Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka

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Office: 970.297.5064
Email: Francisco.Olea-Popelka@ColoState.edu

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Francisco Olea-Popelka, DVM, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Department of Clinical Sciences

Veterinary Epidemiology: Livestock, Wildlife and Humans

My research interest is epidemiology in general, with special interest in the study, prevention and control of zoonoses.  Specifically, my areas of interest include design of epidemiological studies, outbreak investigations, application of geographical information system (GIS) to epidemiological scenarios, data management and analysis, molecular epidemiology and modeling of diseases.

In the year 1998 I started studying bovine tuberculosis in Chile. Subsequently, in 2000, I became involved in Ireland's efforts to control bovine tuberculosis, specifically conducting epidemiological studies related to Mycobacterium bovis infection in cattle and wildlife species (the Badger, Meles meles). Currently, I am an external consultant for the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries in collaboration with University College Dublin regarding their Bovine Tuberculosis national control program.

I am a very enthusiastic scientist who enjoys getting involved in projects that can contribute to the understanding and hopefully to the solution of epidemiological issues. At my current position at Colorado State University, Department of Clinical Sciences, Animal Population Health Institute, I collaborate with other institutions on a variety of ongoing projects. Brief descriptions are provided below:

University College Dublin (UCD) and the Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries,Ireland

USDA/APHIS/CEAH/FSIS

Palm Beach Zoo, FL, USA/Kruger National Park, South Africa

Walt Disney Animal Kingdom Zoo, Orlando, Florida, USA

Laboratory Services, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department, CSU

I am a very enthusiastic teacher. I dedicate a significant amount of my efforts to the development, improvement and implementation of veterinary epidemiology-related courses. Furthermore, mentoring and advising veterinary and graduate students is an activity that I consider a crucial aspect of my career. Currently, I am the faculty advisor for the Veterinary One Health Students Club.