Molecular Biologist Is an "Early Career"
Scientist of the Year By
AUBURN, Ala., Apr. 13Craig A. Shoemaker, a
molecular biologist, was recently honored as a 2000 recipient of an Early
Career Research Scientist award by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the
Department of Agricultures chief
Shoemaker was selected for his research in aquatic animal health
and for co-developing the first modified live vaccine in the United States
licensed for fish. The RE-33 E. ictaluri vaccine should serve as a
trend-setting advancement in fish vaccines for the rest of the world.
Shoemaker is with the
Aquatic Animal Health
Research Laboratory here. He worked with catfish farmers, producer groups,
a commercial vaccine manufacturer and state and federal regulatory agencies to
develop the vaccine, which was then field-tested in three southeastern states
for safety and effectiveness.
He is nationally and internationally recognized for his
immunological and microbiological expertise in a number of fish species,
including farm-raised catfish. He is currently working on the final report on
the status of streptococcal disease in the United States cultured fish
for the industry. He was invited by the Catfish Farmers of America to present a
paper on the development of the vaccine. He continues to address other
associations on this project, including international audiences in Greece,
England and Brazil.
Dr. Shoemaker is an outstanding, young investigator who
has provided leadership, mentoring and cooperation as a team member of the
laboratorys well-recognized accomplishments in aquatic animal health,
both nationally and internationally, said Floyd P. Horn, ARS
administrator. He is an accomplished young scientist who is expected to
gain increased recognition as an independent and team researcher in aquatic
Shoemaker was honored Feb. 7 at the agencys
Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural
Research Center in Maryland. He and other award winners received a plaque,
a cash award and additional research funding.
The early career award is given to ARS scientists
who have made outstanding scientific contributions while having been with the
agency 7 years or less and completed their highest academic degree within the
past 10 years. Shoemaker is the winner for the agencys Mid South Area.
The area includes research locations in Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama.
Shoemaker joined ARS in 1993 as a graduate research assistant.
He received his doctorate from Auburn University in 1996 and continued with ARS
as a postdoctoral research associate. He accepted a permanent position in the
Fish Diseases and Parasites Research Laboratory (later the Aquatic Animal
Health Research Laboratory) in 1997. He has been an adjunct assistant professor
in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures at Auburn University in
Alabama since 1998.
Scientific contact: Craig A. Shoemaker, molecular
biologist, ARS Aquatic
Animal Health Research Laboratory, Auburn, Ala., phone (334) 887-4526, fax
(334) 887-2983, firstname.lastname@example.org.