Donald H. Bouyer, Ph.D.

Donald H. Bouyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology

University of Texas Medical Branch
1.136-C Keiller Building
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-0609

Office: (409) 747-2035
Fax: (409) 747-2455

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Donald H. Bouyer, Ph.D.


2009-Present Associate Professor Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch
2007-Present Consultant Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory Design Team, University of North Texas Health Sciences Center
2006-Present Consultant Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
2005-Present Consultant and Biosafety Level 3 Trainer University of North Texas Health Sciences Center
2005-Present Consultant Washington Group, National Training Laboratory
2005-Present Director Biosafety Level 3 Research Activities Core Galveston National Laboratory, University of Texas Medical Branch
2005-Present Consultant North Carolina State Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory, Raleigh, NC
2005-Present Consultant University of Chicago Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory Initialization Effort, Chicago, IL
2004-Present Special Faculty Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Texas Medical
2004-Present Member Galveston National Laboratory Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory Committee, University of Texas Medical Branch
2003-Present Director Keiller Building Biosafety Level 3 Laboratory, University of Texas Medical Branch
2003-Present Member Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, University of Texas Medical Branch
2001-Present Member WHO Collaborating Center for Tropical Diseases, University of Texas Medical Branch
2001-Present Scientist Sealy Center for Vaccine Development, University of Texas Medical Branch


Professional Education

Degree Institution Field of Study Graduation Year
B.S. Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL Biology 1986
Ph.D. Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN Microbiology 1988
Post-Doctoral University of TX Medical Branch, Galveston, TX Microbial Pathogenesis 2001


2001 Advanced Business Management Certificate Program, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston TX.
1995 Outstanding Young Men of America
1995-1998 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Fellowship
1995 Vanita J. Towels Award for Scholastic Excellence, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
1995 Service Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Leadership, Pre-alumni Association, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
1995 Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
1993 Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
1992 Outstanding Young Men of America
1990-1995 Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program Fellowship

Professional Affiliations

1998-Present American Society for Rickettsiology
1990-Present American Society for Microbiology

Research Interests

  • Pathogenesis and host response mechanisms of rickettsial diseases

Selected Publications

  1. Robinson JB, Telepnev MV, Zudina IV, BOUYER D, Montenieri JA, Bearden SW, Gage GL, Agar SL, Foltz SM, Chauhan S, Chopra AK, Motin VL: 2009. Evaluation of a Yersinia pestis mutant impaired in a thermoregulated type VI-like secretion system in flea, macrophage and murine models. Microb Pathogi PMID 19716410.
  2. Duh D, Punda-Polic V, Avsic-Zupanc T, BOUYER D, Walker DH, Popov VL, Jelovsek M, Gracner M, Trilar T, Bradaric N, Kurtii TJ, Strus J: 2009. Rickettsia hoogstraalii sp. nov., isolated from hard- and soft bodied ticks. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol. PMID 19666817.
  3. Gracner M, Avsic-Zupanc T, Punda-Polic V, Dolinsek J, BOUYER D, Walker DH, Zavala-Castro JE, Bradaric N, Crocquet-Valdes PA, Duh D: 2009. Comparative ompA gene sequence analysis of Rickettsia felis-like bacteria detected in Haemaphysalis sulcata ticks and isolated I mosquito C6/36 cell line. Clin Microbiol Infect. PMID 19298401.
  4. Tokarz R, Kapoor V, Samuel JE, BOUYER DH, Breise T, Lipkin WI: 2008. Detection of tick-borne pathogens by MassTag polymerase chain reaction. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases (Epub)
  5. Zhu Y, Medina-Sanchez A, BOUYER D, Walker DH, Yu, XJ: 2008. Genotypes of Rickettsia prowazekii isolates. Emerging Infectious Diseases 14: 1300-02.
  6. Oliveira, KA, Oliveira LS, DIAS CC, Silva A Jr., Almeida MR, Almada G, BOUYER DH Galvao MA, Mafra C: 2008. Molecular identification of Rickettsia felis in ticks and fleas from an endemic area for Brazilian spotted fever. Mem Inst Oswaldo Cruz 103:191-4.
  7. Hidalgo M, Orejuela L, Fuya P, Carrillo P, Hernandez J, Parra E, Keng C, Small M, Olano JP, BOUYER D, Castaneda E, Walker D, Valbuena G: 2007. Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colombia. Emerging Infectious Diseases 13:1058-60.
  8. Fang R, Ismail N, Soong L, Popov VL, Whitworth T, BOUYER DH, Walker DH: 2007. Differential interaction of dendritic cells with Rickettsia conorii: impact on host susceptibility to murine spotted fever rickettsiosis. Infection and Immunity 75:3112-23.
  9. Zavala-Velazquez J, Laviada-Molina H, Zavala-Castro J, Perez-Osirio C, Becerra-Carmona G, BOUYER DH, and Walker DH: 2006. Rickettsia felis, the agent of an emerging infectious disease: Report of a new case. Archives of Medical Research 37: 419-22.
  10. Whitworth T, Popov V L, Yu XJ, Walker DH, and BOUYER DH: 2005. Expression of Rickettsia prowazekii pld or tlyC genes in Salmonella mediates phagosomal escape. Infection and Immunity 73:6668-73.
  11. Zavala-Castro JE, Small M, Keng C, BOUYER DH, Zavala-Valazquez J, Walker DH: 2005. Rickettsia felis ompA gene is transcribed in naturally infected fleas. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 73:662-6.
  12. Labruna MB, Whitworth T, BOUYER DH, McBride J, Carmago LMA, Carmago EP, Popov V, Walker DH: 2004. Rickettsia bellii and Rickettsia amblyommii in Amblyomma ticks from the state of Rondonia, Western Amazon, Brazil. Journal of Medical Entomology.41:533-7.
  13. Labruna MB, McBride JW, BOUYER DH, Carmargo LM, Carmargo EP, Walker DH: 2004. Molecular evidence of a spotted fever group Rickettsia species in the tick Amblyomma longirostre in Brazil. Journal of Medical Entomology 41:1073-81.
  14. Ndip L, Fokam E, BOUYER, DH, Ndip R, Titanji PK, Walker DH McBride J: 2004. Detection of Rickettsia africae in patients and ticks along the coastal region of Cameroon. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 71:363-7.
  15. LaBruna MB, Whitworth T, Horta MC, BOUYER DH, McBride JW, Pinter A, Popov VL, Gennari SM, Walker DH: 2004. Rickettsia species infecting Amblyomma cooperi ticks from an endemic area for the Brazilian spotted fever in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Journal of Clinical Microbiology.42:90-98.
  16. Ndip LM, BOUYER DH, Travasso da Rosa APA, Titanji VPK, Tesh RB, Walker DH: 2004. Acute spotted fever group rickettsioses among febrile patients, Cameroon. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 10:432-437.
  17. Lewin MR, BOUYER DH, Walker, DH, Musher DH: 2003. Rickettsia sibirica infection in members of scientific expeditions to northern Asia. Lancet 362:1201-2.
  18. Zavala-Velazquez JE, Zavala-Castro JE, Vado-Solis I, Ruiz-Sosa JA, Moron C, BOUYER DH, Walker DH: 2002. Identification of Ctenocephalides felis fleas as a host of Ricketsia felis, the agent of a spotted fever rickettsiosis in Yucatan, Mexico. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 2:69-75.
  19. Bouyer DH, Stenos J, Crocquet-Valdes P, Moron CG, Popov VL, Zavala-Velazquez JE, Foil LD, Stothard DR, Azad AF, Walker DH: 2001. Rickettsia felis: the molecular characterization of a new member of the spotted fever group. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.  51:339-347.
  20. Moron CG, Bouyer DH, Yu X-J, Foil LD, Crocquet-Valdes P, Walker DH: 2001. Comparative phylogenetic analysis of the rompB genes of Rickettsia felis and Rickettsia prowazekii European human and North American flying squirrel strains. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 62:598-603.

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