Bettina Wagner International Veterinary Immunology Symposium 2016

Bettina Wagner

Dr. Wagner is a Professor of Immunology at the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, and the Director of Serology/Immunology at the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University Ithaca, NY. She earned her veterinary degree at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany. Dr. Wagner worked previously at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover and the Institute at Genetics in Cologne, both in Germany. Dr. Wagner’s research expertise is in equine immunology. Her initial research focused on equine immunoglobulin isotypes and the analysis of the eleven immunoglobulin constant heavy chain genes of the horse. In 2002, she moved to Cornell University and continued to work in equine immunology with the goal to develop novel preventive strategies for equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and for allergic diseases such as Culicoides hypersensitivity in horses. Since 2012, she has worked with a unique, EHV-1-free full-sibling herd of horses at Cornell to unravel various aspects of local and systemic immune responses during EHV-1 infection and allergy development. She has also contributed for many years to equine immune reagent development to improve the analysis of immunity during health and disease. At the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell, Dr. Wagner developed various new serological assays including the Lyme Multiplex Assay for dogs and horses, and multiplex assays for equine cytokines and immunoglobulin isotypes as tools for the equine research community. These assays are routinely utilized by many practitioners and equine researchers.

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