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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Wisconsin National Primate Research Center
A legacy of life-saving research and humane animal care

Kevin Brunner, DVM

Research Animal Veterinarian, Technical SPI Unit Head


Kevin Brunner

Research and Veterinary Services Units, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

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Dr. Brunner received his B.S. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. He received his DVM from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995. He began working with nonhuman primates in 1998 as a research surgeon involved in projects aimed at inducing organ tolerance using rhesus monkeys in a kidney transplant model. Since 2001, Dr. Brunner has been a clinical veterinarian at the WNPRC. Since 2004, he has also been the veterinary head of the WNPRC’s Scientific Protocol Implementation Unit.

Aligned research focus

Provide support in all research areas.

Research description

Areas of recent emphasis in research support include Parkinson’s disease, placental and fetal development and infectious disease (SIV, Dengue Fever and Influenza). In addition to training and overseeing technical support for these areas, time is devoted to performing, developing and refining procedures used to carry out the primate research.

Selected references:

Vermilyea SC, Lu J, Olsen M, Guthrie S, Tao Y, Fekete EM, Riedel MK, Brunner K, Boettcher C, Bondarenko V, Brodsky E, Block WF, Alexander A, Zhang SC, Emborg ME. Real-Time Intraoperative MRI Intracerebral Delivery of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Neurons. Cell Transplant. 2016. Sep 14.

Haynes LD, Coonen J, Post J, Brunner K, Bloom D, Hematti P, Kaufman DB. Collection of hematopoietic CD34 stem cells in Rhesus Macaques using Spectra Optia. J Clin Apher. 2016. Aug 31.

Bailey AL, Lauck M, Mohns M, Peterson EJ, Beheler K, Brunner KG, Crosno K, Mejia A, Mutschler J, Gehrke M, Greene J, Ericsen AJ, Weiler A, Lehrer-Brey G, Friedrich TC, Sibley SD, Kallas EG, Capuano S 3rd, Rogers J, Goldberg TL, Simmons HA, O’Connor DH. Durable sequence stability and bone marrow tropism in a macaque model of human pegivirus infection. Sci Transl Med. 2015. Sep 16;7(305):305ra144.

Braunger BM, Ademoglu B, Koschade SE, Fuchshofer R, Gabelt BT, Kiland JA, Hennes-Beann EA, Brunner KG, Kaufman PL, Tamm ER. Identification of adult stem cells in Schwalbe’s line region of the primate eye. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014. Oct 16;55(11):7499-507.

Greene JM, Weiler AM, Reynolds MR, Cain BT, Pham NH, Ericsen AJ, Peterson EJ, Crosno K, Brunner K, Friedrich TC, O’Connor DH. Rapid, repeated, low-dose challenges with SIVmac239 infect animals in a condensed challenge window. Retrovirology. 2014. Aug 14;11:66.

Moncla LH, Ross TM, Dinis JM, Weinfurter JT, Mortimer TD, Schultz-Darken N, Brunner K, Capuano SV 3rd, Boettcher C, Post J, Johnson M, Bloom CE, Weiler AM, Friedrich TC. A novel nonhuman primate model for influenza transmission. PLoS One. 2013. Nov 14;8(11):e78750.