Thomas Chambers, Ph.D

Assistant Professor
Phone (859) 218-1126
Fax (859) 257-8542

1400 Nicholasville Road
Lexington KY 40546

Professional Profile

Professional Appointments

1982-85; Postdoctoral Fellow under D.P. Nayak, Department  of Microbiology and Immunology, UCLA School of Medicine

1985-90; Research Associate under R.G. Webster and Assistant Member, Department of Virology and Molecular Biology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee

1990-96; Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Science, University of Kentucky

1996-present; Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary  Science, University of Kentucky

Head of Office International des Epizooties (OIE) Reference  Laboratory for Equine Influenza, 1993-present. This is one of three such laboratories in the world, and the only one in the western hemisphere.

Co-inventor of a new equine influenza vaccine (Flu-Avert™I .N., Heska Corporation) now at market in the USA.

Author or co-author of over 50 journal articles and book chapters, including the chapter, Equine Influenza, in the Textbook of Influenza (A. Hay and R. Webster, eds, Blackwell Scientific Press, 1998), as well as the book, Virology—A Laboratory Manual (Academic Press, 1992).

Invited speaker at over 40 national and international scientific or veterinary meetings. Participant at the 2nd and 3rd WHO/OIE Consultations on Equine Influenza, 1992 and 1995, and co-organizer of the 4th in 1999. Session chair at the 8th International Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases (Dubai 1998). Workshop Chair and member of the Local Committee for the 2002 annual  meeting of the American Society for Virology.

Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Veterinary Science,  1999-2005. Lecturer or faculty participant in several graduate/undergraduate  virology courses, and undergraduate advisor in Agricultural Biotechnology BS major program. Major Professor of 3 PhD and 4 MS past recipients and currently of 1 PhD and 1 MS graduate students.

Co-chair since 2002 of the University of Kentucky’s Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Curriculum Vitae


B.S. 1975; University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana (Pre-professional Studies, with High Honors)

Ph.D. 1982; University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana (Microbiology)

Areas of Interest

immunology, Microbiology