Francisco Olea-Popelka

Clinical Sciences

DMC207 Diagnostic Medicine Center

(970) 297-5064

About Francisco

During my career as a veterinary epidemiologist, rather than focusing only on one animal species, I have chosen to apply epidemiological tools and skills to study diseases at the interface of livestock, wildlife, and humans in different environments, globally. An important component of my research philosophy is an integrated multidisciplinary approach in which many factors, such as environmental, socioeconomic, cultural, and political components are considered in conjunction with the disease causal agent and the host when addressing different health issues. Thus, to achieve my professional goals, I actively collaborate with colleagues in different disciplines in a variety of institutions worldwide, such as physicians, microbiologists, molecular biologists, wildlife biologists, nutritionist, geographers, nurses, wildlife veterinarians, large and small animal clinicians, policy and decision makers, social workers, epidemiologists, and government officials, to mention a few.


DVM, Universidad Mayor, Santiago Chile, 1998MS, University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2002PhD, University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2007


Andrea L. Beam, Dawn D. Thilmany, Lindsey P. Garber, David C. Van Metre, Randy W. Pritchard, Christine A. Kopral, Francisco J. Olea-Popelka*. 2013. Factors affecting veterinary care usage by small-scale livestock producers in the United States. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1; 243(9): 1334-44. doi: 10.2460/javma.243.9.1334JAVMA.Malama S, Muma JB, Olea- Popelka F, Mbulo G. 2013. Isolation of Mycobacterium bovis from Human Sputum in Zambia: Public Health and Diagnostic Significance. J Infect Dis Ther 1: 114. doi:10.4172/jidt.1000114.Muwonge A, Kankya C, Olea-Popelka F, Biffa D, Ssengooba W, Berit D, Skjerve E, Johansen TB. Molecular investigation of multiple strain infections in patients with tuberculosis in Mubende district, Uganda. 2013. Infect Genet Evol; 17 :16-22.Michele Miller and Francisco Olea-Popelka*. 2013. One Health in the Shrinking World - Experiences with Tuberculosis at the Human-Livestock-Wildlife Interface. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology & Infectious Diseases; 36(3): 263-268.Miller M, Buss P, Joubert J, Mathebula N, Kruger M, Martin L, Hofmeyr M, Olea-Popelka F*. 2013. Use of butorphanol during immobilization of free-ranging white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). J Zoo Wildl Med.; 44(1): 55-61.Kelly A. Patyk, Julie Helm, Michael K. Martin, Kimberly N. Forde-Folle, Francisco J. Olea-Popelka, John Hokanson, Tasha Fingerlin, Aaron Reeves. 2013. An epidemiologic simulation model of the spread and control of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) among commercial and backyard poultry flocks in South Carolina, United States. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. Feb 8. doi:pii: S0167-5877(13)00023-8.10.1016/j.prevetmed.2013.01.003. [Epub ahead of print]Adams AE, Olea-Popelka FJ, Roman-Muniz IN. 2013. Using temperature-sensing reticular boluses to aid in the detection of production diseases in dairy cows. J Dairy Sci. Jan 16. doi:pii: S0022-0302(13)00038-6. 10.3168/jds.2012-5822. [Epub ahead of print].Krystan R. Grant, Terry W. Campbell, Tawni I. Silver, and Francisco J. Olea-Popelka. 2013. Validation of an ultrasound-guided technique to establish a liver-to-coelom ratio and a comparative analysis of the ratios among acclimated and recently wild-caught Southern stingrays, Dasyatis americana. Zoo Biol. 2013 Jan-Feb; 32 (1): 104-11. doi: 10.1002/zoo.21014. Adams MK, Goodrich LR, Rao S, Olea-Popelka F, Phillips N, Kisiday JD, McIlwraith CW. 2012. Equine bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (BMDMSCs) from the ilium and sternum: Are there differences? Equine Vet J.; 45(3): 372-5. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-3306.2012.00646.x.Year 2013

Research Specialty

Epidemiology at the human, livestock, wildlife interfaceWildlife/Zoo