The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine (VMPM) offers a graduate program in Veterinary Microbiology with these options:

  • MS in Veterinary Microbiology;
  • MS (non-thesis) in Veterinary Microbiology; and
  • PhD in Veterinary Microbiology.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Investigation of the gallbladder host environment and small RNAs in the pathobiology of Campylobacter jejuni sheep abortion clone IA 3902, Amanda Jo Kreuder Krull

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Comparison of whole genome sequencing to restriction endonuclease analysis and gel diffusion precipitin test of Pasteurella multocida, Karen Jeanne Lecount

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Effect of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus infectious doses on infection outcomes in naïve conventional neonatal and weaned pigs, Joseph Tighe Thomas

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Development of an improved production method, determination of protein composition, and potency characterization of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis purified protein derivative, Randal T. Capsel

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Molecular characterization of human, bovine, and dolphin parainfluenza viruses: viral genome sequencing and epithelial cell signaling responses following in vitro infection, Kirsten Charlotte Eberle

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Successes and challenges in the developmemt of baculovirus-based vaccines for swine influenza and porcine circovirus type 2b, Luis Alejandro Hernandez

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The complexity of infectious laryngotracheitis virus: a focus on vaccination and challenge viruses, Danielle Mae Koski

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Bovine digital dermatitis: natural lesion development and experimental induction, Adam C. Krull

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Cross-protection in Fostera™ PRRS vaccinated nursery swine against contemporary, heterologous porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) field isolates from different lineages, Drew Robert Magstadt

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Mechanisms and roles of the LuxS system, methyl recycling, and DNA methylation on the physiology of Campylobacter jejuni, Kathy T. Mou

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Genomic epidemiology and characterization of neonatal meningitis Escherichia coli and their virulence plasmids, Bryon Alex Nicholson

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Genotypic and Phenotypic comparison of Bacteroides ovatus, B. thetaiotaomicron, and B. xylanisolvens isolates obtained from cow, goat, human, and pig feces, Todd Atherly

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Development of an in vitro model and fluorescent protein expression system for the study of highly abortigenic Campylobacter jejuni, Moria Ann Borys

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Infection with Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus and Streptococcus suis changes the pharmacokinetics of ceftiofur hydrochloride in swine, Deanne Nicole Day

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Molecular effects of Mammalian Orthoreovirus (MRV) infection on hypoxic prostate tumor cells, Pooja Gupta

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Identification and characterization of a novel structural protein of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, the replicase nonstructural protein 2, Matthew Allan Kappes

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Antigenicity of envelope protein complexes of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis and insights into T cell responses of infected animals, Fernando Lopes Leivas Leite

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Host-virus interactions in the Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, Duan Sriyotee Loy

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From sequencing to analysis: Building a comparative genomics tool for the biologist end-user, Paul Mangiamele

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Differential measures of cellular IFN-γ responses in swine following influenza vaccination, Zahra F. Olson

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Characterization of the transovarial transmission potential, tissue tropisms and genetic determinants of host specificity of single-host flaviviruses, Rungrat Saiyasombat

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Immunogenic and protective properties of recombinant proteins from a highly pathogenic Campylobacter jejuni clone associated with sheep abortion, Fei Wang

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Development of immunotherapeutic approaches to achieve xenophagy in macrophages infected with Rhodococcus equi, Mahesh Bhandari

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Advances in understanding influenza A virus infection in swine: From diagnostics to basic science, Jason Christopher Buehler

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Mammalian orthoreovirus localization to stress granules and escape from translation shutoff, Kate Carroll

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Optimization of antemortem diagnostic evaluations to guide the judicious use of antimicrobial therapy in diseases caused by swine mycoplasmas, Kimberly Kay Crawford

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Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus: Diagnostic update and search for novel modified live vaccines, Joshua Scott Ellingson

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Considerations for improved surveillance of Influenzavirus A in swine populations, Christa Kalberer Goodell

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Regulatory and mutational mechanisms for differential expression of the CmeABC multidrug efflux pump in Campylobacter jejuni, Tara Leigh Grinnage-Pulley

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Polyanhydride particle platform for design of novel influenza vaccines, Lucas Mark Huntimer

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Surveillance in contemporary swine herds - the case of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV), Apisit Kittawornrat

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Influenza A virus antibody in porcine oral fluid and its diagnostic applications, Yaowalak Panyasing

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Development of a protein antigen based pneumococcal vaccine utilizing a polyanhydride nanoparticle delivery platform, Amy D. Schoofs

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Utilities of reverse genetics system as a platform for the development of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus vaccine, Dong Sun

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Studies on influenza virus replicon particle vaccines in pigs, Qi Chen

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Ecology of calf diarrhea in cow-calf operations, Yong-il Cho

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Safety evaluation of lasalocid use in farm-reared pheasants, Rungano Stan Dzikamunhenga

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Characterization of vaccine-associated enhanced respiratory disease (VAERD) in swine administered an inactivated δ-cluster influenza vaccine and challenged with pandemic A/H1N1 virus, Phillip Charles Gauger

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Diagnostic and field investigations in Mycoplasma hyosynoviae and Mycoplasma hyorhinis, Joao Carlos Gomes Neto

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Molecular analysis of avian paramyxovirus serotype-1, Nichole Lynn Hines

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Generation and characterization of virus-neutralizing bovine monoclonal antibodies to bovine herpesvirus 1 glycoproteins gB, gC, and gD, Randall L. Levings

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Generation and characterization of virus-neutralizing bovine monoclonal antibodies to bovine herpesvirus 1 glycoproteins gB, gC, and gD, Randall L. Levings

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The swine intestinal microbiota: localized adaptations and responses to in-feed antibiotics, Torey P. Looft

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Comparison of the PremiTest and xMAP Salmonella serotyping assays and classical serotyping for determination of Salmonella serovars, Brenda Renee Morningstar-Shaw

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New tools for studying mal gene regulation in Yersinia pestis, Carrie Jo Oster

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Impact of antibiotic use, alternative therapies and inflammation on the intestinal microbiota, Anne-Marie Caroline Overstreet

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Design and evaluation of "pathogen-mimicking" polyanhydride delivery platforms for drug and vaccine applications, Yashdeep Phanse

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Examining innate responses to Flaviviridae infection: how myeloid cells respond to and are modulated by bovine viral diarrhea virus in vivo and in vitro., Robert G. Schaut

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Roles and molecular mechanisms of antimicrobial efflux systems in facilitating the adaptation of Campylobacter jejuni to various environments, Zhangqi Shen

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Contribution of biofilm genes to adherence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 to epithelial cells, Mishel Marie Stephenson Ojea

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Systemic infection induced by Campylobacter jejuni: Development of a mouse model and elucidation of molecular mechanisms, Samantha Terhorst

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Investigation of surveillance techniques to detect Bovine viral diarrhea virus in cattle, Brian Lee Vander Ley

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Inactivation of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus, Timothy D. Cutler

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Nutraceutical efficacy in experimental animal models of inflammatory bowel disease: Echinacea angustifolia, Prunella vulgaris and Hypericum gentianoides, Kelley Marie Kemper Haarberg

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Infection and immunity in the Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, John Dustin Loy

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Identification and characterization of a toxin-antitoxin system in the pVir plasmid of Campylobacter jejuni, Rocky Damodar Patil

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Genetic Analysis of Escherichia coli O157:H7 Biofilm formation, Supraja Puttamreddy

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Swine pathogen transmission: recognition, monitoring, and prevention, Alejandro Ramirez

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Brucella abortus intracellular survival and intercellular trafficking, Jennifer Ann Ritchie

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Interactions of porcine circovirus type 2 and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, Avanti Sinha

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Production and testing of Clostridium difficile toxin A monoclonal antibody (αCdA Bella-1) and toxin A specific polyclonal antibody (IRP 583), Teri Lynn Thiele

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Development of efficacious replicon particle vaccines for swine influenza virus, Ryan Lee Vander Veen

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The exploration of methodological approaches for addressing the pre- and post-harvest Salmonella interventions, Bing Wang

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Analysis of quorum sensing in Yersinia pestis CO92, Jing Yu

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Effects of genetic background and dietary immunomodulators on chicken heterophil function and Salmonella resistance, Phongsakorn Chuammitri

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Evaluation of tulathromycin as an antimicrobial therapy in the caprine species, Kristin A. Clothier

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Characterization of the signal sequence binding domain of Ffh by genetics and comparative analysis, Stacy Stamey Duncan

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Development of a conventional pig model for Clostridium difficile infection and associated disease in neonatal pigs, Joshua Thomas Lizer

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Investigations into Haemophilus parasuis virulence: pre-, post-, and pan-genomic perspectives, Michael Andrew Mullins

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Horizontal transmission of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2), Abby Patterson

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Characterization of mammalian orthoreovirus (MRV) induced stress granules (SGs) and implications of eIF2α phosphorylation on viral translation, Qingsong Qin

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Development and initial validation of a dairy biological risk management assessment tool, Danelle Bickett-weddle

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Transcriptome analysis of Escherichia coli O157:H7 during in vivo mimicking conditions, Michael Dwight Carruthers

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Molecular mechanisms involved in the emergence and fitness of fluoroquinolone-resistant Campylobacter jejuni, Jing Han

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The significance of Spa-type represented in swine Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae bacterins for cross-protection against erysipelas, Alaina Louise Ingebritson

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Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV): Immunization strategies, virulence of various isolates, and efficacy of DNA vaccination, Wesley Scott Johnson

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Immunomodulatory effects of porcine interleukin-18 on a modified live vaccine immune response against swine influenza virus, Matthew Allan Kappes

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Identification and characterization of H2N3 avian influenza virus from backyard poultry and comparison to novel H2N3 swine influenza virus, Mary Lea Killian

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Characterization of an ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transport system involved in nucleoside uptake in Mycoplasma bovis strain M23, and discovery of its pathogenicity genes, Nakhyung Lee

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The mechanisms and roles of quorum sensing in the pathobiology of Campylobacter jejuni, Paul Joseph Plummer

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Detection of viral pathogens of swine using oral fluid specimens, John Rodger Prickett

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Effects of Shiga toxin 2 on isolated porcine granulocytes, Amanda Scherer

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In vitro and in vivo evaluation of novel biodegradable polymer adjuvants for vaccine delivery, Jennifer Helen Wilson-welder

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Characterization of porcine circovirus type 2a and 2b infection and lesions in gnotobiotic pigs, Phillip Charles Gauger

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Quantitative studies on airborne transmission of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, Joseph Ralph Hermann

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Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus: understanding and managing persistent infection, Ramón Miguel Molina Barrios

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The characterization of Escherichia coli 4.5S RNA and the importance of its highly conserved residues for protein localization and protein synthesis, James Michael Peterson

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Evolutionary biology of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, Sang-Ho Cha

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Studies on the immunogenicity in swine of influenza A virus hemagglutinin expressed by Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus-like replicon particles, Brenda Gail Crabtree

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Molecular basis of Campylobacter antibiotic resistance and adaptation to the intestinal tract of chickens, Baoqing Guo

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Immunological significance of genetic variation in structural proteins and the genetic determinants for cross protection of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus, Won-Il Kim

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Strategy to improve swine influenza virus (SIV) vaccination, Pravina Kitikoon

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Evaluation of cell mediated immune diagnostic tests to detect Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, Suelee Robbe-Austerman

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Cell-mediated immune response to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus , Wasin Charerntantanakul

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Neonatal and adult lung antigen presenting cells: examining phenotype and functional responses to bovine respiratory syncytial virus infection , Sasha Jean Fach

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Antigenic epitope composition and protectivity of avian hepatitis E virus (avian HEV) ORF2 protein and vertical transmission of avian HEV , Hailong Guo

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[alpha](1,3)galactosyltransferase mediated gene therapy for cancer: developing new models and improving on existing ones , Daniel Jerome Hellrung

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Investigating the innate type I interferon response in porcine antigen-presenting cells: focus on the effects of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) , Crystal Lynn Loving

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Understanding IL-12 responsiveness during Leishmania amazonensis infection , Amanda Ellen Ramer

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Medical botany of the genus Echinacea , David Stewart Senchina