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Woutrina A Miller- BA, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Assistant Adjunct Profesor
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

5309 Vet Med 3A
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

1999 Helen Bailey Memorial Research Scholarship
2001 Contributions to Avian and Exotic Medicine Award
2002-2003 Coastal Environmental Quality Initiaive Graduate Fellow
2002-2004 California Sea Grant 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
2004 American Society for Microbiology Summer Institute Fellow
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

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 2012 Oates SC, Miller MA, Hardin D, Conrad PA, Melli A, Jessup D, Dominik C, Rough A, Tinker M, Miller WA Prevalence, environmental loading, and molecular characterization of Cryptosporidium and Giardia isolates from domestic and wild animals along the central California coast Applied and Environmental Microbiology,
  • Link Icon 2012 Oates SC, Miller MA, Byrne BA, Chouicha N, Hardin D, Jessup D, Dominik C, Roug A, Schreiwer A, Jang SS, Miller WA Epidemiology and potential land-sea transfer of enteric bacterial from terrestrial to marine species in the Monterey Bay region of California J Wildl Dis,
  • Link Icon 2012 Counihan-Edgar KC, Gill VA, Doroff AM, Burek KA, Miller WA, Shewmaker PL, Jang S, Goertz CE, Tuomi PA, Miller MA, Jessup DA, Byrne BA Genotypic characterization of Streptococcus infantarius subspecies coli isolates from sea otters with infective endocarditis and/or septicemia and from environmental mussel samples Journal of Clinical Microbiology,
  • Link Icon 2012 Donado-Godoy P, Gardner IA, Byrne BA, Leon M, Perez-Gutierrez E, Ovalle MV, Tafur M, Miller WA Prevalence, risk factors, and antimicrobial resistance profiles of Salmonella from commercial broiler farms in two important poultry-producing regions of Colombia Journal of Food Protection,
  • Link Icon 2012 Norman SA, Goertz CE, Burek KA, Quakenbush LT, Cornick LA, Romano T, Spoon T, Miller WA, Beckett LA, Hobbs RC Seasonal hematology and serum chemistry of wild beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) in Bristol Bay, Alaska, USA J Wildl Dis,
  • Link Icon 2012 Hogan JN, Daniels ME, Watson FG, Conrad PA, Oates SC, Miller MA, Hardin D, Byrne BA, Dominik C, Melli A, Jessup DA, Miller WA Longitudinal Poisson regression to evaluate the epidemiology of Cryptosporidium, Giardia, and fecal indicator bacteria in coastal California wetlands Appl Environ Microbiol,
  • Link Icon 2011 Siembieda JL, Miller WA, Byrne BA, Ziccardi MH, Anderson N, Chouicha N, Sandrock CE, Johnson CK Zoonotic pathogens isolated from wild animals and environmental samples at two California wildlife hospitals J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2010 Lewis DJ, Atwill ER, Lennox MS, Pereira MD, Miller WA, Conrad PA, Tate KW Management of microbial contamination in storm runoff from California coastal dairy pastures J Environ Qual,
  • Link Icon 2010 Miller MA, Kudela RM, Mekebri A, Crane D, Oates SC, Tinker MT, Staedler M, Miller WA, Toy-Choutka S, Dominik C, Hardin D, Langlois G, Murray M, Ward K, Jessup DA Evidence for a novel marine harmful algal bloom: cyanotoxin (microcystin) transfer from land to sea otters PLoS One,
  • Link Icon 2010 Shapiro K, Conrad PA, Mazet JA, Wallender WW, Miller WA, Largier JL Effect of estuarine wetland degradation on transport of Toxoplasma gondii surrogates from land to sea Appl Environ Microbiol,