Patricia Ann Conrad

Patricia Ann Conrad

Associate Dean and Professor

Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

    Phone Number
5311 Vet Med 3A, Davis, CA 95616

1975, AS, Summa Cum Laude, Otero Junior College, La Junta, Colorado
1977, BS, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
1980, DVM, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
1984, PhD, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Active Research Grants
Principal Investigator, UCDSquared, (Principal Investigator), Zoetis
Honors and Awards
1980-1983 Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission Scholarship
1986 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Scholarship
1992 Charles Davis Foundation Journal Scholarship Award
1993 National Institutes of Health FIRST Award
1994 Presidential Symposium Speaker for American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and American Veterinary Medical Association
1998 Pfizer Award for Research Excellence
1999 Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award
2001 Graduate Student, Dr. Melissa Miller (Checkowitz) was awarded Graduate Student Research Award for the Wildlife Disease Association
2002 Manuscript #99 was selected by American College of Zoological Medicine as Best Manuscipt of 2002
2003 Oscar W. Schalm Lectureship
2004 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship
2006 Norman Levine Lecturship, University of Illinois
2008-2010 Journal of Parasitology (most cited publication)
2011 Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (July 1, 2015 the IOM was renamed the National Academy of Medicine)
2012 R G Thomson Lecturer, Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island
2012 American Society of Microbiology Division Z Lecturer
2012 Elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology
2017 Elected American Association of the Advancement of Science Fellow
2018 Received the American Veterinary Medical Association Lifetime Excellence in Research Award
2018 UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement
2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for Babesiosis Research
Most Recent Five Book Chapters
2015 Fritz HM, Conrad PA : Part 5-06. Role of cats in Toxoplasma transmission and disease, Beugnet F, Halos L, (ed), Parasites & Vector Borne Diseases of Cats, Lyon, France. 350-63.
2008 Brewer CA, Berkowitz AR, Conrad PA, Patz JA, Porter J, Waterman M : Educating about Infectious disease ecology, Ostfeld RS, Keesing F, Eviner VT, (ed), Infectious Disease Ecology: Effects of Ecosystems on Disease and of Disease on Ecosystems, Princeton, NJ. 448-68.
2001 Kjemtrup AM, Conrad PA : Emerging perspectives on human babesiosis, Scheld WM, Craig WA, Hughes JM, (ed), Emerging Infections, Washington DC. 175-95.
1995 Courtney C, Conrad PA, Boyce WB, Barlough J : Internal parasites, Seigal M, Barlough J, (ed), UC Davis Book of Dogs, New York, NY. 387-407.
1994 Anderson ML, Barr BC, Conrad PA : Protozoal causes of reproductive failure in domestic ruminants, Miller RB, (ed), Vet Clin North Am Food Anim Pract, . 439-61.
Research Focus
  • One Health research approach to global human, animal (wild & domestic) and environmental health problems
  • Antigenic and molecular characterization of protozoal parasites
  • Mechanisms of pathogenesis in hemopprotozoal and coccidial parasites
  • Biology, ecology and epidemiology of Neospora, Toxoplasma, Babesia and Sarcocystis spp.parasites
  • Waterborne zoonotic protozoal and bacterial pathogens in watershed and marine ecosystems
  • Development and evaluation of innovative educational approaches to promote inter-professional learning and engagement, particularly relating to global health
Specialty Focus
Protozoology; Global Health
Ten Recent Publications

Swei A, O'Connor KE, Couper LI, Thekkiniath J, Conrad PA, Padgett KA, Burns J, Yoshimizu MH, Gonzales B, Munk B, Shirkey N, Konde L, Ben Mamoun C, Lane RS, Kjemtrup A
Evidence for transmission of the zoonotic apicomplexan parasite Babesia duncani by the tick Dermacentor albipictus

Burgess TL, Tinker TM, Miller MA, Bodkin JL, Murray MJ, Saarinen JA, Nichol LM, Larson S, Conrad PA, Johnson CK
Defining the risk landscape in the context of pathogen pollution: Toxoplasma gondii in sea otters along the Pacific Rim

Berrian AM, Smith MH, van Rooyen J, Martínez-López B, Plank MN, Smith WA, Conrad PA
A community-based One Health education program for disease risk mitigation at the human-animal interface

Miller MA, Burgess TL, Dodd EM, Rhyan JC, Jang SS, Byrne BA, Gulland FM, Murray MJ, Toy-Choutka S, Conrad PA, Field CL, Sidor IF, Smith WA
Isolation and characterization of a novel marine Brucella from a Southern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris nereis), California, USA