One Health: Research, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Through the Center for One Health Illinois, researchers working in diverse biomedical disciplines agree to jointly train their graduate students in One Health concepts.

The Center funds research by DVM/MPH students completing the capstone project required for the MPH degree. Funding is awarded on the basis of scientific merit of projects with strong animal, ecosystem and human health components.

Current Projects

  • Dr. Valerie Eisenbart (2011) is working with Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker on a project titled The Association between Bacterial Load in Food and Environmental Surfaces of Restaurants and Public Health Departments Documentation of Food-Borne Illness Risk Factor Violations
  • Dr. Dana Johnson (2012) is working with Dr. Marilyn O'Hara on a project titled Ecosystem Characteristics, Human-Bat Conflicts, and Bat Rabies in Illinois
  • Dr. J. Charles Deutsch (2011) is working with Drs. Jen Langan, Mark Mitchell, Carol Maddox, Tom Meahan on a project titled Investigation of Antibiotic Resistance in Turtles and Fish from Salt Creek and Busse Woods with Varying Exposure to Outflow from a Wastewater Treatment Plant.
  • Dr. Nicole Dahm (2012) is studying the indicence trends and the spatial and temporal assocations of vector born illnesses in humans in Illinois with Dr. Jack Herrmann.
  • Dr. Alison Pierce Abou-Daoud (2012) is analyzing risk factors for sporadic, non-typhoidal Salmonella in two counties in Illinois with Dr. Mark Dworkin from UIC-SPH.
  • Dr. Jen LaVigne (2013) is studying chronic kidney disease in Nicaraguan sugar cane workers with Dr. Mark Dworkin from UIC-SPH and a group form Mt Sinai College of Medicine.
  • Dr. Heather Davis (2013) is working with Dr. Gay Miller on predictors of success in foodborne outbreak investigations in the United States.
  • Ian Sweeney (2014) is investigating the potential exchange of virulence and resistance genes of staph infecting canine companions with Drs. Carol Maddox and Yvette Johnson.
  • Varun Goel, graduate student in pathobiology is studying the epidemiology of bluetongue and epizootic hemorrhagic disease in Illinois cervid and cattle with Dr. Marilyn O'Hara.
  • Nathaniel Uchtmann, JD, third year medical student is writing an analysis of barriers to the development of an integrated One Health surveillance system in Illinois.
  • Dr. Kelly DeBaene (2011) is working with Dr. Yvonne Nadler, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Dr. Jack Herrmann on a project titled, A Theoretical Model of an Avian-Human Influenza Outbreak at Lincoln Park Zoo.
  • Dr. Keely Szilagyi (2011), while completing her laboratory animal residency at the University of Illinois-Chicago, is working with Dr. Wei Zhang on a project titled, Population-Specific Cytosine Modification Cytosine Modification Variation in MYLK and Health Disparities in Acute Lung Injury.
  • Cari Rasmussen is working with  Matt Allender, DVM, MS on a project entitled, Investigation into enteric bacteria and antibiotic resistance in a novel box turtle population from both a rural and urban landscape.
  • Arsema Weldu is working with Brian Allan, PhD and Andrew Mackay, PhD on a project entitled, The influence of urban storm water management practices on mosquito blood feeding behavior and the potential for West Nile Virus enzootic amplification.

Completed Projects

  • Herrmann, JA, Kostiuk, SL, Dworkin, MD, Johnson, YJ. Temporal and spatial distribution of blastomycosis cases in humans and dogs in Illinois (2001-2007). JAVMA 239(3), August 1, 2011. 335 – 343.
  • Wrobel L, Whittington JK, Pujol C, Oh Soon-Hwan, Ruiz MO, Pfaller MA, Diekema DJ, Soll DR, Hoyer LL. Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis of a Geographically and Temporally Matched Set of Candida albicans Isolates from Humans and Nonmigratory Wildlife in Central Illinois. Eukaryotic Cell September 2008 vol. 7 no. 9 1475-1486.
  • Mathewson A, Johnson YJ, Myint M, Herrmann JA. MRSA and MRS in horses and their handlers. Under review
  • Hickey, M, Nadler, Y. Simian Immunodeficiency Virus and Parasitism of Chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, Tanzania. Under review
  • Burdorf, K, Herrmann, JA, Johnson, YJ, Myint, S. Antimicrobial resistance and genetic analysis of E. coli isolates obtained from dairy and beef cattle and free-living wild birds. Under review