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Laurel Gershwin- BS, DVM, PhD
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

3327 Vet Med 3A
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 6643


Research Focus

IgE/allergic responses, bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) pathogenesis and effects of air pollutants (environmental tobacco smoke and ozone) on pulmonary allergic disease/asthma

Specialty Focus



1969 BS Veterinary Science, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
1971 DVM Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
1979 PhD Microbiology/Immunology, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

Honors and Awards

1996 Elected to AVMA Council on Research
1991 Pfizer Award for Excellence in Animal Health Research
1986 Travel Award, American Association of Immunoogists
1980 Diplomate by exam, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists
1979 Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation Northern California Branch of American Society for Microbiology
1971 Phi Zeta
1968 AVMA Research Fellowship
1965 Westinghouse Talent Search Honor's


Diplomate American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, Bacteriology, Mycology, Virology, & Immunoogy
State Licensure - California
State Licensure - Massachusetts
State Licensure - Maryland

Active Research Grants

Co-Investigator, Histophilus somni and BRSV Synergy in the BRDC, L Corbeil (Principal Investigator), USDA AFRI

Co-Investigator, Integrated program for reducing BRDC in beef and dairy cattle, J Womack (Principal Investigator), USDA AFRI

Principal Investigator, Calf BRSV Infection: Evaluation of Quantitative RT-PCR for Viral Detection, (Principal Investigator), Gilead

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2011 Mitchell VL, Van Winkle LS, Gershwin LJ Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Progesterone Alter Lung Inflammation and Mucous Metaplasia in a Mouse Model of Allergic Airway Disease Clin Rev Allerg Immunol, DOI 10.1007/s12016-011-8280-0,
  • Link Icon 2011 Gershwin LJ, Anderson ML, Wang C, Berghaus LJ, Kenny TP, Gunther RA Assessment of IgE response and cytokine gene expression in pulmonary efferent lymph collected after ovalbumin inhalation during experimental infection of calves with bovine respiratory syncytial virus Am J Vet Res,
  • Link Icon 2011 Geertsema RS, Zekarias B, Scheuch LL, Worby C, Russo R, Gershwin LJ, Herdman DS, Lo K, Corbeil LB IbpA DR2 subunit immunization protects calves against Histophilus somni pneumonia Vaccine,
  • Link Icon 2010 Comstock SS, Gershwin LJ, Teuber SS Effect of walnut (Juglans regia) polyphenolic compounds on ovalbumin-specific IgE induction in female BALB/c mice Ann N Y Acad Sci,
  • Link Icon 2010 Sitt T, Bowen L, Blanchard MT, Gershwin LJ, Byrne BA, Dold C, McBain J, Stott JL Cellular immune responses in cetaceans immunized with a porcine erysipelas vaccine Vet Immunol Immunopathol,
  • Link Icon 2009 Cobo ER, Corbeil LB, Gershwin LJ, BonDurant RH Preputial cellular and antibody responses of bulls vaccinated and/or challenged with Tritrichomonas foetus Vaccine,
  • Link Icon 2008 Gershwin LJ, Gunther RA, Hornof WJ, Larson RF Effect of infection with bovine respiratory syncytial virus on pulmonary clearance of an inhaled antigen in calves AJVR,
  • Link Icon 2008 Joad JP, Kott KS, Bric JM, Schelegle ES, Gershwin LJ, Plopper CG, Peake JL, Pinkerton KE The effects of inhaled corticosteroids on intrinsic responsiveness and histology of airways from infant monkeys exposed to house dust mite allergen and ozone Toxicol Appl Pharmacol,
  • Link Icon 2008 Sitt T, Bowen L, Blanchard MT, Smith BR, Gershwin LJ, Byrne BA, Stott JL Quantitation of leukocyte gene expression in cetaceans Dev Comp Immunol,
  • Link Icon 2007 Plopper CG, Smiley-Jewell SM, Miller LA, Fanucchi MV, Evans MJ, Buckpitt AR, Avdalovic M, Gershwin LJ, Joad JP, Kajekar R, Larson S, Pinkerton KE, Van Winkle LS, Schelegle ES, Pieczarka EM, Wu R, Hyde DM Asthma/allergic airways disease: does postnatal exposure to environmental toxicants promote airway pathobiology? Toxicol Pathol,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2008 Plopper CG, Smiley-Jewell SM, Miller LA, Fanucchi MV, Evans MJ, Buckpitt AR, Avdalovic M, Gershwin LJ, Joad JP, Kajekar R, Larson S, Pinkerton KE, Van Winkle LS, Schelegle ES, Pieczarka EM, Wu R, Hyde DM: Primate Models of Allergic Asthma, Kay BA, (ed), Allergy and Allergic Disease, Second Edition, London. Chapter 54.

2008 Gershwin, LJ: Clinical Veterinary Immunology, 6th edition, Kaneko, JJ, Harvey JW, Bruss ML, (ed), Clinical Biochemistry of Domestic Animals. 157-172.

2004 Hirsh DC, MacLachlan NJ, Walker RL: Immune Responses to Infectious Agents, , In: Veterinary Microbiology, Second Edition. 6-14.

2004 Gershwin LJ: Exposure to Allergens During Development, Halding R, Pinketon K, Hopper S, Plopper C, (ed), In: The Lung: Development, Aging, and the Environment, Ch 22. 311-319.

2001 Gershwin LJ: Asthma, Infection and Environment, Gershwin ME, Albertson TE, (ed), Bronchial Asthma: Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment, 4th edition, Totowa, NJ. 279-299.