Bruce V. Hofkin

Bruce Hofkin

CURRICULUM VITAE



Present Address:

Department of Biology, MSC03 2020, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Tel: (505) 277-3598; Fax: (505) 277-0304; E-mail: brunoh@unm.edu

Personal:

U.S. Citizen

Languages:

English, Spanish, Italian

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology, 1976, University of California, San Diego, CA
  • Master of Science in Biology, 1978, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. Research in plant–pollinator co-evolution.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology/Parasitology, 1991, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Dissertation research on the biological control of schistosomiasis.

Professional Experience:

Teaching

  • Elementary School Teacher, El Rancho Unified School District, Pico Rivera, CA, 1979-80.
  • High School Biology and Chemistry Teacher, American School, Monterrey, Mexico, 1980-81.
  • Biology Instructor, Cerritos Community College, Norwalk, CA, 1982-87. Course taught: general biology.
  • Teaching Assistant/Associate, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 1987-89. Courses taught: invertebrate zoology. general biology.
  • Biology Instructor, Albuquerque Technical-Vocational Institute, 1991-99.
    Microbiology Program Coordinator, 1991-97.
    Courses taught: microbiology. genetics. cell biology. parasitology. Biology of HIV. general biology. Experience in distance education (telecourses): taught microbiology over an educational television station (TALnetwork) from 1996-99.
  • Lecturer III, The University of New Mexico, 2000–2013; Principal Lecturer, 2013—present. Courses taught: immunology, genetics, invertebrate zoology, cell biology, parasitology, virology, biology of infectious organisms. “The Microbiology of History” taught at the UNM Rome study Center, Rome, Italy, Spring 2010.
  • Special Educational Training: The University of New Mexico, School of Medicine. Tutor Training and Case Development Workshop. Participated in and received a certificate of completion for a workshop on “Case Based Learning,” March 28-30, 2000.
  • Recognized as “an outstanding professor” by The University of New Mexico Woman’s Basketball Team, February 2007.
  • Faculty Recognition Award from the Mortar Board Society, Maia Chapter, April 2007.
  • Third place in the UNM “Lo Major” Best Professor award, sponsored by the UNM Daily Lobo, November 2010.

Research

  • Technician, University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA,1979. Studied effects of nuclear power plant on marine communities.
  • Visiting Research Officer, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya, 1989-90. Implemented research program on the biological control of snail-borne diseases.
  • Research Assistant, The University of New Mexico, 1991. Laboratory research on the control of snail-borne diseases through biological means.
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of New Mexico.,1991-99. Researched the control of snail-borne parasitic diseases, and the immunogentics of the short tailed opossum, Monodelphis domestica. Also worked on the development of molecular diagnostic techniques to screen wild bird populations for introduced pathogens (Marek’s disease and avian malaria).
  • Lecturer III, The University of New Mexico, 2000–2013; Principal Lecturer, 2013–present. Epidemiology and control of vector-borne diseases, Bernalillo County, New Mexico (Plague and West Nile virus).

Other

  • News Writer and Science Editor, radio station ICRT, Taipei, Taiwan, 1986 (summer position).
  • Operated "South American Adventures" organizing and leading nature-oriented tours to Ecuador and Peru, 1985-87 (summers).
  • Writer and host of "Today's BioCast," three times each week on radio station KANW, 89.1 FM, Albuquerque, NM, 1992–present. The program can be heard via streaming at http://kanw.com.
  • Eighty of the two-minute "Today's Biocast" features were used as an ancillary for a general biology textbook, published by Prentice-Hall, Saddle River, NJ. Visit http://cwx.prenhall.com/bookbind/pubbooks/krogh3/ for sample programs.

Papers Presented

Hofkin, B.V., Koech, D.K., and Loker, E.S. 1988. Distributional patterns of freshwater snails and associated trematodes in Kenya. Presented at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Association of Parasitologists, Lake Texoma OK, April 14-16, 1988.

Loker, E.S., Koech, D.K, and Hofkin, B.V. 1988. Distributional patterns of freshwater snails and associated trematodes in Kenya. Presented at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists, Winston-Salem NC, July 31-August 4, 1988.

Hofkin, B.V., Koech, D.K., and Loker, E.S. 1990. Interactions between the North American crayfish, Procambarus clarkii, and schistosome-transmitting snails in Kenya. Presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, New Orleans LA, November 4-8, 1990.

Hofkin, B.V., Koech, D.K., and Loker, E.S. 1991. Interactions between the North American crayfish Procambarus clarkii and schistosome-transmitting snails in Kenya. Presented at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists, Madison WI, August 4-8, 1991.

Hofkin, B.V. 1993. Recommendations for the selection of control agents for the biological control of aquatic vector organisms. Presented at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Atlanta GA, October 31–November 4, 1993.

Hofkin, B.V., Mkoji, G., Mungai, B., Kihara, J., Mungai, F., Kuris, A.M., Kariuki, C.H., Ouma, J.H., Koech, D.K., Loker, E.S. 1997. Biological Control of Bulinid Snails in Small Man-Made Water Impoundments in Kenya and Its Impact on Schistosomiasis Transmission. Presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Orlando FL, December 7-11, 1997.

Hofkin, B.V., Mkoji, G.M., Kuris, A.M., Koech, D.K. and Loker, E.S. 1998. Biological Control of Bulinid Snails and Its Impact on Schistosomiasis Transmission. Presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists, Kona HI, August 16-20, 1998.

Miller, G.D., Hofkin, B.V. and Miller, R.D. 1998. Genetic Variation in the Adelie Penguin on the Antarctic Peninsula. Presented at the Seventh Biology Symposium of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, Christchurch, NZ, August 1998.

Miller, G.D., Hofkin, B.V. and Miller, R.D. Testing for some Diseases in Penguins and Skuas. Presented at the Fourth International Penguin Conference, La Serena, Chile, September 2000.

Hofkin, B.V., Miller, R.D. and Miller, G.D. PCR screening for avian malaria and Marek’s Disease in Galápagos Penguins. Presented at a workshop entitled “Pathogen and Parasite Threats to Birds on Islands: Galápagos as a Showcase, Princeton University NJ, October 20-21, 2000.

Hofkin, B.V., Miller, G.D. and Miller, R.D. Avian malaria and Marek’s Disease: Potential Threats to Galápagos Penguins. Presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Parasitologists, Albuquerque NM, June 29–July 3, 2001.

Hall, J. and Hofkin, BV. West Nile Virus surveillance in Bernalillo county. Presented at the 15th Annual Research Day, Department of Biology, UNM, Albuquerque NM, April 7, 2006.

Livingstone, L., Hofkin, B.V. and DeMenna, M. Impact of West Nile virus on Mammals in Bernalillo County. 17th Annual Research Day, Department of Biology, UNM, Albuquerque NM, April 11, 2008.

VanWestrienen, J., Dimenna, M. and Hofkin, B.V. Mosquito feeding preferences and their implication for West Nile Virus in Bernalillo County. 17th Annual Research Day, Department of Biology, UNM, Albuquerque NM, April 11, 2008. Winner of “Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation” award.

Greenberg, J., Dimenna, M. and Hofkin, B.V. Mosquito Feeding and Post-blood Meal Flight Patterns in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. 19th Annual Research Day, Department of Biology, UNM, Albuquerque NM, April 2, 2010. Winner of “Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation” award.

Invited Presentations

“Parasites of New Mexico.” A discussion of eukaryotic parasites of interest to clinicians in New Mexico, presented at the Thursday noon conference, The University of New Mexico Hospital, October 7, 1999.

“The Language of Leukocytes.” A discussion of the basic biology behind the clinical use of cytokines in immunotherapy. Presented at the weekly noon conference, Veteran’s Hospital, Albuquerque, NM, October 12, 1999.

“The Language of Leukocytes.” Presented at the Wednesday noon conference, The University of New Mexico Hospital, October 13, 1999.

“Parasitology, Southwest Style.” A discussion of eukaryotic parasites of interest to clinicians in the Southwest. Presented at the “Infectious Disease Potpourri,” Marriot Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, sponsored by St. Joseph Healthcare, June 16, 2000.

“Cytokines: Theory Behind the Therapy.” A discussion of the basic biology behind the clinical use of cytokines in immunotherapy. Presented at the “Infectious Disease Potpourri,” Marriot Hotel, Albuquerque, NM, sponsored by St. Joseph Healthcare, June 7, 2002.

“Nosocomial Infections and their Control.” Presented to the pediatric staff at The University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, NM, June 30, 2003.

“West Nile Virus Transmission in Bernalillo County: Implications for Equines.” Presented to the New Mexico Horse Council, March 22, 2005.

“Parasitology for the New Mexico Clinician.” Presented to the staff of The University of New Mexico Student Health Center, Albuquerque, NM, February 24, 2009.

Publications

Hofkin, B.V., Stryker, G.A., Koech, D.K. and Loker, E.S. 1991. Consumption of Biomphalaria glabrata egg masses and juveniles by the ampullariid snails Pila ovata, lanistes carinatus, and Marisa cornuarietis. Acta Tropica 49:37-44.

Hofkin, B.V., Mkoji, G.M., Koech, D.K. and Loker, E.S. 1991. Control of schistosome-transmitting snails in Kenya by the North American crayfish, Procambarus clarkii. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 45:339-344.

Hofkin, B.V., Koech, D.K. and Loker, E.S. 1991. The North American crayfish Procambarus clarkii and the biological control of schistosome-transmitting snails in Kenya: Laboratory and field investigations. Biological Control 1:183-187.

Mkoji, G.M., Mungai, B.N, Koech, D.K., Hofkin, B.V., Loker, E.S., Kihara, J.H. and Kageni, F.M. 1992. Does the snail Melanoides tuberculata have a role to play in biological control of Biomphalaria pfeifferi and other medically important African pulmonates? Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 86:201-204.

Hofkin, B.V., Hofinger, D.M., Koech, D.K. and Loker, E.S. 1992. Predation of Biomphalaria and non-target molluscs by the crayfish Procambarus clarkii: Implications for the biological control of schistosomiasis. Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology 86:663-670.

Mkoji, G.M., Hofkin, B.V., Mungai, B.N., Kihara, J.H., Mungai, F.K., Ouma, J.H., Koech, D.K. and Loker, E.S. 1992. Control of natural populations of schistosome-transmitting snails by the crayfish Procambarus clarkii in temporary man-made ponds in Kenya. National Research Council. Aquaculture and Schistosomiasis: Proceedings (of a network meeting), Manila, Philippines, August 6-10, 1991. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, pp. 264-271.

Loker, E.S., Hofkin, B.V., Mungai, B.N, Kihara, J.H., Mungai, F.K. and Koech, D.K. 1992. Procambarus clarkii in Kenya: Does it have a role to play in the control of schistosomiasis? National Research Council. Aquaculture and Schistosomiasis: Proceedings (of a network meeting), Manila, Philippines, August 6-10, 1991. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, pp. 272-282.

Loker, E.S., Hofkin, B.V., Mkoji, G.M., Mungai, B., Kihara, J. and Koech, D.K. 1993. Distributions of freshwater snails in southern Kenya with implications for the biological control of schistosomiasis and other snail-mediated parasites. Journal of Medical and Applied Malacology 5:1-20.

Mkoji, G.M., Hofkin, B.V., Ouma, J.H., Kuris, A.M., Koech, D.K. and Loker, E.S. 1995. Research on biological control of schistosome-transmitting snails in Kenya. Proceedings on the Status of Research on Medical Malacology in Relation to Schistosomiasis in Africa, Harrare, Zimbabwe, August 1995, pp. 265-274.

Mkoji, G.M.,Boyce, T.G., Mungai,B.N., Copeland, R.S., Hofkin, B.V. and Loker, E.S. 1999. Predation of aquatic stages of Anopheles Gambiae by the Louisiana Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii). Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 15:69-71.

Mkoji, G.M., Hofkin, B.V., Kuris, A.M., Stewart-Oaten, Mungai, B., Kihara, J., Mungai, F., Yundu, J., Mbui, J., Rashid, J., Kariuki, C., Ouma, J., A., Koech, D.K. and Loker, E.S. 1999. An introduced crayfish controls schistosomiasis transmission to Kenyan schoolchildren. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 61:751-759.

Miller, G.D., Hofkin, B.V., Snell, H., Hahn, A. and Miller, R.M. 2001. Avian malaria and Marek’s Disease: Potential threats to Galápagos penguins. Marine Ornithology 29:43-46.

Hofkin, B.V., Wright, A., Altenbach, J., Miller, R.D., Rassmann, K., Snell, H.M. and Snell, H.L. 2003. Ancient DNA gives green light to repatriation of Galápagos iguanas. Conservation Genetics 4:105-108.

Appleton, C.C., Hofkin, B.V. and Baljnath, A. 2004. Macroinvertebrate predators of freshwater pulmonate snails in Africa with particular reference to Appasus grassei and Procambarus clarkii. African Journal of Aquatic Science 29:185-195.

Greenberg, J.A., DiMenna, M.A., Hanelt, B. and Hofkin, B.V. 2012. Analysis of post-blood meal flight distance in mosquitoes utilizing zoo animal blood meals. Journal of Vector Ecology 37:83-89.

Greenberg, J.A., Lujan, D.A., DiMenna, M.A., Wearing, H.J. and Hofkin, B.V. 2013. Identification of Aedes vexans and Culex quinquefasciatus blood meals in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. Journal of Insect Science. 13:75. Available online: http://www.insectscience.org/13.75

Invited Publication

Hofkin, B.V. 2001. American Society of Parasitologists presents parasites on the Rio Grande. Trends in Parasitology 17:511-512.

Textbooks

Loker, E.S. and Hofkin, B.V. 2015. An Overview of Parasitology: A Conceptual Approach. Garland Press. 560 p.

Hofkin, Bruce V. Living in a Microbial World. 2010. New York, NY: Garland Science. 437 pp. Information about this text can be found at http://garlandscience.com

Funding:

1993-96. Grant # 3-29621, United States Agency for International Development (USAID). “Control of Schistosomiasis Transmission in Kenya.” The major goal of this project was to reduce Schistosomiasis transmission in children, through the biological control of the molluscan intermediate host of the schistosome. Co-investigator.

1994. Grant # 240-92-0049, National Institutes of Health. “Transitions to Biomedical Careers.” Designed to foster an interest in biomedical careers and research among low-income and minority students. In conjunction with The University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Co-investigator at Albuquerque TVI, the collaborating institution.

1997-98. Grant # 1-R25-GM53405-01A1, National Institutes of Health. “Minority Opportunities in Research.” In conjunction with the Department of Biology, The University of New Mexico. A six-semester project to develop research skills and foster academic excellence in selected community college students. Principal Investigator.

1997-98 (Summer terms only) Grant # MCB-9600875, National Science Foundation. “Immunological Development in a Marsupial.” Goal of research is to analyze immunological development at a molecular level in a model marsupial species, Monodelphis domestica. Description posted by NSF at: Http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/showaward=9600875 Funded through “Research Opportunity Award” supplemental grants.

2000-01. Grant # 1-17054, The University of New Mexico, Research Allocation Committee. “DNA Fingerprinting of Modern Vs. Historic Populations of the Galápagos Land Iguana, Conolophus subcristatus, and the Implications for Iguana Conservation.” Goal was to determine if a particular subspecies of this animal is extinct, by comparing modern iguana DNA markers to museum specimens.

2002. The Max and Anna Levinson Foundation. "DNA Fingerprinting and Repatriation of the Galápagos Land Iguana, Conolophus subcristatus."

2004. Grant # 1-17027 The University of New Mexico, Research Allocation Committee. “Resolving the Origin of the Galápagos Land Iguana, Conolophus subcristatus, from North Seymour Island.”

2006. The New Mexico Horse Council. "Mosquito Feeding Patterns in Bernalillo County, New Mexico: Implications for West Nile Virus Transmission to Horses."

2006. Grant #06-32. “Mosquito Feeding Patterns in Bernalillo County, New Mexico: Implications for West Nile Virus Transmission to Horses.”

 

Updated September 2015