Stephen N. White, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Education & Training
B.S.: Duke University
Ph.D.: Texas A&M University
Postdoctoral: U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, USDA
My research group uses both
molecular and quantitative approaches to identify genetic factors
involved in the host genetics of infectious disease. We have a
number of highly collaborative research projects focused on two
types of infectious agents.
The first is ovine progressive pneumonia virus (OPPV), a small ruminant
lentivirus that is
estimated to infect one quarter of U.S sheep overall and almost half the
animals raised in open-range conditions. OPPV may serve as a model for
other lentiviral agents such as HIV, and collaborative projects incorporate
the strengths of many lentiviral laboratories in both VMP and USDA.
The second major emphasis of our group is the transmissible spongiform
encephalopathies (TSEs). In particular, we have projects on chronic
wasting disease of deer and Rocky Mountain elk, and on scrapie of both sheep
and goats. Trainee opportunities within these areas are possible
through collaborations within/between the Animal Disease Research Unit and
Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.
Dr. White is a Research Geneticist in the Animal Disease Research Unit of
the Agricultural Research Service, USDA and an Adjunct Assistant Professor
in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.