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Gary Anderson

Director of the Animal Health and Food Safety Institute

Dr. Gary Anderson is the director of the International Animal Health and Food Safety Institute at Kansas State University's Olathe campusContact Info


Gary Anderson, D.V.M., Ph.D., is working to strengthen the animal health, food safety and food security research programs at Kansas State University's Olathe campus. He also is working to foster industry relationships that lead to joint research and industry-funded projects for workforce development, graduate students and faculty researchers at Kansas State University. 

Prior to joining the Olathe team in November 2018, Anderson served as a professor of diagnostic medicine/pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University since 2005.
 While there, he directed the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, or KSVDL, mentored graduate students and provided oversight for new test development.

Anderson co-founded the startup company ImmTech Biologics LLC, which was later acquired by Novartis Animal Health Inc., a company that specializes in diagnostics, clinical research and autogenous vaccine development for cattle and swine.


  • Ph.D. in Comparative Pathology with a Minor in Immunopathology/Immunovirology, University of California, Davis

  • D.V.M., Kansas State University

  • M.S. in Veterinary Pathology, Kansas State University

  • B.S. in Microbiology, South Dakota State University

Research Interests

Anderson's research interests broadly include the implementation of rapid diagnostic technologies for animal disease diagnosis, animal health surveillance, biosecurity and food safety. Concurrent with interests in rapid diagnostics is the interest to disseminate data, results and information to constituents via novel technology that affect real-time decision making.

Lab and Affiliations

College of Veterinary Medicine

Clinical and Translational Science Award One Health Alliance (COHA) 


• E.P. Pope Award from the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnostician, 2013. The award recognizes members who have made noteworthy contributions to the association and have advanced the use and recognition of veterinary diagnostic medicine.

• KSU Distinguished Service Award from the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, 2008.

• KSU Entrepreneurial Award, 2009.

Publications/Scholarly Work

PubMed search for Anderson's work

Anderson GA, Cullor JC: Generalized amyloidosis and peritonitis in a raccoon. J Am Vet Med Assoc 181:1407, 1982.

Anderson GA, Mount ME, Vrins AA, Ziemer EL: Fatal acorn poisoning in a horse: pathologic findings and diagnostic considerations. J Am Vet Med Assoc 182:1105-1110, 1983.

Anderson GA, Buyukmihci N: Phacoanaphylactic endophthalmitis in an owl. Vet Pathol 20:776-778, 1983.

Emau P, Giri SN, Anderson GA, Stott JL, Osburn BI: Role of prostaglandins, thromboxane A2, and histamine in hypersensitivity reaction to experimental bluetongue disease in cattle. Am J Vet Res 45:1852-1857, 1984.

Harrison J, Abildgaard C, Lazerson J, Culbertson R, Anderson G: Assessment of thrombogenicity of PCC in a porcine model. Thrombosis Res 38:173-188, 1985.

Anderson GA, Stott JL, Osburn BI: Identification of histamine-receptor leukocytes in the bovine. Vet Res Commun 11:77-82, 1987.

Blecha F, Anderson GA, Osorio F, Chapes SK, Baker PE: Influence of isoprinosine on bovine herpesvirus type-1 infection in cattle. Vet Immunol Immunopathol 15:253-265, 1987.

Anderson GA, Stott JL, Gershwin LJ, Osburn BI: Identification of bluetongue virus-specific immunoglobulin E in cattle. J Gen Virol 68:2509-2514, 1987.

Heuther MJ, Pfannenstiel MA, Fedorka-Cray PJ, Anderson GA: Plasmid profiles and antibiotic susceptibility of Haemophilus pleuropneumoniae serotypes 1,3,5 and 7. FEMS Microbiol Letters 48:179-182, 1987.

Rhodes MB, Baker PK, Christensen DL, Anderson GA: Ascaris suum antigens incorporated into liposomes used to stimulate protection to migrating larvae. Vet Parasitol 26:343-349, 1988.

Klucas CA, Anderson GA: Bovine respiratory syncytial virus-specific monoclonal antibodies. Vet Immunol Immunopathol 18:307-315, 1988.

Fedorka-Cray PJ, Cray W, Anderson GA, Nickerson KW: Bacterial tolerance of 100% dimethyl sulfoxide. Can J Microbiol 34:688-689, 1988.

Anderson GA, Phillips DL, Waldvogel AS, Osburn BI: Detection of bluetongue virus in bovine fetuses using the avidin-biotin complex immunoperoxidase method. J Vet Diagn Invest 1:45-49, 1989.

Reddy PG, Blecha F, Minocha HC, Anderson GA, Morrill JL, Fedorka-Cray PJ, Baker PE: Bovine recombinant interleukin 2 augments immunity and resistance to bovine herpesvirus infection. Vet Immunol Immunopathol 23:61-74, 1989.

Bartzatt R, Anderson G: Acridine orange staining of bovine respiratory syncytial virus. J Histotech 12:115-117, 1989.

Rhodes MB, Klucas CA, Frey ML, Anderson GA: A blocking ELISA for the detection of specific antibodies to bovine respiratory syncytial virus. J Vet Diagn Invest 1:324-328, 1989.

Bartzatt R, Anderson GA: Ribavirin inhibits proliferation of bovine respiratory syncytial virus in vitro. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis 12:57-62, 1989.

Thaler RC, Nelssen JL, Anderson GA, Blecha F, Chitko CG, Chapes SK, Clough ER: Evaluation of a biological response modifier: effects on starter pig performance. J Anim Sci 67: 2341-2345, 1989.

Flaming KP, Blecha F, Fedorka-Cray PJ, Anderson GA: Decreased lymphocyte function associated with pseudorabies virus infection in feeder pigs: influence of isoprinosine. Am J Vet Res 50:1653-1657, 1989.

Bartzatt R, Anderson GA: Detection of bovine respiratory syncytial virus with immobilized lectin. Med Sci Res 17:177-178, 1989.

Chapes SK, Chitko CG, Thaler RC, Nelssen JL, Anderson GA, Blecha, F: Chronically activated porcine alveolar macrophages: Are biological response modifiers the answer? Vet Immunol Immunopathol 22:91-99, 1989.

Fedorka-Cray PJ, Heuther MJ, Stine DL, Anderson GA: Efficacy of a cell extract from Actinobacillus (Haemophilus) pleuropneumoniae serotype 1 against disease in swine. Infect Immun 58:358-365, 1990.

Chae CH, Gentry MJ, Confer AW, Anderson GA: Resistance to host immune defense mechanisms afforded by capsular material of Pasteurella haemolytica, serotype 1. Vet Microbiol 25:241-251, 1990.

Mulkey KM, Anderson GA: Monoclonal antibodies to the fusion protein of bovine respiratory syncytial virus. J Clin Microbiol 29:2038-2040, 1991.

Chitko CG, Chapes SK, Thaler RC, Nelssen JL, Anderson GA, Blecha F, Clough ER: In vitro and in vivo evaluation of FK-565, a heptanoyl tripeptide, on porcine macrophage and lymphocyte function. Am J Vet Res 52:169-173, 1991.

Waldvogel AS, Anderson GA, Phillips DL, Osburn BI: Infection of bovine fetuses at 120 days gestation with virulent and avirulent strains of bluetongue virus serotype 11. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis 15:53-63, 1992.

Waldvogel AS, Anderson GA, Phillips DL, Osburn BI: Association of virulent and avirulent strains of bluetongue virus serotype 11 with premature births of late-term bovine fetuses. J Comp Pathol 106:333-340, 1992.

Nelson LD, Kelling CL, Anderson GA: Antibody response of calves to immunoaffinity purified bovine respiratory syncytial virus VP70 after vaccination and challenge exposure. Am J Vet Res 53:1315-1321, 1992.

Fedorka-Cray PJ, Stine DL, Greenwald JM, Gray JT, Heuther MJ, Anderson GA: The importance of secreted factors in Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae: A comparison. Vet Microbiol 37:85-100, 1993.

Stine DL, Fedorka-Cray PJ, Heuther MJ, Gentry MJ, Anderson GA: Comparison of serum responses after vaccination and challenge exposure with Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae serotype 1. Am J Vet Res 55:1238-1241, 1994.

Fedorka-Cray PJ, Cray WC, Gray JT, Breisch SA, Hoffman L, Anderson GA: Actinobacillus (Haemophilus) pleuropneumoniae. Part I. History, Epidemiology, Serotyping and Treatment. Compend Cont Ed 15:1447-1454, 1993.

Fedorka-Cray PJ, Cray WC, Gray JT, Breisch SA, Hoffman L, Anderson GA: Actinobacillus (Haemophilus) pleuropneumoniae. Part II. Virulence Factors, Immunity and Vaccines. Compend Cont Ed 16:117-124, 1994.

Karasin AI, Schutten MM, Cooper LA, Smith CB, Subbarao K, Anderson GA, Carman S, Olsen CW: Genetic characterization of H2N2 influenza viruses isolated from pigs in North America, 1977-1999: evidence for wholly human and reassortant virus genotypes. Virus Res 68:71-85, 2000.

Karasin AI, Anderson GA, Olsen CW: Genetic Characterization of an H1N2 influenza virus isolated from a pig in Indiana. J Clin Microbiol 38:2453-2456, 2000.

Karasin AI, Landgraf J, Swenson S, Erickson G, Goyal S, Woodruff M, Scherba G, Anderson G, Olsen CW: Genetic characterization of H1N2 influenza A viruses isolated from pigs throughout the United States. J Clin Microbiol 40:1073-1079, 2002.