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Dr. Benjamin M. Rosenthal

Research Leader

Building 1040, Room 103, BARC-East

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

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


Building 1001, BARC-East

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD 20705-2350

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. Mark C. Jenkins

Research Molecular Biologist

Building 1040, BARC-EAST

10300 Baltimore Avenue

Beltsville, MD20705-2350

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

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

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

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.