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 serve to the expansion of scientific knowledge and skills in the benefit of conservation, ecosystem, livestock, population and global health.  She advises and co-advises undergraduate and graduate students and 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.


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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Professional affiliations:
Selected publications:

Brandt AL, Kelly AC, Green ML, Shelton P, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla NE.  Prion protein gene sequence and chronic wasting disease susceptibility in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)  Prion, (in Press)

Green ML, Monick K, Manjerovic MB, Novakofski J, Mateus-Pinilla N. 2015.  Communication stations: cameras reveal river otter (Lontra canadensis) behavior and activity patterns at latrines.  Journal of Ethology 33 (3), 225-234  DOI:10.​1007/​s10164-015-0435-7

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

Manjerovic MB, Green ML, Mateus-Pinilla NE, Miller AN, Novakofski J.  2015.  Trash to treasure: assessing viability of wing biopsies for use in bat genetic research.  Conservation Genetic Resources, 1-3. 10.1007/s12686-014-0417-z

Green ML, Novakofski J, Green RW, Manjerovic MB, Mateus-Pinilla N.  2014.  The scene of the crime: classroom integration of biosafety, microscopy and forensics.  The American Biology Teacher, 76(9): 615-619

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

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

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

Kelly AC, Mateus-Pinilla N, Brown W, Ruiz MO, Douglas M, Douglas M, Shelton P, Beissel T, Novakofski J.  2014.  Genetic Assessment of Environmental Features that Influence Deer Dispersal: Implications for Prion Infected Populations. Population Ecology.  56:327-340.   DOI: 10.1007/s10144-013-0427-9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fredebaugh SL., Mateus-Pinilla NE., McAllister M., Warner RE., and H. Weng. (2011). Prevalence of antibody to Toxoplasma gondii in terrestrial wildlife in a natural area. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 47(2):381-92

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

Kelly A.C., Mateus-Pinilla N.E., Douglas M., Douglas M., Brown B., Ruiz M.O., Killefer J., Shelton P.,Beissel T., and Novakofski J. (2010). Utilizing disease surveillance to examine gene flow and dispersal in white-tailed deer. Journal of Applied Ecology 47: 1189-1198

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

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

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

Novakofski, J., Brewer, MS, Mateus-Pinilla, NE., Killefer, J, McCusker, Jr, R. (2005).  Prion Biology Relevant to BSE. Journal of Animal Science 83:1455-1476

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

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

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

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

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

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., (1995).  Sources and Reservoirs of Toxoplasma gondii Infection on 47 Swine Farms in IllinoisJournal of Parasitology 81(5):723-729

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. (1995).  Risk Factors for Transmission of Toxoplasma gondii on Swine Farms in IllinoisJournal 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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