Dr. Kevin Macaluso
Professor
Pathobiological Sciences (PBS)

Biography:
Colorado native. Lived in Co, Al, Ca, Co, Fl, Co, Tx, Ok, Md, and La (in order).

Teaching Interests:
Vector-borne disease; entomology; parasitology

Research Interests:
Transmission biology for vectors of rickettsial pathogens.

 Awards & Honors:
  • 2017 Dean's Merit Honor Roll for Teaching Excellence
  • 2016 Dean's Merit Honor Roll for Teaching Excellence
  • 2015 Mary Louise Martin Professor
  • 2015 Dean's Merit Honor Roll for Teaching Excellence
  • 2010 Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award
  • 2009 Rainmaker
 Education:
  • PhD Oklahoma State University
  • MS Sul Ross State University
  • BS Colorado State University
 Grants:
  • Mechanisms and molecules required for flea-borne transmission of Rickettsia felis. , NIH/NIAID, $1,875,000.00
  • Leprosy transmission by ticks, R2STOP, $198,574.00
  • Biomedical Research Experience for Veterinary Students., National Institutes for Health, $283,305.00
  • Merial Veterinary Scholars Research Grant Program, Merial, $15,000.00
  • Molecular basis for spotted fever group Rickettsia vector competence in ticks, NIH/NIAID,
  • Merial Veterinary Scholars Research Grant Program, Merial, $10,000.00
  • Molecular basis for spotted fever group Rickettsia vector competence in ticks, NIH/NIAID,
  • Host dependent transmission of Rickettsia felis. , NIH/NIAID, $345,336.00
  • Merial Veterinary Scholars Research Grant Program, Merial, $20,000.00
 Publications:
Journal Article, Academic Journal:
  • Spotted fever group Rickettsia infection and transmission dynamics in Amblyomma maculatum, Suwanbongkot, C; Langohr, Ingeborg; Harris, E; Dittmar, W; Christofferson, Rebecca; Macaluso, Kevin, 2019, Infection and immunity
  • Effect of Amblyomma maculatum (Acari: Ixodidae) Saliva on the Acute Cutaneous Immune Response to Rickettsia parkeri Infection in a Murine Model., Banajee, K; Verhoeve, V; Harris, E; Macaluso, Kevin, 2016, Journal of medical entomology , Volume: 53, Number: 6, Pages: 1252-1260
  • Differential Rickettsial Transcription in Bloodfeeding and Non-Bloodfeeding Arthropod Hosts., Verhoeve, V; Jirakanwisal, K; Utsuki, T; Macaluso, Kevin, 2016, PloS one , Volume: 11, Number: 9, Pages: e0163769
  • Rickettsial Infections among Ctenocephalides felis and Host Animals during a Flea-Borne Rickettsioses Outbreak in Orange County, California., Maina, A; Fogarty, C; Krueger, L; Macaluso, Kevin; Odhiambo, A; Nguyen, K; Farris, C; Luce-Fedrow, A; Bennett, S; Jiang, J; Sun, S; Cummings, R; Richards, A, 2016, PloS one , Volume: 11, Number: 8, Pages: e0160604
  • Transmission mechanisms of an emerging insect-borne rickettsial pathogen., Brown, L; Banajee, K; Foil, L; Macaluso, Kevin, 2016, Parasites & vectors , Volume: 9, Pages: 237
  • <i>Rickettsia felis</i>, an Emerging Flea-Borne Rickettsiosis., Brown, L; Macaluso, Kevin, 2016, Current tropical medicine reports , Volume: 3, Pages: 27-39
  • Electrotransformation and clonal isolation of Rickettsia species, Riley, Sean; Macaluso, Kevin; Martinez, Juan, 2015, Current Protocols in Microbiology , Volume: 39, Number: 3A.6, Pages: 1-20
  • Immunoproteomic profiling of Rickettsia parkeri and Rickettsia amblyommii. , Pornwiroon, Walariat; Bourchookarn, Apichia; Paddock, Christopher; Macaluso, Kevin, 2015, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases , Volume: 6, Number: 6, Pages: 829-835
  • Co-feeding intra- and interspecific transmission of an emerging insect-borne rickettsial pathogen., Brown, L; Christofferson, Rebecca; Banajee, K; Del Piero, Fabio; Foil, L; Macaluso, Kevin, 2015, Molecular ecology
  • Amblyomma maculatum feeding augments Rickettsia parkeri infection in a Rhesus macaque model: A pilot study, Banajee, Khush; Embers, Monica; Langohr, Ingeborg; Doyle, L; Hasenkampf, N; Macaluso, Kevin, 2015, PLoS One , Volume: 10, Number: 8, Pages: e0135175
  • Identification of host proteins involved in rickettsial invasion of tick cells., Petchampai, N; Sunyakumthorn, P; Banajee, K; Verhoeve, V; Kearney, Michael; Macaluso, Kevin, 2015, Infection and immunity , Volume: 83, Number: 3, Pages: 1048-55
  • Genomic diversification in strains of Rickettsia felis Isolated from different arthropods., Gillespie, J; Driscoll, T; Verhoeve, V; Utsuki, T; Husseneder, C; Chouljenko, Vladimir; Azad, A; Macaluso, Kevin, 2014, Genome biology and evolution , Volume: 7, Number: 1, Pages: 35-56
  • Feeding by Amblyomma maculatum (Acari: Ixodidae) enhances Rickettsia parkeri (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) infection in the skin., Grasperge, Britton; Morgan, Timothy; Paddock, C; Peterson, K; Macaluso, Kevin, 2014, Journal of medical entomology , Volume: 51, Number: 4, Pages: 855-63
  • Growth of Rickettsia felis in Drosophila melanogaster S2 cells., Luce-Fedrow, A; Macaluso, Kevin; Richards, A, 2014, Vector borne and zoonotic diseases (Larchmont, N.Y.) , Volume: 14, Number: 2, Pages: 101-10
  • Molecular and functional characterization of vacuolar-ATPase from the American dog tick Dermacentor variabilis., Petchampai, N; Sunyakumthorn, P; Guillotte, M; Thepparit, C; Kearney, Michael; Mulenga, A; Azad, A; Macaluso, Kevin, 2014, Insect molecular biology , Volume: 23, Number: 1, Pages: 42-51
  • Novel Identification of Dermacentor variabilis Arp2/3 Complex and Its Role in Rickettsial Infection of the Arthropod Vector., Petchampai, N; Sunyakumthorn, P; Guillotte, M; Verhoeve, V; Banajee, K; Kearney, Michael; Macaluso, Kevin, 2014, PloS one , Volume: 9, Number: 4, Pages: e93768
  • Gene expression of tissue-specific molecules in ex vivo Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae) during rickettsial exposure., Sunyakumthorn, P; Petchampai, N; Grasperge, Britton; Kearney, Michael; Sonenshine, D; Macaluso, Kevin, 2013, Journal of medical entomology , Volume: 50, Number: 5, Pages: 1089-96
  • Rickettsia parkeri infection in domestic dogs, Southern Louisiana, USA, 2011., Grasperge, Britton; Wolfson, Wendy; Macaluso, Kevin, 2012, Emerging infectious diseases , Volume: 18, Number: 6, Pages: 995-7
  • Molecular characterization and tissue-specific gene expression of Dermacentor variabilis α-catenin in response to rickettsial infection., Sunyakumthorn, P; Petchampai, N; Kearney, Michael; Sonenshine, D; Macaluso, Kevin, 2012, Insect molecular biology , Volume: 21, Number: 2, Pages: 197-204
  • Horizontal transmission of Rickettsia felis between cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis., Macaluso, Kevin; Hirunkanokpum, Supanee; Thepparit, Chutima; Foil, Lane, 2011, Mol Ecol.
  • Isolation of a rickettsial pathogen from a non-hematophagous arthropod., Thepparit, C; Sunyakumthorn, P; Guillotte, M; Popov, V; Foil, L; Macaluso, Kevin, 2011, PloS one , Volume: 6, Number: 1, Pages: e16396
  • 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
  • Acquisition of Rickettsia felis by Cat Fleas During Feeding, Kearney, Michael; Reif, Katie; Foil, Lane; Macaluso, Kevin, 2010, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases , Pages: doi:10.1089/vbz.2010.0137.
  • Development of microsatellites for genetic analyses and population assignment of the cat flea,, Macaluso, Kevin; Husseneder, Claudia; Gardner, Sue; Foil, Lane, 2010, J Med Entomol. , Volume: 47, Number: 6, Pages: 1028-1033
Journal Article, Professional Journal:
  • The role of Sca2 and RickA in the dissemination of Rickettsia parkeri in Amblyomma maculatum., Harris, Emma; Jirakanwisal, Krit; Verhoeve, Victoria; Fongsaran , C; Suwanbongkot , C; Welch , Matthew; Macaluso, Kevin, 2018, Infection and Immunity (ASM)
  • Microbial Invasion vs. Tick Immune Regulation, Sonenshine, Daniel; Macaluso, Kevin, 2017, Front Cell Infect Microbiol
  • Comparative vertical transmission of Rickettsia by Dermacentor variabilis and Amblyomma maculatum., Harris, E; Verhoeve, V; Banajee, K; Macaluso, J; Azad, A; Macaluso, Kevin, 2017, Ticks and tick-borne diseases , Volume: 8, Number: 4, Pages: 598-604
  • Effect of Rickettsia felis Strain Variation on Infection, Transmission, and Fitness in the Cat Flea (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae)., Healy, S; Brown, L; Hagstrom, M; Foil, L; Macaluso, Kevin, 2017, Journal of medical entomology
  • Dissemination of bloodmeal acquired Rickettsia felis in cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, Macaluso, Kevin; Hirunkanokpum, Supanee; Thepparit, Chutima; Foil, Lane; Popov, V, 2013, Parasite & Vectors , Volume: 6, Number: 1, Pages: 149
  • An insight into the sialotranscriptome of the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, Macaluso, Kevin; Ribeiro, JMC; Assumpcao, CFT; Ma, D; Alvarenga, PH; Pham, VM; Anderson, JF; Francischetti, IMB, 2012, PLoSOne , Volume: 7, Number: 9, Pages: 44612
  • Susceptibility of inbred mice to Rickettsia parkeri, Grasperge, Britton; Macaluso, Kevin; Reif, Kathryn; Morgan, Timothy; Sunyakumthorn, Piyanate; Bynog, Joseph; Paddock, Christopher, 2012, Infection and Immunity , Volume: 80, Number: 5, Pages: 1846-1852
  • Susceptibility of inbred mice to Rickettsia parkeri, Grasperge, Britton; Macaluso, Kevin; Reif, Kathryn; Morgan, Timothy; Sunyakumthorn, Piyanate; Bynog, Joseph; Paddock, Christopher, 2012, Infection and Immunity , Volume: 80, Number: 5, Pages: 1846-1852
  • Rickettsia parkeri infection in domestic dogs, Southern Louisiana, USA, 2011, Macaluso, Kevin; Grasperge, Britton; Wolfson, Wendy, 2012, Emerging Infectious Diseases , Volume: 18, Number: 6, Pages: 995-997
Other:
  • Correction: Amblyomma maculatum Feeding Augments Rickettsia parkeri Infection in a Rhesus Macaque Model: A Pilot Study., Banajee, K; Embers, M; Langohr, Ingeborg; Doyle, L; Hasenkampf, N; Macaluso, Kevin, 2015