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Janet Foley- BA, DVM, MS, PhD
Professor and Researcher
Medicine & Epidemiology

1320 Tupper Hall
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 754 9740
jefoley@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

I study the ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases in complex communities. While the majority of systems I study are vector-borne (anaplasmosis, Lyme disease, mange, plague, et al.), I and my collaborators also are involved in applied infectious disease ecology problems in other systems including chytridiomycosis in frogs and salamanders, multiple-host transmission dynamics of reptile diseases, and disease in coral. Overall, we aim to understand how community complexity contributes to disease persistence and emergence, and how driving factors are affected by anthropogenic change. Related to this major goal are a collection of projects that include assessing various species' health in the wild and managing disease and other stressors in endangered and threatened species, such as the American pika, the endangered Amargosa vole, and the endangered San Joaquin kit fox.

Specialty Focus

Epidemiology

Education

1985 BA , George Mason University, Faifax, VA,
1987 MS , George Mason University, Faifax, VA,
1993 DVM , University of California, Davis,
1997 PhD , University of California, Davis,

Honors and Awards

2005 Patent - Virulent Systemic Feline Calicivirus
1995-1997 Krade and Maddox Feline Medicine Fellowship
1993 UC Davis Feline Medicine Senior Award
1992 Nola Ehrenburg Memorial Feline Medicine Award
1992 California Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary Award
1991 Moss Belknap Scholarship
1991 Contra Costa County Kennel Club Award
1988 Jastro-Shields research grant
1987-1988 NIH Traineeship
1986 Alpha Chi National Honor Society
1985 Sigma Xi grant-in-aid of research
1985 Mountain Lake Biological Station Service Award
2005 Patent - Virulent Systemic Feline Calicivirus
1995-1997 Krade and Maddox Feline Medicine Fellowship
1993 UC Davis Feline Medicine Senior Award
1992 Nola Ehrenburg Memorial Feline Medicine Award
1992 California Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary Award
1991 Moss Belknap Scholarship
1991 Contra Costa County Kennel Club Award
1988 Jastro-Shields research grant
1987-1988 NIH Traineeship
1986 Alpha Chi National Honor Society
1985 Sigma Xi grant-in-aid of research
1985 Mountain Lake Biological Station Service Award

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, Impacts of a fungal pathogen in the cascades frog in northern California, J Piovia-Scott (Principal Investigator), Fish and Wildlife Service

Principal Investigator, Amargosa vole epidemiology study, (Principal Investigator), Bureau of Land Management

Co-Principal Investigator, Recovery and management of the Amargosa Vole, (Principal Investigator), CDFW/USFWS Section 6

Co-Principal Investigator, Laboratory capacity for documenting leptospirosis in animals, (Principal Investigator), Zoetis

Instructor, The role of the rabbit tick in the transmission and maintenance of the deadly intracellular pathogen Francisella tularensis, T. Roth (Principal Investigator), Wildlife Health Center

Instructor, Investigating molecular mechanisms of resistance to fungal disease in amphibians, E. Eskew (Principal Investigator), Wildlife Health Center

Co-Principal Investigator, Captive breeding and habitat restoration of the Amargosa vole, (Principal Investigator), CDFW/USFWS Section 6

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Janet Foley: Patterns of Natural and Human-Caused Mortality Factors of a Rare Forest Carnivore, the Fisher (Pekania pennanti) in California 2015 Gabriel, M. W., L. W. Woods, G. M. Wengert, N. Stephenson, J. M. Higley, C. Thompson, S. M. Matthews, R. A. Sweitzer, K. Purcell, and R. H. Barrett Patterns of Natural and Human-Caused Mortality Factors of a Rare Forest Carnivore, the Fisher (Pekania pennanti) in California PloS One,
  • Janet Foley: Abundance of questing ticks and molecular evidence for pathogens in ticks in three parks of Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy 2015 Aureli, S., R. Galuppi, F. Ostanello, J. Foley, C. Bonoli, D. Rejmanek, G. Rocchi, E. Orlandi, and M. Tampieri Abundance of questing ticks and molecular evidence for pathogens in ticks in three parks of Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy Annals of agricultural and environmental medicine,
  • Janet Foley: A real-time PCR assay for differentiating pathogenic Anaplasma phagocytophilum from an apathogenic, woodrat-adapted genospecies from North America 2015 Stephenson, N., E. Hodzic, S. Mapes, D. Rejmanek, and J. Foley A real-time PCR assay for differentiating pathogenic Anaplasma phagocytophilum from an apathogenic, woodrat-adapted genospecies from North America Ticks and Tick-borne Disease,
  • Janet Foley: American Bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) resist infection by multiple isolates of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, including one implicated in wild mass mortality 2015 Eskew, E. A., S. J. Worth, J. E. Foley, and B. D. Todd American Bullfrogs (Lithobates catesbeianus) resist infection by multiple isolates of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, including one implicated in wild mass mortality Ecohealth,
  • Janet Foley: Incidence rates and risk factors for owner-reported adverse events following vaccination of dogs that did or did not receive a Leptospira vaccine 2015 Yao, Peng Ju Stephenson, Nicole Foley, Janet E Toussieng, Chuck R Farver, Thomas B Sykes, Jane E Fleer, Katryna A Incidence rates and risk factors for owner-reported adverse events following vaccination of dogs that did or did not receive a Leptospira vaccine Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association,
  • Janet Foley: Demographic characteristics and infectious diseases of a population of American black bears in Humboldt County, California 2015 Stephenson S, Higley M, Sajecki J, Chomel B, Brown R, Foley J Demographic characteristics and infectious diseases of a population of American black bears in Humboldt County, California Vectorborne Zoonotic Dis,
  • Janet Foley: Treatment with itraconazole reduces prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and increases overwinter survival of juvenile Cascades frogs in the wild 2015 Hardy B, Brown R, Foley J, Pope K Treatment with itraconazole reduces prevalence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and increases overwinter survival of juvenile Cascades frogs in the wild Dis Aquatic Organisms,
  • Janet Foley: Ectoparasites of Microtus californicus and possible emergence of an exotic species tick in California 2015 Poulsen A, Conroy C, Roy A, Brown R, Foley J Ectoparasites of Microtus californicus and possible emergence of an exotic species tick in California J Med Entomol,
  • Janet Foley: Mange caused by a Knemidokoptes derooi-like mite in a golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) 2015 Sadar M, Guzman D, Mete A, Foley J, Stephenson N, Rogers K, Grosset C, Smallwood S, Shipman J, Wells A, White S, Bells D, Hawkins M Mange caused by a Knemidokoptes derooi-like mite in a golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) J Avian Med Surgery,
  • Janet Foley: Correlates of virulence in a frog-killing fungal pathogen: Evidence from a California amphibian decline 2014 Piovia-Scott J, Pope K, Worth SJ, Rosenblum EB, Poorten T, Refsnider J, Rollins-Smith LA, Reinert LK, Wells HL, Rejmanek D, Lawler S, Foley J Correlates of virulence in a frog-killing fungal pathogen: Evidence from a California amphibian decline ISME Journal,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2012 Foley P, Foley J: Modeling population viability and extinction risk in the presence of parasitism, Aguirre AA, Ostfeld R, Daszak P, (ed), New Directions in Conservation Medicine, New York. 590-606.

2009 Foley JE: Vector-borne diseases in shelters, Miller L, Hurley KF, (ed), Shelter Medicine, Ames, Iowa. 331-40.

2006 Foley JE, Case B: Zoonotic and vector borne infections in high-density cat populations, August, J, (ed), Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, St. Louis, MO. 709-16.

2006 Foley JE: Calicivirus: spectrum of disease, August, J, (ed), Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, St. Louis, MO. 1-10.

2006 Foley JE: Prevention and management of infectious diseases in multiple-cat environments, CE Greene, (ed), Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat, Philadelphia. .

External Links

Foley Laboratory in Infectious Disease Ecology