Charles Czuprynski

Department of Pathobiological Sciences
Office: 2015A

Charles Czuprynski

Titles and Education

  1. BA 1976, Knox College
  2. PhD 1980, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  3. Postdoctoral Trainee, National Jewish Hospital, Denver CO 1980-1983.
  4. Professor in Microbiology
  5. Director, Food Research Institute


The primary interest of our laboratory is studying mechanisms of resistance to bacterial infection. Under this broad heading major  projects include: 1) Host, bacterial and environmental factors that influence the pathogenesis of gastrointestinal listeriosis and salmonellosis; 2) Immunotoxicology – adverse effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on bone marrow cells and hematopoiesis; 3) Bovine respiratory disease - focus on the effects of Mannheimia haemolytica and its leukotoxin on the activities of bovine leukocytes and lung cells; 4) Histophilus somni – adverse effects on bovine endothelial cells as it relates to vasculitis.


Teach Veterinary Bacteriology and Mycology (PBS 517); supervise graduate students in immunology, microbiology and toxicology; Director, UW-Madsion Food Research Institute; Director, Walter and Martha Renk Endowed Laboratory for Food Safety; Director,  NIH Training Grant in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (provides research training to graduate veterinarians); Chair, Academic Committee of the Comparative Biomedical Sciences graduate program;  Co-course coordinator Research Ethics and Survial Skills; Director; Coordinator, FRI Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars

Graduate Training

Recent and Current Graduate Students

Name Degree Current position
Matt Sylte DVM PhD Research Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA ARS NADC, Ames, IA
Fabio Leite DVM PhD Assoc. Prof. Univ. Pelotas, Brazil
Steve Giles PhD Big Rose Computing, Madison, WI
Erica Behling-Kelly DVM PhD Assist. Prof. Cornell Unviersity, Sch Vet. Med.
Chris Kuckleburg PhD Scientist, Wisconsin Blood Center, Waukesha WI
Dhammika Atapattu MD PhD Scientist BioSentinel, Madison WI
Lyndsey Berryman  MS Nurse Madison Metropolitan School District
Nicole Aulik PhD Assist. Prof. Winona State University
Jose Rivera MS, DVM Ph.D. student Czuprynski lab
Robert Sahaghian DVM MS Private Practice, San Francisco CA
Keith Poulsen
Ken Brandenburg
Ismail Boukahil
Joanne Tsarouha
Assist. Prof., Oregon State University
PhD student, KL1 Fellow, Czuprynski lab
PhD student, Czuprynski lab
MS student, Czuprynski lab


Recent and Current Postdoctoral Trainees

Dave McClenahan, DVM PhD Assist. Professor, Univ. Northern Iowa
Raksha Tiwari, DVM,PhD Scientist, Pfizer Animal Health, Kalamazoo MI
Dhammika Atapattu, MD, PhD Scientist, BioSentinel, Madison WI
Dagmara Kisiela, PhD Research Assoc., Univ. Washington Med Ctr.
Lewis Shi, PhD Research Assoc., St. Jude's Med Ctr.
Alhaji N’jai, PhD
Karein Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Kwadwo Owusu-Ofori, PhD
Josely Figueiredo, DVM, PhD
Scientist, Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, OH
Johnson & Johnson
Milwaukee Health Department
Postdoc, Czuprynski Lab


Recent Publications

  1. Publications