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Hon Ip

Title: Microbiologist, Virology Laboratory
Phone: 608-270-2464
Email: hip@usgs.gov

Education and/or Training

B.S. University of Toronto, Canada Microbiology and Parasitology
M.S. University of Toronto, Canada Microbiology and Parasitology
Ph.D. The Rockefeller University, New York Molecular Parasitology

Areas of specialization and or research interests

Microbiology
Molecular biology
Wildlife Disease
Emerging Disease
Avian influenza
Parasitology

Current USGS Research and Projects:

National surveillance for the introduction of H5N1 by migratory birds to North America
Collection and identification of influenza viruses in wild birds and other animals
Elucidation of the role of the environment in influenza viruses persistence and transmission
Identification and characterization of novel viruses from wildlife
Development and validation of new viral detection and diagnostic tests and technologies

Professional Experience

2008 – Present Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
2006 – Present Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Population Health Services
2005 – Present Microbiologist, Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Wildlife Health Center
2003 – 2004 Vice President, Product development, Third Wave Technologies, INc.

Honors and/or Awards

Invited Speaker 2009 The Department of the Interior wild bird H5N1 surveillance program. 7th International Symposium on Avian Influenza Athens, GA
Invited Speaker 2009 Avian Influenza research at the DOI National Wildlife Health Center. CDC Influenza:Human/Animal Interface meeting Athens, GA
Invited Speaker 2008 The Department of the Interior Avian Influenza Surveillance Program in Wild Birds. USGS Interdisciplinary microbiology meeting Estes Park, CO
Invited Speaker 2008 The National Wildlife Health Center and Virological Research. National Research Program, Research Committee Meeting Shepherdstown, WV
Invited Speaker 2008 Avian influenza research at the National Wildlife Health Center. Animal-Human Interface Cooperative Agreement Investigators Meeting at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, GA
Invited Speaker 2008 Avian influenza in wild birds: Results from the Department of Interior Surveillance Program. The second US-Chinese conference on avian influenza in wild birds National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, VW
Invited Speaker 2008 H5N1: Where is the world at? Native American Fish and Wildlife Society, Wildlife Disease Workshop Madison, WI

Selected Publications

White, C. L., Schuler, K. L., Thomas, N. J., Webb, J. L., Saliki, J. T., Ip, H. S., Dubey, J. P., and Frame, E. R., 2013. Pathogen exposure and blood chemistry in the Washington population of northern sea otters (Enhydra lutris kenyoni). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 49:857-899.

Hall, J. S., TeSlaa, J. L., Nashold, S.W., Halpin, R. A., Stockwell, T., Wentworth, D. E., Dugan, V., and Ip, H. S., 2013. Evolution of a reassortant North American gull influenza virus lineage: drift, shift and stability. Virology Journal 10:179.

Vogel, J. R., Griffin, D. W., Ip, H. S., Ashbolt, N. J., Moser, M. T., Lu, J., Beitz, M. K., Ryu, H., Santo Domingo, J. W., 2013. Impacts of Migratory Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) on Microbial Water Quality in the Central Platte River, Nebraska, USA. Water Air Soil Pollut 224:1576-1592.

Gyuranecz, M., Foster, J. T., Dán, A., Ip, H. S., Egstad, K. F., Parker, P. G., Higashiguchi, J. M., Skinner, M. A., Höfle, U., Kreizinger, Z., Dorrestein, G. M., Solt, S., Sós, E., Kim, Y. J., Uhart, M., Pereda, A., Hein, G. G., Hidalgo, H., Blanco, J. M., and Erdély, K., 2013. Worldwide phylogenetic relationship of avian poxviruses. Journal of Virology 87:4938-4951.

Francy, D. S., Stelzer, E. A., Brady, A. M. G., Huitger, C., Bushon, R. N., Ip, H. S., Ware, M. W., Villegas, E. N., Gallardo, V., and Lindquist, H. D. A., 2013. Comparison of filters for concentrating microbial indicators and pathogens in lake-water samples. Applied Environmental Microbiology 79:1342-1352.

Anthony, S. J., St. Leger, J. A., Pugliares, K., Ip, H. S., Chan, J. M., Carpenter, Z. W., Navarrete-Macias, I., Sanchez-Leon, M., Saliki, J. T.,Pedersen, J., Karesh, W., Daszak, P., Rabadan, R., Rowles, T., Lipkin,W. I., 2012. Emergence of fatal avian influenza in new England harbor seals. mBio 3:e00166-12.

Henaux, V., Samuel, M. D., Dusek, R. J., Fleskes, J. P., and Ip, H. S., Presence of avian influenza viruses in waterfowl and wetlands during summer in California: Are non-migratory birds a potential reservoir for avian influenza? PLoS One 7:e31471.

Ip, H. S., Dusek, R. J., and Heisey, D. M., The effect of swab sample choice on the detection of avian influenza in apparently healthy wild birds. Avian Diseases 56:144-119.

Dusek, R. J., Hall, J. S., Nashold, S. W., Teslaa, J. L., Ip, H. S., 2011. Use of Nobuto filter paper strips for the detection of avian influenza antibodies. Avian Diseases 55:674-676.

Lam, T. T. Y., Ip, H. S., Ghedin, E., Wentworth, D. E., Halpin, R. A., Stockwell, T. B., Spiro, D. J., Dusek, R. J., Bortner, J. B., Hoskins, J., Bales, B. D., Yparraguirre, D. R. and Holmes, E. C., 2011. Migratory Flyway and Geographical Distance are Barriers to the Gene Flow of Influenza Virus among North American Birds. Ecology Letters 15:24-33.

Ramey. A. M., Pearce, J. M., Reeves, A. B., Franson, J. C., Petersen, M.R., and Ip, H. S. 2011. Evidence for limited exchange of avian influenza viruses between seaducks and dabbling ducks at Alaska Peninsula coastal lagoons. Archives of Virology 156:1813-1821.

Arsnoe, D. M., Ip, H. S., and Owen, J. C., 2011. Influence of body condition on influenza A virus infection in mallard ducks: Experimental infection data. PLoS One 6:e22633.

Hall, J. S., Franson, J. C., Gill, Jr., R. E., Meteyer, C. U., TeSlaa, J. L., Nashold, S., Dusek, R. J., and Ip, H. S., 2011. Experimental challenge and pathology of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 in dunlin (Calidris alpina), an intercontinental migrant shorebird species. Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses 5:1750-2011.

Torrence, S. M., Green, D. E., Benson, C. J., Ip, H. S., Smith, L. M., and McMurry, S. T., 2010. A Southern High Plains Ranavirus isolate, a possible novel Ranavirus, infects Pseudacris clarkii tadpoles in playa wetlands in the Southern High Plains, Texas.  Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 22:65-72.

Miller, P. J., Lim, L. M., Ip, H. S. , and Alfonso, C. L., 2009. Evolutionary dynamics of Newcastle Disease Virus. Virology 391:64-72.

O’Brien, V. A., Meteyer, C. U., Reisen, W. K., Ip, H. S. , and Brown, C. R., 2010. Prevalence and pathology of West Nile virus in naturally infected house sparrows. Am J Trop Med Hyg 82:937-944.

Pedersen, J., Killian, M. L., Hines, N., Senne, D., Panigrahy, B., Ip, H. S., and Spackman, E., Validation of a real-time RT-PCR assay for the detection of H7 avian influenza virus. Avian Diseases 54(S1)639-643.

O’Brien, V. A., Meteyer, C. U., Ip, H. S., Long, R. R., and Brown, C.R., 2009. Pathology and virus detection in organs of nestling house sparrows (Passer domesticus) naturally infected with Buggy Creek Virus (Togaviridae). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46:23-32.

Dalton, M. S., Stewart, L. M., and Ip, H. S., 2009. Occurrence of viable avian influenza virus in water and benthic sediments from selected water bodies along the Atlantic migratory flyway, February and May, 2006 and January 2007. USGS Open File Report 2009-1161.

Hall, J. S., Ip, H. S., Franson, J. C., Meteyer, C., Nashold, S. TeSlaa, J., French, J., Redig, P., and Brand, C., 2009. Experimental infection of a North American raptor with highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1. PLoS One. 4:e7555.

Dusek, R. J., Bortner, J. B., DeLiberto, T. J., Hoskins, J., Franson, J. C., Bales, B. D., Yparraguirre, D., Ip, H. S., Surveillance for Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza virus in the Western United States in Wild Birds, 2006-2007. Avian Diseases. 53:222-230.

Pearce, J. M., Ramey, A. M., Flint, P. L., Koehler, A. V., Fleskes, J. P., Franson, J. C., Hall, J. S., Derksen, D. V., and Ip, H. S., 2009. Avian influenza at both ends of a migratory flyway: characterizing viral genomic diversity to optimize surveillance plans for North America. Evolutionary Applications. 2:457-468.

Docherty, D. E., Samuel, M. D., Egstad, K. F., Griffin, K. M., Nolden, C. A., Karwal, L., and Ip, H. S., 2008. Changes in West Nile virus seroprevalence and antibody titers among Wisconsin mesopredators, 2003-2006. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 81:177-179.

Iverson, S. A., Takekawa, J. Y., Schwarzbach, S., Cardona, C. J., Warnock, N., Bishop, M. A., Shirato, G. A., Paroulek, S., Ackerman, J. T., Ip, H. S., and Boyce, W. M., 2008. Low prevalence of avian influenza virus in shorebirds on the Pacific Coast of North America. Waterbirds 31:602-610.

Koehler, A. V., Pearce, J. M., Flint, P. L., Franson, J. C., and Ip, H. S., 2008. Genetic evidence of intercontinental movement of avian influenza in a migratory bird: the northern pintail (Anas acuta). Molecular Ecology. 17:4754-4762.

Petersen, A. T., Bush, S. E., Spackman, E., Swayne, D. E., and Ip, H. S., 2008. Influenza A virus infections in Asian landbirds. Emerging Infectious Disease. 14:1644-1646.

Sandercock, B. K., Casey, A. E., Green, D. E., Ip, H. S., Converse, K. A., 2008. Reovirus associated with mortality of an Upland Sandpiper. Wader Study Group Bulletin. 115:60-61.

Spackman, E., Ip, H. S., Suarez, D. L., Slemons, R., Stallknecht, D., 2008. Analytical validation of a real-time RT-PCR test for Pan-American lineage H7 subtype avian influenza viruses. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigations. 20:612-616.

Ip, H. S., Flint, P. L., Franson, J. C., Dusek, R. J., Derksen, D. V., Gill, R. E., Jr., Ely, C. R., Pearce, J. M., Lanctot, R. B., Matsuoka, S. M., Irons, D. B., Fischer, J. B., Oates, R. M., Petersen, M. R., Fondell, T. F., Rocque, D. A., Petersen, J. C., and Rothe, T. C., Prevalence of influenza A viruses in wild migratory birds in Alaska: Patterns of variation in detection at a crossroads of intercontinental flyways. Virology Journal 5:71.

Heard, D. J., Mulcahy, D. M., Iverson, S. A., Rizzolo, D. J., Greiner, E. C., Hall, J., Ip, H., and Esler, D., 2008. A blood survey of elements, viral antibodies, and hemoparasites in wintering harlequin ducks (Histrionicus histrionicus) and Barrow’s Goldeneyes (Bucephala islandica). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 44:486-493.

Sovada, M. A., Pietz, P. J., Converse, K. A., King, D. T., Hofmeister, E. K., Sherr, P., and Ip, H. S., 2008. Impact of West Nile virus and other mortality factors on American white pelicans at breeding colonies in the northern plains of North America. Biological Conservancy 141:1021-1031.

Spackman E., Swayne, D. E., Suarez, D. L., Senne, D.A., Pedersen, J. C., Killian, M. L., Pasick, J., Handel, K., Somanathan Pillai, S. P., Lee, C. W., Stallknecht, D., Slemons, R., Ip, H. S., Deliberto, T., 2007. Characterization of low pathogenicity H5N1 avian influenza viruses from North America. Journal of Virology 81:11612-11619.

Dierauf, L. A, Karesh, W. B., Ip, H. S., Gilardi, K. V., and Fischer, J. R., 2006. Avian influenza virus and free-ranging wild birds. Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association 228:1887-1882.

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