Alvin A. Gajadhar

Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canada

Alvin A. Gajadhar is the Head of the Centre for Food-borne and Animal Parasitology at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Laboratory in Saskatoon, Canada. He received BSc and MSc degrees in Biology and Veterinary Microbiology, respectively, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Diagnostic Veterinary Parasitology from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and a PhD in Parasitology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA. Dr. Gajadhar’s areas of expertise include the biology, epidemiology and diagnosis of parasites, particularly food- and water-borne apicomplexan protozoa, and Trichinella. His research activities include transmission studies, methods development, and surveys involving Cryptoporidium spp., Toxoplasma gondii, Cyclospora cayetanensis, Sarcocystis spp., Tritrichomonas foetus, Trichinella spp, protostrongylids, and Dermacentor ticks. He provides expert scientific advice and support to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and is in charge of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Food-borne Zoonotic Parasites, and an OIE Reference Laboratory for Trichinellosis. Dr. Gajadhar is an adjunct professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in scientific journals and books.

Biography Updated on 27 November 2008

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