Faculty

Director

Dr. Guillermo Risatti,
D.V.M. (Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto, Argentina), M.S., Ph.D. (University of Nebraska).
Dr. Risatti is Director and Section Head for Diagnostic Testing Services including diagnostic microbiology, serology, virology, molecular diagnostics, and parasitology.

Associate Director

 

Dr. Salvatore Frasca,
V.M.D. (University of Pennsylvania), Ph.D. (University of Connecticut), Diplomate (American College of Veterinary Pathologists).
Dr. Frasca has a long history of diagnostic investigation and demonstrable expertise in the pathology of a wide range of aquatic animals, e.g. wild, aquarium, and aquacultured finfish, cartilaginous fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, marine invertebrates, and marine birds.

Dr. Kirklyn M. Kerr,
B.S. (West Virginia University), D.V.M. (Ohio State University), M.S. (West Virginia University), Ph.D. (Texas A&M    University), Diplomate. ( American College of Veterinary Pathologists).
Dr. Kerr’s research interests are the pathogenesis of infectious disease of poultry, the pathogenesis of Mycoplasma-induced disease of food animals, and experimental diagnostic veterinary pathology.

Dr. Mazhar I. Khan,
B.V.S. (Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan), M.P.V.M., Ph.D. (University of California, Davis).
Dr. Khan has expertise in poultry and pet bird pathology and is particularly interested in molecular diagnostic techniques for the identification of mycoplasmas and Salmonella.

Dr. Neha Mishra,
Ph.D. (University of Connecticut), Diplomate (American College of Veterinary Pathology), MS (University of Connecticut), MVSc (G.B Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar, India), BVSc (Indira Gandhi Agriculture University, Raipur, India).
Dr. Mishra has interests in mammals including lab animals, avian and exotic species. Her research interests include Clostridium perfringens, application of proteogenomics for understanding pathogenesis of clostridial enteritis in different species, and vaccine development against necrotic enteritis.

Dr. Emily Reinhardt,
M.S. (University of Connecticut), BVM&S (Royal (Dick) Vet School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, Scotland), Diplomate (American College of Veterinary Pathology). Dr. Reinhardt has an interest in general diagnostic pathology with a special interest in aquatics and exotic animal pathology.

Emeritus Professor – Dr. Joan Smyth,
MVB(University College Dublin), Ph.D. (Queens University, Belfast, N. Ireland), Diplomate, European College of Veterinary Pathologists, FRCVS (Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons).
Dr. Smyth has expertise in the Pathology of mammals and birds. Her research interests include comparative pathology including animal models for human disease, clostridial enteritis, circoviruses, and adenoviruses.

Emeritus Professor – Dr. H. J. Van Kruiningen,
D.V.M., Ph.D. (Cornell University), M.D. (Brown University), Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Van Kruiningen has expertise in diagnostic pathology with special interests in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and wildlife diseases.

Other faculty in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science include

Dr. Sylvain DeGuise,
D.V.M., I.P.S.A.V., M.Sc., PhD., whose interests are in immunology, immunotoxicology, and pathology of aquatic animals, particularly marine mammals and oysters.

Dr. Steven J. Geary,
Ph.D., whose major interest is in molecular microbiology, particularly pathogenic factors of mycoplasmas

Dr. Antonio E. Garmendia,
D.V.M., Ph.D., has a particular interest in immunology, particularly herpesviruses such as pseudorabies and immunology of the porcine species.

Dr. Dong-Hun Lee,
D.V.M., Ph.D., uses an interdisciplinary combination of high-throughput genome sequencing, computational biology, and microbiology for infectious disease surveillance, investigation, and development of new molecular diagnostics and interventions. Dr. Lee provides genomic sequencing and bioinformatics expertise to the CVMDL for surveillance and molecular characterization of pathogens circulating in Connecticut and the New England region.

Dr. Paulo Verardi,PhD., whose interests are in vaccine development, enhanced safety, and efficacy of recombinant viral vectors such as vaccinia virus (VACV), biodefense, zoonotic, and emerging disease, including vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics. Retrovirology, including simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) as a model for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Viral immunology, pathogenesis, and immunomodulation, Oncolytic viral therapy and gene therapy, Molecular virology, and synthetic biology.

Dr. Milton Levin,
Ph.D., who has a particular interest in the development and application of the effects of biomarkers to evaluate the health of humans and wildlife species upon exposure to anthropogenic and natural environmental contaminants. Applying the risk assessment approach to quantify the probability of harmful effects on an exposed population and facilitating the transfer of laboratory data to appropriate public/wildlife health officials to help manage, reduce, and/or mitigate the negative impacts of contaminants.

Residents-In-Pathology
Dr. Natalie Tocco, DVM
Dr. Linnette Vasquez, DVM
Staff
Helal, Zeinab, Research Associate I, Molecular Diagnostics
Hunt, Amelia, Laboratory Technician II, Necropsy/Admissions
Jackman, Ione, Academic Assistant III, Histology
Long, Denise, Laboratory Technician III, Histology
Molly McCauley, Laboratory Technician II, Admissions/ Necropsy/Trimming
Mcginnis, Holly, Laboratory Technician II, Regulatory Serology
Polkowski, Robert, Research Assistant I, Microbiology/Mastitis
Sims, Maureen, Laboratory Technician II, Serology
Stachowiak, Aaron, Quality Assurance Manager
Weidig, Vickie, Educational Program Administrator