Patricia Conrad, DVM, PhD
Co-Director of One Health
Dr. Patricia Conrad is a veterinarian and protozoologist whose interest is in zoonotic disease transmission at the interface between wildlife, humans and domestic animals. She leads an enthusiastic research team of graduate students, staff and collaborators investigating the impact of fecal pathogen pollution in freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems on wildlife and human populations. (See Pathogen Pollution and Sea Otter Research) Her research team is currently focused on studying the ecological and epidemiologic factors affecting protozoal parasite transmission from domestic and wild populations to humans. Developing new technologies for parasite detection and identification of new species is an important part of their studies.
Dr. Conrad received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. As a Marshall Scholar she did her doctoral research at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland obtaining a Ph.D. in Tropical Animal Health and Protozology in 1984. Her post-doctoral research focused on the molecular epidemiology of vector-transmitted parasites of cattle and African Cape buffalo at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases in Nairobi, Kenya. She joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis in 1984 and currently has over 170 scientific publications in the fields of veterinary parasitology and emerging infectious diseases.
Dr. Conrad has worked on tropical diseases of livestock and wildlife in Scotland, Kenya and South Africa and served as the Associate Director of the USAID-funded Small Ruminant Collaborative Research Support Program. She is the recipient of Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, and the Oscar W. Schalm and Norman E. Levine Lectureships. Dr. Conrad is a 2004 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow working to better convey environmental science to policy makers and the public. She is a committed graduate and professional student mentor and has developed innovative computerized educational programs to encourage active problem-based learning in veterinary parasitology and international animal health.