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Michael J. Dark

Assistant Professor

Dr. Michael Dark

Dr. Michael Dark

Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology
PO Box 110880
2015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32608-0880
FAX 352-392-9704


  • Diplomate, ACVP, 2011
  • PhD, Veterinary Microbiology & Pathology, Washington State University, 2008
  • DVM, Michigan State University, 2001

Research Interests

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. He is primarily interested in rickettsial diseases such as Anaplasma marginale, but is also investigating other model systems and how to better utilize our pathology resources for disease research such as using 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.  Dr. Dark  is also interested in animals as model systems for disease.

Recent Publications

Additional publications here


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