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Department of Infectious Diseases

Maricarmen García

Maricarmen García

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Educational Background

  • BS (Microbiology), University of Puerto Rico, Faculty of Natural Science
  • MS (Microbiology), The University of Georgia
  • ​PhD (Microbiology), The University of Georgia

Research Interests

The main aspects of research in our laboratory are to improve the diagnosis and control of Infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) and avian influenza. In particular, we are interested in identifying ILTV proteins involved in viral pathogenicity, spread, and persistence with the objective of design marker vaccines and to develop better epidemiological tools to trace viruses in the field. In addition to ILTV, we have been active in avian influenza research in the development of new serological assays that allow to monitor and detect influenza infected flocks in the presence of vaccination. Another aspect that we are studying, related to the control of avian influenza and ILTV, is to determine the survivability of these two viruses in poultry litter and in the poultry house environment.​

Selected Publications

  • García, M., J. Volkening, S. M. Riblet, J. Guy, S. Spatz. Full length sequences analysis of infectious laryngotracheitis vaccine strains (CEO and TCO) and related outbreak isolates. Submitted Vaccine.
  • Vagnozzi, A. S. M. Riblet, G. Zavala and M. García. Optimization of a duplex real-time PCR method for relative quantitation of Infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV). Avian Dis. Digest 7(2):e19-e20. 2012.
  • Vagnozzi, A., G. Zavala, S. M. Riblet, A. Mundt, and M. García. Protection induced by commercially available live-attenuated and recombinant viral vector vaccines against infectious laryngotracheitis virus in broiler chickens. Avian Pathology 41(1): 21-31, 2012.
  • Spatz SJ, Volkening JD, Keeler CL, Kutish GF, Riblet SM, Boettger CM, Clark KF, Zsak L, Afonso CL, Mundt ES, Rock DL, García M. Comparative full genome analysis of four infectious laryngotracheitis virus (Gallid herpesvirus-1) virulent isolates from the United States. Virus Genes 44(2):273-85, 2012. Epub 2011 Dec 16.
  • Wang, L., Z. Qin, M. Pantin-Jackwood, M. García, B. Lupiani, Y. M. Saif, and C-W. Lee. Development of a DIVA (Differentiation of Infected from Vaccinated Animals) Vaccines for the Control of Triple Reassortatn H3N2 Influenza in Turkeys. Vaccine. 45: 7966-7974, 2011.
  • Mundt, A., E. Mundt, R. J. Hogan and M. García. Glycoprotein J of infectious laryngotracheitis virus us required for efficient egress of infectious virus from cells. J. Gen. Virol. 92: 2586-2589, 2011.
  • Liu, Y, E. Mundt, A. Mundt, M. Sylte, D. L. Suarez, D. E. Swayne, and M. García. Development and Evaluation of an Avian Influenza (AI) Neuraminidase Subtype 1 (N1) Based ELISA for Poultry Using the Differentiation of Infected and Vaccinated Animals (DIVA) Approach. Avian Dis. 54: 613-621, 2010.
  • Davidson, I., S. Nagar, I. Ribshtein, I. Shkoda, S. Perk, and M. García. Detection of wild-and vaccine-type infectious laryngotracheitis virus in clinical samples and feather shafts of commercial chickens. Avian Dis. 54(4):618-23. 2009.
  • Chin, R. P. M. García, C. Corsiglia, S. Riblet, R. Crespo, H. L. Shivaprasad, A. Rodriguez-Avila, P. Woolcock, and M. França. Intervention Strategies for Laryngotracheitis: Impact of Extended Downtime. Avian Dis. 53:574-577, 2009.
  • Williams, S. M., J. A. Smith, M. García, D. Brinson, M. Kiupel, C. Hofacre. Histiolymphocytic and heterophilic bronchopneumonia as a severe reaction to in ovo fowl-pox vaccination. Vet. Pathology. 47(1):176-179. 2009.
  • Callison, S. A, S. M. Riblet, A. Rodriguez-Avila, and M. García. Reverse Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (RRFLP) Assay: A novel technique and its application to the rapid genotyping of infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV) live attenuated vaccines. Journal Virol. Methods. 160:119-124, 2009.
  • Waidner, L., R. Morgan, M. García, A. Anderson, E. Bernberg, S. Kamboj, M. Ouyang, G. Isaacs, M. Markis, B. Meyers, P. Green, and J. Burnside. Novel ILTV and HVT microRNAs have conserved genomic locations with those of other Gallid and Meleagrid herpesvirus microRNAs. Virology. 388:128-36, 2009.
  • Oldoni, I, A. Rodriguez-Avila, S. M. Riblet, G. Zavala, and M. García. Pathogenicity and Growth Characteristics of Infectious Laryngotracheitis Virus (ILTV) Isolates from United States. Avian Pathology. 38:47-53, 2009.
  • Golender N., A. Pashin, Banet-Noach C., S. Nagar, S. Pokamunski, M. Pirak, Y. Tendler, I. Davidson, M. García and S. Perk. Genetic characterization of avian influenza viruses isolated in Israel during 2000 – 2006. Virus Genes, 37(3):289-97, 2008. Epub 2008 Aug. 20.
  • Hernandez-Driver, S. M., P. Villegas, C. Jimenez, S. J. Hernandez-Driver, M. Garcia, S. M. Riblet, C. R. Carroll, B. M. O’Connor, J. L. Webb, M. J. Yabsley, S. M. Williams, and S. Sanchez. Backyard Chicken Flocks Pose a Disease Risk for Neotropical Birds. Avian Dis, 52:558-566, 2008.
  • Ziming Z., M. Garcia, K. F. Shortridge, Y. Guan, and X. F.Wan. Genotypic diversity of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses. Journal of General Virology, 89:2182-2193, 2008.
  • A. Rodríguez-Avila, I. Oldoni, S. M. Riblet, and M. García. Evaluation of the Protection Elicited by Direct and Indirect Exposure to Live Attenuated Infectious Laryngotracheitis Virus (ILTV) Vaccines Against a Recent Challenge Strain from the United States. Avian Pathology, 37 (3): 287-292, 2008.
  • Oldoni, I., A. Rodríguez-Avila, S. M. Riblet, and M. García. Characterization of Infectious laryngotracheitis virus (ILTV)Isolates from Commercial Poultry by Polymerase Chain Reaction and Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism(PCR-RFLP). Avian Diseases, 52: 59-63. 2008.

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