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Dept. of Veterinary Sciences

University of Wyoming

1174 Snowy Range Road

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-5059

Fax: (307) 721-2051

Email: wlaegrei@uwyo.edu

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Dr. Myrna Miller, DVM, Ph.D.

                   

faculty

Contact Information:

WSVL 1107

307-766-9934

millermm@uwyo.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Education:

Ph.D., Cornell University
DVM, Colorado State University
B.S, Colorado State University


Research Interests:

My research interest is in animal diseases caused by viral pathogens. A particular interest is in viral diseases that affect both domestic animals and wildlife species in Wyoming, and the ways that the interactions of these populations in the natural environment affect the natural ecology of the disease.

A current research project is assessing the incidence of bluetongue virus (BTV) infection in domestic sheep and susceptible wildlife. BTV is a non-contagious virus transmitted by an insect vector, and can cause high morbidity and mortality in domestic and wild ungulates. A current project is to examine serum samples for the presence of BTV-specific antibodies to determine infection rates in domestic sheep, deer, and pronghorn. Infection rates will be mapped using Geographic Information Sciences (GIS), and analyzed to determine if there are landscape and climate correlates related to risk for infection.

An ongoing research project is to following the duration of immunity of sheep vaccinated with a modified live vaccine for Rift Valley Fever, a vector-borne disease of ruminant animals and humans in Africa. This vaccine has been shown to produce a strong protective antibody response in sheep, but it is not yet known how quickly these antibody levels will decline. These sheep are being tested for the presence of neutralizing antibodies for duration of two years.

There are also a range of research projects to be chosen from novel virus isolates made from diagnostic samples sent to the Wyoming State Veterinary laboratory sections of virology and electron microscopy. These viruses have yet to be fully characterized or even classified.


Memberships:

Alberta Prion Research Institute International Research Advisory Committee, member 2005−present.
American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians: Secretary-Treasurer 1989−1991; Executive Board 1993−2000.
Assistant Editor, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 1992−1994; 2002−present.
Colorado Captive Wildlife and Alternative Livestock Board: Colorado Division of Wildlife representative 1994−present.
Colorado Governor’s Chronic Wasting Disease Task Force (ex officio member), 2002.
Colorado Governor’s Expert Emergency Epidemic Response Committee, 2000−present.
Expert Scientific Panel on Chronic Wasting Disease in Canadian Wildlife, Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Center, member, Jun 2004.
Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician, USDA-APHIS-VS, 1994−present.
Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council: Executive Board 1992−1994.
Risk Assessment for Bovine TB in Michigan White-tailed Deer, USDA-APHIS-VS, 1997−2001.
Temporary Consultant, World Health Organization Consultation on Public Health & Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, Geneva, 1−3 Dec 1999.
United States Animal Health Association: Committee on Wildlife Diseases, Chair 1999−2003, member 1992−present; Committee on Tuberculosis, member 1992−present; Committee on Infectious
Diseases of Cattle, Bison, and Llama, member 1997−present.
Western Wildlife Health Cooperative: Colorado representative 1993−present; Chair 1993−1996.
Wildlife Disease Association: Executive Council 1994−1996; Vice President 2005−2007.


Teaching:

PATB 4710/5710 • Medical Virology



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University of Wyoming

1174 Snowy Range Road

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307) 766-5059

Fax: (307) 721-2051

Email: wlaegrei@uwyo.edu

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