Julio Alvarez, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)

Julio Alvarez

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-624-3562

Fax 612-625-1210

Office Address:
385D AnSci/VetMed Bldg
1988 Fitch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)

College of Veterinary Medicine

DVM, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain

PhD, Universidad Comlutense, Madrid, Spain


After defending my PhD in 2008, focused on different aspects of the epidemiology of tuberculosis and paratuberculosis in Spain, I served as the head of the unit of neglected and emerging diseases in the VISAVET Health Surveillance Center, Spain, for two years, and then held two post-doctoral positions at the Spanish wildlife research institute (IREC) of Ciudad Real, Spain, and at the Research Institute Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS) focusing on the epidemiology of bacterial zoonotic diseases in wildlife and humans. I joined the University of Minnesota in March 2014.

I have co-authored 41 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature in the last five years, being first or last author in 19 of them; I have acted as PhD advisor of four students in the last 5 years, and currently act as scientific advisor of the European Laboratory for Bovine Tuberculosis, as well as a scientific reviewer for 12 indexed scientific journals.

Awards & Recognition

Syva award to the best thesis in Animal Health (2009)

Member of the editorial board of the journal Research in Veterinary Science (2012-present)


Research Summary/Interests

  • Veterinary epidemiology
  • Zoonosis
  • Mycobacterial diseases due to members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium avium complexes in domestic and wild animals
  • Animal brucellosis
  • Impact of diseases in swine production
  • Food-borne disease

Research Projects

STEMMA - Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) for Minnesota Advancement

Current Funding
"Tools to assess and promote implementation of strategies for prevention of foodborne salmonellosis in the food chain using source attribution modeling". Global Food Ventures MnDrive initiative, $120,050, July 2015-June 2016 (PI)

"Management and analysis of big data for near real-time detection and early response to food animal health threats". Global Food Ventures MnDrive initiative, $401,632, July 2014-June 2016 (CoPI)


For a listing of recent publications, refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.