical Pathology 2016, 45(s):291-299 (MF corresponding author)
  • H Fenton, MJ Forzán, M Desmarchelier, M Woodland, S Sayi, CV Gilroy. Poorly-differentiated cutaneous carcinoma of non-sebaceous origin in a three-year-old Mongolian gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus). Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2016, 57(1):80-83 (MF corresponding author) 
  • Forzán MJ, KM Jones, RV Vanderstichel, J Wood, FSB Kibenge, T Kuiken, W Wirth, E Ariel, P-Y Daoust. Clinical signs, pathology and dose-dependent survival of adult wood frogs, Rana sylvatica, inoculated orally with frog virus 3 (Ranavirus sp., Iridoviridae). Journal of General Virology, 2015, 96:1138-1149
  • Vanderstichel, R, MJ Forzán, GE Pérez, JA Serpell, and E Garde. Changes in blood testosterone concentrations following surgical and chemical sterilization of male free-roaming dogs in southern Chile.  Theriogenology, 2015,83(6):1021-1027
  • McBurney S, WK Kelly-Clark, MJ Forzán, B Lawson, KM Tyler, SJ Greenwood. Molecular characterization of Trichomonas gallinae isolates recovered from the Canadian Maritime provinces’ wild avifauna reveals the presence of the genotype responsible for the European finch trichomonosis epidemic and additional strains. Parasitology, 2015, 142(8):1053-1062
  • Forzán MJ, LV Ferguson, TG Smith. Calcium Oxalate Nephrolithiasis and Tubular Necrosis in Recent Metamorphs of Rana sylvatica (Lithobates sylvaticus) Fed Spinach During the Premetamorphic (Tadpole) Stage.  Veterinary Pathology, 2015, 52(2):384-384 [doi: 0300985814535607]
  • Forzán MJ, E Garde, GE Pérez, RV Vanderstichel. Necrosuppurative Orchitis and Scrotal Necrotizing Dermatitis Following Intratesticular Administration of Zinc Gluconate Neutralized with Arginine (EsterilSol™) in Two Mixed-breed Dogs. Veterinary Pathology, 2014, 51(4):820-823 [doi: 10.1177/0300985813505875]
  • Forzán MJ, Wood J. Low detection of ranavirus (PCR) in wild post-metamorphic green frogs, Rana (Lithobatesclamitans, despite previous or concurrent tadpole mortality. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2013, 49(4):879-886
  • Kelly-Clark WK, McBurney S, Forzán MJ, Desmarchelier M, Greenwood SJ. Detection and characterization of a Trichomonas isolate from a rehabilitated bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 2013, 44(4):1123-1126
  • Forzán MJ, RV Vanderstichel, CT Ogbuah, JR Barta, TG Smith. Blood collection from the facial (maxillary)/musculo-cutaneous vein in true frogs (family Ranidae), a practical technique.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2012, 48(1):176-180
  • Lemon M, Pack L, Forzán MJ.  Valvular Endocarditis and Septic Thrombosis Associated with a Radial Fracture in a Red-Tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis).  Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2012, 53(1):79-82 (MF corresponding author)
  • Gilroy C, Forzán M, Drew A, Vernau W.  Eosinophilia in a cat with acute leukemia.  Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2011, 52:1004-1008
  • Forzán MJ, Vanderstichel, R.V., Hogan N.S., Teather K., Wood, J. Prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in three species of wild frogs on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 2010, 91(2):91-96
  • Forzán MJ, Vanderstichel RV, Melekhovets YF, McBurney S. Trichomoniasis in finches from the Canadian Maritime provinces, an emerging disease. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2009, 51(4):391-396 
  • Forzán MJ, Gunn H, Scott P. Chytridiomycosis in an Aquarium Population of Frogs: Diagnosis, Treatment and Control. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 2008, 39(3):406-411
  • Forzán MJ, McClure J Aganglionosis is a 3-month-old Holstein calf. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 2005, 46:342-344
  • Forzán MJ, Frasca S. Systemic Toxoplasmosis in a 5-month-old beaver, Castor canadensis. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, 2004, 35(1):113-115