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EIU Department of Biology

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Elliott Zieman, Assistant Professor

Office: 2029 - Life Sciences

Frequently Taught Courses

BIO 3210: Immunology

BIO 4958: Parasitology


Ph.D. Zoology, emphasis Parasitology. August 2018. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. Dissertation Title: Pathology and epizootiology of Cytauxzoon felis. Advisors: Clayton K. Nielsen and F. Agustín Jiménez.

M.Sc. Zoology, emphasis Parasitology. December 2013. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois. Thesis Title: Distribution and genetic structure of Deladenus proximus a nematode parasite of the woodwasp Sirex nigricornis in the eastern United States. Advisors: F. Agustín Jiménez and John D. Reeve.

B.Sc. Zoology. August 2011. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois.


My research focuses on disease ecology and host-parasite interactions of vector-borne parasites. I primarily study the apicomplexan parasite Cytauxzoon felis which infects domestic cats and bobcats. In domestic cats, C. felis can cause severe illness which is often fatal. I also work with a variety of other emerging vector-borne parasites. This research typically involves molecular studies (DNA) and microscopic morphological analysis of these parasites.

Selected Publications

Panait,L. C., Mihalca, A. D., Modrý, D., Juránková, J., Ionică, a. A. M., Deak, G., Gherman, C. M.,  Heddergott, M., Hodžić, A., Veronesi, F., Reichard, M., Zieman, E. A., Nielsen, C. K.,  Jiménez-Ruiz, F. A.,  AND Hrazdilová K. 2021. Three new species of Cytauxzoon in European wild felids Veterinary Parasitology.

Zieman E. A., T. Lawson, C. K. Nielsen, and F. A. Jiménez. 2020. Within-season changes in Cytauxzoon felis parasitemia in bobcats. Journal of Parasitology.

Phillips, V. C., E. A. Zieman, Chang-Hyun Kim, C. M. Stone, H. C. Tuten, and F. A. Jiménez. 2020. Documentation of the Expansion of the Gulf Coast Tick (Amblyomma maculatum) and Rickettsia parkeri: First Report in Illinois. Journal of Parasitology.

Zieman, E. A., F. A. Jimenez, C. K. Nielsen. 2018. Chronic Cytauxzoon felis infections in wild-caught bobcats (Lynx rufus). Veterinary Parasitology.

Vandermark, C., E. A. Zieman, E. Boyles, C. K. Nielsen, C. Davis and F. A. Jiménez. 2018. Trypanosoma cruzi strain TcIV infects raccoons from Illinois. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz.

Zieman, E. A., F. A. Jimenez, C. K. Nielsen. 2017. Concurrent examination of bobcats and ticks reveals high prevalence of Cytauxzoon felis in southern Illinois. Journal of Parasitology.

Zieman, E. A., Reeve, J. D., Braswell, E., and F. A. Jimenez. 2015. Pathology, distribution, morphological and genetic identity of Deladenus proximus (Tylenchida: Neotylenchidae) a parasitic nematode of the woodwasp, Sirex nigricornis, in the eastern United States. Biological Control.

Morris, E. E., A. E. Hajek, E. Zieman, and D.W. Williams. 2014. Deladenus (Tylenchida: Neotylenchidae) reproduction on species and strains of the white rot fungus Amylostereum, Biological Control.

Heist, E. J., J. C. Devine, J. W. Gersch, K. M. Kingsland, A. J. Warner, S K. Youngs and E. A. Zieman. 2012.  Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci from the golden mouse (Ochrotomys nuttalli). Conservation Genetics Resources.

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