Susan VandeWoude

University Distinguished Professor / CVMBS Dean College Office

About Susan

Dr. VandeWoude is the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and an University Distinguished Professor of Comparative Medicine. Dr. VandeWoude’s research focuses on the biology, pathogenesis, trans-species infectivity, and co-evolution of HIV-like retroviruses of endangered non-domestic felid species. These naturally occurring felid lentiviruses provide insight into the phylogeny, immunologic control, and potential heterospecies transmission of AIDS-like viruses in nature. Ongoing studies include characterization virus and host factors relating to clinical disease expression, and development of novel vaccines against feline immunodeficiency virus infection. Her laboratory also studies the ecology of infectious diseases in North American felid species, specifically the impact of urbanization on the spread of disease between domestic cats, bobcats, and pumas. Her lab also participates in investigations relating to improving husbandry and management of laboratory animals.


DVM, Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, 1986BS, California Institute of Technology, 1982


American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine


Carver S, Scorza AV, Bevins SN, Riley SP, Crooks KR, Vandewoude S, Lappin MR. "Zoonotic parasites of bobcats around human landscapes." J Clin Microbiol. 2012 Sep;50(9):3080-3. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01558-12. Epub 2012 Jun 20. Lee JS, Ruell EW, Boydston EE, Lyren LM, Alonso RS, Troyer JL, Crooks KR, Vandewoude S. "Gene flow and pathogen transmission among bobcats (Lynx rufus) in a fragmented urban landscape." Mol Ecol. 2012 Apr;21(7):1617-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05493.x. Epub 2012 Feb 15. Wood BA, Troyer RM, Terwee JA, Vandewoude S. "Microsphere immunoassay for the detection of cytokines in domestic cat (Felis catus) plasma: elevated IL-12/23 in acute feline immunodeficiency virus infections." Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2012 Feb 15;145(3-4):604-10. doi: 10.1016/j.vetimm.2012.01.005. Epub 2012 Jan 14. Bevins SN, Carver S, Boydston EE, Lyren LM, Alldredge M, Logan KA, Riley SP, Fisher RN, Vickers TW, Boyce W, Salman M, Lappin MR, Crooks KR, VandeWoude S. "Three pathogens in sympatric populations of pumas, bobcats, and domestic cats: implications for infectious disease transmission." PLoS One. 2012;7(2):e31403. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031403. Epub 2012 Feb 8. Hutchinson EK, Avery AC, Vandewoude S. "Environmental enrichment during rearing alters corticosterone levels, thymocyte numbers, and aggression in female BALB/c mice." J Am Assoc Lab Anim Sci. 2012 Jan;51(1):18-24.