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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Joan Lunney
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Joan Lunney

Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory
10300 Baltimore Avenue
Building 1040 Room 105, BARC-East
Beltsville, MD 20705
Phone 301.504.9368
My Publications 


Research Area

I explore pig responses to highly infectious diseases, applying a genomic-based approach for understanding host-pathogen interactions and the genetic variations associated with infection, vaccination, adaptive immune responses, and disease susceptibility and resistance. I develop effective countermeasures for preventing and controlling important viral diseases of pigs, such as Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS). I also develop immunologic tools and novel assays to evaluate pig responses to vaccination and infectious diseases.


ARS and other News Articles

May 14, 2014 - Pigs Useful in Immune and Obesity Research


USDA Blog April 10, 2012 - USDA Scientists Make Breakthrough in PRRS Research


February 29, 2012 - Pork Checkoff Investment Yields PRRS Breakthrough


October 18, 2007 News - Genetic Clue for Fighting Swine Virus


Healthy Animals - Newsletter Issue 28, January 2007

Advances in Immunology: The Best Shot at Disease Prevention


Oct. 2006 - Keeping Meat and Poultry Safe


Healthy Animals  Newsletter Issue 25, April 2006 

Veterinary Network Should Help Spur Vaccine Development


Healthy Animals  Newsletter Issue 11, July 2002  Researchers Investigate Immunity in Pigs


June 1, 2001 Infectious Emergencies—Creating the Tools To Study Immune Response in Farm Animals         


January 19, 1998 Removing the Pork Connection For a People Parasite


Feb. 1995 Animal Research and Care Go Hand in Hand



1) Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) specific videos are at these links.


2) USDA researchers are working to find vaccines to help pigs resist deadly and costly diseases.



Although I am happy to honor reprint requests, please click here for access to many of my scholarly publications.



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