Claudia A. Munoz-Zanzi DVM, MPVM, PhD » Faculty

Research Interests:Eco-epidemiology of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases (leptospirosis and toxoplasmosis).  Epidemiology of congenital infections (toxoplasmosis, CMV). Methods related to diagnostic epidemiology, screening, and transmission models.

Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health

Address Div. Epidemiology & Community Health 1300 S. 2nd Street, Suite 300 Minneapolis MN 55454 United States Home Phone: 612-626-2849
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Claudia Munoz-Zanzi teaches diagnostic epidemiology of infectious diseases. Her research interests include zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases, international health, simulation modeling, diagnostic epidemiology, and pooled-sample testing for large-scale screening of populations. She received a D.V.M. from the University of Concepcion, Chile, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California-Davis.

  • PhD in Epidemiology, University of California, Davis, CA
  • MPVM, University of California, Davis, CA
  • DVM, University of Concepción, Chile


Disease Surveillance, Epidemiology, Global Health, Infectious Disease, Zoonosis

Professional Experience:

  • June 2006 – Present: Assistant professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Heath, University of Minnesota
  • August 2004 – Present: Adjunct professor of epidemiology, Austral University, Valdivia, Chile
  • October 2003 – May 2006: Assistant professor. Department of Veterinary Population Medicine. College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota
  • August 2000 – December 2000: Teaching assistant. Department of Pathology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • August 1994 – June 1995: Instructor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, Department of Pathology, School of Veterinary Medicine. University of Concepcion, Chillan, Chile.


  • 2010: “Distinguish Mentor Award”, President’s Distinguish Faculty Mentor Program, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, University of Minnesota.
  • 2007: Boehringer Ingelheim 2006 Advancement in PRRS Research Award.
  • 2003: Foundation’s 2002 JVDI Award for the paper: “Evaluation of result variability with a commercial Johne’s disease enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kit and repeat testing of samples.” J Vet Diagn Invest 2002. 14:423-426.
  • 2000: Association of Teachers of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Graduate Student Award in Epidemiology and Health Economics section at the 81st CRWAD meeting for the oral presentation title: “Modeling of post-natal transmission of bovine viral diarrhea virus in dairy heifers and effect of age at vaccination.”
  • 1999-2001: Eugene Lyons scholarship. School of graduate studies, University of California, Davis.
  • 1998-2001: Jastro Shields grant. Graduate Group in Epidemiology, University of California, Davis.
  • 1998-1999: American Association of University Women scholarship.
  • 1995-1998: Presidente de la Republica de Chile scholarship. Government of Chile.
  • 1995: Chilean Association of Veterinary Medicine. Best Student of Class
  • 1988-1994 of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Concepcion, Chile.

Website: Claudia Munoz-Zanzi

Selected Publications:

  • Jacobs, A.C., J.R. Hermann, C. Muñoz-Zanzi, J.R. Prickett, M.B. Roof, K.-J. Yoon, J.J. Zimmerman. Stability of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus at ambient temperatures. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2010; 22:257-260.
  • Muñoz-Zanzi, C., P. Fry, B. Lesina, D. Hill. Toxoplasma gondii oocyst-specific antibodies and source of infection. Emerg Inf Dis. 2010; 16:1591-1593.
  • Sepúlveda, M., C. Muñoz-Zanzi , C. Rosenfeld, C. Jara, K. Pelican, D. Hill. Toxoplasma gondii in feral American minks at the Maullin river, Chile. Vet Parasitol. 2011; 175:60-65.
  • Hill, D., C. Coss, J. P. Dubey, K. Wroblewski, M. Sautter, T. Hosten, C. Munoz-Zanzi, E. Mui, S. Withers, K. Boyer, G. Hermes, J. Coyne, F. Jagdis, A. Burnett, P. McLeod, H. Morton, D. Robinson, R. McLeod and Toxoplasmosis Study Group. Identification of a sporozoite-specific antigen from Toxoplasma gondii. J Parasitol. 2011; 97:328-337
  • Raizman, EA, S. Wells, C. Munoz-Zanzi, S. Tavornpanich. Estimated within-herd prevalence of Mycobacterium avium subsp paratuberculosis in a sample of Minnesota dairy herds using bacterial culture of pooled fecal samples. Can J Vet Res. 2011; 75:112-116.
  • Muñoz-Zanzi, C., Tamayo R., Balboa, J., Hill, D. Detection of oocyst-associated toxoplasmosis in swine from Southern Chile. Zoonoses Public Health. 2012; 59:389-392.
  • Davies, P., B. Alexander, J. Bender, J. Deen, C. Dewey, J. Funk, C. Munoz-Zanzi, M. O’Sullivan, R. Singer, S. Sreevatsan, K. Stark, M. Stevenson. Livestock density ad risk factor for livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, The Netherlands. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2013;19:1551-1552.
  • Muñoz-Zanzi, C., J. Williams-Nguyen. E. Belongia. Sero-prevalence of leptospirosis and toxoplasmosis in children from Wisconsin.  BMC Public Health. 2013; 13:837
  • Munoz-Zanzi, C. M. Mason, C. Encina, M Gonzalez, S. Berg.  Socio-demographic and environmental factors associated with rodent abundance and Leptospira infection in rural and urban communities from southern Chile.  Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2014; 90:497-506.
  • Jancloes, M.;  E. Bertherat, C. Schneider, S. Belmain, C. Munoz-Zanzi, R. Hartskeerl, F. Costa, J. Denis. Towards a “One Health” Strategy against Leptospirosis.  Planet@Risk. In Press.
  • Brown, P., C. Munoz-Zanzi, M. Chang, P. Allwood. Knowledge, perceptions, and environmental risk factors among Jamaican households with a history of leptospirosis. J Infection Public Health. In Press.