Michael J. Dark
Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology
PO Box 110880
2015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32608-0880
- Diplomate, ACVP, 2011
- PhD, Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology, Washington State University, 2008
- DVM, Michigan State University, 2001
Veterinary Pathology, including studying the pathology of a variety of conditions in animals in an attempt to better model human disease.
Dr. Dark is a veterinary anatomic pathologist, specializing in the discovery and diagnosis of diseases in animals. His research background is in bacterial genomics and vector-borne diseases, with interests in bacterial genome sequencing and bioinformatics. We are primarily interested in rickettsial diseases such as Anaplasma marginale, but are also investigating other model systems.
We are also investigating how to better utilize our pathology resources for disease research, including how to better use archived samples for genetic research. Previous studies have involved examining alternative fixatives for DNA research; future plans include determining the maximum useful sample age for DNA recovery from diagnostic tissue samples.
Finally, we are interested in animals as model systems for disease. Research includes studying the pathology of a variety of conditions in animals in an attempt to better model human disease.
- Chordomas at High Prevalence in the Captive Population of the Endangered Perdido Key Beach Mouse (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis).
Additional publications here