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Blanca Lupiani

Professor and Executive Associate Dean of Faculties


Phone: (979) 458-0591

Mailstop: 4467

Department: VTPB

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  • Ph.D. Molecular Virology, University of Maryland 1994
  • B.S. Biology (Molecular Biology), University Santiago de Compostela, Spain 1988

Scholarly Interests

Research in my laboratory focuses on better understanding the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of Marek's disease virus, a chicken oncogenic alphaherpesvirus. The knowledge obtained from these studies is used in the development of vaccines to control this important poultry pathogen. In addition, we are investigating the use of Marek's disease vaccines as viral vectors to control other viral diseases of poultry. We are also interested in studying the ecology and evolution of avian influenza viruses.


Wild Birds, a Source of Reticuloendotheliosis Virus Infection for the Endangered Attwater's Prairie-Chicken ( Tympanuchus cupido attwateri)?
Pamela J Ferro, Michael E Morrow, Joseph P Flanagan, Brent Ortego, Rebecca E Chester, James M Mueller, Blanca Lupiani
Journal of wildlife diseases. 2017
Marek's disease vaccines: Current status, and strategies for improvement and development of vector vaccines.
Sanjay M Reddy, Yoshihiro Izumiya, Blanca Lupiani
Veterinary microbiology. 2016
Cost-benefit analysis of avian influenza control in Nepal.
S Karki, B Lupiani, C M Budke, N P S Karki, J Rushton, R Ivanek
Revue scientifique et technique (International Office of Epizootics). 2016 34(3):813-27.
Exploratory spatial analysis of Lyme disease in Texas -what can we learn from the reported cases?
Barbara Szonyi, Indumathi Srinath, Maria Esteve-Gassent, Blanca Lupiani, Renata Ivanek
BMC public health. 2015 15:924.
H7N9 influenza A virus in turkeys in Minnesota.
Camille Lebarbenchon, Janice C Pedersen, Srinand Sreevatsan, Andrew M Ramey, Vivien G Dugan, Rebecca A Halpin, Pamela J Ferro, Blanca Lupiani, Shinichiro Enomoto, Rebecca L Poulson, Martin Smeltzer, Carol J Cardona, S Mark Tompkins, David E Wentworth, David E Stallknecht, Justin D Brown
The Journal of general virology. 2015 96(Pt 2):269-76.
Cross-sectional serosurvey of avian influenza antibodies presence in domestic ducks of Kathmandu, Nepal.
Karki S, Lupiani B, Budke CM, Manandhar S, Ivanek R
Zoonoses Public Health. 2014 61(6):442-8.
Identification and in vitro characterization of a Marek's disease virus-encoded Ribonucleotide reductase.
Lee LF, Heidari M, Sun A, Zhang H, Lupiani B, Reddy S
Avian Dis. 2013 57(2):178-87.
Deletion of Marek's disease virus large subunit of ribonucleotide reductase impairs virus growth in vitro and in vivo.
Sun A, Lee LF, Khan OA, Heidari M, Zhang H, Lupiani B, Reddy SM
Avian Dis. 2013 57(2 Suppl):464-8.
Cloning of a very virulent plus, 686 strain of Marek's disease virus as a bacterial artificial chromosome.
Reddy SM, Sun A, Khan OA, Lee LF, Lupiani B
Avian Dis. 2013 57(2 Suppl):469-73.
Avian influenza virus surveillance in hunter-harvested waterfowl, Texas coast, September 2009-January 2010.
Ferro PJ, Khan O, Peterson MJ, Batchuluun D, Reddy SM, Lupiani B
Avian Dis. 2012 56(4 Suppl):1006-9.
Avian influenza virus investigation in wild bobwhite quail from Texas.
Ferro PJ, Khan O, Vuong C, Reddy SM, LaCoste L, Rollins D, Lupiani B
Avian Dis. 2012 56(4 Suppl):858-60.
Associations of chicken Mx1 polymorphism with antiviral responses in avian influenza virus infected embryos and broilers.
Wang Y, Brahmakshatriya V, Lupiani B, Reddy S, Okimoto R, Li X, Chiang H, Zhou H
Poult Sci. 2012 91(12):3019-24.
Integrated analysis of microRNA expression and mRNA transcriptome in lungs of avian influenza virus infected broilers.
Wang Y, Brahmakshatriya V, Lupiani B, Reddy SM, Soibam B, Benham AL, Gunaratne P, Liu HC, Trakooljul N, Ing N, Okimoto R, Zhou H
BMC Genomics. 2012 13(13):278.
Role of nonmigratory mottled ducks (Anas fulvigula) as sentinels for avian influenza surveillance.
Rollo SN, Ferro PJ, Peterson MJ, Ward MP, Ballard BM, Lupiani B
J Zoo Wildl Med. 2012 43(1):168-70.
Detection and characterization of a distinct bornavirus lineage from healthy Canada geese (Branta canadensis).
Payne S, Covaleda L, Jianhua G, Swafford S, Baroch J, Ferro PJ, Lupiani B, Heatley J, Tizard I
J Virol. 2011 85(22):12053-6.
Development of DIVA (differentiation of infected from vaccinated animals) vaccines utilizing heterologous NA and NS1 protein strategies for the control of triple reassortant H3N2 influenza in turkeys.
Wang L, Qin Z, Pantin-Jackwood M, Faulkner O, Suarez DL, Garcia M, Lupiani B, Reddy SM, Saif YM, Lee CW
Vaccine. 2011 29(45):7966-74.
Ingestion of lead and nontoxic shot by Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) and Northern Shovelers (Anas clypeata) from the mid-Gulf Coast of Texas, USA.
Garrison DA, Fedynich AM, Smith AJ, Ferro PJ, Butler DA, Peterson MJ, Lupiani B
J Wildl Dis. 2011 47(3):784-6.
Effects of bacterial microflora of the lower digestive tract of free-range waterfowl on influenza virus activation.
King MD, Guentzel MN, Arulanandam BP, Bodour AA, Brahmakshatriya V, Lupiani B, Chambers JP
Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 77(12):4119-25.
Multiyear surveillance for avian influenza virus in waterfowl from wintering grounds, Texas coast, USA.
Ferro PJ, Budke CM, Peterson MJ, Cox D, Roltsch E, Merendino T, Nelson M, Lupiani B
Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 16(8):1224-30.
Both homo and heterodimers of Marek's disease virus encoded Meq protein contribute to transformation of lymphocytes in chickens.
Suchodolski PF, Izumiya Y, Lupiani B, Ajithdoss DK, Lee LF, Kung HJ, Reddy SM
Virology. 2010 399(2):312-21.
Avian influenza viral nucleocapsid and hemagglutinin proteins induce chicken CD8+ memory T lymphocytes.
Singh S, Briles WE, Lupiani B, Collisson EW
Virology. 2010 399(2):231-8.
Simultaneous detection of avian influenza virus NP and H5 antibodies in chicken sera using a fluorescence microsphere immunoassay.
Lupiani B, Mozisek B, Mason PW, Lamichhane C, Reddy SM
Avian Dis. 2010 54(1 Suppl):668-72.
Comparative evaluation of vaccine efficacy of recombinant Marek's disease virus vaccine lacking Meq oncogene in commercial chickens.
Lee LF, Kreager KS, Arango J, Paraguassu A, Beckman B, Zhang H, Fadly A, Lupiani B, Reddy SM
Vaccine. 2010 28(5):1294-9.
Identification of differentially expressed miRNAs in chicken lung and trachea with avian influenza virus infection by a deep sequencing approach.
Wang Y, Brahmakshatriya V, Zhu H, Lupiani B, Reddy SM, Yoon BJ, Gunaratne PH, Kim JH, Chen R, Wang J, Zhou H
BMC Genomics. 2009 10(10):512.
Evaluation of a 384-well format for high-throughput real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction for avian influenza testing.
Ferro PJ, Osterstock J, Norby B, Fosgate GT, Lupiani B
J Vet Diagn Invest. 2009 21(5):679-83.
Proteolytic bacteria in the lower digestive tract of poultry may affect avian influenza virus pathogenicity.
King MD, Guentzel MN, Arulanandam BP, Lupiani B, Chambers JP
Poult Sci. 2009 88(7):1388-93.
The history of avian influenza.
Lupiani B, Reddy SM
Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis. 2009 32(4):311-23.
In vitro characterization of the Meq proteins of Marek's disease virus vaccine strain CVI988.
Ajithdoss DK, Reddy SM, Suchodolski PF, Lee LF, Kung HJ, Lupiani B
Virus Res. 2009 142(1-2):57-67.
Preliminary study for evaluation of avian influenza virus inactivation in contaminated poultry products using electron beam irradiation.
Brahmakshatriya V, Lupiani B, Brinlee JL, Cepeda M, Pillai SD, Reddy SM
Avian Pathol. 2009 38(3):245-50.
A multiplexed immunoassay for detection of antibodies against avian influenza virus.
Watson DS, Reddy SM, Brahmakshatriya V, Lupiani B
J Immunol Methods. 2009 340(2):123-31.
Homodimerization of Marek's disease virus-encoded Meq protein is not sufficient for transformation of lymphocytes in chickens.
Suchodolski PF, Izumiya Y, Lupiani B, Ajithdoss DK, Gilad O, Lee LF, Kung HJ, Reddy SM
J Virol. 2009 83(2):859-69.
Avian influenza surveillance in hunter-harvested waterfowl from the Gulf Coast of Texas (November 2005-January 2006).
Ferro PJ, El-Attrache J, Fang X, Rollo SN, Jester A, Merendino T, Peterson MJ, Lupiani B
J Wildl Dis. 2008 44(2):434-9.
Acquisition, persistence, and species susceptibility of the Hz-2V virus.
Raina AK, Lupiani B
J Invertebr Pathol. 2006 93(2):71-4.
Marek's disease virus-encoded Meq gene is involved in transformation of lymphocytes but is dispensable for replication.
Lupiani B, Lee LF, Cui X, Gimeno I, Anderson A, Morgan RW, Silva RF, Witter RL, Kung HJ, Reddy SM
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004 101(32):11815-20.
Pathogenicity of two recombinant avian leukosis viruses.
Lupiani B, Williams SM, Silva RF, Hunt HD, Fadly AM
Avian Dis. 2003 47(2):425-32.
Rescue of a pathogenic Marek's disease virus with overlapping cosmid DNAs: use of a pp38 mutant to validate the technology for the study of gene function.
Reddy SM, Lupiani B, Gimeno IM, Silva RF, Lee LF, Witter RL
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2002 99(10):7054-9.
Protein-coding content of the sequence of Marek's disease virus serotype 1.
Lupiani B, Lee LF, Reddy SM
Curr Top Microbiol Immunol. 2001 255(255):159-90.
Further characterization of the gonad-specific virus of corn earworm, Helicoverpa zea.
Raina AK, Adams JR, Lupiani B, Lynn DE, Kim W, Burand JP, Dougherty EM
J Invertebr Pathol. 2000 76(1):6-12.
Cloning, sequence analysis and expression of the major outer capsid protein gene of an aquareovirus.
Lupiani B, Reddy SM, Subramanian K, Samal SK
J Gen Virol. 1997 Pt 6(78):1379-83.
Characterization of 2 aquareovirus proteins.
Samal SK, Subramanian K, Lupiani B
Vet Res. 1995 26(5-6):388-93.
Genetic analysis of aquareoviruses using RNA-RNA blot hybridization.
Lupiani B, Hetrick FM, Samal SK
Virology. 1993 197(1):475-9.
Detection of aquareovirus RNA in fish tissues by nucleic acid hybridization with a cloned cDNA probe.
Subramanian K, Lupiani B, Hetrick FM, Samal SK
J Clin Microbiol. 1993 31(6):1612-4.
Biochemical and serological characterization of Carnobacterium spp. isolated from farmed and natural populations of striped bass and catfish.
Baya AM, Toranzo AE, Lupiani B, Li T, Roberson BS, Hetrick FM
Appl Environ Microbiol. 1991 57(11):3114-20.
Heterogeneity in the genome RNAs and polypeptides of five members of a novel group of rotavirus-like viruses isolated from aquatic animals.
Samal SK, Dopazo CP, Subramanian K, Lupiani B, Mohanty SB, Hetrick FM
J Gen Virol. 1991 Pt 1(72):181-4.
Fish viral infections in northwest of Spain.
Ledo A, Lupiani B, Dopazo CP, Toranzo AE, Barja JL
Microbiologia. 1990 6(1):21-9.

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