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