Her dissertation research dealt with characterization of Epstein-Barr virus mRNAs expressed in latently-infected Epstein-Barr virus-transformed cells. During her post-doctoral training in the Laboratory of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she investigated the mechanism of higher eukaryotic pre-mRNA splicing.

More recently, she has focused on avian viruses important in the poultry industry, especially the immunosuppressive circovirus chicken anemia virus and the coronavirus infectious bronchitis virus.

The general areas of research interest of our laboratory include avian viral diseases and host/pathogen interaction at both the cellular and organismal levels.

We are currently focusing on host selection of infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) vaccine subpopulations and interactions of IBV spike proteins with host receptors.

Subject Categories

  • Veterinary Sciences Virology Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology Immunology


Veterinary Medicine
PhD, University of Chicago, Immunology, 1982
AB, McPherson College, 1976
viral diseases of poultry chicken anemia virus infectious bronchitis virus host/viral interactions spike protein host selection of viral variants infectious bronchitis virus vaccines chickens molecular virology
English, German
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Avian Pathologists
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