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Department of Infectious Diseases

Mary Hondalus

DVM, PhD
Associate Professor
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Educational Background

  • ​BS (1982), Michigan State University
  • DVM (1984), Michigan State University
  • PhD (1985), Temple University School of Medicine

Research Interests

  • Microbial genetics
  • Pathogenesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Rhodococcus equi
  • Vaccine development​

Selected Publications

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  • Tripathi VN, Harding WC, Willingham-Lane JM, Hondalus MK. Conjugal transfer of a virulence plasmid in the opportunistic intracellular actinomycete Rhodococcus equi. J Bacteriol. 2012 Dec;194(24):6790-801.
  • Miranda-Casoluengo R, Coulson GB, Miranda-Casoluengo A, Vázquez-Boland JA, Hondalus MK, Meijer WG. The hydroxamate siderophore rhequichelin is required for virulence of the pathogenic actinomycete Rhodococcus equi. Infect Immun. 2012 Dec;80(12):4106-14.
  • Giguère S, Cohen ND, Chaffin MK, Hines SA, Hondalus MK, Prescott JF, Slovis NM. Rhodococcus equi: clinical manifestations, virulence, and immunity. J Vet Intern Med. 2011 Nov-Dec;25(6):1221-30.
  • Giguère S, Cohen ND, Chaffin MK, Slovis NM, Hondalus MK, Hines SA, Prescott JF. Diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of infections caused by Rhodococcus equi in foals. J Vet Intern Med. 2011 Nov-Dec;25(6):1209-20.
  • Sampson SL, Mansfield KG, Carville A, Magee DM, Quitugua T, Howerth EW, Bloom BR, Hondalus MK. Extended safety and efficacy studies of a live attenuated double leucine and pantothenate auxotroph of Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a vaccine candidate. Vaccine. 2011 Jun 24;29(29-30):4839-47.
  • Farhana A, Guidry L, Srivastava A, Singh A, Hondalus MK, Steyn AJ. Reductive stress in microbes: implications for understanding Mycobacterium tuberculosis disease and persistence. Adv Microb Physiol. 2010;57:43-117.
  • Coulson GB, Agarwal S, Hondalus MK. Characterization of the role of the pathogenicity island and vapG in the virulence of the intracellular actinomycete pathogen Rhodococcus equi. Infect Immun. 2010 Aug;78(8):3323-34. doi:10.1128/IAI.00081-10. Epub 2010 May 3.
  • Morello M, Krone CL, Dickerson S, Howerth E, Germishuizen WA, Wong YL, Edwards D, Bloom BR, Hondalus MK. Dry-powder pulmonary insufflation in the mouse for application to vaccine or drug studies. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2009 Sep;89(5):371-7.
  • Hong Y, Hondalus MK. Site-specific integration of Streptomyces PhiC31 integrase-based vectors in the chromosome of Rhodococcus equi. FEMS Microbiol Lett. 2008 Oct;287(1):63-8.
  • Lopez AM, Townsend HG, Allen AL, Hondalus MK. Safety and immunogenicity of a live-attenuated auxotrophic candidate vaccine against the intracellular pathogen Rhodococcus equi. Vaccine. 2008 Feb 13;26(7):998-1009.

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