Robert Ossiboff

Clinical Assistant Professor – Aquatic Pathology/Anatomic PathologyDr. Robert Ossiboff

Department of Comparative, Diagnostic, and Population Medicine
PO Box 100123
2015 SW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32610-0123
(352) 392-2235
Fax: (352) 846-2445


  • DACVP, Cornell University/Wildlife Conservation Society, 2013
  • DVM, Cornell University, 2010
  • PhD, Comparative Biomedical Sciences; Infectious Diseases Concentration, Cornell University, 2009

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Clinical Professor, Zoological Pathology Program, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2016-2017
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University, 2014-2016
  • Molecular Pathology Fellowship, Wildlife Conservation Society, 2013-2014
  • Anatomic Pathology Resident, Wildlife Conservation Society, 2012-2013
  • Anatomic Pathology Resident, Cornell University, 2010-2012

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Diagnostic anatomic pathology of non-domestic animals, with emphasis on amphibian, reptile, and aquatic species
  • Molecular diagnostics and pathogen discovery, with emphasis on diseases of amphibians and reptiles
  • Establishing cell lines from non-domestic species

Recent Publications

  • Hanks, L.H. M.L. Layton. R.J. Ossiboff. J.S.L. Parker. E.J. Dubovi. M.D. Stenglein. 2018. Respiratory disease in ball pythons (Python regius) experimentally infected with ball python nidovirus. Virology. In press.
  • Hattenrath-Lehmann, T.K, R.J. Ossiboff, C. Rauschenberg, K. Hynes, R. Burke, E.M. Bunting, K. Durham, C.J. Gobler. 2017. The role of a PSP-producing Alexandrium bloom in an unprecedented diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) mortality event in Flanders Bay, New York, USA. Toxicon. 129:26-43.
  • White, C.L., M.J. Forzan, A.P. Pessier, M.C. Allender, J.R. Ballard, A. Catenazzi, H. Fenton, A. Martel, F. Pasmans, D.L. Miller, R.J. Ossiboff, K.L.D. Richgels, J.L. Kirby. 2016. A Case Definition and Diagnostic Criteria for Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans Chytridiomycosis. Herp Rev. 47 (2):207-209.
  • Ossiboff, R.J., A.L. Newton, T.A. Seimon, R.P. Moore, D. McAloose. 2015. Emydid herpesvirus 1 infection in northern map turtles (Graptemys geographica) and painted turtles (Chrysemys picta). J Vet Diag Invest. 27 (3): 392-95. doi: 10.1177/1040638715584793
  • Ossiboff, R.J., B.L. Raphael, A.D. Ammazzalorso, T.A. Seimon, A.L. Newton, T.Y. Chang, B. Zarate, A.L. Whitlock, D. McAloose. 2015. Three novel herpesviruses of endangered Clemmys and Glyptemys turtles. PLoS One. Apr 15;10(4):e0122901. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0122901
  • Ossiboff, R.J. , B. L. Raphael, A. D. Ammazzalorso, T. A. Seimon, H. Niederriter, B. Zarate, A. L. Newton, D. McAloose. 2015. A Mycoplasma species of Emydidae turtles in the Northeastern United States. J Wildl Dis. 51 (2):466-70. doi: 10.7589/2014-04-086
  • Lorenzo, U.*, R.J. Ossiboff*, R.E.C. de Matos, J.K. Morrisey, A. Petrosov, I. Navarrette-Macias, K. Jain, A.L. Hicks, E.L. Buckles, R. Tokarz, D. McAloose, W.I. Lipkin. 2014. Identification of a novel nidovirus in an outbreak of fatal respiratory disease in ball pythons (Python regius). Virology Journal. 11:144 (* denotes authors contributed equally). doi: 10.1186/1743-422X-11-144
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