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


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.

Available Opportunities:

Biostatistician: Statistical approaches to wildlife diseases and population genetics.

Laboratory Manager: Tissue sample organization, biosafety Level 2 operations, supervision of undergraduate students and participation in research projects.  

** 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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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. October2019; 10:123—139.

pdf Icon.png  2019   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. Accepted July 2019 (In Press).

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

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