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Salvatore Frasca Jr.



DIPL 1999 Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Board Certification in veterinary anatomical pathology.
PhD 1998 Doctor of Philosophy, Pathobiology, Concentration: Pathology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Connecticut.
VMD 1988 Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
AB 1984 Artium Baccalarius (Bachelor of Arts) Major: Biology and Society, College of Arts and Sciences, Cornell University.


2003 Junior Faculty Award for Merit, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society of Agriculture
2002 Ten Years Outstanding Service Award, Aquavet I Faculty
Jan1999-Present Associate Professor, Faculty Research and Diagnostic Veterinary Anatomic Pathologist, Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Jan1998-Dec1998 Post-Doctoral Fellow in Pathology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Aug1993-Apr1998 Resident and PhD Student in Veterinary Pathology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Aug1992-Aug1993 Veterinary Intern, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, CT.


Salvatore Frasca Jr.
Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science
University of Connecticut
61 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269-3089
Phone: 860-486-1138
FAX: 860-486-2794

Courses Taught

Instructor in Biomedical Issues in Pathobiology (UConn PVS 1000).
This introductory course is designed for undergraduate freshman and sophomores from a broad variety of backgrounds. Course content highlights topics of global importance to medicine and biotechnology with emphasis on the role of pathology.

Instructor in Diseases of Finfish and Shellfish (UConn PVS 4351).
A course designed for undergraduate upperclassmen and graduate students who have an interest in the pathology and microbiology of aquatic animals, in particular oysters, lobsters, aquarium fish, salmon and catfish. This course is part of the aquaculture minor at the University of Connecticut.

Instructor in Veterinary Pathology Seminar (UConn PVS 5394).
A course in descriptive anatomic pathology of domestic and non-domestic animals taken by veterinary residents and graduate students.

Instructor in Histologic Structure and Function (UConn PVS 3100)
This course is for students in the biological, paramedical and animal sciences. Course content is designed to integrate histologic and cellular structure with function.

Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor in Aquavet I, an Introduction to Aquatic Animal Medicine.
The Aquavet I course is a classroom and laboratory course offered at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, in conjunction with the New York State School of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Research Interests

Research Interests

My research focuses on molecular characterization of atypical bacterial, fungal and protozoal infectious agents in aquatic non-mammalian hosts. To this end, previous and current research interests have included the following:

  • molecular characterization of paramoebiases in American lobster
  • ultrastructural, antigenic and molecular characterization of chlamydia-like bacteria in cultured salmonids
  • molecular mycobacterial diagnostics
  • molecular systematics and comparative pathology of melanized fungal infections (phaeohyphomycosis)
  • comparative pathology of mycoplasmosis in poultry with emphasis on vaccine development and characterization of virulence determinants

Diagnostic Interests

My service responsibilities include diagnostic anatomic pathology of non-domestic and domestic animal species as a faculty veterinary pathologist of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL). My diagnostic interests focus on the anatomic pathology of non-mammalian aquarium, zoo, wildlife and aquatic species, e.g. finfish, marine mammals and invertebrates with emphasis on descriptive comparative pathology, ultrastructural and molecular characterization of pathogens and identification of molecular markers for infectious disease detection. To this end, the CVMDL receives case submissions from aquariums across the nation, such as the New England Aquarium (Boston, MA), Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga, TN), National Aquarium (Baltimore, MD) and Aquarium of the Bay (San Francisco, CA).

Academic Interests

My primary academic interest is in the didactic and active teaching of comparative anatomic pathology to undergraduates, graduate students and veterinary residents, focusing on the pathology of aquatic animal species. I have strong commitment to teaching veterinary anatomic pathology to veterinarians in the context of the Department's residency training program in veterinary anatomic pathology, with the goal of preparing residents to sit the certification examination of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.


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