T. Graham Rosser, Ph.D.
Department of Basic Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
P.O. Box 6100
Mississippi State, MS 39762
Phone: (662) 325-0167
Fax: (662) 325-8884
B.S. – Biological Sciences, Mississippi State University
Ph.D. – Veterinary Medical Sciences (Parasitology), Mississippi State University
As a parasitologist, my interests focus on understanding the nature of parasite life cycles, the systematics of different parasite groups, and investigating pathogenicity to their host(s). My research experience centers around a group of cnidarian parasites that primarily infecting fish and annelids, the myxozoans. The catfish aquaculture industry in the southeastern United States is plagued by yearly losses due to the myxozoan Henneguya ictaluri for which there is no economically feasible method of control or treatment. Through experimental studies of host susceptibility and development of the parasite, management strategies to reduce exposure or parasite prevalence are being examined.
Trematodes of piscivorous birds and freshwater fish are another area of focus for my lab. Most of this work is centered around systematics and life cycle elucidation. These studies offer data on parasite diversity and host specificity which allows for targeted life cycle management strategies.
PRIMARY AREAS OF INTEREST
Aquatic Parasitology – pathogenesis of myxozoan & trematode infections in freshwater fish
Molecular Parasitology – myxozoan & trematode life cycle elucidation and management strategies
Systematic Parasitology – morphological and molecular identification and characterization of avian and aquatic parasites
General Veterinary Parasitology