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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Dr. Benjamin M. Rosenthal

Research Leader

Building 1040, Room 103, BARC-East

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

Benjamin.Rosenthal@ars.usda.gov

Defines the degree of genetic variation within and among parasitic microorganisms and uses this information to 1) develop improved methods for their detection and diagnosis, 2) clarify their routes of transmission and define what risk they may pose to public health, and 3) establish an accurate understanding of their evolutionary relationships and origins.

 

Dr. Jitender P. Dubey

Microbiologist

Building 1001, BARC-East

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

Jitender.Dubey@ars.usda.gov

Develops procedures to render meat and meat products safe from Toxoplasma-infection through diagnosis, epidemiology, and on-farm control programs. Develops a vaccine to prevent Toxoplasma-induced abortion in livestock. Develops methods for the diagnosis and control of Neospora in domestic animals and Sarcocystis neurona in horses.

 

Dr. Raymond H. Fetterer

Zoologist

Building 1040, BARC-East

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

Raymond.Fetterer@ars.usda.gov

Conducts research on physiology and biochemistry of parasites, particularly related to characterizing proteins involved in development of coccidian parasites of poultry. Uses proteomic techniques to identify proteins important in the biology of coccidian parasites.

 

Dr. Dolores E. Hill

Research Parasitologist

Buiding 307C, BARC-East

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

Dolores.Hill@ars.usda.gov

Conducts research on the biochemistry, molecular biology, and epidemiology of Neospora caninum and the zoonotic pathogens Toxoplasma gondii and Trichinella spiralis. Develops methods to detect and identify parasites and strategies for the control of animal and human infection.

 

Dr. Eric P. Hoberg

Zoologist

Building 1180, BARC-East

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

Eric.Hoberg@ars.usda.gov

Conducts research on the biodiversity, systematics and phylogeny of helminth parasites of animals relying on integrated approaches using comparative morphology and molecular data. Conducts analyses of coevolutionary and biogeographic relationships for nematodes of Holarctic ungulates.

 

Dr. Mark C. Jenkins

Research Molecular Biologist

Building 1040, BARC-EAST

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

Mark.Jenkins@ars.usda.gov

Conducts research on the molecular genetics of parasites of food animals using various biochemical methods including recombinant DNA techniques to identify and classify parasites and to develop diagnostic probes. Develops vaccination strategies and diagnostic test for drug resistance and species of parasites.

 

Dr. Joan K. Lunney

Research Scientist

Building 1040, Room 105, BARC-East

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville Maryland 20705-2350

Joan.Lunney@ars.usda.gov

Explores pig responses to highly infectious diseases, applying a genomic-based approach for understanding host-pathogen interactions and the genetic variations associated with infection, vaccination, adaptive immune responses, and disease susceptibility and resistance. Develops effective countermeasures for preventing and controlling important viral diseases of pigs, such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). Develops immunologic tools and novel assays to evaluate pig responses to vaccination and infectious diseases.

 

Dr. Wenbin Tuo

Research Animal Scientist

Building 1040, BARC-East

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

Wenbin.Tuo@ars.usda.gov

Conducts research on immunologic interactions between the livestock animal hosts and gastrointestinal (GI) nematode parasites and identification and characterization of potential GI nematode parasite vaccine candidates. Develops vaccines to reduce/prevent production losses due to GI nematode parasite infections in ruminants.

 

Dr. Dante Zarlenga 

Molecular Biologist

Building 1180, Room 100, BARC-East

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

Dante.Zarlenga@ars.usda.gov

Conducts basic and applied research on host-parasite relationships to ascertain fundamental information on the molecular biology, epidemiology and genetics of parasites, and uses functional genomics approaches to investigate host resistance to parasites and parasite drug resistance.


Last Modified: 9/26/2014
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