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Barbara Qurollo, MS, DVM

Associate Research Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine

Lab: Vector Borne Disease Diagnostics
Lab Phone: 919.513.8279

Dr. Barbara Qurollo is a research associate professor at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She obtained her DVM from Colorado State University before completing an internship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care in Milwaukee, WI. Following her internship she spent 3 years studying vector-borne diseases in companion animals as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at NC State - CVM. Her research efforts are focused on vector-borne disease in wildlife and companion animals and improved methods of detecting disease across wildlife, pets, domesticated animals and humans.

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North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association
Associate Member, Comparative Medicine Institute, NCSU
International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases
Global Health, Infectious Diseases
Dr. Qurollo’s research efforts are directed at advancing our understanding of the epidemiological and clinicopathological effects of vector-borne diseases, with a particular interest in Rickettsial and protozoal organisms. Her projects involve vector-borne pathogen surveillance and discovery of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases, as well as developing improved diagnostic techniques for identifying vector-borne pathogens in clinical samples and vectors.

Recent projects have focused on vector-borne pathogen surveillance and discovery in Peru and Madagascar. One project involved a multi-institutional collaboration between NC State, Duke University, and Universidad Peruana Cayetano-Heredia in Peru, with the goal of understanding risk factors for cutaneous leishmaniasis. Specifically, this project explored whether agriculturally-driven deforestation, and thus increased exposure to potential Leishmania reservoirs, increases the risk for cutaneous leishmaniasis in humans and dogs in San Martin, Peru. A second project, in collaboration with researchers at Duke University and the Duke Lemur Center, aimed to better characterize novel tick-borne organisms recently discovered in wild lemurs in Madagascar. The goals of this project include determining the prevalence, origin and zoonotic potential of these agents in lemurs, domestic animals and ticks in eastern Madagascar. Recently, Dr. Qurollo joined a multi-disciplinary research collaboration, the Vector-Borne Disease Epidemiology, Ecology, and Response (VEER) Hub, focused on issues of tick- and mosquito-borne diseases endemic to North Carolina with a principal goal to bring a One Health approach to the topic of vector-borne diseases in the state and ultimately to reduce the burden of these diseases. The collaboration includes partners at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, NC State’s Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NC Division of Public Health, and Fort Bragg.

In addition to research, Dr. Qurollo co-directs the Vector-Borne Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (VBDDL) at NC State and teaches classes in vector-borne diseases and Parasitology at NC State’s CVM.