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Woutrina A Smith- BA, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Associate Professor
Medicine & Epidemiology

1042 Vet Med 3B
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 754 0119


Research Focus

Dr. Miller's research program uses One Health approaches to investigate the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of zoonotic pathogens locally in California as well as internationally at multiple project sites in Africa and Asia. As a molecular epidemiologist working at the interfaces of humans, animals, and their shared environments, waterborne fecal pathogens as well as milk- and airborne transmitted zoonotic agents are of particular interest when considering individual and population health issues.

Specialty Focus

Microbiology, Epidemiology, Zoonoses


2004 PhD Comparative Pathology, University of California, Davis, CA
2001 MPVM Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA
1996 BA Biology, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
2001 DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis,

Honors and Awards

2005 International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine Travel Award
2005 Merck/Merial National Veterinary Scholar Symposium Honorable Mention
2005 National Institutes of Health Internet Grantwriting Modules Fellow
2004 American Society for Microbiology Summer Institute Fellow
2003 Consortium for Women and Research Travel Award
2003 World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology Travel Award
2003 Morris Animal Foundation Fellow
2002-2004 California Sea Grant Fellow
2002-2003 Coastal Environmental Quality Initiaive Graduate Fellow
2001 Contributions to Avian and Exotic Medicine Award
1999 Helen Bailey Memorial Research Scholarship

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, Science based monitoring for produce safety: comparing indicators and pathogens in water, soil, and crops, Gillor (Principal Investigator), CPS-BARD Research Program

Co-Investigator, PREDICT: Wildlife SMART surveillance, Mazet (Principal Investigator), USAID Avian and Pandemic Influenza and Zoonotic Disease Program

Co-Investigator, Evaluation of fecal pathogen pollution in coastal California ecosystems, Conrad (Principal Investigator), Center for Food Animal Health

Principal Investigator, Tuberculosis epidemiology and novel transmission routes in rural Tanzaniand diagnostic techniques in high-risk rural communities of Tanzania, Hopewell - UCSF (Principal Investigator), National Institutes of Health

Co-Principal Investigator, Roles of a marine host cycle and particle aggregation in transmission of zoonotic pathogens in coastal ecosystems, Conrad (Principal Investigator), National Science Foundation

Co-Principal Investigator, Improved detection of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts, Conrad (Principal Investigator), California Ocean Protection Council

Co-Principal Investigator, Strengthening Tanzanian Livestock Health and Pastoralist Nutrition and Livelihoods in a Changing Climate, Mazet (Principal Investigator), USAID Livestock-Climate Change CRSP

Co-Principal Investigator, Assessing the effectiveness of improved sanitation on diarrhoea and helminth infection: a cluster randomized controlled trial in rural India, Clasen (Principal Investigator), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Principal Investigator, Investigation into the potential decline of African buffalo (Syncerus caffer) in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania, (Principal Investigator), Conservation Research Foundation

Co-Investigator, Improving Health Information Access and Sharing Among Field Workers and Providers Via Mobile Communications: A Needs Assessment of Sabana Grande, Nicaragua, Wilkes (Principal Investigator), UCD Blum Center PASS Program

Co-Investigator, Noroviruses in coastal waters: Implications for seafood cultivation and human health, (Principal Investigator), California Sea Grant

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Weis AM, Miller WA, Byrne BA, Chouicha N, Boyce WM, Townsend AK Prevalence and pathogenic potential of campylobacter isolates from free-living, human-commensal american crows. Appl Environ Microbiol,
  • Link Icon 2014 Roug A, Geoghegan C, Wellington E, Miller WA, Travis E, Porter D, Cooper D, Clifford DL, Mazet JA, Parsons S Utility of a Fecal Real-time PCR Protocol for Detection of Mycobacterium bovis Infection in African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer). J Wildl Dis,
  • Link Icon 2014 Hogan JN, Miller WA, Cranfield MR, Ramer J, Hassell J, Noheri JB, Conrad PA, Gilardi KV Giardia in mountain gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei), forest buffalo (syncerus caffer), and domestic cattle in volcanoes national park, rwanda. J Wildl Dis,
  • Link Icon 2013 Bougiouklis P, Weissenbock H, Wells A, Miller WA, Palmieri C, Shivaprasad HL Otitis media associated with Cryptosporidium baileyi in a Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug) J Comparative Pathology,
  • Link Icon 2013 Hughes SN, Greig DJ, Miller WA, Byrne BA, Gulland FMD, Harvey JT Dynamics of Vibrio with Virulence Genes Detected in Pacific Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina richardii) Off California: Implications for Marine Mammal Health Microbial Ecology,
  • Link Icon 2013 Hogan JN, Daniels ME, Watson FG, Oates SC, Miller MA, Conrad PA, Shapiro K, Hardin D, Dominik C, Melli A, Jessup DA, Miller WA Hydrologic and vegetative removal of Cryptosporidium parvum, Giardia lamblia, and Toxoplasma gondii surrogate microspheres in coastal wetlands Water Research,
  • Link Icon 2013 Norman SA, Hobbs RC, Wuertz S, Melli A, Beckett LA, Chouicha N, Kundu A, Miller WA Fecal pathogen pollution: sources and patterns in water and sediment samples from the upper Cook Inlet, Alaska ecosystem Microbial Ecology,
  • Link Icon 2013 Roug A, Byrne BA, Conrad PA, Miller WA Zoonotic fecal pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in county fair animals Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases,
  • Link Icon 2013 Adell AD, Miller WA, Harvey DJ, Van Wormer E, Wuertz S, Conrad PA Individual subject meta-analysis of parameters for Cryptosporidium parvum shedding and diarrhoea in animal experimental models Epidemiol. Infect,
  • Link Icon 2013 Norman SA, Beckett LA, Miller WA, St. Leger J, Hobbs RC Variation in hematological and serum biochemical values of belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) under managed care. J Zoo Wildl Med,