Nathaniel Denkers

Research Scientist/Scholar II Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

212 Pathology

(970) 491-7206

About Nathaniel

Dr. Nathaniel Denkers joined the Hoover lab in 2005 where he completed his PhD on the ‘Oral and nasal mucosal pathways of prion infection in chronic wasting disease’. Dr. Denker’s research has continued to focus on 1.) the early pathogenesis of CWD across mucosal surfaces 2.) improving the sensitivity/specificity of prion detection in excreta using amplification assays, and 3.) determining the environmental factors involved in the natural transmission of CWD.


PhD, Prion Pathobiology, Colorado State University, 2010MPH, Public Health, University of Utah, 2002BA, Environmental Biology, University of Colorado , 1997


Shedding and stability of CWD prion seeding activity in cervid feces. Tennant JM, Li M, Henderson DM, Tyer ML, Denkers ND, Haley NJ, Mathiason CK, Hoover EA.PLoS One. 2020 Mar 3;15(3).Progression of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer analyzed by serial biopsy RT-QuIC and immunohistochemistry. Henderson DM, Denkers ND, Hoover CE, McNulty EE, Mathiason CK, and Hoover EA, PLOS One 2020 Feb 14;15(2)In vitro detection of haematogenous prions in white-tailed deer orally dosed with low concentrations of chronic wasting disease. McNulty EE, Nalls AV, Xun R, Denkers ND, Hoover EA, Mathiason CK. J Gen Virol. 2020 Mar;101(3):347-361.Modified Protein Misfolding Cyclic Amplification Overcomes Real-Time Quaking-Induced Conversion Assay Inhibitors in Deer Saliva To Detect Chronic Wasting Disease Prions. Davenport KA, Hoover CE, Denkers ND, Mathiason CK, Hoover EA. J Clin Microbiol. 2018 Aug 27;56(9)Assessment of Chronic Wasting Disease Prion Shedding in Deer Saliva with Occupancy Modeling. Davenport KA, Mosher BA, Brost BM, Henderson DM, Denkers ND, Nalls AV, McNulty E, Mathiason CK, Hoover EA. J Clin Microbiol. 2017 Dec 26;56(1)