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Susan Detmer Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology

Research Area(s)

  • Infectious diseases of swine

Academic Credentials

  • BA, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1997
  • DVM, University of Minnesota, 2003
  • Residency in Anatomic Pathology, University of Minnesota, 2009
  • PhD, University of Minnesota, 2011

Dr. Detmer teaches undergraduate systemic pathology to second-year veterinary students (VT PA 353), necropsy rotation to fourth-year veterinary students (VINT 580), and graduate mammalian pathology (VT PA 820/821/822/823) to graduate students.


Research Interests

Dr. Detmer specializes in molecular and phenotypical characterization of influenza A viruses and her research interests include infectious diseases of swine, particularly influenza A, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), and porcine circovirus type 2.


Lung O, Ohene-Adjei S, Buchanan C, Joseph T, King R, Erickson A, Detmer S, Ambagala A. Multiplex PCR and Microarray for Detection of Swine Respiratory Pathogens. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2015 Dec 12. doi: 10.1111/tbed.12449.

Ladinig A, Ashley C, Detmer SE, Wilkinson JM, Lunney JK, Plastow G, Harding JC. Maternal and fetal predictors of fetal viral load and death in third trimester, type 2 porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus infected pregnant gilts. Vet Res. 2015 Sep 25;46:107. doi: 10.1186/s13567-015-0251-7.

Wilkinson JM, Gunvaldsen RE, Detmer SE, Dyck MK, Dixon WT, Foxcroft GR, Plastow GS, Harding JC. Transcriptomic and Epigenetic Profiling of the Lung of Influenza-Infected Pigs: A Comparison of Different Birth Weight and Susceptibility Groups. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 22;10(9):e0138653. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138653.

Nelson MI, Viboud C, Vincent AL, Culhane MR, Detmer SE, Wentworth DE, Rambaut A, Suchard MA, Holmes EC, Lemey P. Global migration of influenza A viruses in swine. Nat Commun. 2015 Mar 27;6:6696. doi: 10.1038/ncomms7696.

Ladinig A, Detmer SE, Clarke K, Ashley C, Rowland RR, Lunney JK, Harding JC. Pathogenicity of three type 2 porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus strains in experimentally inoculated pregnant gilts. Virus Res. 2015 May 4;203:24-35. doi: 10.1016/j.virusres.2015.03.005.

Nelson MI, Wentworth DE, Culhane MR, Vincent AL, Viboud C, LaPointe MP, Lin X, Holmes EC, Detmer SE. Introductions and evolution of human-origin seasonal influenza a viruses in multinational swine populations. J Virol. 2014 Sep 1;88(17):10110-9. doi: 10.1128/JVI.01080-14.

Costa MO, Hill JE, Fernando C, Lemieux HD, Detmer SE, Rubin JE, Harding JC. Confirmation that "Brachyspira hampsonii" clade I (Canadian strain 30599) causes mucohemorrhagic diarrhea and colitis in experimentally infected pigs. BMC Vet Res. 2014 Jun 10;10:129. doi: 10.1186/1746-6148-10-129.

Culhane MR, Detmer SE. Sample types, collection, and transport for influenza A viruses of swine. Methods Mol Biol. 2014;1161:259-63. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-0758-8_21.

Ladinig A, Wilkinson J, Ashley C, Detmer SE, Lunney JK, Plastow G, Harding JC. Variation in fetal outcome, viral load and ORF5 sequence mutations in a large scale study of phenotypic responses to late gestation exposure to type 2 porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. PLoS One. 2014 Apr 22;9(4):e96104. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0096104.

Detmer SE, Gunvaldsen RE, Harding JC. Comparison of influenza A virus infection in high- and low-birth-weight pigs using morphometric analysis. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2013 Dec;7 Suppl 4:2-9. doi: 10.1111/irv.12199.

Rubin JE, Harms NJ, Fernando C, Soos C, Detmer SE, Harding JC, Hill JE. Isolation and characterization of Brachyspira spp. including "Brachyspira hampsonii" from lesser snow geese (Chen caerulescens caerulescens) in the Canadian Arctic. Microb Ecol. 2013 Nov;66(4):813-22. doi: 10.1007/s00248-013-0273-5.

Detmer SE, Gramer MR, King VL, Mathur S, Rapp-Gabrielson VJ. In vivo evaluation of vaccine efficacy against challenge with a contemporary field isolate from the α cluster of H1N1 swine influenza virus. Can J Vet Res. 2013 Jan;77(1):24-32.

Allerson M, Deen J, Detmer SE, Gramer MR, Joo HS, Romagosa A, Torremorell M. The impact of maternally derived immunity on influenza A virus transmission in neonatal pig populations. Vaccine. 2013 Jan 7;31(3):500-5. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.11.023.

Detmer SE, Gramer MR, Goyal SM, Torremorell M. In vitro characterization of influenza A virus attachment in the upper and lower respiratory tracts of pigs. Vet Pathol. 2013 Jul;50(4):648-58. doi: 10.1177/0300985812467469.

Nelson MI, Detmer SE, Wentworth DE, Tan Y, Schwartzbard A, Halpin RA, Stockwell TB, Lin X, Vincent AL, Gramer MR, Holmes EC. Genomic reassortment of influenza A virus in North American swine, 1998-2011. J Gen Virol. 2012 Dec;93(Pt 12):2584-9. doi: 10.1099/vir.0.045930-0.

Lin L, Liu Q, Berube N, Detmer S, Zhou Y. 5'-Triphosphate-short interfering RNA: potent inhibition of influenza A virus infection by gene silencing and RIG-I activation. J Virol. 2012 Oct;86(19):10359-69. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00665-12.

Detmer S, Gramer M, Goyal S, Torremorell M, Torrison J. Diagnostics and surveillance for Swine influenza. Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2013;370:85-112. doi: 10.1007/82_2012_220. Review.

Romagosa A, Allerson M, Gramer M, Joo HS, Deen J, Detmer S, Torremorell M. Vaccination of influenza a virus decreases transmission rates in pigs. Vet Res. 2011 Dec 20;42:120. doi: 10.1186/1297-9716-42-120.

Nelson MI, Lemey P, Tan Y, Vincent A, Lam TT, Detmer S, Viboud C, Suchard MA, Rambaut A, Holmes EC, Gramer M. Spatial dynamics of human-origin H1 influenza A virus in North American swine. PLoS Pathog. 2011 Jun;7(6):e1002077. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1002077

Detmer SE, Patnayak DP, Jiang Y, Gramer MR, Goyal SM. Detection of Influenza A virus in porcine oral fluid samples. J Vet Diagn Invest. 2011 Mar;23(2):241-7.