Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Nohra E. Mateus-Pinilla
Title: Veterinary Epidemiologist. Director: Veterinary Epidemiology Laboratory
Mailing address:
1816 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
Address mailcode: 652
Office room:
Location: Forbes Natural History Building
Phone: 217-333-6856
Fax: 217-244-0802


Website:  Wildlife Veterinary Epidemiology Laboratory

Her work builds on innovative multidisciplinary partnerships that expand scientific knowledge and skills in the benefit of conservation, and Ecosystem, animal, and human health. She advises and co-advises undergraduate and graduate students as well as post-doctoral research associates.

Dr. Mateus has served as the Director of the Wildlife Veterinary Epidemiology Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Illinois Natural History Survey for more than 14 years.  Regular efforts include evaluating environmental and epidemiological variables that could mitigate disease occurrence at the interface of wildlife, human, and livestock health.

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None at this time
** Dedication, commitment, attention to detail, and willingness to work with biological samples, in a diverse research environment are required. For additional information email:

Dr. Mateus-Pinilla is responsible for planning, developing, and conducting multidisciplinary field and laboratory-oriented research. Her program builds on field, experimental, and observational epidemiological studies in livestock and wildlife populations; it monitors and quantifies disease events in natural ecosystems; identifies risk factors associated with disease occurrence, persistence, and transmission; and evaluates the impact of diseases in the conservation and preservation of species.

Her research applies epidemiological theory to multiple species in natural systems. It thrives to understand the impact of diseases in populations and the role of natural levels of biodiversity in mediating the persistence of pathogens in the environment.  Her program guides applied adaptive management strategies that take into account restoration, conservation, and ecosystem health at the interface of conservation, wildlife-livestock, and human health.

Donations -:  Check Payable to The University of Illinois Foundation.  On the Check-Memo Line add" Mateus-Pinilla research program. Mail to: Office of the Director, INHS - PRI, 1816 S. Oak St Champaign, IL 61820. Credit card instructions and more information at  Please contact me if you have any questions -- Donations are tax-deductible - THANK YOU

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 pdficon_small.gif  2021 Comparing Contributions of Passive and Active Tick Collection Methods to Determine Establishment of Ticks of Public Health Concern Within Illinois  Lyons LA,  Brand ME,  Gronemeyer P,  Mateus-Pinilla NE, O’Hara Ruiz M., Stone C, Tuten H, Smith RL. Journal of Medical Entomology. In press,

pdf Icon.png 2020  Spatial analysis of chronic wasting disease in free‐ranging white‐tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Illinois, 2008–2019.  HD Hedman, C Varga, WM Brown, P Shelton, AL Roca, JE Novakofski. NE Mateus-Pinilla   Transboundary and Emerging Diseasesdoi: 10.1111/tbed.13901

pdf Icon.png 2020  Food Safety Considerations Related to the Consumption and Handling of Game Meat in North America.  HD Hedman, C Varga, J Duquette, J Novakofski, NE Mateus-Pinilla Veterinary Sciences 7(4), 188.   doi: 10.3390/vetsci7040188

pdf Icon.png 2020   Prion protein gene (PRNP) sequences suggest differing vulnerability to chronic wasting disease for Florida Key deer (Odocoileus virginianus clavium) and Columbian white-tailed deer (O. v. leucurus) TPerrin-Stowe T. I.N., Ishida Y., Terrill E.E., Hamlin B.C., Penfold L, Cusack L.M., Novakofski J., Mateus-Pinilla N.E, Roca A.L Journal of Heredity  111(6): 564–572.

pdf Icon.png  2020.  Association of chronic wasting disease susceptibility with prion protein variation in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Ishida Y, Tian T, Brandt AL, Kelly AC, Shelton P, Roca AL, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla N.   Prion, 14(1): 214-225.

pdf Icon.png  2020.   A survey of Tick Surveillance and Control Practices in the United States. Mader EM, Ganser C, Geiger A, Harrington LC, Foley J, Smith RL, Mateus-Pinilla N, Teel PD, Eisen RJ. Journal of Medical Entomology. Volume XX (X) 1-10 Published June 2020.

pdf Icon.png  2020   Impact of Unexplored Data Sources on the Historical Distribution of Three Vector Tick Species in Illinois.  Gilliam B., Gronemeyer P., Chakraborty S., Winata F., Lyons L.A., Miller-Hunt C., Tuten H., Debosik S., Freeman D., O'Hara-Ruiz M., Mateus-Pinilla NE.  Journal of Medical Entomology.  57(3): 872–883.

pdf Icon.png  2020   Evidence of Leptospira serovars in wildlife and leptospiral DNA in water sources in a natural area in East-Central Illinois, USA.  Grimm K, Rivera NA, Fredebaugh-Siller S, Weng HY, Warner RE, Maddox CW, Mateus-Pinilla NE.   Journal of Wildlife Diseases.  56(2):  316-327.

pdf Icon.png  2019   Chronic Wasting Disease in Cervids: Prevalence, Impact, and Management Strategies.  Rivera NA, Brandt AL, Novakofski JE, Mateus-Pinilla NE.   Veterinary Medicine: Research and Reports. 10:123—139.  DOI: 10.2147/VMRR.S197404

pdf Icon.png  2019  Differential gene expression in chronic wasting disease‐positive white‐tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus).  Trone‐Launer EK, Wang J, Lu G, Mateus‐Pinilla NE, Zick PR, Lamer JT, Shelton PS, Jacques CN.   Ecology and Evolution 9 (22), 12600-12612.  DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5724

pdf Icon.png  2019   Inter‐serotype reassortment among epizootic hemorrhagic disease viruses in the United States. L Wang, S Lanka, D Cassout, NE Mateus‐Pinilla, G Li, WC Wilson, D Yoo, P Shelton, RL Fredrickson.  Transboundary and emerging diseases. 66, 1809-1820

pdf Icon.png  2019   A Comparison of Three Methods to Evaluate Otter Latrine Activity.  Rivera NA, Totoni S, Monick K, Tian T, Green ML, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla NE.   Wildlife Society Bulletin. 43(1), 198-207.

pdf Icon.png  2018    Influence of the geographic distribution of prion protein gene sequence variation on patterns of chronic wasting disease spread in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Brandt AL, Green ML, Ishida Y, Roca A, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla NE.   Prion  12(3-4), 204-215

pdf Icon.png  2017   Soil pH and clay content associated with chronic wasting disease in northern Illinois.  Dorak S, Green ML, Wander M, O’Hara-Ruiz M, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla N.  Scientific Reports, 7: 18062 1-10.   doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18321-x

pdf Icon.png  2017   Survey of haemosporidian parasites in resident and migrant game birds of Illinois. Annetti KL, Rivera NA, Andrews JE, Mateus-Pinilla NE.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management, 8(2), 661-668.

pdficon_small.gif  2017   Reproductive characteristics of female white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in Illinois. Green ML, Kelly A, Satterthwaite-Phillips D, Manjerovic MB, Shelton P, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla NE.  Theriogenology, 94: 71-78.

pdficon_small.gif  2015   Prion protein gene sequence and chronic wasting disease susceptibility in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus).   Brandt AL, Kelly AC, Green ML, Shelton P, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla NEPrion, 9(6), 449-462

pdficon_small.gif  2015   Communication stations: cameras reveal river otter (Lontra canadensis) behavior and activity patterns at latrines.   Green ML, Monick K, Manjerovic MB, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla N.   Journal of Ethology, 33(3), 225-234

pdficon_small.gif  2015   Metals in obex and retropharyngeal lymph nodes of Illinois white tailed deer and their variations with sex and CWD status.   Rivera NA, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Novakofski J, Satterthwaite-Phillips D.  Prion 9(1): 48-58

pdficon_small.gif  2015   Trash to treasure: assessing viability of wing biopsies for use in bat genetic research.   Manjerovic MB, Green ML, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Miller AN, Novakofski J.  Conservation Genetic Resources, 7(2) 325-327

pdficon_small.gif  2014   The scene of the crime: classroom integration of biosafety, microscopy and forensics.  Green ML, Novakofski J, Green RW, Manjerovic MB, Mateus-Pinilla NE. The American Biology Teacher, 76(9): 615-619  DOI:101525/abt.2014.76.9.8

pdficon_small.gif  2014   Fatty acid analysis as a tool to infer the diet in Illinois river otters (Lontra canadensis).  Satterthwaite-Phillips D, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla N.  Journal of Animal Science and Technology56 (1): 1-9 DOI:10.1186/2055-0391-56-16

pdficon_small.gif  2014  Genetic assignment tests reveal dispersal of white-tailed deer: implications for chronic wasting disease.   Green ML, Manjerovic MB, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Novakofski J.   Journal of Mammalogy, 95(3): 646-654.

 pdficon_small.gif  2014  Genetic assessment of environmental features that influence deer dispersal: Implications for prion infected populations.  Kelly AC, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Brown, W, Ruiz MO, Douglas M, Douglas M, Shelton P, Beissel T, Novakofski J.  Population Ecology. 56 (2): 327-340

pdficon_small.gif  2014  The importance of localized culling in stabilizing chronic wasting disease prevalence in white-tailed deer populations.   Manjerovic MB, Green ML, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Novakofski J. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 113(1): 139-145

pdficon_small.gif  2014  River otters as biomonitors for organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, and PBDEs in Illinois.  Carpenter SK, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Singh K, Lehner A, Satterthwaite-Phillips D, Bluett RD, Rivera NA, Novakofski JE.  Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 100, 99-104

pdficon_small.gif  2013  Influence of landscape factors and management decisions on spatial and temporal patterns of the transmission of chronic wasting disease in white-tailed deer.   O’Hara Ruiz M,  Kelly AC, Brown WM, Novakofski J., Mateus-Pinilla NE.  Geospatial Health 8(1), 215-227

pdficon_small.gif  2013  Noninvasive alternatives for DNA collection from threatened rodents   Green ML, Ting T, Manjerovic MB, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Novakofski J.  Natural Science (5A): 18-26

pdficon_small.gif  2013  Evaluation of a wild white-tailed deer population management program for controlling chronic wasting disease in Illinois, 2003-2008.   Mateus-Pinilla, N., Weng, HY., Ruiz, MO., Shelton, P., and J. Novakofski.  Preventive Veterinary Medicine 110 (3-4): 541-548

pdficon_small.gif  2013  Serial Monoxenous Transmission of Toxoplasma gondii in cats.  Awobode HO, Paul AJ, Sengoku-Graham H, Clem RW, Mateus-Pinilla NE, and MM McAllister.  Journal of Parasitology  99(6): 1122-1124

pdficon_small.gif  2012  Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodida) distribution surveys in the Chicago metropolitan region. Rydzewski J., Mateus-Pinilla NE., Warner RE., Nelson JA., and TC. Velat.  2012.  Journal of Medical Entomology. 49(4): 955-9

pdficon_small.gif  2011  Ixodes scapularis and Borrelia burgdorferi among diverse habitats within a natural area in east-central Illinois.  Rydzewski J., Mateus-Pinilla N., Warner RE., Hamer S., and HY. Weng.  Vector-borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 11(10): 1351-1358

pdficon_small.gif  2011  Microsatellites behaving badly: empirical evaluation of genotyping errors and subsequent impacts on population studies.  Kelly AC, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Douglas M, Douglas M, Shelton P, Novakofski J.  Genetics and Molecular Research. 10(4): 2534-2553

pdficon_small.gif  2011  Home range, habitat use, and activity patterns of free-roaming domestic cats.  Horn JA, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Warner RE, Heske EJ.  Journal of Wildlife Management 75(5): 1177-1185

pdficon_small.gif  2011  Prevalence of antibody to toxoplasma gondii in terrestrial wildlife in a natural area. Fredebaugh SL, Mateus-Pinilla NE, McAllister Warner RE and M, Weng HY.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 47(2) 381-392

pdficon_small.gif  2010  Prevalence of Antibodies to Toxoplasma gondii in Woodchucks across an Urban-rural Gradient. Lehrer EL, Fredebaugh SL, Schooley RL, Mateus-Pinilla NEJournal of Wildlife Diseases, 46(3): 977-980

pdficon_small.gif  2010  Utilizing disease surveillance to examine gene flow and dispersal in white-tailed deer.  Kelly A, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Douglas M, Douglas M, Brown W, Ruiz M, Killefer J, Shelton, PA, Beissel TJ, Novakofski JE.  Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 1189-1198

pdficon_small.gif  2008  Prion sequence polymorphisms and Chronic Wasting Disease resistance in Illinois White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus).  Kelly A, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Emily J, Diffendorfer J, Killefer J, Shelton P., Beissel T, Novakofski J.,  Prion 2(1): 28-36

pdficon_small.gif  2006  Herd-level risk factors for Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica culture prevalence in U.S. market pigs.  Bahnson, P.B., Fedorka-Cray, P.J., Ladely, S.R., N.E. Mateus-Pinilla.  Preventive Veterinary Medicine 76: 249-262

pdficon_small.gif  2006  A Survey for West Nile Virus in Bats from Illinois.  Bunde JM, Heske EJ., Mateus-Pinilla NE, Hofmann JE., Novak R.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42(2): 455-458

pdficon_small.gif  2005  Prion Biology Relevant to BSE.  Novakofski, J., Brewer, MS, Mateus-Pinilla, NE., Killefer, J, McCusker, Jr, R.  Journal of Animal Science 83:1455-1476  doi:10.2527/2005.8361455x

pdficon_small.gif  2004  Transmission of Neospora caninum between wild and domestic animals.  Gondim, LFP., McAllister, MM., Mateus-Pinilla, NE., Pitt, WC., Mech, LD. and Nelson, ME.,  Journal of Parasitology 90 (6):1361-1365

pdficon_small.gif  2003  The impact of endemic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and other pathogens on reproductive performance in swine.  Regula, G, Scherba G, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Lichtenstiger C, Miller G, Weigel RM.  Journal of Swine Health and Production. 11(1):13-18

pdficon_small.gif  2002  A computer simulation of the prevention of the transmission of Toxoplasma gondii on swine farms using a feline T. gondii vaccine.  Mateus-Pinilla NE, Hannon B, Weigel RM.Preventive Veterinary Medicine 55(1):17-36

pdficon_small.gif  2000  Comparison of serologic testing and slaughter evaluation for assessing the effects of subclinical infection on growth in pigs.  Regula G., Lichtensteiger C.A., Mateus-Pinilla NE., Scherba G., Miller G.Y., Weigel R.M.  Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 217: 888-895

pdficon_small.gif  1999  A Field Trial on the Effectiveness of a Feline Toxoplasma Gondii Vaccine in Reducing T. Gondii Exposure for Swine.    Mateus-Pinilla, NE., Dubey JP, Choromanski, L., and Weigel RM.  Journal of Parasitology 85(5):855-860

pdficon_small.gif  1995  Sources and Reservoirs of Toxoplasma gondii Infection on 47 Swine Farms in Illinois.  Dubey JP., Weigel, RM., Siegel., AM., Thulliez P., Kitron UD., Mitchell MA., Mannelli AM., Mateus-Pinilla, NE., Shen, S.K., Kwok, O.C.H., and Todd, K.S.,   Journal of Parasitology 81(5):723-729

pdficon_small.gif 1995  Risk Factors for Transmission of Toxoplasma gondii on Swine Farms in Illinois.  Weigel RM., Dubey JP., Siegel A.M., Kitron UD., Mannelli AM., Mitchell MA., Mateus-Pinilla NE., Thulliez, P., Shen, K., Kwok, O., and Todd, KS.  Journal of Parasitology 81(5): 736-741

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Program affiliates:

Adjunct Associate Professor,  Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Department Affiliate,  Dept. of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant Prof Sci,   Dept. of Pathobiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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MBA.  (2014)
PhD.   (2000)  Veterinary Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
MS.    (1995)  Veterinary Internal Medicine; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
DVM.  (1989)

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