Laura Goodman, PhD

Faculty member

Department of Public & Ecosystem Health

Assistant Professor

Baker Institute for Animal Health

Goodman Pathogen Genomics Lab

Master of Public Health Program

Department of Public & Ecosystem Health
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853


Research Interest

Dr. Goodman’s research is on pathogen genomics, with focus areas on antimicrobial resistance, tick-borne disease, and virus discovery. Working at the intersection of human, animal, and environmental health, the lab’s mission is to inform public policy around infectious disease management. To achieve this goal, they study how pathogens from multiple hosts adapt to their environments in order to identify predictors of zoonotic potential. Dr. Goodman is also actively engaged in surveillance and training efforts to increase accessibility to pathogen genomics and make data open and accessible to all stakeholders.


  • 2007  Ph.D., Cornell University, Comparative Biomedical Sciences: Infectious disease-virology, with minors in epidemiology and microbiology
  • 2002   B.S., University of Michigan- Ann Arbor (Honors Program), Microbiology and Global Change

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 2018-pres. Assistant Research Professor
    Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center and Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences
  • 2013-2018 Research Associate / Senior Research Associate
    Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center and Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences
    Focus: Molecular assay design and adaptation to next-generation technologies
  • 2011-2013 Postdoctoral Associate
    Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Center and Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences
    Focus: Correlates of immune protection
    Advisor: Dr. Bettina Wagner, DVM, Dr. med. vet. habil.
  • 2010-2011 Research Fellow
    Harvard Medical School Dept. of Pathology and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Focus: Viral antigen recognition
    Advisor: Dr. Harvey Cantor, MD
  • 2007-2010 Postdoctoral Fellow
    Cornell University Baker Institute for Animal Health
    Focus: Viral receptor binding and host switching
    Advisor: Dr. Colin Parrish, PhD


For the most updated publications, click here.

  1. Voorhees, I.E.H., Dalziel, B.D., Glaser, A., Dubovi, E.J., Murcia, P.R., Newbury, S., Toohey-Kurth, K., Su, S., Kriti, D., Van Bakel, H., Goodman, L.B., Leutenegger, C., Holmes, E.C., Parrish, C.R., 2018. Multiple Incursions and Recurrent Epidemic Fade-Out of H3N2 Canine Influenza A Virus in the United States. J. Virol. 92.
  2. Graef G, Hurst NJ, Kidder L, Sy TL, Goodman LB, Preston W, Arnold SLM, Zambriski JA. Impact of confinement housing on study end-points in the calf model of cryptosporidiosis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2018 Apr 25;12(4):e0006295
  3. Goodman LB, Lawton M, Franklin-Guild RJ, Anderson RR, Thachil A, Wiedmann M, Miller C, Alcaine S, Kovac J. Lactococcus petauri sp. nov. isolated from an abscess of a sugar glider. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 2017 Sep 25
  4. Goodman LB, McDonough PL, Anderson RR, Franklin-Guild RJ, Ryan JR, Perkins GA, Thachil AJ, Glaser AL, Thompson B. Detection of Salmonella spp. in veterinary samples by combining selective enrichment and real-time PCR. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 2017 Aug 1
  5. Manjunatha UH, Zambriski JA, Vinayak S, Chao AT, Kondreddi RR, Noble CG, Sy T,  Brooks CF, Noh S, Bonamy G, Zou B, Gedeck P, Lakshminarayana SB, Blasco F, Lim SH, Goodman LB, Yeung BKS, Bodenreider C, Simon O, Feng G, Wagner J, Leong FJ, Striepen B and Diagana T. Cryptosporidium PI(4)Kβ inhibitor is a promising preclinical candidate to treat Cryptosporidiosis. Nature 2017 Jun;546:376–380.
  6. Franz M, Goodman LB, Van de Walle GR, Osterrieder N, Greenwood AD. Support for a virulence-transmission trade-off in a herpesvirus. Viruses. 2017 Jan 10;9(1). pii: E6.
  7. Wagner B, Perkins G, Babasyan S, Freer H, Keggan A, Goodman LB, Glaser A, Torsteinsdóttir S, Svansson V, and Björnsdóttir S. Neonatal immunization with a single IL-4/antigen dose induces increased antibody responses after challenge infection with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) at weanling age. PLoS One. 2017 Jan 3;12(1):e0169072.
  8. Goodman LB, Anderson RR, Slater M, Ortenberg E, Renshaw RW, Chilson BD, Laverack MA, Beeby JS, Dubovi EJ, Glaser AL. High-throughput detection of respiratory pathogens in animal specimens by nanoscale PCR. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2016 Nov 28;(117).
  9. Wagner B, Goodman LB, Babasyan S, Freer H, Torsteinsdóttir S, Svansson V, Björnsdóttir S, Perkins GA. Antibody and cellular immune responses of naïve mares to repeated vaccination with an inactivated equine herpesvirus vaccine. Vaccine. 2015 Oct 13;33(42):5588-97.
  10. Perkins GA, Goodman LB, Wimer C, Freer H, Babasyan S, Wagner B. Maternal T-lymphocytes in equine colostrum express a primarily inflammatory phenotype. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2014 Oct 15;161(3-4):141-50.
  11. Wagner B, Goodman LB, Rollins A, Freer H. Antibodies to OspC, OspF and C6 antigens as indicators for infection with Borrelia burgdorferi in horses. Equine Veterinary Journal. 2013 Sep;45(5):533-7
  12. Kaelber JT, Demogines A, Harbison CE, Allison AB, Goodman LB, Ortega AN, Sawyer SL, Parrish CR. Evolutionary reconstructions of the transferrin receptor of Caniforms supports canine parvovirus being a re-emerged and not a novel pathogen in dogs. PLoS Pathogens 8(5): Epub 2012 May 3.
  13. Goodman LB, Wimer C, Gold C, Dubovi EJ, Wagner B. Immunological correlates of vaccination and infection for equine herpesvirus type 1. Clinical and Vaccine Immunology 2012 Feb;19(2):235-41.
  14. Goodman LB, Lyi SM, Johnson NC, Cifuente JO, Hafenstein S, Parrish CR. The binding site on the transferrin receptor for the parvovirus capsid, and the effects of altered affinity on cell uptake and infection. Journal of Virology 2010; 84(10):4969-78
  15. Perkins GA, Goodman LB, Tsujimura K, Van de Walle GR, Kim SG, Dubovi E, Osterrieder N. Investigation of the prevalence of neurologic equine herpes virus type 1 (EHV-1) in a 23-year retrospective analysis (1984-2007). Veterinary Microbiology 2009;139(3-4):375-8
  16. Perkins GA*, Goodman LB*, Dubovi EJ, Kim SG, Osterrieder N. Detection of equine herpesvirus-1 in nasal swabs of horses by quantitative real-time PCR. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine 2008; 22(5):1234-8. *Indicates shared first authors
  17. Goodman LB, Loregian A, Perkins GA, Nugent J, Buckles EL, Mercorelli B, Kydd JH, Palù G, Smith KC, Osterrieder N, Davis-Poynter N. A Point Mutation in a Herpesvirus Polymerase Determines Neuropathogenicity. PLoS Pathogens 2007; 3(11):e160
  18. Rosas CT, Tischer BK, Perkins GA, Wagner B, Goodman LB, Osterrieder N. Live-attenuated recombinant equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) induces a neutralizing antibody response against West Nile virus (WNV)H. Virus Research 2007; 125(1):69-78
  19. Goodman LB, Wagner B, Flaminio MJ, Sussman KH, Metzger SM, Holland R, Osterrieder N. Comparison of the efficacy of inactivated combination and modified-live virus vaccines against challenge infection with neuropathogenic equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). Vaccine 2006; 24(17):3636-45
  20. Rosas CT, Goodman LB, von Einem J, Osterrieder N. Equine herpesvirus type 1 modified live virus vaccines: quo vaditis? Expert Review of Vaccines 2006; 5:119-31
  21. Kasoumov T, Brunengraber LL, Comte B, Puchowicz M, Jobbins K, Thomas K, David F, Kinman R, Wehrli S, Dahms W, Kerr D, Nissim I, Brunengraber H. New secondary metabolites of phenylbutyrate in humans and rats. Drug Metabolism and Disposition 2004; 32(1):10-9
  22. Johnsrud EK, Koukouritaki SB, Divakaran K, Brunengraber LL, Hines RN, McCarver DG. Human hepatic CYP2E1 expression during development. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics 2003; 307(1):402-7

Awards and Honors

  • 2018 American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Innovation Award
  • 2009 Individual NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F32)
  • 2003-06 Institutional NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (T32) appointment
  • 2002 University Honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 1999 Class Honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • American Society for Virology (ASV)
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)