Principal Investigator


Francisco Olea-Popelka

Beryl Ivey Endowed Chair in One Health
Associate Professor

DVM Veterinary Medicine, Universidad Mayor, Santiago Chile
MSc Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
PhD Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Location: Health Sciences Addition, Room 408
Phone: (519) 661-2111 Ext. 87398
Fax: (519) 661-3370

About Dr. Olea-Popelka

Dr. Olea-Popelka is originally from Chile where he began his studies at Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile. Dr. Olea-Popelka continued his education in Canada, attending the University of Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College for both a Masters degree (2002) and Ph.D. (2007).

During his career as a veterinary epidemiologist, Dr. Olea-Popelka has chosen to apply epidemiological tools and skills to study diseases at the interface of livestock, wildlife, and humans in different environments, globally.

An important component of Dr. Olea-Popelka's research philosophy is an integrated multidisciplinary approach in which environmental, socio-economical, cultural, and political components are considered in conjunction with the disease causal agent and the host when addressing different health issues.

Dr. Olea-Popelka's professional goals include actively collaborating with colleagues in different disciplines in a variety of institutions worldwide, such as physicians, microbiologists, molecular biologists, wildlife biologists, nutritionist, geographers, nurses, wildlife veterinarians, large and small animal clinicians, policy and decision makers, social workers, epidemiologists, and government officials.