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Rogge_jpg.jpgMatt Rogge, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

Office: CBB 345 (Office); CBB 360 (Research Lab) 


Ph.D., Veterinary Medical Sciences, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
               Dissertation title: "Expression of the Edwardsiella ictaluri Type III Secretion System and Its Relationship to the Native Plasmids.
M.S., Fisheries Biology (Aquaculture emphasis), Iowa State University.
              Thesis title: "Fingerling Walleye Production in Plastic-Lined Ponds."

B.S., Biology major and Chemistry minor - University of Wisconsn Stevens Point.


Biol 101  General Biology
Biol 210  Principles of Genetics
Biol 233  Microbiology for Health Services
Biol 302  Cellular and Molecular Biology
Biol 333  General Microbiology
Biol 389  Immunology
Biol 490  Seminar

Research Areas

My research focuses on bacterial diseases of fish, primarily those in aquaculture settings. I study virulence mechanisms used by pathogens to gain entry and establish an infection in a host, in addition to the immune response that hosts used to combat the pathogens. Ultimately the knowledge gained from this work can be used to develop effective treatments or preventions (such as vaccines) against the disease. I have a general interest in infectious disease, whether it be bacterial, viral, or parasitic pathogens. I find the biology behind infectious disease fascinating. I have also become interested in how microbial communities effect aquaculture and aquaponic systems in relation to both fish health and nutrient cycling.


Shahin, K., F. Pirezan, M. Rogge, B. LaFrentz, R. Shrestha, M. Hildebrand, F. Lu, H. HogenEsch, and E. Soto. 2020. Development of IglC and GroEL recombinant vaccines for francisellosis in Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus. Fish and Shellfish Immunology 105:341-349.

Dubytska, L. P., M. L. Rogge, and R. Thune. 2016. Changes in pH of the Edwardsiella ictaluri Vacuole Are Required to Initiate Translocation of T3SS Effectors to the Host Cell Cytoplasm. mSphere DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00039-16.

W. A. Baumgartner, L. Dubytska, M. L. Rogge, P. J. Mottram, and R. L. Thune. 2014. Modulation of Vacuolar pH Is Required for Replication of Edwardsiella ictaluri in Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) macrophages. Infection and Immunity 82:2329-2336.

Suanyuk, N., M. Rogge, R. Thune, M. Watthanaphiromsakul, N. Jampat, and W. Wiangkum. 2014. Mortality and Pathology of Hybrid Catfish, Clarias macrocephalus  x Clarias gariepinus Associated with Edwardsiella ictaluri Infection in Southern Thailand. Journal of Fish Diseases 37:385-395.

Rogge, M. L., L. Dubytska, T. S. Jung, J. Wiles, A. A. Elkamel, A. Rennhoff, and R. L. Thune. 2013. Comparison of Vietnamese and United States Isolates of Edwardsiella ictaluri. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 106:17-29.

Hawke, J. P., M. Kent, M. Rogge, W. Baumgartner, J. Wiles, J. Shelley, L. C. Savolainen, R. Wagner, K. Murray, and T. S. Peterson. 2013. Edwardsiellosis Caused by Edwardsiella ictaluri in Laboratory Populations of Zebrafish Danio rerio. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 25:171-183.

Rogge, M. L., and R. L. Thune. 2011. Regulation of the Edwardsiella ictaluri Type III Secretion System by pH and Phosphate Concentration through EsrA, EsrB, and EsrC. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77:4293-4302.

Thune, R. L., D. H. Fernandez, J. L. Benoit, M. Kelly-Smith, M. L. Rogge, N. J. Booth, C. A. Landry, and R. A. Bologna. 2007. Signature-Tagged Mutagenesis of Edwardsiella ictaluri Identifies Virulence-Related Genes, Including a Salmonella Pathogenicity Island 2 Class of Type III Secretion Systems. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73:7934-7946.

Rogge, M. L., A. A. Moore, and J. E. Morris. 2003. Organic and Mixed Organic–Inorganic Fertilization of Plastic-Lined Ponds for Fingerling Walleye Culture. North American Journal of Aquaculture 65:179-190.


I was born in Chippewa Falls, WI, but have also lived in Arkansas, Iowa, and Louisiana. I completed my undergraduate degree (BS with a Biology Major and Chemistry Minor) at UW-Stevens Point. I then went to Ames, IA and completed a MS in Fisheries Biology at Iowa State University. There I studied raising fingerling walleyes in outdoor ponds at a state fish hatchery. That involved a lot of water chemistry and invertebrate biology. After ISU, I moved to Baton Rouge, LA and completed my Ph.D. in Veterinary Medical Sciences at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. At LSU I studied a particularly nasty bacterial disease of channel catfish. That research involved a lot of microbiology, cell biology, immunology, and molecular genetics. I have been back at UWSP since 2012. I initially began at UWSP working as the Co-Director of the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility (NADF), but shortly after arriving here, the microbiologist position opened up, and I was lucky enough to be offered that position.

I have always enjoyed fishing, and all my academic endeavors have involved fish but have spanned multiple topics including fish ecology, fish husbandry, and fish health. When not working on campus, I like spend time with my wife, kids, and dog. Outside of that, I like to fish, hunt, do a little woodworking, and barbecue pork and beef with friends. I also find a little time here and there to binge watch TV shows, read (mostly about microbiology, genetics, and World War II - it's an odd mix, but I like it), and play a video game from time to time.

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