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Kocan, Katherine M

Regents Professor
Endowed Chair Food of Animal Research
Fellow, Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine

Specialty: Veterinary Parasitology, Ticks and Tick-borne Pathogens





B.A., 1968, Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio
M.S. P.H., 1971, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D., 1979, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Department: Veterinary Pathobiology

Contact Information:
Veterinary Pathobiology
004 McElroy Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078
Office: (405) 744-7271
Fax: (405) 744-5275
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Biography:

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH March 27, 1946, Cleveland, Ohio EDUCATION B.A. Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio 1968 M.S.P.H. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1971 Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 1979 PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Research Associate, Veterinary Research Unit, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, l977-l980 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary of Parasitology, Microbiology and Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Oklahoma State University, 1980-1998. Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1983-1988 Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1988-1993 Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, 1993-present. Walter R. Sitlington Endowed Chair in Food Animal Research, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, 1995-present OSU Regents Professor, 2000 – present Fellow, Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, 2007 to present.



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Fields of Interest:

Tick/Anaplasma spp. studies, microscopy (light, electron and confocal), RNA interference in ticks, and vaccine development for ticks and tick-borne pathogens.



Current Research Focus:

Ticks and Tick-borne Pathogens, with emphasis on Anaplasma and Ehrlichia spp.; development of vaccines for control of tick infestations and to block transmission of tick-borne pathogens


Selected Publications:

Kocan KM, de la Fuente J, Blouin EF. 2007. Targeting the tick/pathogen interface for developing new anaplasmosis vaccine strategies. Veterinary Research Communications, 31(Suppl.1): 91-96.

Kocan KM, Manzano R, de la Fuente, J. 2007. Transovarial silencing of the subolesin gene in three-host ixodid tick species after injection of replete females with subolesin dsRNA. Parasitology Research, 100:1411-1415.

Kocan KM, Zivkovic Z, Blouin EF, Naranjo V, Almazán C, Mitra R, de la Fuente J. 2009. Silencing of genes involved in Anaplasma marginale-tick interactions affects the pathogen developmental cycle in Dermacentor variabilis. BMC Developmental Biology, 9:42, doi:10.1186/1471-2131X-9-42. 

Kocan KM, de la Fuente J, Step DL, Blouin EF, Coetzee JF, Simpson KM, Genova SG, Boileau MJ. 2010. Current challenges of the management and epidemiology of bovine anaplasmosis. Bovine Practitioner, 44(2):93-102.  

Kocan KM, de la Fuente J, Blouin EF, Coetzee JF, Ewing SA. 2010.  The Natural History of Anaplasma marginale.Veterinary Parasitology, 167:95-107. 

Kocan KM, Blouin EF, de la Fuente J. 2011.  RNA interference in ticks.  Journal of Visualized Experiments 47, http://www.jove.com/details.php?ID=2474