Professor Ruth Zadoks
Moredun Research Institute
Pentlands Science Park
Midlothian EH26 0PZ
Ruth Zadoks is Professor of Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Glasgow (Institute for Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine; College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences) and works in the Disease Control pillar at the Moredun Research Institute.
She graduated from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands with a DVM degree, and subsequently worked in bovine herd health and teaching whilst completing MSc and PhD degrees in veterinary epidemiology, focusing on mathematical and molecular epidemiology of bovine mastitis. Since then, she has worked in research, teaching and knowledge exchange in the USA and the UK.
Ruth's main research interest is the epidemiology of infectious diseases of production animals, with emphasis on bacterial pathogens and parasites of comparative relevance to humans. Her work is focused on the use of molecular tools to improve disease control through increased understanding of sources and transmissions dynamics of infectious agents in host populations and the environment.
- Coordination of Moredun’s contribution to EPIC, the RESAS funded Centre of Excellence for Animal Disease Outbreaks.
- Molecular epidemiology and pathophysiology of bovine mastitis
- Molecular epidemiology of streptococcal infections in cattle, fish and humans
- Liver fluke in sheep, beef cattle and the environment
Selected Key Publications
- Delannoy, C. M. J., Crumlish M., Fontaine M. C., Pollock J., Foster G., Dagleish M., et al. 2013. Human Streptococcus agalactiae strains in aquatic mammals and fish. BMC Microbiology. 13(1):41.
- Barlow, J. W., Zadoks R. N., & Schukken Y. H. 2013. Effect of lactation therapy on Staphylococcus aureus transmission dynamics in two commercial dairy herds. BMC Veterinary Research. 9(1):28.
- Gilchrist, T. L., Smith D. G. E., Fitzpatrick J. L., Zadoks R. N., & Fontaine M. C. 2012. Comparative molecular analysis of ovine and bovine Streptococcus uberis isolates. Journal of Dairy Science. 96(2):962-970.
- Gordon, D. K., Roberts L. C. P., Lean N., Zadoks R. N., Sargison N. D., & Skuce P. J. 2013. Identification of the rumen fluke, Calicophoron daubneyi, in GB livestock: possible implications for liver fluke diagnosis. Veterinary Parasitology. 195(1-2):65-71.
- Gordon, D., Zadoks R. N., Stevenson H., Sargison N. D., & Skuce P. J. 2012. On farm evaluation of the coproantigen ELISA and coproantigen reduction test in Scottish sheep naturally infected with Fasciola hepatica. Veterinary Parasitology. 187(3-4):436-444.
- Zadoks, R. N., Middleton J. R., McDougall S., Katholm J., & Schukken Y. H. 2011. Molecular epidemiology of mastitis pathogens of dairy cattle and comparative relevance to humans. Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia. 16(4):1203-1210.
- Schukken, Y. H., Bennett G. J., Zurakowski M. J., Sharkey H. L., Rauch B. J., Thomas M. J., et al. 2011. Randomized clinical trial to evaluate the efficacy of a 5-day ceftiofur hydrochloride intramammary treatment on nonsevere gram-negative clinical mastitis. Journal of Dairy Science. 94(12):6203 - 6215.
- Zadoks, R. N., Griffiths H. M., Munoz M. A., Ahlstrom C., Bennett G. J., Thomas E., et al. 2011. Sources of Klebsiella and Raoultella species on dairy farms: Be careful where you walk. Journal of Dairy Science. 94(2):1045 - 1051.
- van den Borne, B. H. P., Nielen M., van Schaik G., Melchior M. B., Lam T. J. G. M., & Zadoks R. N. 2010. Host adaptation of bovine Staphylococcus aureus seems associated with bacteriological cure after lactational antimicrobial treatment. Journal of Dairy Science. 93(6):2550 - 2558.
- Stevenson, K., Alvarez J., Bakker D., Biet F., de Juan L., Denham S., et al. 2009. Occurrence of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis across host species and European countries with evidence for transmission between wildlife and domestic ruminants. BMC Microbiology. 9(1):212.
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