Amy MacNeill

Associate Professor Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology

110 Diagnostic Medicine Center

(970) 297-5112 view faculty website

About Amy

Dr. Amy MacNeill graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in chemistry in 1994 and a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1998. Following a year in private practice, she returned to the University of Florida to complete a Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Moyer and a residency in veterinary clinical pathology. She became a board-certified veterinary pathologist in 2004 and was awarded a Ph.D. in virology and immunology in 2005. That same year she joined the faculty at the University of Illinois as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathobiology and the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. In 2014, she accepted a clinical pathology faculty position at Colorado State University. She coordinates the Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology Department Combined Residency Program. Her research interests include isolation and characterization of canine and feline tumor cells and the study of poxviruses as anticancer agents.


Ph.D. Virology & Immunology, University of Florida, 2005Pathology Residency, University of Florida, 2003D.V.M, University of Florida, 1998B.S. Chemistry, University of Florida, 1994


Diplomate, Clinical Pathology
American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Research Specialty

Genetically engineered poxvirus recombinants The primary focus of my lab is to use genetically engineered poxvirus recombinants as novel treatments for cancer. I have a strong interest in promoting the study of dogs and cats afflicted with spontaneous tumors as models for human cancer patients. As a result of my research interests, several canine, feline, and human tumor cell cultures are being maintained and placed into cryostorage in my laboratory. In addition, I have a continued interest in studying host responses to virus infection.