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Julia Felippe, MedVet, MS, PhD

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Department of Clinical Sciences

Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Professor, Section of Large Animal Medicine
Provost's Fellow for Public Engagement

Equine Immunology Laboratory

Department of Clinical Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
930 Campus Road, Box 34
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607.253.3119
Fax: 607.253.3534

Research/Clinical Interest

Development of the immune system in foals; clinical immunology including equine immunodeficiencies, immunomodulatory therapies and response to vaccines.


  • 2002     New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, PhD in Immunology
  • 1995-1998     Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Residency in Equine Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • 1997     Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, MS in Veterinary Science
  • 1994-1995     Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Internship in Equine Surgery & Medicine
  • 1989     Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP, Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria e Zootecnia, Campus de Botucatu, Brazil, MedVet

Biography/Professional Experience

Julia Felippe’s academic appointment includes large animal clinical care and DVM-student/resident training in internal medicine at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals; teaching in the DVM, graduate and undergraduate curricula; and a research program in the field of immunology. The major thrust of her research and training has been developmental immunology and immunodeficiencies. Her laboratory studies immune competence in the equine neonate and response to vaccinations; and common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) in horses, a fatal, non-familial, late-onset condition that leads to impaired antibody production and recurrent infections. Her research group demonstrated that the antibody-producing cells (known as B cells) become absent in the bone marrow, blood and peripheral tissues of affected horses, following an epigenetically regulated decrease in the expression of B cell lineage transcription factor genes. Her current research efforts pursue the modification of the epigenetic aberrations in hematopoietic stem cells and lineage precursors in vitro for autologous transplantation to patients.


PubMedPlease select the PubMed link for a list of Dr. Felippe's publications.

Equine Clinical Immunology
Felippe, M. Julia B. Equine Clinical Immunology. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.  Print, E-book.  ISBN: 978-1-118-55887-4

Science Diffusion Scientia Publication
Dr. Julia Felippe and Dr. Rebecca Tallmadge Research Profile: "Antibodies, Epigenetics, and a Bit of Hay."

Awards and Honors

  • 2010     NIH Director’s New Innovator Award
  • 2005-2008     The Harry M. Zweig Assistant Professor in Equine Health Chair, Cornell University
  • 2006     Clinical Immunology Society School in Primary Immune Deficiency Disorders-NIH-USIDNET
  • 1999     Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • 1999     Graduate Research Assistantship – College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
  • 1998     Graduate Research Award – Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta – Kansas State University
  • 1996     Kansas State University & Bayer Animal Health Resident Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching in Clinical Sciences
  • 1995     Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine, Sigma Chapter
  • 1989     Euclides Onofre Martins Diploma, ranked first in veterinary medicine graduating class of 1989 (1/40), UNESP-Botucatu, Brazil
  • 1989     Horacio Passos Diploma, ranked first in veterinary medicine graduating class of 1989 (1/40), UNESP-Botucatu, Brazil

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
  • American Association of Immunologists
  • American Association of Veterinary Immunologists
  • Clinical Immunology Society
  • New York State Veterinary Medical Society
  • Southern Tier Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Endurance Ride Conference
  • Federation Equestre Internationale, endurance discipline