My laboratory studies viruses, with a particular focus on viruses that have jumped into new hosts to cause epidemics of disease. One model we study is canine parvovirus, which is a cat virus that transferred into dogs in the mid-1970s and subsequently caused a global pandemic of disease. Other viruses we study are the H3N8 and H3N2 canine influenza viruses, which transferred from horses or birds to dogs. Both caused an epidemic of canine disease for at least 15 years. Our work is defining the principles that underlie successful viral emergence, including risk factors associated with origins of new viruses in humans.
Department: Baker Institute of Animal Health
Roles: Faculty Investigator