DR Andres Velasco-Villa, PhD, MSc, QBP - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Senior Service Fellow Microbiologist

DR Andres Velasco-Villa

PhD, MSc, QBP

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Senior Service Fellow Microbiologist

Atlanta, GA | United States

Main Specialties: Biology

Additional Specialties: Microbiology, Virology

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DR Andres Velasco-Villa, PhD, MSc, QBP - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Senior Service Fellow Microbiologist

DR Andres Velasco-Villa

PhD, MSc, QBP

Introduction

Dr Velasco-Villa was born in Mexico City, Mexico where he started working on public Health since 1996. He has a triple major in Chemistry, Bacteriology and Parasitology, a Masters degree in Microbiology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. He holds A Senior Service Fellow position since 2003 at the Poxvirus and Rabies Branch, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here, his core duties are related with the coordination and execution of high profile molecular epidemiological investigations on rabies in the US and other countries of the World where this disease remains having a high public health impact. Furthermore, provides specialized training to scientists and health professionals in the US and abroad to enhance laboratory-based rabies surveillance in order to foster best implementation of resources towards control, prevention and potential elimination of dog-maintained rabies. His major topics of interest are viral evolution, viral host shifts that warrant disease persistence in nature, disease spreading dynamics and its impact in public health. Dr Velasco-Villa started his career as public health servant in the Mexican Ministry of Heath (InDRE), where he became Chief of the rabies reference laboratory in the period 1996-2003, and Associate deputy director of Zoonotic Disease Department during 2001-2003. Dr Velasco-Villa is a regular reviewer of prestigious scientific journals such as Emerging, Infectious Diseases, PLOS Neglected Tropical Infectious Disease, Epidemiology and Infection, BMC Veterinary Research, Archives of Virology, Acta Tropica, Journal of Virological Methods, Virus Research, Journal of Wild Life Diseases, Archives of Medical Research, Biomedica, Annals of the Indian Academy of Neurology, Revista Colombiana de Infectologia and the Pan-American Journal of Public Health. DR Velasco-Villa work at CDC has been recognized with some distinctions such as a nomination for the Charles Shepard Science Award in 2009, , his research was podcasted by CDC in 2008, his job profile appeared at the CDC connects in the same year within the series “job profiles: microbiologists at CDC”, an award for scientific merit in Brazil, 2005, a certificate of appreciation from the USDA-APHIS in 2002, Public Health investigator from the Mexican Ministry of Health in 2001 and the Latin American Investigators award at the International Rabies in the Americas Conference in 2000, he participated as PAHO/WHO advisor on enhanced laboratory-based rabies surveillance 2001 and 2015. During period 2010 – 2016 DR Velasco-Villa received multiple CDC awards and recognitions for his participation in high profile rabies epidemiological investigations such as “human rabies due to a transplant cases, emergence of rabies in Taiwan, presumptive human rabies case in Chile among others. DR Velasco-Villa, currently has 36 peer reviewed publications published in prestigious international scientific journal. His professional experience as public health servant spans for more 20 years gaining him the recognition as a Latin American subject matter expert on rabies.

Primary Affiliation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Atlanta, GA , United States

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Education

Aug 2004 - Jun 2007
Faculty of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
PhD in Biomedical Sciences
Biomedicine
Aug 1988 - Aug 1994
National School of Biological Sciences of the National Polytechnic Institute (ENCB, IPN)
Triple major
Microbiology
Aug 1988 - Aug 1994
National School of Biological Sciences of the National Polytechnic Institute (ENCB, IPN)
Triple major
Microbiology

Publications

36Publications

451Reads

890Profile Views

424PubMed Central Citations

The history of rabies in the Western Hemisphere.

Antiviral Res 2017 Oct 29;146:221-232. Epub 2017 Mar 29.

Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, NE, Atlanta, 30329, GA, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.antiviral.2017.03.013DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5620125PMC
October 2017
22 Reads
3 Citations
3.940 Impact Factor

Successful strategies implemented towards the elimination of canine rabies in the Western Hemisphere.

Antiviral Res 2017 07 4;143:1-12. Epub 2017 Apr 4.

Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, NE, Atlanta, 30329 GA, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.antiviral.2017.03.023DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5543804PMC
July 2017
16 Reads
7 Citations
3.940 Impact Factor

A Pan-Lyssavirus Taqman Real-Time RT-PCR Assay for the Detection of Highly Variable Rabies virus and Other Lyssaviruses.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2017 01 12;11(1):e0005258. Epub 2017 Jan 12.

Poxvirus and Rabies Branch, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, United States of America.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0005258DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5230753PMC
January 2017
47 Reads
2 Citations

Infectivity of attenuated poxvirus vaccine vectors and immunogenicity of a raccoonpox vectored rabies vaccine in the Brazilian Free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis).

Vaccine 2016 10 17;34(44):5352-5358. Epub 2016 Sep 17.

U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, 6006 Schroeder Rd., Madison, WI 53711, USA. Electronic address:

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.08.088DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5543807PMC
October 2016
8 Reads
2 Citations
3.624 Impact Factor

Host-pathogen evolutionary signatures reveal dynamics and future invasions of vampire bat rabies.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2016 09 12;113(39):10926-31. Epub 2016 Sep 12.

Association for the Conservation and Development of Natural Resources, Lima-41, Peru; National Service of Agrarian Health, SENASA-Peru, Lima-12, Peru.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1606587113DOI Listing
September 2016
9 Reads
14 Citations
9.810 Impact Factor

Virology, immunology and pathology of human rabies during treatment.

Pediatr Infect Dis J 2015 May;34(5):520-8

From the *Hospital Universitario del Valle, Cali, Colombia; †Laboratorio de Virología, Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS), Bogotá D.C., Colombia; ‡Rabies Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA; §Infectious Diseases Pathology Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA; and ¶Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4809748PMC
May 2015
10 Reads
1 Citation
2.723 Impact Factor

Phylodynamics of vampire bat-transmitted rabies in Argentina.

Mol Ecol 2014 May 21;23(9):2340-2352. Epub 2014 Apr 21.

Servicio de Neurovirosis, Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Administración Nacional de Laboratorios e Institutos de Salud (ANLIS) "Dr. Carlos G. Malbrán," Av.Velez Sarsfield 563, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires C1282AFF, Argentina.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mec.12728DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4870601PMC
May 2014
2 Reads
4 Citations
6.494 Impact Factor

Enzootic and epizootic rabies associated with vampire bats, peru.

Emerg Infect Dis 2013 ;19(9)

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1809.130083DOI Listing
March 2014
6 Reads
14 Citations
6.751 Impact Factor

Raccoon rabies virus variant transmission through solid organ transplantation.

JAMA 2013 Jul;310(4):398-407

Poxvirus and Rabies Branch, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jama.2013.7986DOI Listing
July 2013
84 Reads
19 Citations
35.290 Impact Factor

Variable evolutionary routes to host establishment across repeated rabies virus host shifts among bats.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2012 Nov 12;109(48):19715-20. Epub 2012 Nov 12.

Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1203456109DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3511767PMC
November 2012
9 Reads
23 Citations
9.810 Impact Factor

Rates of viral evolution are linked to host geography in bat rabies.

PLoS Pathog 2012 17;8(5):e1002720. Epub 2012 May 17.

Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States of America.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1002720DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3355098PMC
November 2012
18 Reads
31 Citations

The blueprint for rabies prevention and control: a novel operational toolkit for rabies elimination.

Authors:
Tiziana Lembo

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2012 28;6(2):e1388. Epub 2012 Feb 28.

Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK.

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June 2012
1 Read
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Immune response after rabies vaccine in a kidney transplant recipient.

Transpl Infect Dis 2011 Oct 26;13(5):492-5. Epub 2011 Aug 26.

Transplantation Department, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, Mexico City, Mexico.

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October 2011
2 Reads
5 Citations

Detection of North American orthopoxviruses by real time-PCR.

Virol J 2011 Jun 20;8:313. Epub 2011 Jun 20.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, Poxvirus and Rabies Branch, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1743-422X-8-313DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3144017PMC
June 2011
8 Reads
1 Citation
2.181 Impact Factor

New rabies virus variant found during an epizootic in white-nosed coatis from the Yucatan Peninsula.

Epidemiol Infect 2010 Nov 15;138(11):1586-9. Epub 2010 Apr 15.

Unidad de Investigación Médica en Inmunología, Coordinación de Investigación Médica, Hospital de Pediatría, Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social.

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November 2010
2 Reads
6 Citations
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Ferret badger rabies origin and its revisited importance as potential source of rabies transmission in Southeast China.

BMC Infect Dis 2010 Aug 6;10:234. Epub 2010 Aug 6.

Key Laboratory of Jilin Province for Zoonosis Prevention and Control, Laboratory of Epidemiology, Veterinary Research Institute, Academy of Military Medical Sciences, 1068 Qinglong Road, Changchun 130062, China.

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August 2010
4 Reads
10 Citations
2.613 Impact Factor

Rabies virus pathogenesis in relationship to intervention with inactivated and attenuated rabies vaccines.

Vaccine 2009 Nov;27(51):7149-55

Poxvirus and Rabies Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-borne and Enteric Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.

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November 2009
7 Reads
11 Citations
3.624 Impact Factor

Molecular epidemiology of rabies in Southern People's Republic of China.

Emerg Infect Dis 2009 Aug;15(8):1192-8

Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing, People's Republic of China.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1508.081551DOI Listing
August 2009
2 Reads
18 Citations
6.751 Impact Factor

New rabies virus variant in Mexican immigrant.

Emerg Infect Dis 2008 Dec;14(12):1906-8

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1412.080671DOI Listing
December 2008
4 Reads
5 Citations
6.751 Impact Factor

Molecular epidemiology of rabies in Colombia 1994-2005 based on partial nucleoprotein gene sequences.

Virus Res 2007 Dec 23;130(1-2):172-81. Epub 2007 Jul 23.

Laboratorio de Virología, Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS), Av. El Dorado Cra 50 CAN, Bogotá D.C., Colombia.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2007.06.008DOI Listing
December 2007
3 Reads
3 Citations
2.324 Impact Factor

Are all lyssavirus genes equal for phylogenetic analyses?

Virus Res 2007 Nov 2;129(2):91-103. Epub 2007 Aug 2.

Rabies Program/PRB, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2007.06.022DOI Listing
November 2007
4 Reads
10 Citations
2.324 Impact Factor

Molecular epidemiology identifies only a single rabies virus variant circulating in complex carnivore communities of the Serengeti.

Proc Biol Sci 2007 Sep;274(1622):2123-30

Wildlife and Emerging Diseases Section, Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Roslin, Midlothian, Edinburgh EH25 9RG, UK.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2007.0664DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2279181PMC
September 2007
2 Reads
14 Citations
5.051 Impact Factor

A new phylogenetic lineage of rabies virus associated with western pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus hesperus).

J Gen Virol 2006 Aug;87(Pt 8):2309-21

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DVRD/VRZB/Rabies, G33, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1099/vir.0.81822-0DOI Listing
August 2006
7 Reads
3 Citations
3.183 Impact Factor

Molecular diversity of rabies viruses associated with bats in Mexico and other countries of the Americas.

J Clin Microbiol 2006 May;44(5):1697-710

Rabies Unit, Viral and Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd., NE, Mail Stop G33, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1479161PMC
May 2006
7 Reads
24 Citations
3.993 Impact Factor

Evaluation of a direct, rapid immunohistochemical test for rabies diagnosis.

Emerg Infect Dis 2006 Feb;12(2):310-3

University of Edinburgh, Midlothian, United Kingdom.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid1202.050812DOI Listing
February 2006
2 Reads
38 Citations
6.751 Impact Factor

Molecular epizootiology of rabies associated with terrestrial carnivores in Mexico.

Virus Res 2005 Jul 25;111(1):13-27. Epub 2005 Apr 25.

Viral and Rickettsial Zoonosis Branch, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Mailstop G33, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA.

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July 2005
8 Reads
10 Citations
2.324 Impact Factor

Antigenic diversity and distribution of rabies virus in Mexico.

J Clin Microbiol 2002 Mar;40(3):951-8

Instituto de Diagnóstico y Referencia Epidemiológicos, SSA, Carpio 470, Colonia Santo Tomás, 11340 Mexico City, Mexico.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC120240PMC
March 2002
4 Reads
6 Citations
3.993 Impact Factor