Faculty Profile

Stephen N. White

Stephen N. White

Research Geneticist & Adjunct Faculty

Phone: 509-335-7407 Phone: 509-335-8529


Education and Training

  • BS: Duke University, 1998 (Biology)
  • PhD: Texas A&M University, 2003 (Genetics)
  • Postdoctoral: USDA-ARS Meat Animal Research Center

Research Interests

My research group uses both molecular and quantitative approaches in investigating host genetics of infectious disease susceptibility. In particular, we are interested in identifying which genes and genetic variants contribute to infectious disease susceptibility, how they work, and how they might be used in selective breeding or other approaches to mitigate infectious disease. We have a number of research projects, and trainee opportunities within these areas are possible through collaborations within/between the Animal Disease Research Unit and Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.

  1. One focus is ovine progressive pneumonia virus (OPPV), a small ruminant lentivirus that is estimated to infect one quarter of U.S sheep overall and almost half the animals raised under range conditions.  OPPV may serve as a model for other lentiviral agents such as HIV. 
  2. We also have projects on genetics of other infectious and inherited diseases including bighorn pneumonia, scrapie, footrot, and blood cell abnormalities.

Dr. White became a Research Geneticist in the Animal Disease Research Unit, USDA Agricultural Research Service in 2006, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology in 2007, and Adjunct Faculty in the Center for Reproductive Biology in 2015.