The infectious disease researchers at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine are scientists dedicated to improving the health of animals and humans through novel discoveries and therapies that embrace One Health principles. Current research includes bovine leukemia virus, tuberculosis, mastitis, and gastrointestinal diseases, among other top health issues.

Infectious Disease Researchers

Robert Abramovitch, PhD

Mycobacterium tuberculosis pathogenesis and drug discovery


Oxidative stress, vaccine responsiveness in neonatal dairy calves; antimicrobials on farms and farm profitibility

Paul Bartlett, BA, MPH, DVM, PhD

Disease surveillance, antimicrobial resistance, and bovine leukemia virus

G. Andres Contreras, DVM, PhD

Adipose tissue biology; health solutions, new technologies and applications that improve periparturient dairy cow health, farmer’s profitability

Victor DiRita, PhD

Vibrio cholerae and Campylobacter jejuni

Bartolomeo Gorgoglione, DVM, MSc, PhD, CertAqV

Fish pathology, fish immunology, co-infections, fish parasitology, and fish virology

Gisela Soboll Hussey, DVM, MS, PhD

The role of early respiratory immunity and modulation of immunity for protection from herpesviral disease

John B. Kaneene, DVM, MPH, PhD, FAES, FAVES

Epidemiology and control of zoonotic diseases, One Health, antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens

Roger Maes, DVM, MS, PhD

Feline herpesvirus 1, canine circovirus pathogenesis

Linda Mansfield, MS, VMD, PhD, DACVM

Enteric pathogens resulting in GI tract inflammation; Campylobacter jejuni; therapies for IBD

Adam Moeser, MS, PhD, DVM

Interactions between early-life stress, biological sex in shaping gut neuroimmune development, disease risk

Bo Norby, CVM, MPVM, PhD

Analytical epidemiology, ecology and transmission of antimicrobial–resistant bacteria, risk factors and intervention strategies

Pamela Ruegg, DVM, MPVM

antimicrobial usage, resistance, and stewardship; mastitis and other bacterial infections in cows

Srinand Sreevatsan, BVSc, MVSc, MPH, PhD

Pathobiology and molecular evolution of several zoonotic pathogens, especially mycobacteria and influenza

Jean Tsao, PhD

Ecology of tick-borne diseases