Viral Discovery, Discrimination, Development and Deployment of Diagnostic Tests

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Congrats to Frances Shepherd who received the best oral presentation in the Enteric Diseases category for her presentation titled, “Variability and bioinformatic analysis of porcine rotavirus B and C illustrate potentially important immunological sites” at CRWAD.The Marthaler laboratory has moved to Kansas State University (KSU) from the University of Minnesota (UMN).  New members from KSU will join the team shortly while Dr. Marthaler will continue to work remotely with members at the University of Minnesota.

With over 10 years of experience in veterinary diagnostics, viral diversity, and phylogenetics, Douglas Marthaler has extensive knowledge of PCR development, Next Generation Sequencing, and viral evolution. He’s researched the co-infection and molecular evolution of swine Rotavirus A, B, C and H. Currently, his research has expanded to understanding the emergence, evolution and epidemiology of both enteric and respiratory viruses, including Picornaviridae, Picobirnavidae, Coronaviridae, and Arenaviridae. More specifically, his research team is now investigating the sequence variation in global Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, Porcine Deltacoronavirus, and Senecavirus A to understand their emergence in the United States, and whole genome sequencing of Streptococcus suis isolates to determine virulence gene associated with pathogenesis.