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Elemir Simko Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology

Research Area(s)

  • Honey bee health and sustainability of agriculture

Academic Credentials

  • DVM, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • DVSc, University of Guelph
  • Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists
  • Since 1998, Dr. Simko has coordinated and co-instructed all core anatomic pathology courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels for various numbers of years. 
  • Dr. Simko contributes to the necropsy and biopsy services offered by Prairie Diagnostic Services, and consults/collaborates with researchers in area of investigative pathology. 

Research Interests

  • Dr. Simko's research and publications have included various aspects of comparative pathology, innate immunity, pathogenesis of infectious diseases and evidence-based diagnostic pathology. Recently, he expanded his research into honey bee health and sustainability of agriculture.
  • Visit Dr. Simko's personal web site to learn more about his research.


P. NovakovicC. CharavaryamathI. Moshynskyy, B. Lockerbie, R.S. Kaushik, M.E. Loewen, B.A. Kidney, C. Stuart, E. Simko, 2015. Evaluation of inhibition of F4ac positive Escherichia coli attachment with xanthine dehydrogenase, butyrophilin, lactadherin and fatty acid binding protein, BMC Veterinary Research, 11:238. doi: 10.1186/s12917-015-0528-0

 R. Garg, L. Latimer, Y. Wang, E. Simko, V. Gerdts, A. Potter, S. van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk, 2016. Maternal immunization with respiratory syncytial virus fusion protein formulated with a novel combination adjuvant provides protection from RSV in newborn lambs, Vaccine, 34(2):261-9.

M.D. Meachem, E.R. Snead, B.A. Kidney, M.L. Jackson, R. Dickinson, V. Larson, E. Simko, 2015. A comparative proteomic study of plasma in feline pancreatitis and pancreatic carcinoma using 2-dimensional gel electrophoresis for the identification of diagnostic biomarkers: a pilot study, Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research,79(3):184-9.

S. Scott, K. Elliot, H. Philibert, B. Summers, G. Dale, B. Singh, E. Simko,. An unusual lipomatous brain mass in a Golden Retriever, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 27(6):772-6.

S. Amat, J.J. McKinnon, E. Simko, S. Hendrick, 2014. Evaluation of feeding corn or wheat dried distillers’ grains with solubles on animal health of finishing feedlot steers, Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 94(3): 525-531

S.W. Mills, K.M. Musil, J.L. Davies, S. Hendrick, C. Duncan, M.L. Jackson, B. Kidney, H. Philibert, B.K. Wobeser, E. Simko, 2015. Prognostic value of histologic grading for feline mammary carcinoma: A retrospective survival analysis. Veterinary Pathology, 52, 238-49

P. NovakovicY.Y. Huang, B. Lockerbie, F. Shahriar, J. Kelly, J.R. Gordon, D.M. Middleton, M.E. Loewen e, B.A. Kidney, E. Simko. Identification of F4ac-binding proteins of porcine milk fat globule membrane. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 79,120-8

K. Elliot, V. MacDonald-Dickinson, K. Linn, E. Simko, V. Misra, 2014. Increase in gene-transcript levels as indicators of up-regulation of the unfolded protein response in spontaneous canine tumors, Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 78:161-7

J.J. Gamble, B. Ambros, P. Séguin, P. Benmansour, E. Simko, 2014. Stimulating thoracic epidural placement via a lumbar approach causes significant spinal cord damage in a porcine model. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 61(4):306-11

R. Garg, L. Latimer, E. Simko, V. Gerdts, A. Potter, S. van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk, 2014. Induction of mucosal immunity and protection by intranasal immunisation with a novel respiratory syncytial virus vaccine formulation, Journal of General Virology, 95(Pt 2):301-6.

S. Amat, J.J. McKinnon, A.A. Olkowski, G.B. Penner, E. Simko, P.J. Shand, S. Hendrick, 2013. Understanding the role of sulfur-thiamine interaction in the pathogenesis of sulfur-induced polioencephalomalacia in beef cattle, Research in Veterinary Science, 95(3):1081-7

S. Amat, J.J. McKinnon, G.B. Penner, E. Simko, S. Hendrick, 2014. Evaluation of mineral status in high dietary sulphur exposed or sulphur-induced polioencephalomalacia affected beef cattle, Canadian Journal of Animal Science, 94(1): 139-149

V.M. Wong, C. Marche, E. Simko, 2012. Infectious canine hepatitis associated with prednisone treatment. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 53:1219-21

S. Garlapati, R. Garg, R. Brownlie, L. Latimer, E. Simko, R.E. Hancock, L.A. Babiuk, V. Gerdts, A. Potter, S. van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk, 2012. Enhanced immune responses and protection by vaccination with respiratory syncytial virus fusion protein formulated with CpG oligodeoxynucleotide and innate defense regulator peptide in polyphosphazene microparticles. Vaccine, 30, 5206-14.

T. Bergeron, R.Zhang, K. Elliot, N.Rapin, V.MacDonald, K.Linn, E. Simko and V.Misra, 2013. The effect of Zhangfei on the unfolded protein response and growth of cells derived from canine and human osteosarcomas, Veterinary and Comparative Oncology, 11,140-50

Y.Y. Huang, D.J. Olson, J.R. Gordon, D.M. Middleton, E. Simko, 2011. Plasma protein profiles of neonatal pigs before and after suckling, Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research, 76,1-7.

K. Amini, E. Simko, Davies JL, 2010. Sudden death associated with myocardial contraction band necrosis in Boer goat kids. Veterinary Pathology, 48, 1212-5