Vector-Borne ZOONOSES

LABORATORY

The Institute of Environmental and Human Health,

Texas Tech University

Steven M. Presley, Ph.D.

Professor - Department of Environmental Toxicology      •     Director - Biological Threat Research Laboratory & Bioterrorism Response Laboratory

Research FOCUS

Areas

Our specific research objective and focus is to better understand the environmental factors, both biotic and abiotic, that influence the occurrence, transmission, maintenance, and persistence of biological threat agents (naturally occurring and intentionally introduced), particularly zoonoses and other infectious pathogens of wildlife. Ultimately identifying potential vulnerabilities in the transmission and maintenance dynamics of the pathogen that can be exploited to limit or control its threat to human and animal health.  This objective is accomplished through the detection and monitoring of the occurrence and incidence of established, emerging, resurgent and introduced pathogens.  And by identifying and understanding relationships among primary hosts, vectors, intermediate hosts, and accidental/incidental hosts, as well as the environmental factors that influence those relationships.

  •        Current  ACTIVE  Research  Projects

                         Title: Feral Hog Semi-Annual Serology Surveys in Oklahoma: PRRS,

                                  Brucella, Francisella tularensis, Pseudorabies, Chagas Disease

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

     

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                         Title: Feral Hog Serology and Tissue Surveys for Chagas Disease on

                                  the Oklahoma/Texas Border

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Internally Funded

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                         Title: Feral Hog Trans-Placental Study for Neosporosis caninum on

                                  the Oklahoma/Texas Border

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Internally Funded

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                         Title: Black Bear Semi-Annual Serology Surveys in Eastern

                                  Oklahoma: PRRS, Brucella, Francisella tularensis, Pseudorabies,

                                  Chagas Disease

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Oklahoma State University

     

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                         Title: West Nile / Arboviral Seasonal Screening in Lubbock, Texas

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Internally Funded

     

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                         Title: Mosquito Insecticide Resistance Testing in 50 Texas Counties

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Texas DSHS

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                         Title: Stegomyia (Ae. alblpictus, Ae. aegypti mosquitos) Surveillance

                                  in the Texas Panhandle

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Texas DSHS

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                         Title: Quail Disease Screening for Quail Cholera, Newcastle Disease,

                                  and West Nile Virus in the West Texas Panhandle

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Internally Funded

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                        Title: Vaccine efficacy trials for epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus

                                  (EHDV) in white-tailed deer

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI), E. Smith (Co-PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Deer Breeders Corporation

     

     

     

  •        Recently  Completed  Research  Projects

                          Title: Study of Drug Residue in White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus

                                  virginianus)

           Investigators: E. Smith (PI), G.P. Austin (Co-PI), S.M. Presley (Co-PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Deer Breeders Corporation

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                        Title: Operation Idiopathic Decline – II: Determining Lifecycle and

                                 Transmission Dynamics of Oxyspirura petrowi in Rolling Plains

                                 Cockroach (Order: Blattaria) and Orthopteran Species Consumed

                                 by Northern Bobwhite Quail

          Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation

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                         Title: Operation Idiopathic Decline: Prevalence of Arboviral, Infectious

                                  and Zoonotic Pathogens

          Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI) & R.J. Kendall (Co-PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation

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                         Title: Serologic Survey of Feral Swine in Texas and Oklahoma for

                                  Coxiella burnetii, Franciscella tularensis, and Yersinia pestis

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

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                         Title: Serologic Survey of Lesser Prairie Chickens for Fowl Cholera

                                  and West Nile Virus

            Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

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                         Title: Investigating the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases within Lake

                                 Ecosystems: The case of East African Rift Valley Lake

                                 Ecosystems and Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor)

                                 mass-die offs

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

  •        Additional  Laboratory  Capabilities

    • Milk Regulatory Laboratory

     

                    Title: Milk Regulatory Testing Laboratory

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Texas Department of State Health Services

     

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    • BSL-3 Capabilities

     

                         Title: Bioterrorism Response Lab, Centers for Disease Control and

                                 Prevention/Laboratory Response Network – Public Health

                                 Emergency Preparedness / Hospital Preparedness / Influenza

                                 Surveillance

           Investigators: S.M. Presley (PI)

    Funding Sponsor: Texas Department of State Health Services

     

Box 41163 • Lubbock, Texas  79409-1163  • U.S.A.

Office: 806-834-8260  or  806-885-0236   Fax: 806-885-2132    Email: steve.presley@ttu.edu

Steven M. Presley, Ph.D.