My research is focused on viruses. I have a focus on viruses of cats (feline
coronavirus, calicivirus, lentivirus). I have an interest in infectious diseases of
wildlife, particularly viruses of endangered animals. I am also interested in improving
and developing diagnostics for viral diseases, as well as new antiviral therapies. 



Real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction method for detection of Canine distemper virus modified live vaccine shedding for differentiation from infection with wild-type strains (with Rebecca P. Wilkes, Elena Sanchez, and Matthew C. Riley), Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation (2014)

Canine distemper virus (CDV) remains a common cause of infectious disease in dogs, particularly in...



PCR prevalence of Ranavirus in free-ranging eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) at rehabilitation centers in three southeastern US states (with Matthew C. Allender, M Abd-Eldaim, Juergen P. Schumacher, D McRuer, and L S. Christian), Journal of wildlife diseases (2011)

Ranaviruses (genus Ranavirus) have been observed in disease epidemics and mass mortality events in free-ranging...



Sensitivity and specificity of a nested polymerase chain reaction for detection of lentivirus infection in lions (Panthera leo) (with H Adams, M van Vuuren, Stephen Kania, A M. Bosman, D Keet, and J New), Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (2010)

Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus in the Retroviridae family that causes lifelong infection...



Bovine Viral Diarrhea Infections in New World Camelids—A Review (with Sarel R. Van Amstel), Small Ruminant Research (2010)

Bovine virus diarrhea virus (BVDV) has recently been identified as an important infectious disease of...



An update on Feline Infectious Peritonitis, Veterinary Medicine (2009)

CONCLUSION FIP is an enigmatic disease that can frustrate clinicians and distress cat owners. It...


Publications (Peer Reviewed)


Effect of small interfering RNAs on in vitro replication and gene expression of feline coronavirus (with Eman A. Anis, Rebecca P. Wilkes, Stephen A. Kania, and Alfred M. Legendre), American Journal of Veterinary Research (2014)

Objective-To evaluate the ability of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) to inhibit in vitro viral replication...



Global food systems and public health : production methods and animal husbandry, A National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production Report. Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production (with M Salman, John C. New Jr., M Bailey, Corrie Brown, L Detwiler, D Galligan, C Hall, G Lonergan, L Mann, D Renter, M Saeed, B White, and S Zika), John C. New Jr., DVM, MPH, DACVPM (2008)