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Susan Schommer
Assistant Professor

  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • PhD, Iowa State University


Research emphasis:
Development and improvement of molecular diagnostic tests, Viral evolution, viral sequence determinants of pathogenesis especially of swine respiratory pathogens.

Virology, molecular diagnostics, and serology in the veterinary professional curriculum.

Selected Publications:

Schommer, S.K. and Kleiboeker, S.B. 2006. Use of a PRRSV infectious clone to evaluate in vitro quasispecies evolution. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 581:435-8.

Kleiboeker, S.B.; Schommer S.K.; Lee, S.M.; Watkins, S.; Chittick, W.; Polson D. 2005. Simultaneous detection of North American and European porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus using real-time quantitative reverse transcriptase-PCR. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 17(2):165-170.

Lee, S-M.; Schommer, S.K.; Kleiboeker, S.B. 2004. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus field isolates differ in in vitro interferon phenotypes. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 102(3):217-231.

Sun, Z.F.; Huang, F. F.; Halbur, P.G.; Schommer, S.K.; Pierson, F.W.; Toth, T.E.; Meng, X.J. 2003. Use of heteroduplex mobility assays (HMA) for pre- sequencing screening and identification of variant strains of avian and swine hepatitis E viruses. Veterinary Microbiology 96(2):165-176.

Kleiboeker, S.B.; Schommer, S.K.; Johnson, P.J.; Ehlers, B.; Turnquist, S.E.; Boucher, M.; Kreeger, J.M. 2002. Association of two newly-recognized herpesviruses with interstitial pneumonia in donkeys (Equus asinus). Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 14(4):273-280.

Huang, F.F.; Haqsheans, G.; Guenette, D.K.; Halbur, P.G.; Schommer, S.K.; Pierson, F.W. ; Toth, T.E.; and Meng, X.J. 2002. Detection by RT-PCR and genetic characterization of field isolates of swine hepatitis E virus from pigs in different geographic regions of the United States. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 40:1326-1332.

Kleiboeker, S.B.; Miller, M.A.; Schommer, S.K.; Ramos-Vara, J.A.; Boucher, M.; Turnquist, S.E. 2002. Detection and multigenic characterization of a herpesvirus causing malignant catarrhal fever in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) from Missouri. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 40:1311-1318.

Schommer, S.K.; Carpenter, S.L.; and Paul, P.S. 2000. Comparison of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) Growth in Media Supplemented with Fetal Bovine Serum or a Serum Replacement. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 13:276-279.


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