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Francisco A. Uzal- DVM, MS, PhD
Professor of Clinical
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology


Research Focus

Clostridial diseases of animals; pathogenesis and diagnosis

Specialty Focus

Pathology of diseases of food animals, with special emphasis in infectious diseases


1982 DVM Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, Buenos Aires University, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1989 MS Veterinary Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden
1998 PhD Veterinary Pathology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
2010 Forensic pathology, CLDavis foundation,

Honors and Awards

1997 Award: Best scientific presentation. Polymerase chain reaction detection of different Clostridium perfringens types in faeces of goats. rnational Meeting on the Molecular Biology and Pathogen
1995-1997 Overseas Postgraduate Research Scholarship. Australian Government. Brisbane, Australia
1995-1997 Scholarship of teh National Council of Technical and Scientific Research (Argentina). Brisbane, Australia
1988-1989 Scholarship of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) and The Interamerican Development Bank (BID). Uppsala, Sweden
1983-1987 Scholarship of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA). Bariloche, Argentina
1982-1983 Scholarship of the Council of Deans of National Universities (CRUN). La Plata, Argentina
1981-1982 Scholarship of the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA). Castelar, Argentina


Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Active Research Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, The mechanism of action of C. perfringens enterotoxin, Bruce McClane (Principal Investigator), NIAID thru University of Pittsburgh subaward

Co-Principal Investigator, Clostridium perfringens type B-D virulence plasmids, Bruce McClane (Principal Investigator), NIAID thru University of Pittsburgh subaward

Co-Principal Investigator, Monoclonal immunoprotectants for select agent toxins, Larry Zetlin (Principal Investigator), NIAID thru MAPP Biopharmaceutical, Inc. subaward

Co-Principal Investigator, Early interactions between Clostridium perfringens epsilon toxin and host cells, (Principal Investigator), NIH

Principal Investigator, An Antibody Immunoprotectant for Category B Toxins, (Principal Investigator), NIH

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2012 Diab SS, Shivaprasad, Giannitti F, Uzal FA Cerebrospinal nematodiasis outbreak in an urban outdoor aviary of cockatiels in Southern California Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation,
  • Link Icon 2012 Sarrafian TL, Case JT, Kinde H, Daft BM, Read DH, Moore JD, Uzal FA, Stover SM Fatal Musculoskeletal Injuries of Quarter Horse Racehorses J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2012 Uzal FA Evidence-based medicine concerning efficacy of vaccination against Clostridium chauvoei infection in cattle Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract,
  • Link Icon 2012 Ostrowski SR, Kubiski SV, Palmero J, Reilly CM, Higgins JK, Cook-Cronin S, Tawde SN, Crossley BM, Yant P, Cazarez R, Uzal FA An outbreak of equine botulism type A associated with feeding grass clippings J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Link Icon 2012 Uzal FA, Diab SS, Blanchard P, Moore J, Anthenill L, Shahriar F, Garcia JP, Songer JG Clostridium perfringens type C and Clostridium difficile co-infection in foals Vet Microbiol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Macias Rioseco M, Beingesser J, Uzal FA Freezing or adding trypsin inhibitor to equine intestinal contents extends the lifespan of Clostridium perfringens beta toxin for diagnostic purposes Anaerobe,
  • Link Icon 2012 Pimentel LA, Dantas AF, Uzal F, Riet-Correa F Meningoencephalitis caused by Naegleria fowleri in cattle of northeast Brazil Res Vet Sci,
  • Link Icon 2012 Martínez J, Montgomery DL, Uzal FA Vascular mineralization in the brain of horses J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Link Icon 2012 Eeckhaut V, Boyen F, Pasmans F, Uzal FA, Ducatelle R, Van Hoorebeke S, Maris J, Haesebrouck F, Van Immerseel F Clostridium novyi type B as a causative agent of bovine meat spoilage. Anaerobe,
  • Link Icon 2012 Garcia JP, Beingesser J, Fisher DJ, Sayeed S, McClane BA, Posthaus H, Uzal FA The effect of Clostridium perfringens type C strain CN3685 and its isogenic beta toxin null mutant in goats Vet Microbiol,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2006 McClane BA, Uzal FA, Fernandez-Miyakawa ME, Lyerly DM, Wilkins T: The enterotoxigenic clostridia, Dworkin and Falkow, (ed), The Procaryotes, New York. 698-752.

2002 Uzal FA: Enfermedades clostridiales en ovinos (Clostridial diseases of sheep), Tadich N, (ed), Salud y producción ovina (Sheep Health and Production), Valdivia, Chile. 35-50.

2002 Uzal FA: Enfermedades infectocontagiosas de la reproducción (Infecto-contagious diseases of reproduction), Aisen EG, (ed), Reproducción ovina y caprina. 153-68.

2000 Uzal FA: Salud animal en engorde a corral (Animal health in feed lots), Mueller JP, Taddeo HR, Uzal FA, (ed), Actualización en producción ovina. 165-8.

2000 Uzal FA: Enfermedades clostridiales (Clostridial diseases), Mueller JP, Taddeo HR, Uzal FA, (ed), Actualización en producción ovina (Update on sheep production). 101-12.