Randy Renshaw

Faculty member

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Research Associate

Virology Section

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607.253.3928
Email: rwr3@cornell.edu

Research Interest

Research focusing on novel viral agents, particularly new virus strains that impact the specificity of molecular testing.  Development of molecular tests for viruses infecting companion animals, food and fiber animals, avian species, wildlife and arthropod vectors. 


  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 
  • M.S., Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL. 
  • B.S., Millikin University, Decatur, IL.

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 1998-present   Research Associate, Virology Section, Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Cornell University.
  • 2006-present  Director, Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy ELISA Lab, Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Cornell University.
  • 1995-1998       Postdoctoral Associate, Virology Section, Animal Health Diagnostic Center, Cornell University.
  • 1993-1995       Postdoctoral Fellow, Avian and Aquatic Animal Medicine, Cornell University.
  • 1992-1993       Postdoctoral Associate, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Ithaca, NY.


  1. Das, A., Ward, G., Lowe, A., Xu, L., Moran, K., Renshaw, R., Dubovi, E., Reising, M., Jia, W. Development and Validation of a Highly Sensitive Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay for Rapid Detection of Parapoxviruses.  J. Vet. Diagn. Invest. Dec 1:1040638716680676. [Epub ahead of print] (2016).
  2. Goodman, L.B., Anderson, R.R., Slater, M., Ortenberg, E., Renshaw, R.W., Chilson, B.D., Laverack, M.A., Beeby, J.S., Dubovi, E.J., Glaser, A.L. High-throughput detection of respiratory pathogens in animal specimens by nanoscale PCR. J. Vis. Exp. 117 (2016).
  3. Scheel, T.K., Kapoor, A., Nishiuchi, E., Brock, K.V., Yu, Y., Andrus, L., Gu, M., Renshaw, R.W., Dubovi, E.J., McDonough, S.P., Van de Walle, G.R., Lipkin, W.I., Divers, T.J., Tennant, B.C., Rice, C.M. Characterization of nonprimate hepacivirus and construction of a functional molecular clone. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. 112(7):2192-7 (2015).
  4. Slate, D., Chipman, R.B., Algeo, T.P., Mills, S.A., Nelson, K.M., Croson, C.K., Dubovi, E.J., Vercauteren, K., Renshaw, R.W., Atwood, T., Johnson, S., Rupprecht, C.E. Safety and immunogenicity of Ontario Rabies Vaccine Bait (ONRAB) in the first us field trial in raccoons (Procyon lotor). J. Wildl. Dis. 50(3):582-95 (2014).
  5. Mitchell, J.A., Cardwell, J.M., Renshaw, R.W., Dubovi, E.J., Brownlie, J. Detection of canine pneumovirus in dogs with canine infectious respiratory disease. J. Clin. Microbiol. 51(12):4112-9 (2013).
  6. Glineur, S.F., Renshaw, R.W., Percopo, C.M., Dyer, K.D., Dubovi, E.J., Domachowske, J.B., Rosenberg, H.F. Novel pneumoviruses (PnVs): Evolution and inflammatory pathology. Virology 443(2):257-64 (2013).
  7. Renshaw, R.W., Wise, A.G., Maes, R.K., Dubovi, E.J. Complete genome sequence of a polyomavirus isolated from horses. J. Virol. 86(16):8903 (2012).
  8. Anderson, D.E., Dubovi, E.J., Yu, M., Wang, L-F., Renshaw, R.W. Genome characterization of Salem virus reveals its evolutionary intermediate status in the subfamily Paramyxovirinae. Arch. Virol. 157(10):1989-93 (2012).
  9. Renshaw, R.W., Laverack, M.A., Zylich, N.C., Glaser, A.L., Dubovi, E.J. Genomic analysis of a pneumovirus isolated from dogs with acute respiratory disease. Vet. Micro. 150(1-2):88-95 (2011).
  10. Renshaw, R.W., Zylich, N.C., Laverack, M.A., Glaser, A.L., Dubovi, E.J. Pneumovirus in dogs with acute respiratory disease. Emerg Infect Dis., 16(6):993-5 (2010).
  11. Zhang, X.G., Mason, P.W., Dubovi, E.J., Xua, X., Bourne, N., Renshaw, R.W., Block, T.M., Birk, A.V. Antiviral activity of geneticin against dengue virus. Antiviral Res. 83(1):21 7 (2009).
  12. Wong, S.J., Balasuriya, U.B., Shi, P Y., Gardner, I.A., Hullinger, P.J., Ferarro, G.L., Boone, J.D., DeCino, C.L., Demarest, V.L., Glaser, A.L., Renshaw, R.W., Ledizet, M., Koski, R.A., MacLachlan, N.J. Detection of antibodies to West Nile virus in equine sera using microsphere immunoassay.  J. Vet. Diagn. Invest. 18(4):392 5 (2006).
  13. Minke, J.M., Siger, L., Karaca, K., Austgen, L., Gordy, P., Bowen, R., Renshaw, R.W., Loosmore, S., Audonnet, J.C., and Nordgren, B.  Recombinant Canarypoxvirus vaccine carrying the prM/E genes of West Nile virus protects horses against a West Nile virus-mosquito challenge. Arch. Virol. Suppl. 18:221 30 (2004).
  14. Glaser, A.L., Renshaw, R.W., Trock, S.C., Brady, R.C. and Dubovi, E.J.  Isolation of Salem virus, a novel equine paramyxovirus, and assessment of its etiologic role in a disease outbreak. Vet. Micro. 87:205-212 (2002).
  15. Renshaw, R.W., Glaser A.L., Van Campen, H., Weiland, F. and Dubovi, E.J.   Identification and phylogenetic comparison of Salem virus, a novel paramyxovirus of horses.  Virology. 270:417-429 (2000).

Awards and Honors

American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)

Professional/Academic Affiliations