Dr. Joan Lunney is a Supervisory Research Scientist and an internationally recognized authority on pig immunology and genomics. Her lab is located at the USDA Agricultural Research Center (ARS), Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC) in Beltsville, MD USA. Dr. Lunney obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA, and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Her current research focuses on swine immunology, genomics, and resistance to diseases, particularly to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). She coleads the US PRRS Host Genomics Consortium (PHGC) which assesses the role of genetics in determining pig resistance and susceptibility to PRRS virus infection, pathology and associated growth effects. The PHGC effort has been expanded to functional genomics and proteomics as well as to a pregnant gilt model of PRRS virus infection in collaboration with Canadian scientists. She works with industry, particularly through the National Pork Board and PigGen Canada, Inc., and animal health and breeding companies, to expand her research efforts. She is a member of the Science and Industry Advisory Committee (SIAC) of Genome Canada.
Dr. Lunney has led international workshops characterizing monoclonal antibodies (mAb) reactive against swine cell subset, or CD, antigens and immune proteins, the cytokines and chemokines. She coleads the US-UK Collaborative Swine Immune Toolkit effort aimed at developing new mAb, immune reagents and quantitative assays for assessment of pig health and vaccine responses and for use in biomedical models of human health and disease.
Dr. Lunney is very actively involved in mentoring younger scientists, particularly women scientists. She was selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998) and of the International Society for Animal Genetics (2017) and received the ARS Beltsville Area Scientist of the Year Award (2010). She has served on numerous grant panels, journal editorial boards and in leadership positions for animal genetic and veterinary immunology societies.
Joan K. Lunney, Ph.D.
Supervisory Research Scientist
Animal Parasitic Diseases Laboratory
BARC, ARS, USDA
Building 1040, Room 103, BARC-East
Beltsville, MD 20705 USA