Salvatore Frasca, Jr

Salvatore Frasca, Jr

Professor- Aquatic Pathology/Anatomic Pathology

Department: Department of Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine
Business Phone: (352) 294-4153
Business Email: sfrasca@ufl.edu

About Salvatore Frasca, Jr

I earned an A.B. from the College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University, V.M.D. from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Pathobiology with a concentration in pathology, from the University of Connecticut, where I completed my residency in veterinary anatomic pathology. I was a faculty member of the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science at the University of Connecticut for 18 years, during which time I rose from the rank of Assistant Professor to Full Professor. In 2017, I left the University of Connecticut and was hired as a Preeminent Scholar by the University of Florida, where I began as faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine. At UF, I hold the title of Professor of Aquatic Pathology, and I serve as a senior veterinary anatomic pathologist of aquatic pathology. I am currently a faculty member of the Department of Comparative, Diagnostic, and Population Medicine. My primary academic interest is the didactic and active teaching of general and aquatic species pathology to veterinary students, graduate students, and residents in pathology. My philosophy is to approach teaching pathology from a One Health, One Pathology perspective.

Accomplishments

Twenty-five Years Faculty Service to Aquavet
2019 · The Aquavet Faculty, Cornell University
Teacher of the Year Award
2018 · First-Year Veterinary Class, College of Veterinary Medicine, U Florida
Special Graduate Faculty
2015-Current · Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Special Graduate Faculty
2011-Current · Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Board Certifications

  • Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
    American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Research Profile

My research initiatives strive to support initiatives in aquatic animal health, coastal disease ecology, and biomedical research, emphasing molecular and tissue technologies. My research emphasis is on descriptive comparative pathology, ultrastructural and molecular characterization of pathogens, and molecular histotechnologic techniques for the detection of pathogens and the elucidation of mechanisms of disease by understanding gene transcription. My research interests include genetic approaches to the detection and characterization of infectious agents in aquatic hosts, pathogenesis of disease incited by atypical bacterial, fungal, and parasitic agents in aquatic hosts, and characterization of gene expression profiles in canine cancers, such as osteosarcoma and melanoma.

Areas of Interest
  • Aquatic pathology and toxicology
  • Cancer Genetics

Grants

Jul 2020 ACTIVE
Characterization of Expression and Prognostic Implications of GD2S and GD3S in Canine Histiocytic Sarcoma
VETERINARY CANCER SOCIETY ·
Jul 2019 ACTIVE
Development of In Vitro and Molecular Diagnostic Tools for the Globally Emerging Tilapia Lake Virus
US DEPT OF AG NATL INST OF FOOD AND AG ·
Apr 2019 ACTIVE
Development of RNA in-situ hybridization (RNAscope) to identify T regulatory cells and their function within the tumor microenvironment of canine oral malignant melanoma.
AMER KENNEL CLUB CANINE HLTH FOU · Mentor
Mar 2018 – Jun 2018
Determining the Etiology of an Emerging Ulcerative Disease in Invasive Lionfish
FL FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMM ·

Education

Diplomate – Board Certification in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
1999 · American College of Veterinary Pathologists
Post-Doctoral Fellow in Pathology
1998 · University of Connecticut
PhD, Residency – Veterinary Pathology
1993-1998 · University of Connecticut
Doctor of Philosophy, Pathobiology, Concentration: Pathology
1993-1998 · University of Connecticut
Internship – Aquatic Animal Medicine
1992-1993 · Mystic Aquarium
Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, Magna Cum Laude
1984-1988 · School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Artium Baccalarius, with Distinction in All Subjects
1980-1984 · College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-4153
Emails:
Business:
sfrasca@ufl.edu

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