David Lindsay, a professor of biomedical sciences and pathobiology in the center for molecular medicine and infectious diseases with the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, develops vaccines to protect animals and people from protozoan parasites.
Lindsay’s research interests are parasitology, ailments that move from animals to humans known as zoonotic diseases, protozoology, apicomplexan biology, immunology, and vaccine development. His research group routinely publishes on food safety, chemotherapy, and vaccine development for zoonotic parasites.
He focuses on toxoplasmosis, an infection caused by a parasite primarily hosted by cats that can easily be passed to people. The organism invades tissues and may seriously damage the nervous system, especially in infants.
In addition, Lindsay has made significant contributions in protozoan diseases of livestock, including being the first to cultivate the parasite Neospora caninum. With this discovery he was able to develop tests for the diagnosis of neosporosis, a protozoan disease that affects livestock. He was also the first to develop an immunohistochemical test to recognize parasites in animal tissue.
In 2000, Lindsay received the Henry Baldwin Ward Medal — the highest research award presented by the American Society of Parasitologists. In 2003, he received the Alumni Award for Research Excellence from Virginia Tech and in 2004 he was awarded the Distinguished Veterinary Parasitologist Award from the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists. In 2008, he served as president of the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and, in 2015, he will serve as president of the American Society of Parasitologists.
Prior to joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 1997, Lindsay was a senior research fellow at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Troy State University and his doctoral degree in parasitology from Auburn University.
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