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Dolores V Baxa- BS, MS, PhD
Associate Project Scientist
Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology

2007 VM3B
1089 Veterinary Medicine Drive, Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 754 8020


Research Focus

Infectious Diseases of Fish and Aquatic Toxicology

Specialty Focus

Understand and manage fish health due to synergistic interaction of infectious disease agents, toxicants, and other multiple stressors in California watersheds


1978 BS Inland Fisheries, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
1984 MS Biology, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
1988 PhD Fish Pathology, Kochi University, Kochi, Japan

Honors and Awards

1999 US Patent No. 5,962,227, DNA-based diagnostic test for detecting Myxobolus cerebralis, the cause of salmonid whirling disease.
1998 Most Significant Paper Award - American Fisheries Society, Detection of Myxobolus cerebralis in rainbow trout and oligochaete tissues by using a noradioactive in situ hybridization (ISH) protocol.
1994 Best Paper Award - American Fisheries Society, Effects of the corticosteroid kenalog on the carrier state of juvenile channel catfish exposed to Edwardsiella ictaluri.
1984-88 Fellowship Award, Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan.

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, Fall X2 Fish Health Study: Contrasts in health indices, growth, and reproductive fitness of delta smelt and other pelagic fishes rearing in the low salinity zone and Cache Slough regions, SJ Teh (Principal Investigator), Department of Fish and Game

Co-Principal Investigator, Pelagic Organism Decline/Habitat Study Group Investigations, Swee J Teh (Principal Investigator), USDI/USBR

Co-Principal Investigator, Effects of Microcystis aeruginosa in Threadfin Shad (Dorosoma petenense), Swee J. Teh (Principal Investigator), CA Department of Water Resourses

Co-Investigator, Contrasts in Health Indices of Delta Smelt Reared in the Low Salinity Zone and Cache Slough Regions in Summer 2012-2013, SJ Teh (Principal Investigator), Interagency Ecological Program (IEP)

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2012 Acuña S, Baxa D, Teh S Sublethal dietary effects of microcystin producing Microcystis on threadfin shad, Dorosoma petenense Toxicon,
  • Link Icon 2011 Marcos-Lopez M, Waltzek TB, Hedrick RP, Baxa DV, Garber AF, Liston R, Johnsen E, Forward BS, Backman S, Ferguson HW Characterization of a novel alloherpesvirus from Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation,
  • Link Icon 2010 Ger KA, Teh SJ, Baxa DV, Lesmeister S, Goldman CR The effects of dietary Microcystis aeruginosa and microcystin on the copepods of the upper San Francisco Estuary Freshwater Biology,
  • Link Icon 2010 Baxa DV, Kurobe T, Ger KA, Lehman PW, Teh SJ Estimating the abundance of toxic Microcystis in the San Francisco Estuary using quantitative real-time PCR. Harmful Algae,
  • Link Icon 2009 Sakai M, Baxa DV, Kurobe T, Kono T, Shivappa RB, Hedrick RP Detection of Nucleospora salmonis in cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykissi) by loop-mediated isothermal amplification Aquaculture,
  • Link Icon 2008 Baxa DV, Kelley GO, Mukkatira KS, Beauchamp KA, Rasmussen C, Hedrick RP Arrested development of the myxozoan parasite, Myxobolus cerebralis, in certain populations of mitochondrial 16S lineage III Tubifex tubifex Parasitol Res,
  • Link Icon 2007 Grésoviac SJ, Baxa DV, Vivarés CP, Hedrick RP Detection of the intranuclear microsporidium Nucleospora salmonis in naturally and experimentally exposed Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha by in situ hybridization Parasitol Res,
  • Link Icon 2004 Tops S, Baxa DV, McDowell TS, Hedrick RP, Okamura B Evaluation of malacosporean life cycles through transmission studies Dis Aquat Organ,
  • Link Icon 2004 Kelley GO, Zagmutt-Vergara FJ, Leutenegger CM, Adkison MA, Baxa DV, Hedrick RP Identification of a serine protease gene expressed by Myxobolus cerebralis during development in rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss Dis Aquat Organ,
  • Link Icon 2004 Hedrick RP, Baxa DV, De Kinkelin P, Okamura B Malacosporean-like spores in urine of rainbow (Oncorhynchus mykiss) trout react with antibody and DNA probes to Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae Parasitol Res,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2002 Andree KB, Antonio (Baxa) DV: Nucleic acid-based methods for detection of Myxobolus cerebralis, Cunningham CO, (ed), Molecular Diagnosis of Salmonid Diseases, Dordrecht. 315-328.