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Michael G. Levy, PhD

Michael Levy


Office: 456, CVM Research Building
Lab: 462B
Phone: 919-513-8289(office)
Phone: 919-513-8290(lab)
Fax: 919-515-3044

Course Involvement

  • VMP 932: Veterinary Parasitology
  • VMP 978: Clinical Pathology Senior Rotations
  • VMP 991-001: Veterinary International Field Studies Senior Block Rotation
  • VMP 995-005: International Selective

Graduate Courses

  • CBS 810B: Pathologic Mechanisms


  • Research Associate, Parasitology, University of Illinois
  • Research Fellow, Parasitology, Harvard University
  • PhD, Parasitology, Rice University
  • BA, Biology, SUNY College at Buffalo

Professional Honors

Professional Teaching

Professional Service

and canine monocytic cell lines - NCSU

International Experience

Selected Publications

Ghirardi R, Levy MG.;López JA.Corbalán V,Steciow MM.Perotti MG.   .  Endangered amphibians infected with the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in austral temperate wetlands from Argentina. Herpetological J. 2014.129-133.

Ghiradi R, Levy MG, Lopez JA, Steciow MM, Perotti MG  Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infecting anurans in a protected area from Sante Fe province, Argentina. Cuad. Herpetol 2014 28(1) 1-3.

Maggi RG,  Birkenheuer AJ, Hegarty  BH,  Bradley JM,  Levy MG, Breitschwerdt EB. Comparison of serological and molecular panels for diagnosis of vector-borne diseases in dogs Parasites & Vectors 2014. 7:127 9pp.

Fenolio DB, Niemiller ML, Levy MG, Martinez B. Conservation status of the Georgia blind salamander (Eurycea wallacei) from the Floridian aquifer of Florida and Georgia. 2013 20(3) 97-111.

Schreeg, ME, Marr HA, Tarigo, J, Cohn, LA, Levy, MG, Birkenheuer AJ Pharmacogenomics of Cytauxzoon felis cytochrome b: implications for atovaquone and azithromycin therapy in domestic cats with cytauxzoonosis. J Clin Microbiol. Sep 2013; 51(9): 3066–3069.

Fenolio DB, Moreno-Puig V, Levy MG, Nunez JJ, Lamar WW, Fabry MO, Tirado MS, Crump ML, Charrier A. Status and conservation of a Godwana legacy: Bullock’s False Toad. Telmatobufo bullocki (Amphibia:Anura:Calytocephalellidae) 2013.  Herpetological Review 44(4) 583-590.

Fenolio DB, Niemiller ML, Levy MG, Martinez B. Conservation status of the Georgia blind salamander (Eurycea wallacei) from the Floridian aquifer of Florida and Georgia. 2013 20(3) 97-111.

Tarigo JL, Scholl EH, McK Bird D, Brown CC, Cohn LA, Dean GA, Levy MG, Doolan DL, Trieu A, Nordone SK, Felgner PL, Vigil A, Birkenheuer AJ.  A novel candidate vaccine for cytauxzoonosis inferred from comparative apicomplexan genomics. PLoS One. 2013 20;8(8):e71233. 9 pp.

Levy MG, Gookin JL, Poore MF, Litaker RW and Dykstra M. Information on parasitic gastrointestinal tract infections in cats, 2001, JAVMA 218:194-195.

Levy MG, Gookin JL, Poore MF, Dykstra M, Litaker RW. Tritrichomonas foetus and not Pentatrichomonas hominis is the causative agent of the recently described feline intestinal trichomonosis. J Vet Intern Med 2001; 15:315.

Gaskin AA, Schantz P, Jackson J, Birkenheur A, Tomlinson L, Gramiccia, Levy MG, Steuer F, Kollmar E, Hegarty B, Ahn A, Breitschwerdt EB 2002. Visceral leishmaniasis in a New York Foxhound Kennel J Vet Int Med 2002. 16: 34-44.

Gookin JL, Birkenheuer AJ, Breitschwerdt EB, Levy MG. Single-tube nested PCR for diagnosis of Tritrichomonas foetus in feline feces. J Clin Micro 2002; 40:4126-4130.

Levy MG, Flowers JR, Poore MF, Mullen JE, Khoo L, Pote LM, Paperna I, Dzikowski R and Litaker RW. Morphologic, pathologic, and genetic Investigations of Bolbophorus spp. affecting cultured channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, in the Mississippi Delta. 2002. J Aquatic Animal Hlth 14:235-426.

Levy MG, Gookin JL, Poore MF, Birkenheur AJ, Dykstra MJ and Litaker RW. Tritrichomonas foetus and not Pentatrichomonas hominis is the etiologic agent of feline trichomonal diarrhea. 2003. Journal of Parasitology. 89: 99-104.

Birkenheuer AJ, Levy MG, and EB Breitschwerdt. Development and evaluation of a semi-nested PCR for the detection and differentiation of Babesia gibsoni (Asian genotype) and Babesia canis DNA in canine blood samples. J Clin Micro 2003. 41: 4172-4177.

Dzikowski R, Levy MG, Poore MF, Flowers JR, Paperna I. Genetic and morphologic differentiation of Bolbophorus confusus and B. levantinus (Digenea: Diplostomatidae), based on rDNA ssu polymorphism and SEM. 2003. Dis Aquat Org. 57: 231-235.

Gookin JL, Foster DM, Poore, MF, Stebbins ME, Levy MG. Use of a commercially available culture system for diagnosis of Tritrichomonas foetus infection cats. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2003. 222:1-4.

Dzikowski R, Levy MG, Poore MF, Flowers JR, Paperna I. Use of rDNA polymorphism for identification of Heterophyidae infecting freshwater fishes. Dis Aquat Org. 2004. 59: 35-41.

Foster DM, Gookin JL, Poore MF, Stebbins ME and MG Levy. Outcome of cats with diarrhea and Tritrichomonas foetus. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2004. 225: 888-892.

Birkenheuer AJ, Levy MG, Breitschwerdt EB.Efficacy of combined atovaquone and azithromycin for therapy of chronic Babesia gibsoni (Asian genotype) infections in dogs. J Vet Intern Med. 2004 18(4):494-8.

Flowers JR, Poore MF, Mullen JE and Levy MG. Digeneans collected from picivorous birds in North Carolina, USA. Comp. Parasit 2004 71:243-244.

Gookin JL, Stebbins ME, Hunt E, Burlone K, Fulton M, Hochel R, Talaat M, Poore M, and Levy MG. Prevalence of and risk factors for Tritrichomonas foetus and Giardia infection. J Clin Micro 2004. 42:2707-2710.

Gookin JL, Birkenheuer AJ, St. John V, Spector M and Levy MG. Molecular Characterization of Trichomonads From Feces Of Dogs With Diarrhea. J Parasitol. 91:939-943.2005

Birkenheuer AJ, Neel J, Ruslander D, Levy MG, Breitschwerdt EB. Detection and molecular characterization of a novel large Babesia species in a dog. Vet Parasitol. 2004. 124(3-4):151-60.

Dzikowski R, Levy MG, Poore MF, Flowers JR, Paperna I. Clinostomum complanatum and Clinostomum marginatum (Rudolphi, 1819) (Digene:Clinostomatidae) are separate species based on differences in rDNA. J. Parasitol 2004. 90:413-414

Flowers JR, Poore MF, Pote LM, Litaker RW and Levy MG. 2005. Cercariae of Bolbophorus damnificus and Bolbophorus sp. with Notes on North American Bolbophorids. Comp. Parasitol. 2005. 72(2), 220-226.

Levy MG, Noga EJ. Controlling parasitic dinoflagellates of fish, with special emphasis on molecular genetics and immunity. Acta Zoologica Sinica. 2005 51(4) 550-553.

Bakal RS, Hickson BH, Gilger, BC, Levy MG, Flowers JR, Khoo L. Surgical removal of cataracts due to Diplostomum species in Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi). J Zoo Wildlife Med. 2005 36(3) 504-508.

Birkenheuer AJ, MT Correa, MG Levy, EB Breitschwerdt: Geographic distribution of babesiosis among dogs in the United States and association with dog bites: 150 cases (2000-2003). J Am Vet Med Assoc2005 227(6): 942-947.

Schantz PM, FJ Steurer, ZH Duprey, KP Kurpel, SC Barr, JE Jackson, EB Breitschwerdt, MG Levy, JC Fox. Autochthonous visceral leishmaniasis in dogs in North America. J Am Vet Med Assoc 2006. 226(8):1316-1322.

Noga EJ, Levy MG. Phylum Dinoflagellata. In: Fish Diseases and Disorders, Vol 1, Protozoan and Metazoan Infections 2nd ed Woo PTK (ed) , CABI, Oxford, UK 2006. 16-45.

Birkenheuer AJ, Le J, Valezisi A, Levy MG and Breitschwerdt EB. Cytauxzoon felis infection in cats in the Mid-Atlantic United States: 34 cases (1998-2004). J Am Vet Med Assoc.2006 2285:568-571.

Birkenheuer AJ, Marr H, Alleman AR, Levy MG and Breitschwerdt EB. Development and evaluation of a PCR assay for the detection of Cytauxzoon felis DNA in feline blood samples. Vet Parasitol.2006 137:144-149.

Mitchell AJ, Goodwin AE, Levy MG. Bolbophorus infections in cultured Fathead minnows. J Aquatic Animal Hlth. In Press

Gookin JL, Birkenhueur A, St. John V, Spector M, and Levy M. Molecular characterization of trichomonads from feces of dogs with diarrhea. J Parasitol. In Press.

Gookin, JL, Copple CN, Papich MG, Poore M, Stauffer SH, Birkenheuer AJ, Twedt DC, and Levy MG. Efficacy of ronidazole for treatment of feline Tritrichomonas foetus infection. J Vet Intern Med. In Press.

Laboratory Foci

Graduate Student

Sarah Billiter -- CBS-PhD candidate

Investigating Bartonella transmission by ticks.