Brazil: Interest in the presence of pathogenic Borrelia species in sinantropic bats in Paraná, Brazil. Our research team will be acquiring blood and tissue samples from bats as well as ecto-parasites feeding on those bats to analyze the presence of pathogenic Borrelia. Our collaborators in Brazil have found Borrelia spp in bats blood and they are interested in determine whether those Borrelia species are pathogenic for humans and life stock, due to the high density of bats in that particular area, and the impact they can have on human and veterinary health.
Mexico: Study of Lyme disease in Center and Northern Mexico. During the Mid 1990’s there was a number of Lyme disease cases diagnosed in Central Mexico, and the numbers have been increasing considerably during the past few years. Our collaborators are scientist and physicians at the Pediatric Hospital in the Centro Médico Nacioal SXXI (IMSS) The objectives of this project are to analyze the expression of selected Borrelia-virulence markers associated with European and US borreliosis in tissues of potential reservoirs and vectors (ticks), and to determine regions of high-risk for Lyme disease in Mexico. The rationale is: we have documented B. burgdorferi infection in Mexican patients with clinical manifestations similar to those reported in both, US and Europe (Mexico diagnostic reference laboratory, unpublished).
Spain: Study of Membrane proteins of Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease. Our collaborator is at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the University of Valencia. Their expertise is in the study of hydrophobic domains of proteins and the study of their topology when associated to membranes.
Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Valencia, Spain 2003
European Ph.D., University of Valencia, Spain 2003
University of Valencia, Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) 2002
B.S. / M.S Biology, University of Valencia, Spain 1998
Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever in Dogs.
Piccione J, Levine GJ, Duff CA, Kuhlman GM, Scott KD, Esteve-Gassent MD
J Vet Intern Med.
Lyme Disease in Clinically Sick Dogs in Southern US: Assessing Geographical and Seasonal distribution during year 2012 – 2011 in Texas
McGregor E, Bogges MM, Grover A, Rodgers S, Lupiani B, Esteve-Gassent MD
Jacobs Journal of Veterinary Sciences and Research.
Seroprevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies in white-tailed deer from Texas.
Adetunji SA, Krecek RC, Castellanos G, Morrill JC, Blue-McLendon A, Cook WE, Esteve-Gassent MD
Int J Parasitol Parasites Wildl.
TRANSLATING ECOLOGY, PHYSIOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY, AND POPULATION GENETICS RESEARCH TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF TICK AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES IN NORTH AMERICA.
Esteve-Gassent MD, Castro-Arellano I, Feria-Arroyo TP, Patino R, Li AY, Medina RF, de León AA, Rodríguez-Vivas RI.
Arch Insect Biochem Physiol..
Prevalencia de Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato en roedores sinantrópicos de dos comunidades rurles de Yucatán, Mexico
Solís-Hernandez A, Rodríguez-Vivas RI, Esteve-Gassent MD, Villegas-Pérez SL.
Ticks collected from humans, domestic animals, and wildlife in Yucatan, Mexico.
Rodríguez-Vivas RI, Apanaskevich DA, Ojeda-Chi MM, Trinidad-Martínez I, Reyes-Novelo E, Esteve-Gassent MD, Pérez de León AA
Exploratory spatial analysis of Lyme disease in Texas –what can we learn from the reported cases?
Barbara Szonyi, Indumathi Srinath, Maria D. Esteve-Gassent, Blanca Lupiani, Renata Ivanek
BMC Public Health.
Absence of sodA increases oxidation of key metabolic determinants in Borrelia burgdorferi.
Maria D. Esteve-Gassent, Trevor C. Smith, Christina M. Small, Derek P. Thomas, and Janakiram Seshu
Ixodes affinis (Acari: Ixodidae) in dogs from rural communities of Yucatan, Mexico: frequency, abundance and associated factors.
Solís-Hernández A, Rodriguez-Vivas RI, Pérez-Barrera M, Esteve-Gassent MD, Apanaskevich D
Veterinaria Mexico OA.
Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi-infected ticks from wildlife hosts, a response to Norris et al.
Maria D. Esteve-Gassent, Abha Grover, Teresa P. Feria-Arroyo, Ivan Castro-Arellano, Raul F. Medina, Guadalupe Gordillo-Pérez, Adalberto A. Pérez de León
Parasites and Vectors.
Pathogenic landscape of transboundary zoonotic diseases in the Mexico–US border along the Rio Grande
Esteve-Gassent MD, Pérez de León AA, Romero-Salas D, Feria-Arroyo TP, Patino R, Castro-Arellano I, Gordillo-Pérez G, Auclair A, Goolsby J, Rodriguez-Vivas RI and Estrada-Franco JG
Frontiers Public Health .
Implications of climate change on the distribution of the tick vector Ixodes scapularis and risk for Lyme disease in the Texas-Mexico transboundary region.
Feria-Arroyo TP, Castro-Arellano I, Gordillo-Perez G, Cavazos AL, Vargas-Sandoval M, Grover A, Torres J, Medina RF, de León AA, Esteve-Gassent MD