Contact Information


Phone: 517-432-3273

Veterinary Medical Center - North Building (Wings A - E)
736 Wilson RD, Room A13
East Lansing, MI 48824


  • DVM, Ludwig Maximillians University, Munich, Germany, 1996
  • MS, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1998
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1998
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Dartmouth College, 2003-2005

Research Program

  • To understand the role of early respiratory immunity and modulation of immunity for protection from herpesviral disease
  • Modeling equine herpesvirus 1 (EHV-1) infection of immunoprivileged vascular endothelia to study Equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy (EHM)
  • To study the role of different EHV-1 genes for impairing the immune response and facilitating transfer of the virus to the CNS in order to develop effective therapies and vaccines

Current Investigation

  • Role of EHV-1 proteins for establishment of viremia and infection of CNS endothelia
  • Identification of feline herpesvirus -1 genes and their effects on host immunomodulation for the development of modified live vaccines
  • Identification of miRNA in PBMCs collected from horses during EHV-1 viremia and establishment of latency
  • Role of EHV-1 infection for testicular/male genital tract pathology

Funding Sources

  • Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation
  • Morris Animal Foundation
  • Private industries and foundations

Teaching Interests

  • Veterinary Virology
  • Herpesviruses
  • Immunology