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Erik Hofmeister

Title: Veterinary Medical Officer, Field and Lab Research
Phone: (608) 270-2476
Email: ehofmeister@usgs.gov

Education and/or Training

B.S. 1974 Hobart College Cum Laude, Biology
DVM 1979 Cornell University Veterinary Medicine
Ph.D. 1995 Johns Hopkins University Immunology and Infectious Diseases
PDF 2002 Mayo Clinic

Areas of specialization and or research interests

Zoonotic diseases including tick borne diseases such as Lyme Disease
Human granulocytic ehrlichiosis and Babesiosis
Mosquito vectored diseases such as West Nile virus

Current USGS Research and Projects

Oral and parenteral immunization of animals against zoonotic pathogens
Experimental investigation of the susceptibility, pathogensis, and immune response of avian species to WNV
West Nile virus and other avian pathogens in greater sage-grouse

Professional Experience

2002 – Present U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center Veterinary Medical Officer, Field and Lab Research
2002 Post Doctoral Fellow, Animal model studies of Lyme disease, HumanGranulocytic Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis; Murine T-cell Lymphocyte repertoire
1995 Graduate Student Field Studies, Johns Hopkins

Professional Activities and/or Memberships

American Veterinary Medical Association
American Society of Microbiology

Honors and/or Awards

Speaker 2003 WNV & Lyme Disease at Diseases of Wildlife AHABS/WI ECOL course 548 University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Selected Publications

HOFMEISTER, E.K. Determining suitability of selected non-native birds to serve as amplifyingor reservoir hosts for West Nile virus in Hawaii. 2006 Final Report. Submitted to Hawaii Department of Health. Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.. 7 pages.

Currently In Review

Hofmeister, EK, Utility of non-native Hawaiian birds in surveillance for West Nile virus in Hawaii (in review).

LaPointe, DA, EK Hofmeister, CT Atkinson, RJ Dusek, Experimental infection of Hawaii Amakihi (Hemignathus virens) with West Nile virus and competence of a co-occurring vector: Culex quinquefasciatus: Potential impacts on endemic Hawaiian avifauna (in review).

Dusek, RJ, M Iko, EK Hofmeister, Prevalence and effects of West Nile virus on wild American kestrel (Falco sparverius) populations in Colorada (in review).

Jarvi, SE, MM Lieberman, EK Hofmeister, V Nerurkar, T Wong, C Weeks-Levy. Protective Efficacy of a Recombinant Subunit West Nile Virus Vaccine 80E in Domestic Geese (Anser anser) as a Surrogate Species for Vaccination of the Endangered Nene (Branta sandvicensis) (in review).

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