Dr. Britton Grasperge
Assistant Professor
Pathobiological Sciences (PBS)

Research Interests:
Ticks and tick-borne disease. Specifically, tick saliva enhanced bacterial proliferation, and eco-epidiomology of tick-borne diseases in domestic animal populations.

 Awards & Honors:
  • 2017 Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll - Year II
  • 2017 Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll - Year IV
  • 2017 Teacher of the Year nominee by year II
  • 2017 Teacher of the Year nominee by year IV
  • 2017 Zoetis Teacher of the Year
  • 2016 Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll - Year II
  • 2016 Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll - Year IV
  • 2015 Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll
  • 2014 Dean's Teacher Merit Honor Roll
  • 2013 Distinguished Dissertation Award
  • 2012 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
 Grants:
  • Identification of Tick Chemoattractant(s) for B. burgdorferi, National Institutes of Health, $275,000.00
  • Identification of Tick Chemoattractant(s) for B. burgdorferi, Bay Area Lyme Foundation, $98,698.00
  • Merial Veterinary Scholars Research Grant Program, Merial, $15,000.00
  • Lactate validation in alligators using handheld and laboratory methods, Merck Merial, $5,900.00
 Publications:
Journal Article, Academic Journal:
  • Entomophthoromycosis and mucormycosis as causes of pneumonia in Vietnamese potbellied pigs., Evans, Dawn; Kawabata, A; Wilson, Leslie; Kim, K; Dehghanpir, Shannon; Gaunt, Stephen; Welborn, Matthew; Grasperge, Britton; Gill, Marjorie, 2018, Journal of veterinary diagnostic investigation : official publication of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Inc , Volume: 30, Number: 1, Pages: 161-164
  • What's your diagnosis? Nasal lesion in a horse, Leissinger, Mary; McCauley, Charles; Fowlkes, Natalie; Grasperge, Britton, 2017, Veterinary Clinical Pathology , Volume: 46, Number: 2, Pages: 361-362
  • Pathology in Practice., Malbrue, R; Arsuaga, C; Jay, A; Smith, N; Dehghanpir, Shannon; Kawabata, A; Grasperge, Britton; Del Piero, Fabio, 2017, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association , Volume: 250, Number: 9, Pages: 989-992
  • Pathology in Practice. Granulosa cell tumor in a Mongolian gerbil., Malbrue, R; Arsuaga, C; Jay, A; Smith, N; Dehghanpir, S; Kawabata, A; Grasperge, Britton; Del Piero, Fabio, 2017, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association , Volume: 250, Number: 9, Pages: 989-992
  • The Effect of Urea on the Refractometric Total Protein Measurement in Blood of Dogs and Cats with Azotemia, Gaunt, Stephen; Legendre, Kelsey; Leissinger, Mary; Le Donne, Viviana; Grasperge, Britton; Kearney, Michael, 2017, Veterinary Clinical Pathology , Volume: 46, Pages: 138-142
  • What is your diagnosis? Tracheobronchial lavage from a dog, Leissinger, Mary; Pipe-Martin, Hanna; Acierno, Mark; Grasperge, Britton, 2016, Veterinary Clinical Pathology , Volume: 45, Number: 3, Pages: 511-512
  • Treatment of a thyroid tumor in an African pygmy hedgehog (Atelerix albiventris), Nevarez, Javier; LaRue, Michelle; Flesner, Brian; Higbie, Christine; Dehghanpir, Shannon; Crossland, Nicholas ; Tully, Thomas; Grasperge, Britton; Langohr, Ingeborg; Shiomitsu, Keijiro, 2016, Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine , Volume: 25, Number: 3, Pages: 226-230
  • Cytologic diagnosis of Heterobilharzia americana infection in a liver aspirate from a dog, Grasperge, Britton; Le Donne, Viviana; Fletcher, Jon; McGovern, Diana, 2016, Veterinary Pathology , Volume: 53, Number: 3, Pages: 633-636
  • Real-Time Monitoring of Disease Progression in Rhesus Macaques Infected With Borrelia turicatae by Tick Bite., Lopez, J; Vinet-Oliphant, H; Wilder, H; Brooks, C; Grasperge, Britton; Morgan, Timothy; Stuckey, K; Embers, M, 2014, The Journal of infectious diseases , Volume: 210, Number: 10, Pages: 1639-48
  • Aedes aegypti salivary protein "aegyptin" co-inoculation modulates dengue virus infection in the vertebrate host., McCracken, M; Christofferson, Rebecca; Grasperge, Britton; Calvo, E; Chisenhall, D; Mores, Christopher, 2014, Virology , Volume: 468-470, Pages: 133-9
  • Aedes aegypti salivary protein "aegyptin" co-inoculation modulates dengue virus infection in the vertebrate host., McCracken, M; Christofferson, R; Grasperge, Britton; Calvo, E; Chisenhall, D; Mores, Christopher, 2014, Virology , Volume: 468-470C, Pages: 133-139
  • Feeding by Amblyomma maculatum (Acari: Ixodidae) enhances Rickettsia parkeri (Rickettsiales: Rickettsiaceae) infection in the skin., Grasperge, Britton; Morgan, Timothy; Paddock, C; Peterson, K; Macaluso, Kevin, 2014, Journal of medical entomology , Volume: 51, Number: 4, Pages: 855-63
  • Gene expression of tissue-specific molecules in ex vivo Dermacentor variabilis (Acari: Ixodidae) during rickettsial exposure., Sunyakumthorn, P; Petchampai, N; Grasperge, Britton; Kearney, Michael; Sonenshine, D; Macaluso, Kevin, 2013, Journal of medical entomology , Volume: 50, Number: 5, Pages: 1089-96
  • Feeding of ticks on animals for transmission and xenodiagnosis in Lyme disease research., Embers, M; Grasperge, Britton; Jacobs, M; Philipp, M, 2013, Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE , Number: 78
  • Cutaneous epitheliotropic lymphoma with dual CD3 and c-kit expression in a dog., Shiomitsu, Keijiro; Bauer, Rudy; Grasperge, Britton; Suter, S; Waite, K, 2012, Veterinary clinical pathology / American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology , Volume: 41, Number: 4, Pages: 594-8
  • Rickettsia parkeri infection in domestic dogs, Southern Louisiana, USA, 2011., Grasperge, Britton; Wolfson, Wendy; Macaluso, Kevin, 2012, Emerging infectious diseases , Volume: 18, Number: 6, Pages: 995-7
  • What is your diagnosis? Plasma cell neoplasia., Marks, A; Gaschen, Lorrie; Tully, Thomas; Grasperge, Britton; Rich, G, 2010, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association , Volume: 237, Number: 9, Pages: 1033-4
Journal Article, Professional Journal:
  • Pathology In Practice: Extraskeletal Chondrosarcoma in a Dog, Bauer, Rudy; Kawabata, Atsushi; Husnik, Roman; Le Donne, Vivianna; Grasperge, Britton; Boudreaux, Bonnie, 2017, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association , Volume: 250, Number: 10, Pages: 1113-1116
  • Fungal myocarditis and pericardial effusion secondary to Inonotus tropicalis (phylum Basidiomycota) in a dog , Bauer, Rudy; Ribas, Thibault; Pipe-Martin, Hannah; Kim, Kenneth; Leissinger, Mary; Grasperge, Britton; Grooters, Amy; Sutton, Deanna; Pariaut, Romain, 2015, Journal of Veterinary Cardiology , Volume: 17, Number: 2, Pages: 142-148
  • Susceptibility of inbred mice to Rickettsia parkeri, Grasperge, Britton; Macaluso, Kevin; Reif, Kathryn; Morgan, Timothy; Sunyakumthorn, Piyanate; Bynog, Joseph; Paddock, Christopher, 2012, Infection and Immunity , Volume: 80, Number: 5, Pages: 1846-1852
  • Susceptibility of inbred mice to Rickettsia parkeri, Grasperge, Britton; Macaluso, Kevin; Reif, Kathryn; Morgan, Timothy; Sunyakumthorn, Piyanate; Bynog, Joseph; Paddock, Christopher, 2012, Infection and Immunity , Volume: 80, Number: 5, Pages: 1846-1852
  • Rickettsia parkeri infection in domestic dogs, Southern Louisiana, USA, 2011, Macaluso, Kevin; Grasperge, Britton; Wolfson, Wendy, 2012, Emerging Infectious Diseases , Volume: 18, Number: 6, Pages: 995-997
Other:
  • Activated clotting time, prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, antithrombin, Grasperge, Britton, 2010