In the News and Lab Highlights
PhD Candidate Loreto Godoy and our lab conducted the first definitive laboratory diagnosis and discovered cause of severe disease syndrome in hummingbirds.
Research in press
Characterization of avian poxvirus in Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna) in California. LA Godoy, LS Dalbeck, LA Tell, LW Woods, RR Colwell, B Robinson, SM Wethington, A Moresco, PR Woolcock, HB Ernest. In press. Journal of Wildlife Diseases.
Infection Files: One boar-burger medium-well, please
Wild game, primarily wild boar and black bear, is primarily linked to human cases of trichinellosis in the United States, yet little is known about the occurrence of Trichinella spp. in these reservoir species. The research of UC Davis PhD student Jamie Sherman aims to fill these gaps with state-wide prevalence study on this zoonotic parasite. She will be using molecular genetic techniques for this wildlife epidemiology study.
Nobel Prizewinner Professor Peter Doherty cited our Yellow-billed Magpie and West Nile virus work in his new book.
His book describes how birds "...are recruited by humans to help us interpret changes in our increasingly challenged and unpredictable world. These wonderful creatures continually sample the atmosphere, oceans, fields and forests, signalling toxic and environmental dangers that threaten all vertebrates...." "...Through personal stories and fascinating examples, Nobel prizewinner Peter Doherty shows also how birds have contributed to cutting-edge medical research..."
Professor Doherty received his Nobel prize in in Physiology / Medicine in 1996 and is also a veterinarian/professor based at University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Sentinel Chickens - What birds tell us about our health and the world, ISBN: 9780522861105 Melbourne University Press August 2012
The book cites the work of Drs. Scott Crosbie and Holly Ernest.