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Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson


Assistant Department Head/Distinguished Professor

Office Building

Animal Disease Research & Diagnostic Laboratory



Mailing Address

Animal Disease Research 123
Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences-Box 2175
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Ph.D., 1993, Biological Sciences/Vet. Microbiology, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.
M.A., 1981, Zoology, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.
B.A., 1979, Chemistry/Biology, Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD.

Academic Interests/Expertise

Virology and veterinary diagnostics
Emerging and transboundary diseases

Awards and Honors

South Dakota State University Gamma Sigma Delta Service Award, 2020.

University Distinguished Professor, South Dakota State University, 2017.

Pat and Jo Scott Cannon Intellectual Property Commercialization Award, 2015.

South Dakota State University Gamma Sigma Delta Research Award, 2009.

SDSU Technology Transfer Office Intellectual Property Commercialization Award, 2009.

Joseph J. Garbarino Achievement Award. Presented by the Animal Health Institute Foundation for original research in animal health, 1994.

Professional Memberships

American Society for Virology
Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
American Association of Swine Veterinarians
Center for Biologics Research & Commercialization (SD Governor’s Office of Economic Development)

Creative Activities

Selected Recent Publications

Hause, B.M., E Nelson, J. Christopher-Hennings. 2021. Boosepivirus B infecting U.S. calves with enteric disease. Archives of Virology.

Hause, B., E. Nelson, J. Christopher-Hennings. 2021. Identification of a novel statovirus in a fecal sample from a calf with enteric disease. Ben M. Hause; Eric Nelson; Jane Christopher-Hennings. J General Virology. doi 10.1099/jgv.0.001655.

Neises, J.Z., M.S. Hossain, R. Sultana, K. Wanniarachchi, J. Wollman, E. Nelson, B.L. Specker, A.D. Hoppe, S. Lawson, N.W. Thiex. 2021. Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Among Rural Healthcare Workers. Journal of Medical Virology.

Schroeder, D., N. Odogwu, J. Kevill, M. Yang, V. Krishna, M. Kikuti, N. Pamornchainavakul, C. Vilalta, J. Sanhueza, C. Corzo, A. Rovira, S. Dee, E. Nelson, A. Singrey, P. Zhitnitskiy, C. Balestreri, D. Makau, I. Paploski, M. Cheeran, K. VanderWaal, M. Torremorell. 2021. Phylogenetically distinct near complete genomes of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus type-2 variants from four distinct disease outbreaks in US swine farms over the past 6 years. Microbiology Resource Announcements. doi: 10.1128/MRA.00260-21.

Dee, S., A. Shah, C. Jones, A. Singrey, D. Hanson, R. Edler, G. Spronk, M. Niederwerder, E. Nelson. 2021. Evidence of viral survival in representative volumes of feed and feed ingredients during long-distance commercial transport across the continental United States. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases,

Yu, J., C. Sreenivasan, T. Uprety, R. Gao, C. Huang, E. Lee, S. Lawson, J. Nelson, J. Christopher-Hennings, R. Kaushik, E. Nelson, D. Diel, B. Hause, F. Li, D. Wang. 2021. Piglet Immunization with a Spike Subunit Vaccine Enhances Disease by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. NPJ Vaccines. doi: 10.1038/s41541-021-00283.

Katwal, P., T. Uprety, F. Okda, L. Anthony, M. Thomas, C. Chase, D. Diel, E. Nelson, A. Young, F. Li, J. Scaria, R. Kaushik. 2021. Characterization of bovine ileal epithelial cell line for lectin binding, susceptibility to enteric pathogens, and TLR mediated immune responses. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 4:101581.

Dee, S., A. Shah, C. Jones, A. Singrey, D. Hanson, R. Edler, G. Spronk, M. Niederwerder, E. Nelson. 2021. The effect of extended storage on virus survival in feed. J. Swine Health & Production. 29(3):124-128.

Okda, F., E. Griffith, A. Sakr, E. Nelson, R. Webby. 2021. New Diagnostic Assays for Differential Diagnosis Between the Two Distinct Lineages of Bovine Influenza D Viruses and Human Influenza C Viruses. Frontiers Vet Sci. 2020 Dec 11;7:605704.

Hause, B.M., E.A. Nelson, J. Christopher-Hennings. 2020. North American Big Brown Bats (Eptesicus fuscus) Harbor an Exogenous Deltaretrovirus. mSphere doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00902-20.

Hause, B.M., E.A. Nelson, J. Christopher-Hennings. 2020. Novel and diverse non-rabies rhabdoviruses identified in bats with human exposure, South Dakota, USA. Viruses. doi: 10.3390/v12121408.

Dee, S., M. Niederwerder, R. Elder, D. Hanson, A. Singrey, R. Cochrane, G. Spronk, E. Nelson. 2020. An evaluation of additives for mitigating the risk of virus-contaminated feed using an ice-block challenge model. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. doi:10.1111/tbed.13749.

Dee, S., A. Shah, R. Cochrane, A. Wu, T. Clement, A. Singrey, R. Edler, G. Spronk, M. Niederwerder, E. Nelson. 2020. Use of a demonstration project to test the effect of extended storage on viral survival in feed: Proof of concept. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13682.

Dee, S., M. Niederwerder, G. Patterson, R. Cochrane, C. Jones, D. Diel, E. Nelson, G. Spronk, E. Brockhoff, P. Sundberg. 2020. The risk of viral transmission in feed: What do we know, what do we do? Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13606.

Ghimire, S. Wongkuna, R. Kumar, E. Nelson, J. Christopher-Hennings, J. Scaria. 2020. Genome sequence and description of Blautia brookingsii SG772 sp. nov., a novel bacterial species isolated from human faeces. New Microbes and New Infections. doi: 10.1016/j.nmni.2019.100648.

Dee, S., J. DeJong, C. Neill, B. Ratliff, A. Singrey, E. Hansen, E. Nelson, J. Keegan, A. Gaines. 2020. Inactivation of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in contaminated swine feed through inclusion of a dry lactic acid-based product. JSHAP 28:213-216.

Benfield, D., J. Lunney, M. Murtaugh, E. Nelson, F. Osorio, R. Pogranichniy, S. Ramamoorthy, R. Rowland, J. Zimmerman, F. Zuckermann. 2020. The NC229 multi-station research consortium on emerging viral diseases of swine: Solving stakeholder problems through innovative science and research. Virus Research 280:197898.

Vinson, H., G. Singh, A. Pillatzki, B. Webb, E. Nelson, S. Ramamoorthy. 2019. Delivery of a thermo-enzymatically treated influenza vaccine using pulmonary surfactant in pigs. Vet. Micro. 239:108492. DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2019.108492.

Singh, G., P. Singh, A. Pillatzki, E. Nelson, B. Webb, S. Dilberger-Lawson, S. Ramamoorthy. 2019. A Minimally Replicative Vaccine Protects Vaccinated Piglets Against Challenge With the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus. Frontiers in Vet. Sci. 6:347.DOI: 10.3389/fvets.2019.00347.

Pandey, K., S. Zhong, D. Diel, Y. Hou, Q. Wang, E. Nelson, X. Wang. 2019. GTPase-activating protein-binding protein 1 (G3BP1) plays an antiviral role against porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. Vet. Micro. 236:10892 doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2019.108392.

Singh, G., O. Zholobko, A. Pillatzki, B. Webb, E. Nelson, A. Voronov, S. Ramamoorthy. 2019. An amphiphilic invertible polymer as a delivery vehicle for a M2e-HA2-HA1 peptide vaccine against an Influenza A virus in pigs. Vaccine. 37(31):4291-4301.

Thomas, M., S. Wongkuna, S. Ghimire, R. Kumar, L. Antony, K. Doerner, A. Singery, E. Nelson, T. Woyengo, S. Chankhamhaengdecha, T. Janvilisri, J. Scaria. 2019. Gut Microbial dynamics during conventionalization of germfree chicken. mSphere. doi: 10.1128/mSphere.00035-19.

Ramírez, M., F.V. Bauermann, D. Navarro, M. Rojas, A. Manchego, E.A. Nelson, D.G. Diel, H. Rivera. 2019. Detection of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) 1-7-4-type strains in Peru. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13134.