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Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Microbiology and Immunology

College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
C5 181 VMC
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401

phone: 607-253-3400
fax: 607-253-3384
Email: M & I



Research Interest
Antczak Douglas Antczak, VMD, Ph.D.
Professor of Equine Medicine
at Baker Institute for Animal Health
Pregnancy immunology and placental development; equine genetics and genomic imprinting; equine immunology and infection
Appleton Judith Appleton, Ph.D.
Professor of Immunology
at Baker Institute for Animal Health
Regulation of immunity expressed against parasitic nematodes; host/parasite interface in nematode infection
Avery August
Avery August, Ph.D.
Professor of Immunology and Chair
Immune cell activation and signaling in development, response to infection and respiratory inflammation
Bowman Dwight Bowman, Ph.D.
Professor of Parasitology
Soil transmitted parasites, parasites of wildlife, biosurveillance
Bynoe Margaret Bynoe, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Immunology
The molecular basis of antigen induced immune suppression and the modulation of the innate immune system response in immunity against cancer; the role of adenosine in immune and central nervous system barrier regulation
Casey James Casey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Virology
Eukaryotic gene regulation, oncogenic transformation, viral replication, viral pathogenesis, toxicology
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Pamela Chang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Immunology
pamela.chang AT cornell.edu

Identification  of metabolites produced by the gut microbiota that regulate the host immune system and the development of chemical tools to modulate the immune response
Clark Theodore Clark, Ph.D.
Professor of Parasitology & Immunology
Vaccine Development; Mitochondrial Dynamics; Evolution of Antigen Presentation in teleost fish; Biology of the ciliated protozoa Tetrahymena and Ichthyophthirius
Denkers Eric Denkers, Ph.D.
Professor of Immunology
Immunity to the intracellular protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii
Dietert Rodney Dietert, Ph.D.
Professor of Immunotoxicology
Genetic regulation of macrophage function; immunotoxicity
Leifer Cynthia Leifer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Immunology
Understanding innate immunity from the inside out: Toll-like receptors, signaling, dendritic cells, and controlling microbial infection
Helene Marquis' Picture Hélène Marquis, DMV, Ph.D.
Professor of Microbiology
Pathogenesis of bacterial diseases affecting mammalian and aquatic animals.
Parker John Parker, BVMS, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Virology
at Baker Institute for Animal Health
Cell biology, biochemistry and molecular biology of mammalian orthoreovirus-host cell interactions. Use of reoviruses as oncotherapeutic agents. Role of virus-receptor interactions and entry on virulence of feline calicivirus
Parrish Colin Parrish, Ph.D.
John M. Olin Professor of Virology
at Baker Institute for Animal Health
Structure and function of canine parvovirus, crystallography, virus assembly, mechanism of host cell invasion
Rudd Brian Rudd, MPH, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Immunology
Developmental immunology; host response to infection
Russell David Russell, Ph.D.
William Kaplan Professor of Infection Biology
The biology of intracellular infection, with emphasis on Mycobacteria
Jeongmin Song's Picture Jeongmin Song, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Bacteriology
Pathogenesis of Salmonella Typhi; The role of Typhoid toxin in the development of Typhoid fever
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Elia Tait Wojno, PhD
Assistant Professor of Immunology

Innate immune responses at mucosal surfaces during helminth infection and allergic disease; regulation of type 2 inflammation by cytokines and prostaglandins
Van de Walle Gerlinde Van de Walle, DVM, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Viral Pathogenesis
Virus-natural host models to study herpesvirus pathogenesis with an emphasis on epigenetic dysregulation mechanisms in infected cells; adult stem cell biology
Brian VanderVen Brian VanderVen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Bacteriology
Physiology of the intracellular pathogen M. tuberculosis
Whittaker Gary Whittaker, Ph.D.
Professor of Virology
Endocytosis of influenza virus, structure-function studies on influenza HA, entry of coronaviruses and arenaviruses into host cells, viral pathogenesis, viral-bacterial co-infections


Research Faculty

Faculty Research Interest
Cassidy-Hanley Donna Cassidy-Hanley, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Infectious and non-infectious diseases of fish;Emerging pathogens of fish
Getchell Rodman Getchell, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Molecular diagnostics and emerging diseases of fish; Target animal safety studies for new aquaculture therapeutants and chemicals


Teaching Faculty

Faculty Courses
Debbie Dorothy Debbie, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer
Veterinary Foundation Course Block IV; veterinary, graduate and undergraduate courses on microbiology and bacteriology
Earnest-Koons Kathy Earnest-Koons, DVM, MS.
Senior Lecturer
Veterinary Foundation Course Block IV; Veterinary Distribution courses on Swine
Muscarella Donna Muscarella, Ph.D.
Veterinary Foundation Course Block IV; graduate and undergraduate courses on toxicology


Adjunct Faculty

Faculty Research Interest
Gary Blissard, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Scientist, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research
Biology and pathology of viral infections, particularly baculoviruses
Mary E. Martin, DVM, DACLAM, MPH
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Chief and Veterinarian,, Veterinary and Educational Services
Center for Animal Resources& Education
Klaus Osterrieder, DVM., Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Director, Institut fuer Virologie
Freie Universitaet Berlin
Berlin, Germany
Replication and pathogenesis of animal herpesviruses
Donald W. Stremme, VMD
Aquavet® Director
Relief Veterinarian at Aquariums and Zoos


Emeritus Faculty

  • Dr. Stephen Bloom
    Emeritus Professor of Immunotoxicology and Cancer Genetics / Graduate School Professor
  • Dr. Karel (Ton) Schat
    Emeritus Professor of Avian Virology and Immunology / Graduate School Professor
  • Dr. Paul Bowser
    Emeritus Professor of Aquatic Animal Medicine / Graduate School Professor