Dr. Coussens research is focused on two important pathogens of cattle, Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (MAP) and bovine leukemia virus (BLV). MAP causes a fatal gastrointestinal infection in cattle and other ruminants. BLV indices proliferation of B cells from the immune system and can lead to development of lymphomas. Dr. Coussens’ research is directed at understanding the host response to these two pathogens and how each might cause disease.
Dr. Coussens typically mentors 5 to 6 undergraduate research assistants each year and works with them to enhance their competitiveness in applications for medical, veterinary, or graduate school. Dr. Coussens provides lectures in a section on influenza in MMG 813, Molecular Virology, offered through the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Dr. Coussens also provides several guest lectures in the areas of animal health and immunology in various Animal Science courses.
Research drilldown: The FYI on BLV: What you need to know to keep your herd healthy
Published on October 25, 2021
Initiative driving support of Michigan's animal agriculture industries
Published on February 1, 2020
2018 M-AAA funded projects in ANS
Published on February 6, 2018
A Hidden Threat To Herd Health: Evidence For The Damaging Effects Of Bovine Leukaemia Virus
Published on August 18, 2017
Building a Firm Foundation Through Research
Published on August 9, 2017
New grant aims to help control deadly dairy cattle disease
Published on February 14, 2013