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Dr. Catalina Picasso is a veterinarian and epidemiologist, specializing in infectious diseases in both livestock and wildlife animal populations. She obtained her DVM degree in Uruguay and worked at the Ministry of Livestock Agriculture and Fisheries in Uruguay for 10 years. In 2016, she pursued her master's degree in infectious disease epidemiology, followed by a PhD in diagnostic epidemiology in 2019 at the University of Minnesota (UMN). After completing her PhD, she worked on capacity building, education, and research at the UMN. Prior to joining Michigan State University, Dr. Picasso was an assistant professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State University.

Dr. Picasso's research is dedicated to enhancing the utilization of diagnostic findings to elucidate infectious disease patterns and guide strategic measures for disease management. She has extensive experience in bovine tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease epidemiology, with broad experience in both domestic and international contexts, contributing to the development of animal health control programs.


  • DVM
  • MS, University of Minnesota
  • PhD, University of Minnesota