Julie Watson, MA, VetMB, DACLAM
Associate Professor, Molecular and
Background and Training
Dr. Watson received her veterinary degree from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 1980. She worked for several years in private practice (horses and small animals) before moving to the United States in 1985 and completing a fellowship in Comparative Medicine at Johns Hopkins. She then worked as Attending Veterinarian, Arts and Sciences, at the University of Pennsylvania for 5 years, becoming an American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine diplomate in 1990. From 1995 to 2002 she ran her own business helping institutions to develop their animal care and use programs and gain AAALAC accreditation. In 2002 she returned to Johns Hopkins.
Dr. Watson is director of rodent clinical programs at Johns Hopkins and is in charge of the laboratory animal medicine clinical training program. She devises and implements the strategies for surveying rodent colonies at JHU for disease, maintains rodents free of compromising intercurrent infections, and investigates and eliminates disease outbreaks. She has introduced a diagnostic laboratory for rodent Helicobacters, a cross-fostering service to clean up contaminated rodents, a rodent technical services program for investigators and a comprehensive support program to mitigate research delays due to quarantine. She teaches classes for ACLAM board preparation.
Dr.Watson investigates variables in the environment that can negatively affect research outcomes, the epidemiology of rodent parasites, and new environmental enrichment strategies. Current projects include evaluating rack testing for rodent parasites by PCR as an alternative to sentinel testing, and investigating the immunological basis for mouse immunity to fur mites.
Ping Gao, Chi V. Dang, Julie Watson. Unexpected anti-tumorigenic effect of fenbendazole when combined with supplementary vitamins. J. Am. Assoc. Lab. Anim. Sci. Nov 2008 (47) 6 pp.1-4. PMCID: PMC2687140
Syversen E, Pineda FJ, Watson J. Temperature variations recorded during inter-institutional air shipments of laboratory mice. J Am Assoc. Lab Anim. Sci. Jan 2008,47(1): pp.31-6** This article was #4 of the top 10 JAALAS articles downloaded from PubMed Central in 2011- downloaded 1546 times. Reported in J Am Assoc Lab An Sci in August 2012. PMCID: PMC2652616
Maria del Carmen Martino-Cardona, Sarah E. Beck, Cory Brayton, Julie Watson. Medicated diet eradicated Helicobacter sp. from mice deficient in functional natural killer cells and complement factor D.J Am Assoc. Lab Anim. Sci. May 2010 (49)3 pp.1-6. PMCID: PMC2877300
Kelly A. Metcalf Pate, Kelly A. Rice, Roberta Wrighten and Julie Watson. Effect of Sampling Strategy on the Detection of Fur Mites within a Naturally Infested Colony of Mice (Mus musculus). J Am Assoc Lab Anim. Sci. May 2011 (50)3 pp. 337-343: PMCID: PMC3103283
Herng-Yu Sucie Chang, Wayne Mitzner, Julie Watson. Does the vendor matter? Variation in airway responsiveness of male C57BL/6 mice from 5 different vendors..J Am Assoc. Lab Anim. Sci. July 2012(51)4; 401-406: PMCID: PMC340068
Julie Watson. Unsterilized feed as the apparent cause of a mouse parvovirus outbreak. J Am Assoc. Lab Anim. Sci. Jan 2013; (52);83-88 PMCID: PMC3548206
Kelly A. Rice1, Lauren K. Brzezenski2, Kelly A. Metcalf Pate1, CherylPerkins3, Kenneth S. Henderson3, and Julie Watson.1 Evaluation of diagnostic methods for Myocoptes musculinus according to age and treatment status of mice (Mus musculus) . J Am Assoc. Lab Anim. Sci. Nov 2013; 52 (6) 1-9. PMCID: PMC3838612
Garrett CM1, Muth D2, Watson J2 Effects of Medicated Diet to Eradicate Helicobacter spp. on Growth, Pathology, and Infection Status in Rag1(-/-) and Nude Mice. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2014;53(3):238-45.
Theresa M. Meade, Eric Hutchinson, Caroline Krall and Julie Watson. Use of an aquarium as a novel enrichment item and its effect on locomotor stereotypy in a group of singly housed rhesus macaques (Macacamulatta). Accepted for publication. J Am Assoc Lab An Sci.
Theresa M Meade, Julie Watson. Characterization of rat pinworm (Syphacia muris) epidemiology as a means to increase detection and elimination. Accepted for publication. J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci.