Thomas B Waltzek

Thomas B Waltzek

Associate Professor; Research Coordinator, Aquatic Animal Health Program

Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Business Phone: (352) 273-5202
Business Email: tbwaltzek@ufl.edu

Accomplishments

Scholarship Winner
2010 · John L. Pitts Veterinary Student/Recent Graduate Scholarship
Wilds Scholastic Award
2009 · UC Davis
AVMA Achievement Award
2009 · UC Davis
Merck Achievement Award
2009 · UC Davis
Best Student Presentation
2007 · 33rd Eastern Fish Health Workshop

Research Profile

Characterization of Emerging Aquatic Animal Viruses (EAAVs) using Metagenomics; Phylogenomics to study the Biology, Epidemiology, and Evolution of EAAVs; Development of Broadly Applicable Diagnostic Methodologies to Track EAAVs; Determining the Role that International Commerce of Aquatic Animals Plays in the Emergence of AAVs as it Relates to Global Aquaculture and Ecosystem Health; Aquatic Animal Zoonoses; Public Health; One Health

Publications

2014 Plos Pathogens

Grants

Feb 2020 ACTIVE
Edwardsiella piscicida DNA vaccine vector to prevent Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) infection and develop generalized vaccine vectors to protect commercial fish from multiple infectious diseases to improve aquaculture productivity
FOUNDATION FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE RES ·
Jan 2020 ACTIVE
Improving Wild and Hatchery-Reared Lake Trout Health via Development of Novel Epizootic Epitheliotropic Disease Prevention Methods
MICHIGAN STATE UNIV · Principal Investigator
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 · Principal Investigator
Aug 2018 ACTIVE
Surveillance for a Highly Pathogenic Chimeric Ranavirus in Georgia
STATE OF GEORGIA DEPT OF NATURAL RES · Principal Investigator
Jul 2018 ACTIVE
Develop and Further Training in Case of Marine Mammals with Emphasis on Manatees
FL FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMM · Project Manager
Mar 2018 – Jun 2018
Determining the Etiology of an Emerging Ulcerative Disease in Invasive Lionfish
FL FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMM · Principal Investigator
Nov 2017 ACTIVE
Diagnostic Pathogen Discovery in Farmed and Wild Aquatic Animals
MULTIPLE SPONSORS · Principal Investigator
Oct 2017 – Dec 2017
Oncoviral Screening of Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Tumor Tissues
GEORGIA AQUARIUM · Principal Investigator
Sep 2017 – Dec 2017
Development of Diagnostics to Screen WildBottlenose Dolphin Populations for Dolphin Pegivirus
GEORGIA AQUARIUM · Principal Investigator
Sep 2017 – Dec 2017
Diagnostic Viral Discovery in Archived Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Samples
GEORGIA AQUARIUM · Principal Investigator
Jul 2017 – Jun 2020
Surveillance of Ranavirus at Four Current or Past Fish Hatchery Water Supply Lakes and Two Sites on the Missouri River
MISSOURI DEPT OF CONSERVATION · Principal Investigator
Jun 2017 – Jun 2018
Conference Grant: International Symposium on Ranaviruses, Budapest, Hungary, 7 10 June, 2017
US DEPT OF AG NATL INST OF FOOD AND AG · Principal Investigator
Jun 2017 – May 2018
Funding to support travel and attendance at the 4th Intl. Symposium on Ranaviruses – Budapest, Hungary, June 2017.
NATL SCIENCE FOU · Principal Investigator
Jul 2015 – Jun 2016
SURVEY AND EVALUATION OF BIOSECURITY PRACTICES IN FLORID
FL DEPT OF AG AND CONSUMER SER · Project Manager
Jul 2015 – Jun 2018
Develop and Further Training in Case of Marine Mammals w
FL FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMM · Project Manager
Jun 2015 – May 2017
Applying Advanced Tools in Molecular Biology
UF DSR OPPORTUNITY FUND · Project Manager
Feb 2015 – Aug 2016
RE-EMERGENCE OF EPIZOOTIC EPITHELIOTROPIC DISEASE VIRUS:
MICHIGAN STATE UNIV · Principal Investigator

Education

PhD – Comparative Pathology
2010 · University of California at Davis
DVM
2009 · University of California at Davis
MS – Ecology
2002 · University of California at Davis
BS – Biological Sciences
1998 · Florida State University

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-5202
Emails:
Business:
tbwaltzek@ufl.edu

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