Skip Navigation

Allison Rice-Ficht

Professor-Joint Appointment


Phone: (979) 845-2728

Mailstop: 1114

Department: VTPB

Photo of Rice-Ficht, Allison


  • Ph.D. Microbiology, Vanderbilt University 1980
  • B.S. Microbiology, Auburn University 1975

Scholarly Interests

Microencapsulation research and vaccine delivery vehicles; use of proteins and protein composites in controlled release for vaccines and pharmaceuticals. Mechanisms of protein folding directed by alpha crystallins and other small heat shock proteins. Mechanisms of genetic polymorphism and diversity among Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis isolates; innate immunity and host gene expression in response to paratuberculosis infection.


Host-Brucella interactions and the Brucella genome as tools for subunit antigen discovery and immunization against brucellosis.
Gomez G, Adams LG, Rice-Ficht A, Ficht TA
Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2013 3(3):17.
Protective efficacy and safety of Brucella melitensis 16MΔmucR against intraperitoneal and aerosol challenge in BALB/c mice.
Arenas-Gamboa AM, Rice-Ficht AC, Kahl-McDonagh MM, Ficht TA
Infect Immun. 2011 79(9):3653-8.
Brucellosis: the case for live, attenuated vaccines.
Ficht TA, Kahl-McDonagh MM, Arenas-Gamboa AM, Rice-Ficht AC
Vaccine. 2009 27(Suppl 4):D40-3.
Early phase morphological lesions and transcriptional responses of bovine ileum infected with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis.
Khare S, Nunes JS, Figueiredo JF, Lawhon SD, Rossetti CA, Gull T, Rice-Ficht AC, Adams LG
Vet Pathol. 2009 46(4):717-28.
Enhanced immune response of red deer (Cervus elaphus) to live rb51 vaccine strain using composite microspheres.
Arenas-Gamboa AM, Ficht TA, Davis DS, Elzer PH, Wong-Gonzalez A, Rice-Ficht AC
J Wildl Dis. 2009 45(1):165-73.
Amplified fragment length polymorphism reveals genomic variability among Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis isolates.
O'Shea B, Khare S, Bliss K, Klein P, Ficht TA, Adams LG, Rice-Ficht AC
J Clin Microbiol. 2004 42(8):3600-6.
Babesia bovis rhoptry-associated protein 1 is immunodominant for T helper cells of immune cattle and contains T-cell epitopes conserved among geographically distant B. bovis strains.
Brown WC, McElwain TF, Ruef BJ, Suarez CE, Shkap V, Chitko-McKown CG, Tuo W, Rice-Ficht AC, Palmer GH
Infect Immun. 1996 64(8):3341-50.
Use of helper T cells to identify potential vaccine antigens of Babesia bovis.
Brown WC, Rice-Ficht AC
Parasitol Today. 1994 10(4):145-9.
Identification of two Th1 cell epitopes on the Babesia bovis-encoded 77-kilodalton merozoite protein (Bb-1) by use of truncated recombinant fusion proteins.
Brown WC, Zhao S, Woods VM, Tripp CA, Tetzlaff CL, Heussler VT, Dobbelaere DA, Rice-Ficht AC
Infect Immun. 1993 61(1):236-44.
Bovine helper T cell clones recognize five distinct epitopes on Babesia bovis merozoite antigens.
Brown WC, Zhao S, Rice-Ficht AC, Logan KS, Woods VM
Infect Immun. 1992 60(10):4364-72.
Babesia bovis: gene isolation and characterization using a mung bean nuclease-derived expression library.
Tripp CA, Wagner GG, Rice-Ficht AC
Exp Parasitol. 1989 69(3):211-25.

Request Update