Jeroen De Buck
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 Ph.D. 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, 2) pathobiology, 3) host immune response, 4) early biomarkers, 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. Furthermore, the De Buck lab is studying the involvement of Treponema spp. in digital dermatitis in cattle, and developing several novel molecular biosensors for infectious diseases in animals.
Dr. De Buck is founder and CTO of Creative Protein Solutions Inc., a startup focused on creating on-farm diagnostics for dairy producers. The first product of CPS is a fast handheld test for low blood calcium, hypocalcemia, in dairy cattle, supported by a smart phone app for data capture and analytics.