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Brian G Murphy
Associate Professor
Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology

4315 Vet Med 3A
Davis, CA 95616

+1 530 752 9011


Research Focus

Retroviral transcriptional regulation and the relationship of viral-host cell interaction to pathogenesis

Coronavirus cell/tissue tropism and pathogenesis

Orthopedic and oral pathology

Specialty Focus

  • Orthopedic and oral pathology
  • Pathology of lower vertebrates and invertebrates
  • Retrovirology, coronaviruses


1988 BA Biology, Whitman College, Walla Walla WA
1992 DVM , Washington State University, Pullman, WA
2006 PhD Virology/Veterinary Pathology Residency, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Honors and Awards

2012 Favorite Teacher Award, 2011-2012, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2014
2011 Favorite Teacher Award, 2010-2011, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2013
2010 Favorite Teacher Award, 2009-2010, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2012
2009 Favorite Teacher Award, 2008-2009, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2011
2006 C.L. Davis Veterinary Pathology Scholarship
2004-2006 National Institutes of Health, Immunology Training Grant
2003 Washington State University, Teaching Assistant Excellence Award
2000-2003 ARCS Scholarship (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists)


Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Active Research Grants

Co-Principal Investigator, Exression of the tumor suppressor gene p16 in canine osteosarcoma, Mai Mok and Brian Murphy (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health

Principal Investigator, Histopathologic characterization of canine chronic ulcerative stomatitis, Brian Murphy and Jamie Anderson (Principal Investigator), Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry

Principal Investigator, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus Persistence, (Principal Investigator), Bernice Barbour Foundation

Principal Investigator, Central tissue reservoirs in FIV-infected cats during the asymptomatic phase, Brian Murphy (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health

Principal Investigator, Morphologic, molecular and functional characterization of lesion-associated macrophages isolated from FIP infected cats, (Principal Investigator), Center for Companion Animal Health

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Link Icon 2014 Fulton A, Arzi B, Murphy BG, Naydan DK, Verstraete FJ The expression of calretinin and cytokeratins in canine acanthomatous ameloblastoma and oral squamous cell carcinoma Vet Comp Oncol, doi: 10.1111/j.1476-5829.2012.00356.x,
  • Link Icon 2014 McDonnel SJ, Liepnieks ML, Murphy BG Treatment of asymptomatic FIV-infected cats with suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid Antiviral Research,
  • Link Icon 2014 McDonnel S, Tell L, Murphy BG Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Suberoylanilide Hydroxamic Acid in Cats J Vet Pharmacol Ther,
  • Link Icon 2014 Pesavento PA, Murphy BG Common and emerging infectious diseases in the animal shelter Vet Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2014 Nemec A, Murphy BG, Jordan RC, Kass PH, Verstraete FJ Oral papillary squamous cell carcinoma in twelve dogs J Comp Pathol,
  • Link Icon 2014 LaDouceur EEB, Walker KS, Mohr FC, Murphy BG Odontogenic keratocyst in a cat Comparative Pathology,
  • Link Icon 2014 Murphy B, Hillman C, McDonnel S Peripheral immunophenotype and viral promoter variants during the asymptomatic phase of feline immunodeficiency virus infection Virus Res,
  • Link Icon 2013 Eckstrand CD, Castillo D, McDonnel SJ, Hillman C, Vapniarsky N, Shanthalingam S, Heras M, Murphy BG Genetic variability and in vitro transcriptional permissibility of primary ovine beta-retrovirus promoter isolates Am J Vet Res,
  • Link Icon 2013 Fulton AJ, Nemec A, Murphy BG, Kass PH, Verstraete FJ Risk factors associated with survival in dogs with nontonsillar oral squamous cell carcinoma 31 cases (1990–2010) J Am Vet Med Assoc,
  • Link Icon 2013 McDonnel SJ, Sparger EE, Murphy BG Feline immunodeficiency virus latency Retrovirology,