Connie Gebhart, PhD
Faculty Advisor for Bacteriology
PhD, University of Minnesota
MS, University of Minnesota
BS, North Dakota State University
Molecular diagnostics, molecular epidemiology, and pathogenesis of bacterial diseases.
Research in my laboratory addresses pathogenic bacteria of veterinary importance, specifically the fastidious, novel, or newly emerging. My research has focused on the obligately intracellular bacterium Lawsonia intracellularis and the novel porcine pathogen Brachyspira hampsonii. In particular, my laboratory was instrumental in identifying these new pathogenic species and continues to be active in studying all facets of these exceptional bacteria. Current research seeks to understand how L. intracellularis causes proliferation of enterocytes, by exploring processes such as interference with apoptosis, mechanism(s) of intracellular survival, alteration of normal cellular differentiation, and effect(s) on the enterocytes’ normal cell cycles.
Dr. Gebhart, PubMed