Faculty Profile

Terry McElwain

Terry McElwain

Regents Professor Emeritus



Terry McElwain's research explores global surveillance and control of infectious diseases.

His current research projects focus on:

  • Quantitative assessment of animal diseases on human health and livelihoods in rural East Africa.
  • Development of animal health interventions at the animal-human interface to improve human health and well-being.
  • Enhancement of global disease surveillance and diagnostic capacity in developing countries.
  • Veterinary diagnostic laboratory preparedness for intentional or accidental introduction of emerging diseases, including influenza virus.
  • The development, validation and application of molecular diagnostic techniques for disease diagnosis.

Dr. McElwain is extensively involved in the advancement and delivery of educational tools for advanced training of laboratory diagnosticians in developing countries.

Dr. McElwain is a member of the National Academies Institute of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, professor of pathology and infectious diseases, and executive director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. He also directs WSU's Animal Health Research Center and is a member of the Board of Directors of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Curriculum Vitae