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Heather Michelle Fritz- BS, BSA, DVM, PhD

Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology


hmfritz@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Molecular characterization of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts to understand oocyst development and environmental resistance.

Specialty Focus

Protozoal parsitology

Clinical and diagnostic parasitology

Clinical and diagnostic microbiology

Education

1999 BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
1999 BSA Veterinary Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
2005 DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, CA
2011 PhD Comparative Pathology, University of California, Davis, CA
2008 Clinical Infectious Disease, Residency , UC Davis VMTH,
2014 Clinical and Diagnostic Infectious Disease, Fellowship, UC Davis VMTH,

Active Research Grants

Principal Investigator, Identifying components of Toxoplasma oocysts that confer environmental resistance, (Principal Investigator), NIH

Co-Principal Investigator, Improved detection of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts in drinking and recreational waters, Patricia Conrad (Principal Investigator), California Ocean Protection Council

Co-Principal Investigator, Improved Methods for Fecal Pathogen Detection, Monitoring and Management (coccidia inactivation), Patricia Conrad (Principal Investigator), UC Davis Center for Food Animal Health

Principal Investigator, Identification of novel drug therapies for the treatment of equine protozoal myeloencephalopathy (EPM) using high-throughput compound screening, (Principal Investigator), United States Equestrian Federation

Principal Investigator, Identification of novel drug therapies for the treatment of equine protozoal myeloencephalopathy (EPM) using high-throughput compound screening, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis Center for Equine Health

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2013 Poukchanski A, Fritz H, Tonkin M, Treeck M, Boulanger, Boothroyd J Toxoplasma gondii Sporozoites Invade Host Cells Using Two Novel Paralogues of RON2 and AMA1 PloS One,
  • Link Icon 2013 VanWormer E, Fritz H, Shapiro K, Mazet JA, Conrad PA Molecules to modeling: Toxoplasma gondii oocysts at the human-animal-environment interface. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis,
  • Link Icon 2012 Fritz H, Barr B, Packham A, Melli A, Conrad PA Methods to produce and safely work with large numbers of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts and bradyzoite cysts. J Microbiol Methods,
  • Link Icon 2012 Fritz HM, Buchholz KR, Chen X, Durbin-Johnson B, Rocke DM, Conrad PA, Boothroyd JC Transcriptomic analysis of toxoplasma development reveals many novel functions and structures specific to sporozoites and oocysts. PloS one,
  • Link Icon 2012 Fritz HM, Bowyer PW, Bogyo M, Conrad PA, Boothroyd JC Proteomic analysis of fractionated Toxoplasma oocysts reveals clues to their environmental resistance. PloS one,
  • Link Icon 2011 Buchholz, KR, Fritz, HM, Chen, X, Durbin-Johnson, B, Rocke, DM, Ferguson, DJ, Conrad, PA, Boothroyd, JC Identification of tissue cyst wall components by transcriptome analysis of in vivo and in vitro Toxoplasma gondii bradyzoites. Eukaryot Cell,
  • Link Icon 2010 Shapiro K, Mazet JA, Schriewer A, Wuertz S, Fritz H, Miller WA, Largier J, Conrad PA Detection of Toxoplasma gondii oocysts and surrogate microspheres in water using ultrafiltration and capsule filtration. Water Res,
  • Link Icon 2007 Gaydos JK, Miller WA, Gilardi KV, Melli A, Schwantje H, Engelstoft C, Fritz H, Conrad PA Cryptosporidium and Giardia in marine-foraging river otters (Lontra canadensis) from the Puget Sound Georgia Basin ecosystem. J Parasitol,
  • Link Icon 2005 Miller WA, Atwill ER, Gardner IA, Miller MA, Fritz HM, Hedrick RP, Melli AC, Barnes NM, Conrad PA Clams (Corbicula fluminea) as bioindicators of fecal contamination with Cryptosporidium and Giardia spp. in freshwater ecosystems in California. Int J Parasitol,
  • Link Icon 2000 Adjei AA, Curran BC, Castro M, Shrestha AK, Delsid L, Fritz H, Velez M, Enriquez FJ Gammadelta+ T cells and 65-kDa heat shock protein expression following Cryptosporidium parvum challenge in athymic C57BL/6J nude mice. Immunol Lett,