VandeWoude Lab

The VandeWoude Laboratory studies a variety of agents that infect domestic and nondomestic cats, most predominantly Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.

The mission of the VandeWoude Lab is to:

  • Train undergraduate, graduate, pre- and post-DVM students, and post-doctoral fellows in modern techniques in molecular virology, with emphasis on experimental design, data interpretation, and accurate and fluent reporting of results.
  • Strive to continuously develop new methodologies to apply to the research process.
  • Facilitate productive and collaborative interactions between SVRG lab members and collaborators both internal and external to CSU.
  • Extrapolate findings to whole animal and population health, in vivo relevance, and community/ecological impacts.
  • Challenge existing dogma with an open mind and thoughtful approach.
  • Generate enthusiasm and appreciation for the impact of well-considered scientific approaches on human and animal health and well-being.
  • Provide a supportive, lively, challenging, cooperative and fun environment for scientific investigations in complementary disciplines.
research project

FELIDAE (Feline Ecology: Landscapes, Infectious Disease, And Epidemics)

There are many questions about the spread of disease in felines. The FELIDAE (Feline Ecology: Landscapes, Infectious Disease, And Epidemics) research project seeks to answer questions about disease spread in wild felids, with the aim of promoting conservation, and ultimately minimizing disease outbreaks in wildlife, domestic animals, and humans.

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Microsporum Canis

M. canis is the primary pathogen in approximately 90% of Dermatophytosis cases in cats. Because the infection impacts the most adoptable (i.e. kittens), it can be a devastation in shelters. The infection can also be zoonotic and infects people worldwide. Our lab is currently investigating potential virulence genes in M. canis and developing a rapid point-of-care diagnostic for this agent.

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The VandeWoude lab focuses on an array of pathogen testing through a variety of assays including conventional PCR, qPCR, ELISA, and multiplex bead based immunoassay. Current pathogens in our screening portfolio is feline foamy virus, feline gammaherpesvirus, feline immunodeficiency virus, puma and bobcat lentivirus, feline panleukopenia virus, and feline leukemia virus.


A Model Course to Enhance Veterinary Student Exposure to Research.

Chiu ES, Goldsmith EW, Moon CS, VandeWoude S.
J Vet Med Educ. 2019 Nov 13:e0718081r. doi: 10.3138/jvme.0718-081r. [Epub ahead of print]

A novel test for determination of wild felid-domestic cat hybridization.

Chiu ES, Fox K, Wolfe L, Vandewoude S.
Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2019 Oct 22;44:102160. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2019.102160. [Epub ahead of print]

Feline immunodeficiency virus in puma: Estimation of force of infection reveals insights into transmission.

Reynolds JJH, Carver S, Cunningham MW, Logan KA, Vickers W, Crooks KR, VandeWoude S, Craft ME.
Ecol Evol. 2019 Sep 26;9(19):11010-11024. doi: 10.1002/ece3.5584. eCollection 2019 Oct.

Altered lentiviral infection dynamics follow genetic rescue of the Florida panther.

Malmberg JL, Lee JS, Gagne RB, Kraberger S, Kechejian S, Roelke M, McBride R, Onorato D, Cunningham M, Crooks KR, VandeWoude S.
Proc Biol Sci. 2019 Oct 23;286(1913):20191689. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2019.1689. Epub 2019 Oct 23.

Urbanization reduces genetic connectivity in bobcats (Lynx rufus) at both intra- and interpopulation spatial scales.

Kozakiewicz CP, Burridge CP, Funk WC, Salerno PE, Trumbo DR, Gagne RB, Boydston EE, Fisher RN, Lyren LM, Jennings MK, Riley SPD, Serieys LEK, VandeWoude S, Crooks KR, Carver S.
Mol Ecol. 2019 Dec;28(23):5068-5085. doi: 10.1111/mec.15274. Epub 2019 Nov 12.

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57 students mentored at the undergraduate and graduate levels
>114 manuscripts published in scientific journals since 2000
69 grants and awards totaling in over $24 million worth of funding


Sue VandeWoude, D.V.M.

Lab Principal Investigator [PI]

Mary Nehring

Research Associate III/Lab Manager

Sally Kuhn

Lab Technician

Andy Aghaian, D.V.M.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Erick Gagne, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alex Moskaluk, D.V.M.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Elliott Chiu, Ph.D.

Graduate Research Assistant

Raegan Petch

Student Researcher

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