Sam R. Telford III

Sam R. Telford III
Vector-Borne Infections, Public Health

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  • SD - Harvard University - 1990
  • MS - Harvard University - 1987
  • BA - Johns Hopkins University - 1983
  1. Cavanaugh, C.E., Muscat, P.L., Telford, S.R., Goethert, H., Pendlebury, W., Elias, S.P., Robich, R., Welch, M., Lubelczyk, C.B., Smith, R.P. 2017. Fatal deer tick virus infection in Maine. Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  2. Levin, A.E., Williamson, P.C., Bloch, E.M., Clifford, J., Cyrus, S., Shaz, B.H., Kessler, D., Gorlin, J., Erwin, J.L., Krueger, N.X., Williams, G.V., Penezina, O., Telford, S.R., Branda, J.A., Krause, P.J., Wormser, G.P., Schotthoefer, A.M., Fritsche, T.R., Busch, M.P. 2016. Serologic screening of United States blood donors for Babesia microti using an investigational enzyme immunoassay. Transfusion.
  3. Lemieux, J.E., Tran, A.D., Freimark, L., Schaffner, S.F., Goethert, H., Andersen, K.G., Bazner, S., Li, A., McGrath, G., Sloan, L., Vannier, E., Milner, D., Pritt, B., Rosenberg, E., Telford, S., Bailey, J.A., Sabeti, P.C. 2016. A global map of genetic diversity in Babesia microti reveals strong population structure and identifies variants associated with clinical relapse. Nature Microbiology.
  4. Telford, S.R., Molloy, P.J., Berardi, V.P. 2015. Borrelia miyamotoi. Annals of internal medicine.
  5. Telford, S.R., Molloy, P.J., Berardi, V.P. 2015. Borrelia miyamotoi: To the editor. Annals of Internal Medicine.
  6. Telford, S.R., Goethert, H.K., Molloy, P.J., Berardi, V.P., Chowdri, H.R., Gugliotta, J.L., Lepore, T.J. 2015. Borrelia miyamotoi Disease: Neither Lyme Disease Nor Relapsing Fever. Clinics in Laboratory Medicine.
  7. Molloy, P.J., Telford, S.R., Chowdri, H.R., Lepore, T.J., Gugliotta, J.L., Weeks, K.E., Hewins, M.E., Goethert, H.K., Berardi, V.P. 2015. Borrelia miyamotoi disease in the northeastern United States a case series. Annals of Internal Medicine.
  8. Diuk-Wasser, M.A., Liu, Y., Steeves, T.K., Folsom-O'Keefe, C., Dardick, K.R., Lepore, T., Bent, S.J., Usmani-Brown, S., Telford III, S.R., Fish, D., Krause, P.J. 2014. Monitoring human babesiosis emergence through vector surveillance, New England, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases.
  9. Goethert, H.K., Telford, S.R. 2014. Not "out of Nantucket": Babesia microti in southern New England comprises at least two major populations. Parasites and Vectors.
  10. Telford, S.R., Hu, L.T., Marques, A. 2014. Is there a place for xenodiagnosis in the clinic?. Expert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy.
  11. Marques, A., Telford, S.R., Turk, S.-P., Chung, E., Williams, C., Dardick, K., Krause, P.J., Brandeburg, C., Crowder, C.D., Carolan, H.E., Eshoo, M.W., Shaw, P.A., Hu, L.T. 2014. Xenodiagnosis to detect Borrelia burgdorferi infection: A first-in-human study. Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  12. Levin, A.E., Williamson, P.C., Erwin, J.L., Cyrus, S., Bloch, E.M., Shaz, B.H., Kessler, D., Telford III, S.R., Krause, P.J., Wormser, G.P., Ni, X., Wang, H., Krueger, N.X., Caglioti, S., Busch, M.P. 2014. Determination of Babesia microti seroprevalence in blood donor populations using an investigational enzyme immunoassay. Transfusion.
  13. Bloch, E.M., Lee, T.-H., Krause, P.J., Telford III, S.R., Montalvo, L., Chafets, D., Usmani-Brown, S., Lepore, T.J., Busch, M.P. 2013. Development of a real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for sensitive detection and quantitation of Babesia microti infection. Transfusion.
  14. Chowdri, H.R., Gugliotta, J.L., Berardi, V.P., Goethert, H.K., Molloy, P.J., Sterling, S.L., Telford III, S.R. 2013. Borrelia miyamotoi infection presenting as human granulocytic anaplasmosis: A case report. Annals of Internal Medicine.
  15. Gugliotta, J.L., Goethert, H.K., Berardi, V.P., Telford III, S.R. 2013. Meningoencephalitis from Borrelia miyamotoi in an immunocompromised patient. New England Journal of Medicine.
  16. Feder, H.M., Telford, S.R., Wormser, G.P. 2012. Reply to schmitz and Herman-Giddens. Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  17. Laskay, Ü.A., Burg, J., Kaleta, E.J., Vilcins, I.-M.E., Telford III, S.R., Barbour, A.G., Wysocki, V.H. 2012. Development of a host blood meal database: De novo sequencing of hemoglobin from nine small mammals using mass spectrometry. Biological Chemistry.
  18. Telford, S.R., Weller, P.F., Maguire, J.H. 2011. Babesiosis. Tropical Infectious Diseases.
  19. Feder Jr., H.M., Hoss, D.M., Zemel, L., Telford, S.R., Dias, F., Wormser, G.P. 2011. Southern tick-associated rash Illness (STARI) in the north: STARI following a tick bite in long Island, New York. Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  20. Bhattacharya, D., Bensaci, M., Luker, K.E., Luker, G., Wisdom, S., Telford, S.R., Hu, L.T. 2011. Development of a baited oral vaccine for use in reservoir-targeted strategies against Lyme disease. Vaccine.

General Research Interests

  • Research Ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne infections, particularly Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, tickborne encephalitis, and tularemia; wildlife parasitology.

Selected Research Projects

  • Ecology and epidemiology of tularemia; phylogeography of Babesia microti; vector-pathogen interactions of deer tick-transmitted infections.

Research and Clinical Interests

  • biosafety and biocontainment
  • arbovirology
  • wildlife parasitology
  • tropical medicine and diagnostic parasitology

Research Interests by Area

Infectious Diseases: Prevention and Control
  • Transmission of tick-borne diseases (Tuleremia, Lyme disease)
Infectious Diseases: Pathogenesis/Host Response
  • Babesiosis, Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis, Tuleremia