Curriculum Vitae

Oscar J. Pung
Department of Biology
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8042
Statesboro, Georgia 30460



Research Interests:


General: Parasitology


Specific: Effects of parasites on wild animal hosts; in vitro cultivation of trematode parasites; host susceptibility to infection


Education:

Post-doctoral Research Associate - Immunoparasitology (Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, 1985 - 1987)

Doctor of Philosophy - Medical Parasitology (School of Public Health, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 1984)

Master of Science - Biology (Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, 1981)

Bachelor of Arts - Biology (Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 1973)


Professional Experience:

Associate Chair, Department of Biology - Georgia Southern University (2002 - 2005)

Professor of Biology - Georgia Southern University (2001 - Present)

Associate Professor of Biology - Georgia Southern University (1996 - 2001)

Assistant Professor of Biology - Georgia Southern University (1991 - 1996)

Research and Development Manager - Environmental Diagnostics Inc., Burlington, NC (1989 - 1991)

Process Control Leader - Environmental Diagnostics Inc., Burlington, NC (1988 - 1989)

Research Scientist - Environmental Diagnostics Inc., Burlington, NC (1987 - 1988)

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Laboratory of Dr. Raymond E. Kuhn, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (1985 - 1987)

Microbiologist - Immunology Department, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC (1982 - 1985)

Teaching Assistant - Department of Parasitology and Laboratory Practice, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (1981 - 1982); Department of Biology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ (1979 - 1981)

Science Teacher - United States Peace Corps, Lycee General Mobutu, Republic of Zaire, Africa (1975 - 1977)

 


Recent Publications:

Pung, O.J., Paul H. Davis and Dennis J. Richardson.  1996.  Filariae of raccoons from southeast Georgia.  Journal of Parasitology.  82:  849-851.

Kunz, A.K. and O.J. Pung. 2004. Effects of Microphallus turgidus (Trematoda: Microphallidae) on the predation, behavior, and swimming stamina of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio. Journal of Parasitology. 90: 443-445.

Hancock, K., A.M. Zajac, O. J. Pung, F. Elvinger, A.C. Rosypal, and D.S. Lindsay. 2005. Prevalence of antibodies to Trypanosoma cruzi in raccoons (Procyon lotor) from an urban area of Northern Virginia. Journal of Parasitology. 91: 470-472.

Flowers, M.A., Q.Q. Fang, and O.J. Pung. 2005. Population genetic analysis of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio using DNA single-strand conformation polymorphism. Georgia Journal of Science. 63: 232-242.

Kunz, A.K., M. Ford, and O.J. Pung. 2006. Behavior of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio and its response to the presence of the predatory fish Fundulus heteroclitus. American Midland Naturalist. 155:286-294.

Pung, O.J., C.B. Grinstead, and S.P. Vives. 2006. Variation in the geographic and temporal distribution of Microphallus turgidus (Trematoda: Microphallidae) in grass shrimp (Palaemonetes spp.) on tidal rivers in southeast Georgia, U.S.A. Comparative Parasitolgy. 73: 172-178.

Nims, T.N., L.A. Durden, C.R. Chandler, and O.J. Pung. 2008. Parasitic and phoretic arthropods of the oldfield mouse from burned habitats with additional ectoparasite records from the eastern harvest mouse and southern short-tailed shrew. Comparative Parasitology. In press.

Pung, O.J., C.B. Grinstead, K. Kersten, and C.L. Edenfield. 2008. Spatial Distribution of hydrobiid snails in salt marsh along the Skidaway River in Southeastern Georgia with notes on their larval trematode parasites. Southeastern Naturalist.  7: 717-728.

Pung, O.J., A.R. Burger, M.F. Walker, W.L. Barfield, M.H. Lancaster, and C.E. Jarrous.  2009.  In vitro cultivation of Microphallus turgidus (Trematoda: Microphallidae) from metacercaria to ovigerous adult with continuation of the life cycle in the laboratory.  Journal of Parasitology.  95: 913-919.

Fang, Quentin Q. and O. J. Pung.  2010. Anti-tick vaccine development: Status and perspectives.  In: Recent Advances in Entomological Research: From Molecular Biology to Pest Management. Tong-Xian Liu and Le Kang (eds.). Higher Education Press, Beijing, China, p. 218-227.

Pung, O.J., Terry Lester Jr., Ashley R. Burger, Efe Alyanak, and Patricia A. O’Leary.  2011.  Optimization of culture conditions for in vitro fertilization and reproduction of Microphallus turgidus (Trematoda: Microphallidae).  Journal of Parasitology.  97: 1-7.


Recent Presentations:

Davis, P.*, W. Irby and O. Pung.  1995.  Prevalence of Dirofilaria tenuis in raccoons in Georgia.  American Society of Parasitologists and the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists.  Joint annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.

Davis, P.**, W.S. Irby, and O.J. Pung.  1995.  The prevalence of the filarioid worm Dirofilaria tenuis in raccoons in southeast Georgia.  Georgia Academy of Science.  Annual meeting in Augusta, GA.

Kunz, A.* and O. Pung. March 2003. Effect of a trematode parasite on grass shrimp behavior. Georgia Academy of Science. Annual meeting in Waleska, GA.

Flowers, M.*, G. Xu, O. Pung and Q. Fang. March 2003. Preliminary investigations of the genetic variation of a trematode parasite and its grass shrimp host along the southeastern coast. Georgia Academy of Science. Annual meeting in Waleska, GA.

Flowers, M.*, G. Xu, Q. Fang, and Oscar Pung. 2003. Preliminary analysis of genetic variation in the trematode Microphallus turgidus and its intermediate host, the grass shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio. Southeastern Society of Parasitologists. Annual meeting in Mobile, AL.

Kunz, A.*** and O. Pung. 2003. Effects of Microphallus turgidus on the behavior of the grass shrimp, Palaemonetes pugio. Southeastern Society of Parasitologists. Annual meeting in Mobile, AL.

Pung, O.* November 2003. Parasites of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio. Invited seminar presented for the Marine Science Seminar Series at Savannah State University.

Pung, O.J.* and C.B. Grinstead. April 2005. Temporal Distribution of Microphallus turgidus (Trematoda: Microphallidae) in Grass Shrimp (Palaemonetes spp.) on Three Tidal Rivers in Southeast Georgia. Southeastern Society of Parasitologists, Animal Disease Research Workers in the Southern States (Southern Conference on Animal Parasites, Southern Conference of Researchers in Aquatic Diseases), and the Helminthological Society of Washington. Joint annual meeting in Blacksburg, VA.

Grinstead, C.B., O.J. Pung* and K. Kersten. March 2006. Distribution of hydrobiid snails and their parasites in salt marsh along the Skidaway River in coastal Georgia. Association of Southeastern Biologists and Southeastern Society of Parasitologists. Joint annual meeting in Gatlinburg, TN.

Nims, T.N.*, L.A. Durden, C.R. Chandler and O.J. Pung. March 2006. Effects of fire on the ectoparasites of small mammals in longleaf pine (Pinnus palustris) habitats. Georgia Entomological Society. Annual meeting on Jekyll Island, GA.

O.J. Pung*, C.E. Jarrous, M.H. Lancaster, and E.D. Brown. April, 2007. Effect of temperature and culture medium on the in vitro reproduction and survival of Microphallus turgidus (Trematoda: Microphallidae). Southeastern Society of Parasitologists. Annual meeting at Baruch Marine Field Laboratory, Georgetown, SC.

O.J. Pung*, M.H. Lancaster, C.E. Jarrous, and E.D. Brown. In vitro reproduction and survival of Microphallus turgidus (Trematoda: Microphallidae). June, 2007. North American Congress of Parasitologists. First meeting in Merida, Mexico.

Pung, O.J.*, M. Walker and W.L. Barfield.  April, 2008.  The trematode Microphallus turgidus cultured in vitro produces eggs infective to hydrobiid snails. Association of Southeastern Biologists and Southeastern Society of Parasitologists.  Joint annual meeting in Spartanburg, SC.

Burger, A.R.*, P. O’Leary, and O.J. Pung. April, 2009.  Optimization of in vitro culture conditions for metacercariae of the digenean, Microphallus turgidus.  Southeastern Society of Parasitologists.  Annual meeting at Kenlake Resort Park, KY. 

Pung, O.J.*, September, 2009.  In vitro cultivation of the trematode Microphallus turgidus from metacercaria to ovigerous adult with continuation of the life cycle in the laboratory. (How to grow a parasite outside of its host.)  Invited Seminar, Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University.

Pung, O.J.*, A.R. Burger, and P.A. O’Leary.  April, 2010.  Effect of incubation vessel and worm density on the ability of Microphallus turgidus (Trematoda: Microphallidae) to produce normal eggs in vitro. Association of Southeastern Biologists and Southeastern Society of Parasitologists.  Joint annual meeting in Asheville, NC

*Asterisk indicates presenter.

**Won Award for outstanding graduate student presentation.

***Byrd-Dunn Award for outstanding student presentation.

 


Courses Taught:


Direction and Supervision of Graduate Students:

Paul H. Davis. Graduated Spring, 1995. Thesis: "Prevalence of Presumed Dirofilaria tenuis in raccoons and mosquitoes in Georgia."

Nancy E. Maxwell. Graduated Summer, 1995. Thesis: "A Survey of the Hematozoa of Birds in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina."

Stephanie M. Pietrzak. Graduated Spring, 1996. Thesis: "Histological Effects of Trypanosoma cruzi from Georgia on Raccoons."

R. Darrell Ellis. Graduated Spring, 1997. Thesis: "Site Selection by Intestinal Helminths of the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana) with a Review of Previously Reported Helminths from Georgia." (Co-major professor with Dr. Ann Pratt.)

Kristina Mataxas. Graduated Spring, 1998. Thesis: "Do Blood Parasites and Hematophagous Ectoparasites Affect Reproduction in the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)?"

Alyssa Kunz. Graduated Spring, 2003. Thesis: "Effects of the parasite Microphallus turgidus on the predation, swimming endurance, and activities of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio."

Melody Flowers. Graduated Fall 2004. Thesis: "Population genetics of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio." (Co-major professor with Dr. Quentin Fang.)

Christopher B. Grinstead. Graduated Fall 2004. Thesis: "Ecology of hydrobiid snails and their parasites."

Ashley R. Burger.  Graduated Spring 2009.  "Optimization of in vitro culture conditions for metacercariae of the digenean, Microphallus turgidus."

Patricia A. O'Leary.  Graduated Fall 2010.  "Behavior of cercariae of the trematode Microphallus turgidus."


Awards and Recognition:

 

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