College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

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

Research Interests

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. 
Stephen N. White, Ph.D.
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.
Last Edited: Jul 22, 2009 2:15 PM   

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