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Joy Tomlinson's Research

Joy Tomlinson is a California native who has made Cornell her home. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural and Biologic Engineering, minor in Biomedical Engineering and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and enjoys spending part of the year teaching in the Equine Nemo Farm Animal Hospital at Cornell. Her current research focus is to investigate the cause of Acute Hepatic Necrosis (a.k.a. Theiler's Disease, or Serum Hepatitis) in horses. This is a highly fatal disease that is commonly associated with administration of blood products to horses, but which is also naturally occurring. Two hepatotropic viruses have recently been identified in association with hepatitis in horses, Equine Parvovirus and Non-primate Hepacivirus (NPHV). NPHV is the most closely related virus to human Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) known to date, making horses a potential experimental model to study HCV. Joy's work explores the transmission, kinetics, and pathogenicity of these viruses as well as the immune response and development of protective immunity for these viruses.

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Flow dot plot of equine B cells