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Phillip C Gauger

Phillip C Gauger

  • Associate Professor
  • Vet Diag and Production Animal Medicine
Dr. Phillip Gauger is a 1994 graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and was a partner in the Marcus/Remsen Veterinary Clinic as a mixed animal veterinarian for twelve years. Dr. Gauger received a Masters in Veterinary Microbiology from ISU in 2008 conducting research on Porcine Circovirus working concurrently as a Veterinary Medical Officer at the National Animal Disease Center. Dr. Gauger received his PhD in Veterinary Microbiology in 2012 conducting research and development of an enhanced respiratory disease model in swine using inactivated influenza A virus vaccines followed by challenge with heterologous, homosubtypic virus. He is currently an associate professor and diagnostic pathologist at the ISU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the Department of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine with responsibilities in diagnostic pathology, research and teaching. He is also the section leader of the molecular diagnostics division of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory assisting in the development of diagnostic assays.

Contact Info

1575 Vet. Med.
1800 Christensen Dr.


  • B.S. Animal Science, Iowa State University, 1990
  • D.V.M., Iowa State University, 1994
  • MS, Veterinary Microbiology, Iowa State University, 2008
  • PhD, Veterinary Microbiology, Iowa State University, 2012

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Current Research

Dr. Phillip Gauger’s current research projects are focused on infectious diseases and diagnostics in production livestock that primarily involve swine viruses. In particular, Dr. Gauger’s research focuses on detecting and characterizing emerging swine viruses and developing new diagnostic tests. Among the swine viruses involved in Dr. Gauger’s research are influenza A viruses, porcine reproductive and respiratory virus, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, and other swine viruses of economic significance. The epidemiological impact of influenza A viruses in swine is expanding and causing additional consequences to the swine industry and is a public health concern due to the zoonotic implications of influenza A viruses in swine.

Other Affiliations: Collaborator National Animal Disease Center