Dr. John Hawke
Department Chairperson - Interim
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, development of vaccines for bacterial pathogens of fish for use in aquaculture.

 Awards & Honors:
  • 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
  • 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:
  • 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. , Hawke, John; Soto, Esteban ; Illannes, Oscar; Hilchie, David; Morales, Juan; Sunyakumthorn, Piyanate; 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. , Hawke, John; Soto, Esteban; Griffin, Matt; Wiles, Judy, 2011, Veterinary Microbiology , Volume: 154, Pages: 407-412
  • Francisella asiatica as the causative agent of piscine francisellosis in the USA, Hawke, John; Soto, Esteban; Baumgartner, Wes; Wiles, Judy, 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 , Hawke, John; Soto, Esteban ; Judy, Wiles; Elzer, Philip; Macaluso, Kevin, 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, Hawke, John; Soto, Esteban; Bowles, Kimberly ; Fernandez, Denise, 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, Hawke, John; Soto, Esteban; Endris, Richard, 2010, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy/ASM , Volume: 54, Number: 11, Pages: 4664-4670
  • Interaction of Francisella asiatica with Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), Hawke, John; Soto, Esteban ; Thune, Ronald; Fernandez, Denise, 2010, Infection and Immunity/ASM , Volume: 78, Number: 5, Pages: 2070-2078
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