Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science
Dr. Guillermo R. Risatti is an Associate Professor of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science at the University of Connecticut. He received a Degree in Veterinary Medicine from Universidad Nacional de Río Cuarto, Argentina in 1987, a M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Virology from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, in 1995 and 2000, respectively. From 1999 to 2004 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the Exotic Viral Diseases Group at Plum Island Animal Disease Center, Greenport, NY. In 2004 he became Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut and Associate Professor in 2010. Dr. Risatti also is a Senior Faculty Consultant for the Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, at the Connecticut Veterinary Diagnostic Medical Laboratory, Storrs, CT. He has over 40 journal and conference publications, 6 awarded patents, and has contributed to 3 chapters to 2 books. As a virologist with extensive expertise on foreign animal diseases as relates to mechanisms of induction of disease, disease detection and disease protection, he is serving as consultant for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA-US DoD) in two projects that focus of surveillance of African swine fever in the Republics of Georgia and Armenia. Since 2009 he has contributed to DTRA programs in the Caucasus Region focus on developing and providing training to veterinarians and veterinary diagnostic laboratory personnel in the Republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia that focused on detection of Especially Dangerous Pathogens (EDPs) working as consultant for DTRA through their Academic Engagement Partnerships at University of Illinois and Penn State University. His current research interest are on ASF and CSF mechanisms of host-virus interactions.
Dr. Guillermo Risatti, in the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science within the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, or CAHNR, has a multi-year working relationship with Dr. Maria Teresa Frias-Lepoureau from the Centro Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (CENSA), in San Jose de las Lajas, Mayabeque, Cuba. Dr. Frias-Lepoureau is a researcher from Cuba working in the area of animal health, focused on the Classical Swine Fever Virus (CSFV), a devastating swine virus that has been eradicated from the US since 1978, but still impacts Cuban herds.