Amanda Adams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Professional Profile


October 2011-present - Research Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, Lexington,  Kentucky.

August 2008-September 2011 - Post-doctoral Training, University of Kentucky, Lexington,  Kentucky.

January 2004-August 2008 - Ph.D. Training, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

May 2003-December 2003 - Laboratory Technician, Companion Animal Research & Development,  Intervet, Inc., DeSoto, Kansas.

August 2001-May 2003 - Laboratory Technician, Dr Harold Laughlin, Veterinary Biomedicals,  University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.

August 2001-May 2003 - Teaching Assistant, Natural Sciences, Stephens College, Columbia,  Missouri.

Fellowship and Awards

2008-2011 Paul Mellon Post-Doctoral Scholarship

2007 1st Place Oral Presentation Award, American Association of Veterinary Immunologist

2006-2007 Geoffrey C. Hughes Fellowship

2007 University of Kentucky Travel Grant Award to attend the 8th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium, Ouro Preto, Brazil

2006 University of Kentucky Travel Grant Award to attend the 87th Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease, Chicago, Illinois

2006 Fayette County Math & Science & Technology Mentor Award

2005 University of Kentucky Travel Grant Award to attend the 86th Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease, St. Louis, Missouri

2003 Cum Laude Honors, Stephens College

1999-2003 Stephens College Presidential Scholarship Award

1999-2003 Stephens College Leadership Scholarship Award

2002 Alumnae Honor Scholarship Award, Stephens College

2002 Mortar Board Scholarship Award, Stephens College

2001 Trustee Scholarship Award, Stephens College

Refereed Publications

Adams, A.A., Lean, M.S., Reedy, S.E. Chambers, T.M. and D.W. Horohov.  Comparison of immune responses in aged horses given commercially available live  or inactivated equine influenza (EI) vaccines. Submitted to Veterinary  Immunology and Immunopathology.

Adams, AA, Lingshuang, S, Betancourt, A and Horohov, DW.  Immunomodulatory effects of parapoxvirus ovis on in vitro and in vivo immune  responses of foals during weaning. Submitted to Equine Veterinary Journal.

Adams, AA, Simpson, A., Betancourt, A and Horohov, DW. The effect of  age on telomerase activity and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in  plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cells of horses. Submitted to Mechanisms  of Ageing and Development.

Adams, AA, A. Betancourt, M. Brummer, L. Sun, P. Lawless and D.W.  Horohov. In Vitro and In Vivo Immunomodulatory Effects of Resveratrol on Immune  Function in Aged Horses. Submitted to Mechanisms of Ageing and Development.

Liu C, Betancourt A, Cohen DA, Adams AA, Sun L, Horohov DW. Granzyme B-  mRNA expression by equine lymphokine activated killer (LAK) cells is associated  with the induction of apoptosis in target cells. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2011  Sep 15;143(1-2):108-15.

Sun L, Adams AA, Page AE, Betancourt A, Horohov DW. The effect of  environment on interferon-gamma production in neonatal foals. Vet Immunol  Immunopathol. 2011 Sep 15;143(1-2):170-5..

Page AE, Loynachan AT, Bryant U, Stills HF Jr, Adams AA, Gebhart CJ,  Pusterla N, Horohov DW. Characterization of the interferon gamma response to  Lawsonia intracellularis using an equine proliferative enteropathy challenge  (EPE) model. Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2011 Sep 15;143(1-2):55-65.

Horohov, DW, Adams, AA, Chambers, TM. Immunosenescence of the equine  immune system. Journal of Comparative Pathology. 2010 Jan;142 Suppl 1:S78-84.  [Epub 2009 Nov 7].

Lehnhard, R.A., A.A. Adams, A. Betancourt, D.W. Horohov, N.R. Liburt,  J.M. Streltsova, W.C. Franke, K.H. McKeever. Phenylbutazone blocks the cytokine  response following a high intensity incremental exercise challenge in horses. Equine  Vet J. 2010 Nov;42 Suppl 38:280-8.

Liburt, N, Adams AA, Betancourt, A, Horohov, DW and McKeever, K.  Exercised-Induced increases in inflammatory cytokines in muscle and blood of  horses. Equine Veterinary Journal. Recently accepted for publication, 2010  April.

 Curriculum Vitae


2008; University of Kentucky,  Department of Veterinary Science, Ph.D. emphasis Equine  Immunology.

2003; Stephens College, Columbia, MO; B.S. in Biology 

Areas of Interest

aged horse, equine education, equine research, Faculty, immunology