Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Bringing innovation and community together to advance animal and human health
Associate Professor (Bacteriology)
Production Animal Health (PAH)
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Dr. De Buck received his Master's in bioengineering sciences, majoring in cell and gene technologies, his Master's in laboratory animal sciences as well as his PhD in Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University in Belgium. His area of expertise is veterinary microbiology with a special interest in Paratuberculosis (Johne's disease) in ruminants and bovine mastitis. Dr. De Buck's research program focuses on bacterial pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions in order to improve current vaccination strategies and to find new diagnostic targets. Related to Johne's disease, he is investigating 1) the susceptibility and transmission of Johne’s disease, 2) Map pathogenesis , 3) host immune response after Map infection, 4) early biomarkers of Map infection, and 5) molecular epidemiology. With respect to bovine mastitis, he is developing fast bacterial speciation and genotyping techniques and he has a particular interest in coagulase-negative staphylococci in order to clarify their role as mastitis pathogens.