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Luke Iwanowicz

RESEARCH BIOLOGIST

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Dr. Iwanowicz is a Research Biologist at the USGS, Leetown Science Center, Fish Health Branch located in Kearneysville, WV. He is a multidisciplinary fish health scientist with expertise in the fields of virology, molecular biology, immunology, endocrine physiology, endocrine disruption and environmental health monitoring. Current virological research projects include the application of molecular methods to identify novel, uncultureable infectious agents of fishes. This research and related work include the application of next generation sequencing methodologies. In addition to this work, he continues to engage in research studies regarding fish health and endocrine disruption associated issues in the Chesapeake Bay Drainage and the Great Lakes. This research utilizes the application of immune, endocrine, and molecular end-points (biomarkers) to assess fish/ ecosystem health. He is currently involved in collaborative research investigating regional fish kills and the presence of intersex in male smallmouth bass. Other work includes the assessment of centrarchid health in Fish and Wildlife Service Region 5 refuges. This research requires the development and application of molecular tools that are used in conjunction with well-established physiological biomarkers. Interests include the effects of infectious disease and physiological disruptors (such as endocrine disruptors) on immune system homeostatis and responses. He is an active member of the American Fisheries Society - Fish Health Section for which he currently serves as chair of the Awards Committee. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Aquatic Animal Health, and a member of the American Society of Microbiology, International Society of Fish and Shellfish Immunology, International Society for Transgenic Technologies, and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 



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BOOK CHAPTERS:

Iwanowicz, L.R and C.A. Ottinger (2009) Estrogens, Estrogen Receptors and Their Role as Immunoregulators in Fish.  In Fish Defenses, Volume 1: Immunology. Eds. G. Zaccone, J. Meseguer, A. Garcia-Ayala, and B.G. Kapoor. Science Publishers, Enfield, NH, USA. Pp. 277-322.



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

The Role of Environment and Wildlife in Human Health


Highlighted Projects

http://biology.usgs.gov/genetics_genomics/environmental_toxicology_fish.html#in_vitro_teleost

http://ecosystems.usgs.gov/genetics_genomics/conservation_genetics_fish.html#iridovirus

http://microbiology.usgs.gov/wildlife_health_fish.html#snakehead_virus


Contact Information

Luke Iwanowicz
11649 Leetown Road
Kearneysville, WV 25430
liwanowicz@usgs.gov
304-724-4550
304-724-4435 - Fax
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