College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

Kathleen PotterKathleen Potter, DVM, PhD

Associate Professor
Office: 509 335-7259
Lab: 509 335-9696


  • BS: Kansas State University 1974
  • DVM: Kansas State University 1976
  • PhD: Washington State University 1985

Primary current research interest is in discovering and reporting new diseases in animals via diagnostic pathology.  Principal funded research projects in the past have involved pathogenesis of eosinophilic inflammation associated with Taenia taeniaeformis infection; and pathogenesis and comparative pathology of bovine Marfan syndrome. Collaborative research projects have included analysis of trefoil peptide expression in disease of dogs and cats (Bonnie Campbell, Principal Investigator) pathogenesis of pneumonia Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep (Subramaniam Srikumaran, Principal Investigator); and pathogenesis of E. coli O157:H7 virulence factors (Tom Besser, Principal Investigator). 

Selected Publications

  1. Besser, TE, Cassirer EF, Potter, KA, et al. Association of Mycoplasma ovipneumonia infection with population-limiting respiratory disease in free ranging Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis). J Clin 46:423-430, 2008.

  2. Lim, JY, Li J, Sheng H, Besser T, Potter, K, and Hovde C. Colonization of E. coli O157:H7 at the recto-anal junction of long duration culture positive cattle.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology  73:1380-1382, 2006.

  3. Singleton, AC, Mitchell, AL, Byers ,PH, Potter, KA and Pace, JM.  Bovine model of marfan syndrome results from an amino acid change (E1200K) in a calcium-binding epidermal growth factor-like domain of fibrillin-1. Human Mutation 25:348-352, 2005.

  4. Gigante, A, Chillemi, C, Potter, KA, Bertoni-Freddari, C, and Greco, F. Elastic fibers of musculoskeletal tissues in bovine Marfan syndrome: a morphometric study. J. Orthpaed. Res. 17:624, 1999.

  5. Masabanda, J, Ewald, D, Buitcamp, J, Potter, K and Fries, R. Molecular markers for the vovine fibrillin 1 gene (FBN1) map to 10q26. Animal Genetics 29:450, 1998.

  6. Pessier, AP, and Potter, KA. Ocular pathology in bovine Marfan syndrome with demonstration of altered fibrillin immunoreactivity in explanted ciliary body cells. Lab. Invest 75:87-95, 1996.

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