Dr. John Hawke
Pathobiological Sciences (PBS)
(225) 578-9684

John P. Hawke is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and has been involved in teaching, research, and diagnostics pertaining to aquatic animal health for over 40 years.

Teaching Interests:
Aquatic animal diseases, bacteriology, pathogenic mechanisms of bacteria.

Research Interests:
Identification of new pathogens of aquatic animals, study of the pathogenic mechanisms of fish pathogenic bacteria, white spot syndrome virus in crawfish, development of vaccines for bacterial pathogens of fish for use in aquaculture.

 Awards & Honors:
  • 2021 Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll
  • 2020 Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll
  • 2019 FDA Recognition Award
  • 2012 Special Achievement Award
  • 2010 S.F. Snieszko Distinguished Service Award
  • 2010 LSU IBRDSC Recognition Award
  • 2007 Crystal Globe Award
  • PhD Louisiana State University
  • MS Auburn University
  • BS Auburn University
  • Recovery of Louisiana’s Iconic Shellfish: Diagnosis and Evaluation of White Spot Syndrome Virus Disease in Crawfish, Louisiana Sea Grant, $190,000.00
  • Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of bacteria isolated from aquatic animals to generate epidemiological breakpoints., FDA, CVM Office of Research, $8,000.00
  • Utility of wild type and mutant strains of Edwardsiella ictaluri from zebrafish as live attenuated vaccines in channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus, USDA 1433, $7,000.00
  • Comparative pathogenesis of ureG and esrC mutants of Edwardsiella ictaluri and their utility as live attenuated vaccines in laboratory zebrafish Danio rerio, USDA 1433, $7,000.00
  • Louisiana Cooperative Fish Disease Project, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, $120,000.00
Journal Article, Academic Journal:
  • Streptococcus dysgalactiae: A pathogen of feral populations of silver carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix from a fish kill event, Hawke, John; Daniel, Ryan; Strother, Keith; Sokolova, Yuliya; Elliott, Jacqueline; Carossino, Mariano; Langohr, Ingeborg; Del Piero, Fabio; López‐Porras, Adrián ; Heckman, Taylor; Soto, Esteban; Griffin, Matt, 2021, Journal of Aquatic Animal Health , Volume: 33, Number: 4, Pages: 231-242
  • Investigation of a Cyprinid Herpesvirus 1 Disease Episode in a Group of Pond-Reared Koi., Crossland, N; Hawke, John; Del Piero, Fabio; Sokolova, Y; Waltzek, T; Viadanna, P, 2018, Journal of aquatic animal health , Volume: 30, Number: 3, Pages: 185-190
  • Outbreaks of edwardsiellosis caused by Edwardsiella piscicida and Edwardsiella tarda in barramundi (Lates calcarifer), Loch, Tom; Hawke, John; Reichley, Stephen; Faisal, Mohamed; Del Piero, Fabio; Griffin, Matt, 2017, Aquaculture/Elsevier , Volume: 481, Pages: 202-210
  • Whole genome sequence of Photobacterium damselae subsp. piscicida strain 91-197 isolated from hybrid striped bass (Morone sp.) in the USA., Teru, Yuki; Hikima, Jun-chi; Kono, Tomoya; Sakai, Masahiro; Takano, Tomokazu; Hawke, John; Takeyama, Haruko; Aoki, Takashi, 2017, Genome Announcements/ASM , Volume: 5, Number: 29, Pages: 2
  • Perezia nelsoni (Microsporidia) in Agmasoma penaei-infected Atlantic white shrimp Litopenaeus setiferus (Paenaidae, Decapoda) and phylogenetic analysis of Perezia spp. complex. , Sokolova, Yuliya; Hawke, John, 2016, Protistology , Volume: 10, Number: (3), Pages: 67-78
  • Improved broth microdilution method for antimicrobial susceptibility testing of Francisella noatunensis ssp. orientalis, Soto, Esteban; Halliday-Simmonds, Iona; Francis, Stewart; Fraites, Trellor; Martinez-Lopez, Beatriz; Wiles, Judy; Hawke, John; Endris, Richard, 2016, Journal of Aquatic Animal Health/Taylor and Francis , Volume: 28, Pages: 199-207.
  • Experimental Inoculation of Louisiana red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii with white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) , Pace, Barcley; Hawke, John; Subramanian, Ramesh; Green, Christopher, 2016, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms/Inter-research , Volume: 120, Pages: 143-150
  • Draft genome sequence of fish-pathogen, Mycobacterium pseudoshottsii strain JCM15466, closely related species to M. marinum , Hikima, Jun-chi; Sakai, Masahiro; Aoki, Takashi; Takeyama, Haruko; Hawke, John; Mori, Kazuki; Tashiro, Kosuke; Kuhara, Satoru, 2016, Genome Announcements/ASM , Volume: 4, Number: 1, Pages: 1-2
  • Draft Genome Sequences of Edwardsiella ictaluri Strains LADL11-100 and LADL11-194 Isolated from Zebrafish Danio rerio., Wang, R; Tekedar, H; Lawrence, M; Chouljenko, Vladimir; Kim, J; Kim, N; Kousoulas, Konstantin; Hawke, John, 2015, Genome announcements , Volume: 3, Number: 6
  • Comparison of Edwardsiella ictaluri isolates from different hosts and geographic locations. , Griffin, Matt ; Reichley, Stephen; Greenway, Terrence; Quiniou, Sylvie ; Ware, Cynthia ; Gao, Dana; Gaunt, Patricia; Yanong, Roy; Pouder, Deborah; Hawke, John; Soto, Esteban, 2015, Journal of Fish Diseases , Pages: 23
  • Draft genome sequences of Edwardsiella ictaluri strains LADL11-100 and LADL11-194, Wang, Rui; Tekedar, Hasan; Lawrence, Mark; Chouljenko, Vladimir; Kim, Joohyun ; Kim, Nayong; Kousoulas, Konstantin; Hawke, John, 2015, Genome Announcements/ASM , Volume: 3, Number: 6, Pages: 1-2
  • Characterization of isolates of Streptococcus agalactiae from diseased farmed and wild marine fish from the U.S. Gulf Coast, Latin America, and Thailand. , Soto, Esteban; Wang, Rui ; Wiles, Judy; Baumgartner, Wes; Green, Christopher; Plumb, John; Hawke, John, 2015, Journal of Aquatic Animal Health/Taylor and Francis , Volume: 27, Pages: 123-134
  • Prevalence and distribution of three protozoan symbionts in blue crab (Callinectes sapidus) populations across Louisiana, USA., Rogers, Holly; Taylor, Sabrina; Hawke, John; Anderson-Lively, Julie, 2015, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms/Inter-research , Volume: 114, Number: 1, Pages: 1-10
  • Variations in prevalence of viral, bacterial, and rhyzocephalan diseases and parasites of the blue crab (Callinectes sapidus), Rogers, Holly; Taylor, Sabrina; Hawke, John; Anderson-Lively, Julie, 2015, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology , Volume: 127, Pages: 54-62
  • Morphology and phylogeny of Agmasoma penaei (Microsporidia) from the type host, Litopenaeus setifierus, and the type locality, Louisiana, USA. , Sokolova, Yuliya; Pelin, Adrian ; Hawke, John; Corradi, Nicolas, 2015, International Journal for Parasitology/Elsevier , Volume: 45, Number: 1, Pages: 1-16
  • Disease, parasite, and commensal prevalences for blue crab Callinectes sapidus at shedding facilities in Louisiana, USA., Rogers, Holly; Taylor, Sabrina; Hawke, John; Schott, Eric; Anderson-Lively, Julie, 2015, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms/Inter-research , Volume: 112, Number: 3, Pages: 207-217
  • Phenotypic and genotypic heterogeneity among Streptococcus iniae isolates recovered from cultured and wild fish in North America, Central America and the Caribbean Islands, Chou, Lucy; Griffin, Matt; Fraites, Trellor ; Ware, Cynthia; Ferguson, Hugh ; Keirstad, Natalie; Brake, John; Wiles, Judy; Hawke, John; Kearney, Michael ; Getchell, Rodman; Gaunt, Patricia; Soto, Esteban , 2014, Journal of Aquatic Animal Health , Volume: 26, Number: 4, Pages: 263-271
  • Edwardsiellosis caused by Edwardsiella ictaluri in laboratory populations of zebrafish Danio rerio. , Hawke, John; Kent, Michael; Rogge, Matt ; Baumgartner, Wes; Wiles, Judy ; Shelley, Johnny ; Savolainen, Christine; Wagner, Robert; Murray, Katy; Peterson, Tracy, 2013, Journal of Aquatic Animal Health , Volume: 25, Number: (3), Pages: 171-183
  • Molecular and immunohistochemical diagnosis of Francisella noatunensis subsp. orientalis from formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded tissues. , Soto, Esteban ; Illannes, Oscar; Hilchie, David; Morales, Juan; Sunyakumthorn, Piyanate; Hawke, John; Goodwin, Andrew; Riggs, Allen; Yanong, Roy; Pouder, Deborah; Francis-Floyd, Ruth; Arauz, Maziel; Bogdanovich, Lewis; Castillo-Alcala, Fernanda, 2012, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Evaluation/SAGE , Volume: 24, Number: (5), Pages: 840-845
  • Genetic analysis and antimicrobial susceptibility of Francisella noatunensis subsp. orientalis (Syn. F. asiatica) isolates from fish. , Soto, Esteban; Griffin, Matt; Wiles, Judy; Hawke, John, 2011, Veterinary Microbiology , Volume: 154, Pages: 407-412
  • Francisella asiatica as the causative agent of piscine francisellosis in the USA, Soto, Esteban; Baumgartner, Wes; Wiles, Judy; Hawke, John, 2011, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation , Volume: 23, Number: 4, Pages: 821-825
  • Attenuated Francisella asiatica iglC mutant induces protective immunity to Francisellosis in tilapia , Soto, Esteban ; Judy, Wiles; Elzer, Philip; Macaluso, Kevin; Hawke, John, 2011, Vaccine , Volume: 29, Pages: 5
  • Development of a real-time PCR assay for identification and quantification of the fish pathogen Francisella noatunensis subsp. orientalis, Soto, Esteban; Bowles, Kimberly ; Fernandez, Denise; Hawke, John, 2010, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms/Inter-Research , Volume: 89, Pages: 199-207
  • In Vitro and In Vivo Efficacy of Florfenicol for Treatment of Francisella asiatica Infection in Tilapia, Soto, Esteban; Endris, Richard; Hawke, John, 2010, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy/ASM , Volume: 54, Number: 11, Pages: 4664-4670
  • Interaction of Francisella asiatica with Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), Soto, Esteban ; Fernandez, Denise; Thune, Ronald; Hawke, John, 2010, Infection and Immunity/ASM , Volume: 78, Number: 5, Pages: 2070-2078
Technical Report:
  • VET04, Performance Standards for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing of Bacteria Isolated From Aquatic Animals, 3rd edition., Miller, Ron; Hawke, John, 2020
Book, Textbook Chapter:
  • Chapter 19. Photobacterium damselae, Hawke, John, 2017, Publisher: CABI, Pages: 258-271
  • Chapter 17. Francisella noatunensis., Soto, Esteban; Hawke, John, 2017, Publisher: CABI, Pages: 233-245
  • Chapter 20. The biology and management of the zebrafish, Esmail, Michael; Astrofsky, Keith ; Lawrence, Christian; Serluca, Fabrizio; Hawke, John; Baumgartner, Wes, 2015, Publisher: Elsevier-Academic Press, Pages: 1015-1045
  • Enteric Septicemia of Catfish, Hawke, John, 2015