Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
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 B.S. in animal science from Clemson University in 1997 and her DVM from the Auburn University 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 South Carolina State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and as a clinical practitioner in a small animal exclusive private veterinary practice prior to her return to Auburn.
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.
As a lecturer in the department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology, she am responsible for teaching the Cartilage and Bone, Urinary, and Female Reproductive modules in the first-year Microanatomy I and II courses. She also participates in the first-year Neurosciences course.