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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 Ehrlichia, Leishmania and Babesia organisms. Her most recent projects are related to vector-borne pathogen surveillance and discovery of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases, as well as developing improved molecular diagnostic techniques for vector-borne pathogens.

She is currently working on several projects focused on vector-borne pathogen surveillance and discovery in Peru and Madagascar. One project involves 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 (CL). Specifically, this project explores whether agriculturally-driven deforestation, and thus increased exposure to potential Leishmania reservoirs, increases the risk for CL exposure in humans and dogs in the Alto Mayo region of San Martin, Peru. Questions this research aims to answer include: What are the reservoirs for Leishmania? What is the prevalence of Leishmania in dogs, humans and reservoirs? What is the distribution of Leishmania spp.? What are the risk factors for disease exposure? A second project, in collaboration with researchers at Duke University and the Duke Lemur Center, aims 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.

In addition to her research endeavors, Dr. Qurollo oversees molecular diagnostics for the Vector-Borne Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (VBDDL) at NC State and routinely consults with referring veterinarians on managing vector-borne disease in companion animals. Recently, the VBDDL validated and implemented a novel qPCR assay designed to amplify a wider range of Babesia spp. Since implementing the new assay in 2015, we have detected B. mictroti-like (a Babesia spp. more commonly found in dogs in Europe and foxes in North America) in dogs in North America with clinicopathological abnormalities consistent with babesiosis.