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Birgit Puschner- BS, DVM, PhD
Professor
Molecular Biosciences


bpuschner@ucdavis.edu

  

Research Focus

Diagnostic Veterinary Toxicology; Poisonous Plants; Algal toxins; Natural toxins

Specialty Focus

Veterinary Toxicology

Education

1995 PhD Drug therapy of experimental noise-damage: Light and electron microscopic examinations., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, School of Veterinary Medicine, Munich, Germany
1992 DVM Veterinary Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, School of Veterinary Medicine, Munich, Germany
1988 BS Biology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Department of Biology, Munich, Germany

Honors and Awards

1995-1996 Post-doctoral fellowship recipient, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Bonn, Germany.
2006-2007 Favorite Teacher Award; School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2008
2007 Nomination for the School of Veterinary Medicine's Norden Distinguished Teaching Award
2007 CAHFS Rewards and Recognition Award
2007 Favorite Professor Award, School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2007
2008 Favorite Teacher Award; School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2009
2008 Favorite Faculty Award; School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2008
2009 Favorite Professor Award; School of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2009
2009 Pfizer Animal Health Distinguished Teaching Award; School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis
2010 Nominated by School of Veterinary Medicine for the Campus Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

Licenses

Diplomate American Board of Veterinary Toxicology
Veterinary Licensure for all European Countries

Active Research Grants

Instructor, Development of Novel Risk Assessment Screening Approaches Coupled to Mechanism of Microcystin Structural Congener Hepatotoxicity, Amber Roegner (Principal Investigator), EPA

Co-Investigator, Autism Risk, Prenatal Environmental Exposures, and Pathophysiologic Markers, I. Hertz-Picciotto (Principal Investigator), NIH/NIEHS

Instructor, Caenorhabditis elegans: a novel chronic exposure model to evaluate microcystin’s interference with neurodevelopment, C. Moore (Principal Investigator), EPA

Principal Investigator, Hyperthyroidism risk and exposure to brominated flame retardants, (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Principal Investigator, Correlation of Serum, Milk, and Tissue Monensin Concentrations in Cattle with Adequate and Toxic Dietary Levels of Monensin, (Principal Investigator), Center for Food Animal Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Co-Principal Investigator, Safety of resveratrol in cats, Fascetti AJ (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis

Instructor, Autism Research Training Program, Lin Y (Principal Investigator), M.I.N.D. Institute’s postdoctoral Autism Research Training Program

Trainer, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Award, Moore CE (Principal Investigator), ARCS Foundation

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2012 Varga A, Puschner B Retrospective study of cattle poisonings in California: recognition, diagnosis and treatment Veterinary Medicine: Research and Reports,
  • Link Icon 2012 Feng W, Hwang HS, Kryshtal DO, Yang T, Padilla IT, Tiwary AK, Puschner B, Pessah IN, Knllman BC Coordinated regulation of murine cardiomyocyte contractility by nanomolar (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate, the major green tea catechin Molecular Pharmacology: Published on August 23, 2012 as doi:10.1124/mol.112.079707 Copyright 2012,
  • Link Icon 2012 Tawde SN, Puschner B, Albin T, Stump S., Poppenga RH Death by caffeine: presumptive malicious poisoning of a dog by incorporation in ground meat J Med Toxicol: published online 27 October 2012,
  • Link Icon 2012 Brutlag AG, Flint CT, Puschner B Iron intoxication in a dog consequent to the ingestion of oxygen absorber sachets in pet treat packaging J Med Toxicol,
  • Link Icon 2012 Yee MM, Woods LW, Poppenga RH, Puschner B Amanitin intoxication in two beef calves in California J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Link Icon 2012 Puschner B, Basso,MM, Graham TW Thallium toxicosis in a dog consequent to ingestion of Mycoplasma agar plates J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Link Icon 2012 Rideout BA, Stalis I, Papendick R, Pessier A, Puschner B, Finkelstein ME, Smith DR, Johnson M, Mace M, Stroud R, Brandt J, Burnett J, Parish, C, Peterson J, Witte C, Stringfield C, Orr K, Zuba J, Wallace M, Grantham J Patterns of mortality in free-ranging California Condors (Gymnogyps Californianus) Journal of Wildlife Diseases,
  • Link Icon 2011 Aleman M, Finno CJ, Higgins RJ, Puschner B, Gericota B, Gohil K, LeCouteur RA, Madigan JE Evaluation of epidemiological, clinical, and pathological features of neuroaxonal dystrophy in Quarter Horses J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2011 St Leger JA, Righton AL, Nilson EM, Fascetti AJ, Miller MA, Tuomi PA, Puschner B Vitamin A deficiency and hepatic vitamin A levels in sea otters, Enhydra lutris J Zoo Wildl Med,
  • Link Icon 2011 Desta B, Maldonado-Hernández G, Reid H, Puschner B, Maxwell J, Agasan A, Humphreys L, Holt T Acute selenium toxicosis in Polo Ponies J Vet Diagn Invest,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2012 Puschner B: Mushroom toxins, Gupta R, (ed), Veterinary Toxicology: Basic & Clinical Principles, San Diego, CA. 1140-1151.

2012 Puschner B, Roegner AF: Cyanobacterial (blue-green algae) toxins, Gupta R, (ed), Veterinary Toxicology: Basic & Clinical Principles, San Diego, CA. 953-966.

2012 Puschner B: Cardiotoxic plants, Wilson DA, (ed), Clinical Veterinary Advisor: the Horse, St. Louis, MO. 89-91.

2011 Roegner AF, Puschner B: Blue-green algae (cyanobacteria), , Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Toxicology, Ames, IA. 687-95.

2009 Tiwary AK, Puschner B: Blue-green algae poisoning, Haskell S, (ed), 5 Minute Veterinary Consult: Ruminant, Ames. 118-9.