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Birgit Puschner- BS, DVM, PhD
Professor and Researcher
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

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

Licenses

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

Active Research Grants

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

Co-Principal Investigator, The UC Davis Center for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention, J. Van DeWater (Principal Investigator), NIEHS/EPA

Co-Investigator, Molecular and Cellular Basis of PCB Developmental Neurotoxicity, P. Lein (Principal Investigator), NIEHS

Principal Investigator, The effect of alpha-tocopherol supplementation on vitamin E metabolism in healthy horses and horses with neuroaxonal dystrophy, (Principal Investigator), Center for Equine Health, UC Davis

Principal Investigator, One-shot analysis to determine the concentrations of environmental toxins in low-volume breast milk samples from California women, (Principal Investigator), NIEHS Core Center for Environmental Health Sciences at UC Davis Pilot Projects Program

Trainer, Mechanistic pathways through which specific PBDEs induce dysregulation of thyroid hormone and calcium signaling to contribute to abnormal neurodevelopment and ASD risk, Kyla Walter (Principal Investigator), NIEHS T32

Principal Investigator, Bio-Analytical Research Core, (Principal Investigator), SVM Gift

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Birgit Puschner: Serum, milk, and tissue monensin concentrations in cattle with adequate and potentially toxic dietary levels of monensin: pharmacokinetics and diagnostic interpretation 2016 Puschner B, Bautista AC, McKemie DS, Gallego SM, Woods LW, Moore CE, Knych HK Serum, milk, and tissue monensin concentrations in cattle with adequate and potentially toxic dietary levels of monensin: pharmacokinetics and diagnostic interpretation J Vet Pharmacol Ther,
  • Birgit Puschner: Alfalfa hay induced primary photosensitization in horses 2016 Puschner B, Chen X, Read D, Affolter VK Alfalfa hay induced primary photosensitization in horses Veterinary Journal,
  • Birgit Puschner: Exotic pediculosis and hair-loss syndrome in deer (Odocoileus hemionus) populations in California 2016 Roug A, Swift P, Puschner B, Gerstenberg G, Mertins JW, Johnson CK, Torres S, Mortensen J, Woods L Exotic pediculosis and hair-loss syndrome in deer (Odocoileus hemionus) populations in California J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Birgit Puschner: Evaluation of the in vitro efficacy of hemodialysis, hemoperfusion, and the combined approach on the removal of metaldehyde from canine plasma 2016 Mauser EL, Puschner B, Reese S, Hartmann K, Doerfelt R Evaluation of the in vitro efficacy of hemodialysis, hemoperfusion, and the combined approach on the removal of metaldehyde from canine plasma J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio),
  • Birgit Puschner: Comparison of Protein Phosphatase Inhibition Assay with LC-MS/MS for Diagnosis of Microcystin Toxicosis in Veterinary Cases 2016 Moore CE, Juan J, Lin YP, Gaskill CL, Puschner B Comparison of Protein Phosphatase Inhibition Assay with LC-MS/MS for Diagnosis of Microcystin Toxicosis in Veterinary Cases Marine Drugs,
  • Birgit Puschner: Hemolytic Anemia in Horses Associated with Ingestion of Pistacia Leaves 2015 Bozorgmanesh R, Magdesian KG, Rhodes DM, Von Dollen KA, Walter KM, Moore CE, Puschner B, Woods LW, Torrisi K, Voss ED Hemolytic Anemia in Horses Associated with Ingestion of Pistacia Leaves Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine,
  • Birgit Puschner: Blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid -Tocopherol and Selenium Concentrations in Neonatal Foals with Neuroaxonal Dystrophy 2015 Finno CJ, Estell KE, Katzman S, Winfield L, Rendahl A, Textor J, Bannasch DL, Puschner B Blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid -Tocopherol and Selenium Concentrations in Neonatal Foals with Neuroaxonal Dystrophy Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine,
  • Birgit Puschner: Hepatopathy following consumption of a commercially available blue-green algae dietary supplement in a dog 2015 Bautista AC, Moore CE, Lin Y, Cline MG, Benitah N, Puschner B Hepatopathy following consumption of a commercially available blue-green algae dietary supplement in a dog BMC Vet Res,
  • Birgit Puschner: An outbreak of thyroid hyperplasia (goiter) with high mortality in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) 2015 Loukopoulos P, Bautista AC, Puschner B, Murphy B, Crossley BM, Holser I, Gomes L, Shivaprasad HL, Uzal FA An outbreak of thyroid hyperplasia (goiter) with high mortality in budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation,
  • Birgit Puschner: Comparison of trace mineral concentrations in tail hair, body hair, blood, and liver of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in California 2015 Roug A, Swift PK, Gerstenberg G, Woods LW, Kreuder-Johnson C, Torres SG, Puschner B Comparison of trace mineral concentrations in tail hair, body hair, blood, and liver of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in California Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation,

Most Recent 5 Book Chapters

2016 Bautista AC, Puschner B: Blue-green Algae (Cyanobacteria), L. Hovda, A. Brutlag, R. Poppenga, K. Peterson, (ed), Five-Minute Consult Clinical Companion: Small animal Toxicology, Ames, IO. 751-759.

2016 Bautista AC, Puschner B: Mushrooms, L. Hovda, A. Brutlag, R. Poppenga, K. Peterson, (ed), Five-Minute Consult Clinical Companion: Small animal Toxicology, Ames, IO. 778-786.

2014 Puschner B: Algal Toxins, Hovda, L, Smith B, (ed), Large Animal Internal Medicine, St. Louis, MO. 1595-1596.

2014 Puschner B, Dechant J: Toxicology in Equine Practice, E. Robinson and K. Sprayberry, (ed), Current Therapy in Equine Medicine, St. Louis, MO. 922-927.

2013 Puschner B: Mushrooms, Peterson ME, Talcott PA, (ed), Small Animal Toxicology - Third Edition, St. Louis, MO. 659-676.