Faculty Profile for Dr. Rodney E Rohde

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Dr. Rodney E Rohde
Program Chair - Professor — Clinical Laboratory Science
ENC 361
phone: (512) 245-3500

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Rodney E. Rohde, Ph.D., M.S., SV, SM(ASCP)CM, MBCM, FACSc received his Bachelor of Science (microbiology) and Masters (Biology, emphasis in virology) degrees from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). Dr. Rohde received his Ph.D. in Education in 2010 (Adult Professional Community Education) with a focus on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from Texas State. He received the honor of Fellow of the Association of Clinical Scientists (FACSc) in 2017.

Dr. Rohde is a Professor and Chair for the Clinical Laboratory Science Program in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. He serves as Associate Dean of Research for his college and is a clinical assistant professor (joint appointment, non-paid) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Laboratory Sciences & Primary Care, Clinical Laboratory Science Program. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching, research, and service awards, including the 2017 Global Citizenship Alliance Global Fellow, 2017 Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Teaching Award, 2016 Texas State Alumni Association Teaching Award of Honor and the 2015 Mariel M. Muir Mentoring Award. Additionally, Dr. Rohde continues to enjoy being an adjunct associate professor of biology in the nursing program for Austin Community College where he received the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award, as well as the John and Suanne Roueche Excellence Award (national award) for Teaching. He holds certifications as a Specialist in Virology, Specialist in Microbiology, and Molecular Biologist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Rodney spent a decade as a public health microbiologist and molecular epidemiologist with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Bureau of Laboratories and Zoonosis Control Division prior to his academic career, including two terms as a CDC Visiting Scientist. While there, Dr. Rohde helped establish the DSHS laboratory as an internationally recognized regional reference laboratory for rabies typing. He also participated in the internationally successful Oral Rabies Vaccination Program that helped eliminate canine rabies from parts of Texas. Rodney received the prestigious J.V. Irons Award for Scientific Excellence from the DSHS Bureau of Laboratories for his efforts in rabies control and prevention.

His research interests are very diverse but focus on adult education and public health microbiology, specifically with respect to rabies virology, oral rabies wildlife vaccination, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and molecular diagnostics/biotechnology. Dr. Rohde has published over 50 research articles and abstracts and presented at over 100 international, national, and state conferences, including invited Keynotes. He has received a variety of grant support for his research. As recipient of the 2015 #urEssential Award from Cardinal Health, a $20,000 donation was made to Texas State’s CLS Program as scholarship funding for students seeking careers in laboratory science. He has been recognized multiple times as the Distinguished Author by ASCLS, and was awarded by the same organization the 2016 Bio-Rad Scientific Assembly Professional Achievement Award (Microbiology/Public Health), and the Joseph J. Kleiner Award for the best annual publication. He has received the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2007 ASCLS Scientific Research Award for his work with rabies and MRSA. Additionally, he has been recognized as the CDC/ATSDR Charles C. Shepard Scientific Award nominee (Assessment Epidemiology category for 2006 publication "Bat-associated Rabies Virus in Skunks"). Dr. Rohde has been the College of Health Professions Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities numerous times since 2003.

In 2012, Dr. Rohde’s research with Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) was selected as part of the Texas State Rising Star video series. The video clip was part of an ESPN clip highlighting the university, as well as being featured in HillViews and Texas Monthly. In 2015, he was named as one of the “Top 20 Professors of Clinical Laboratory Science You Should Know and is an invited 2016 TEDx presenter highlighting his profession.
Dr. Rohde also serves as a Consulting Editor for Clinical Laboratory Science, Associate Editor for BMC Research journal and as a reviewer for CLS, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and International Journal of Molecular Sciences journals. He has been an invited reviewer for numerous clinical microbiology and molecular diagnostic textbooks. Dr. Rohde is a subject matter expert in rabies and MRSA, as well as other public health and clinical laboratory topics. Dr. Rohde serves or has served on numerous advisory boards, including the Healthcare Environmental Disinfection Advisory Board with Johnson and Johnson, Cleanint Advisory Board, PerfectClean (UMF), Emist. He serves as Co-editor, Virology and Microbiology as well as regular contributing author for InfectionControl.tips These appointments focus on impacts of the healthcare environment on HAIs, including how the hospital environment contributes to HAIs, common infectious agents, how they spread, and environmental contributors to morbidity and mortality. They represent a broad multidisciplinary group focusing on understanding gaps in current evidence, policy, and practice, and discussing how to encourage change in beliefs and behaviors relative to each of these aspects, to ultimately reduce HAIs and improve patient outcomes. He also serves on a number of other international, national and state Advisory Boards in the realm of healthcare associated infections, infection control/prevention, and other CLS task force. He is the current Past-President of the Texas Association for Clinical Laboratory Science and a microbiology advisor of the International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists.

For more specific information about his projects, see: http://rodneyerohde.wp.txstate.edu/



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Rodney enjoys spending time with his wife Bonnie and children – daughter Haley and son Landry. Professor Rohde is passionate about teaching and mentoring students towards productive and exciting careers in clinical laboratories. He also enjoys incorporating advocacy, leadership, research, and integrity into his student’s and colleagues’ educational experience and challenging them to strive for lifelong learning.

Teaching Interests

Microbiology, Molecular diagnostics, Medical Laboratory Science, Public health

Research Interests

Antibiotic resistant microbes continue to be a major threat to both healthcare and community. Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) have become increasingly difficult to manage. My research with HAIs primarily examines MRSA prevalence in environments and diverse populations, while also examining how people learn and adapt to the condition. I also continue to conduct research in the zoonotic realm, primarily rabies. My teaching and research are integrated between clinical microbiology & MDx.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Rohde, R. E. (2020). Update on lyssaviruses and rabies: will past progress play as prologue in the near term towards future elimination? Faculty Reviews 2020 9:(9), 9(9). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.12703/b/9-9
  • Rohde, R. E. (2020). What monoclonal antibodies are – and why we need them as well as a vaccine. The Converation. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/what-monoclonal-antibodies-are-and-why-we-need-them-as-well-as-a-vaccine-149356
  • Rohde, R. E. (2020). Without Good Public Health Strategy, The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Make Antimicrobial Resistance Worse. Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/coronavirusfrontlines/2020/09/16/without-good-public-health-strategy-the-coronavirus-pandemic-could-make-antimicrobial-resistance-worse/#19e5af8c1016
  • Rohde, R. E. (2020). Beating Pandemics Like COVID-19 Requires More Medical Laboratory Professionals, This Virologist Explains. Forbes. Forbes [74 million readers per month]. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/coronavirusfrontlines/2020/04/22/beating-pandemics-like-covid-19-requires-more-medical-laboratory-professionals-this-virologist-explains/?fbclid=IwAR1M3suIlaPqYS7U1N7i_zT13SFOBu4CmrJPLJ0SK_SCGp7T6ZIpG12vI7I#48f108366e32
  • Rohde, R. E., & Windsor, W. J. (2019). An Evaluation of the Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Network (IHSN). American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, Clin Lab Sci. https://doi.org/119.001834

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Honorary Professor of International Studies, Texas State University. December 2018 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Invited Speaker for Bobcat Preview on Teaching/Mentoring. 2016 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Multiple Semester Term Appointment, ACC. January 1, 2001 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: ASCLS Scientific Research National Award, ASCLS. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Omicron Sigma Award, ASCLS Award State Service Honoree 2020. 2020

Selected Grants

  • Stigler Granados, Paula Elaine (Principal), Rohde, Rodney E (Other). Building an ECHO model to increase awareness and prevention of Chagas Disease in South Texas, UTHealth San Antonio ReACH and IIMS, Institutional (Higher Ed), $14495. (Submitted: January 14, 2019, Funded: March 15, 2019 - Present). Grant.
  • Rohde, Rodney E. Honorary Professor Research Award, Center for International Studies, Texas State University, $500.00. (Funded: June 2019). Grant.
  • Stigler Granados, Paula Elaine (Principal), Betancourt, Jose Alberto (Co-Principal), Rohde, Rodney E (Co-Principal), Pacheco, Gerardo Jesus (Co-Principal), Fulton, Lawrence V (Co-Principal). Effective Surveillance of Chagas Disease for US Military Readiness along South West US Mexico Border Ports of Entry, DoD Global Health Engagement Research Initiative (GHERI) Award, Federal, $705755.76. (Funded: October 2020 - September 2022). Grant.
  • Rohde, Rodney E. Honorary Professor Research Award, Center for International Studies., Texas State University, $500.00. (Funded: June 2020 - 2021). Grant.
  • Rohde, Rodney E. ASCP Foundation Laboratory Science Program Director Educational Grant – Enhancement of MLS (ASCP) certification exam scores, ASCP, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $2000.00. (Funded: August 1, 2019 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Campus Communicators
Podcast Group
Scientific Advisory Board
Common Experience
Academic Program Review, Financial Services