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Brandon L. Brunson, DVM, PhD

Dr. Brunson joined the APP faculty in April 2012 as a histology lecturer. She was raised in South Carolina on a hobby horse farm where she grew up exhibiting Tennessee Walking Horses with her family. She received her BS in Animal Science from Clemson University in 1997 and her DVM from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. After graduating from veterinary school, she returned to Auburn and completed a combined anatomic pathology residency/PhD in 2007. She performed her graduate studies in the lab of Dr. Robert Judd, evaluating the effect of adiponectin in the development of canine obesity and insulin resistance.  She has held positions as a diagnostic pathologist at the SC State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and as a clinical practitioner in a small animal exclusive private veterinary practice prior to her return to Auburn.

Research Interests

Though Dr. Brunson’s primary appointment is teaching, she enjoys participating as a research collaborator in studies investigating the molecular therapy of neurodegenerative diseases and remains interested in the inflammatory and metabolic effects of adipokines in veterinary species.

Selected Publications

Plaisance EP, Grandjean PW, Brunson BL, Judd RL. Increased total and high-molecular weight adiponectin after extended-release niacin. Metabolism 57:404-409, 2008.

Brunson BL, Zhong Q,  Clarke KJ, Bedi D, Braden TD, Van Santen E,  Judd RL. Serum concentrations of adiponectin and characterization of adiponectin protein complexes in dogs. American Journal of Veterinary Research 68(1):57-62, 2007.

Bedi D, Clarke KJ, Dennis JC, Zhong Q, Brunson BL, Morrison EE, Judd RL. Endothelin-1 inhibits adiponectin secretion through a phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate/actin-dependent mechanism. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 345(1):332-339, 2006. 

Brunson BL, Taintor J, Christman U, Newton J, Schumacher J. Vascular Hamartoma in the Tongue of a Horse. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 26(6):275-277, 2006.

Taintor J, Brunson BL, and Livesey L. Arabian Night-mare. Veterinary Forum 22(1):30-32, 2005.

Paradis TJ, Floyd E, Burkwit J, Cole SH, Brunson B, Elliott E, Gilman S, Gladue RP. The anti-tumor activity of anti-CTLA-4 is mediated through its induction of IFN gamma. Cancer Immunol Immunother 50(3):125-133, 2001.

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