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Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson honored with teaching award

October 3, 2012

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Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson

Dr. Christine Kreuder Johnson received the School of Veterinary Medicine 2012 Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at a reception on October 2nd.

As an associate professor of ecosystem health and epidemiology, Kreuder Johnson is recognized for her enduring and creative contributions to teaching in all of the school’s programs—from undergraduates to graduate and professional students. She provides training opportunities in the field and lab for students considering veterinary school, post graduate training or research careers in wildlife health, ecology and conservation, and actively recruits students into the Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) and PhD programs.
Kreuder Johnson received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994, and MPVM and PhD degrees from UC Davis before joining the faculty in 2006. She is also recognized for outstanding contributions in the design of the DVM and MPVM curricula and a strong record of mentoring research in disease ecology and wildlife epidemiology in the MPVM, Ecology, and Epidemiology graduate groups. She has been a leader in developing the population health components of the new curriculum, building an innovative and intriguing block that allows the students to see how they can play an important role in populations.
Her most recent research and graduate student training efforts have sought to bridge the gap between wildlife health and public health by creating a surveillance program for zoonotic diseases that are emerging at the interface between wild animals and humans. These studies excite and engage students in the importance of approaching veterinary medicine from a one health perspective.
Her research activities have focused on marine animal population health, factors influencing survival, and causes of mortality, with a special focus on harmful algal blooms. These projects use an inter-disciplinary, ecosystem-level approach to understanding processes promoting disease in sentinel marine species.

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