David Gasper, DVM, PhD


Department of Pathobiological Sciences

David Gasper, DVM, PhD

Titles and Education

  1. Clinical Assistant Professor, Anatomic Pathology    
  2. 2015-2019, Chief of Exotic Companion Animal, Zoo Animal, and Wildlife Pathology, Animal Reference Pathology, LLC

  3. 2015-2019 Chief of Diagnostic Pathology, Pacific Zoo & Wildlife Diagnostics, Veterinary Corporation
  4. 2017-2019, Associate Pathologist, Zoo/Exotics Pathology Service

  5. 2015, PhD, Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  6. 2011, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

  7. 2010-2011, Steele Endowed Anatomic Pathology Resident, Wildlife Disease Laboratories, San Diego Zoo

  8. 2008-2010, Anatomic Pathology Resident, Zoo & Wildlife Emphasis, University of California-Davis

  9. 2007, DVM, Kansas State University

  10. 2003, BS, Veterinary Science, University of Arizona

  11. 1996, BA, Psychology, University of Alabama in Huntsville


Diagnostic Pathology; Teaching second year systemic pathology course, fourth year clinical rotation in necropsy; training of anatomic pathology residents; zoo & wildlife pathology send-in service.

Clinical Interests

Diagnostic anatomic pathology including zoo, exotic, and wildlife pathology; infectious diseases; immunology of infectious diseases with emphasis on viral respiratory diseases, AND pathology of animal models of human and animal diseases alike.

Recent Publications

  1. Programming Multifaceted Pulmonary T Cell Immunity by Combination Adjuvants. Marinaik CB, Kingstad-Bakke B, Lee W, Hatta M, Sonsalla M, Larsen A, Neldner B, Gasper DJ, Kedl RM, Kawaoka Y, Suresh M.  Cell Rep Med. 2020 Sep 22;1(6):100095. doi: 10.1016/j.xcrm.2020.100095. PMID: 32984856; PMCID: PMC7508055.
  2. Peripheral neuropathy secondary to a neuroma in an Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio). Gill KS, Helmer PJ, Gasper DJ. Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine (2019) 3153-56.

  3. Acute toxicity of gossypol in northern bobwhites. Journal of Applied Animal Research.  Farthing AL, Schwertner T, Gasper DJ, Mathewson HA, and Guay KA. (2019).  47. 326-332.

  4. C57BL/6J and C57BL/6NJ Mice are Differentially Susceptible to Inflammation-associated Disease Caused by Influenza A Virus. Eisfeld AJ, Gasper DJ, Suresh M, Kawaoka Y. Frontiers in Microbiology. 2019 Jan 17;9:3307.

  5. Chapter 5: Bovidae, Antilocapridae, Giraffidae, Tragulidae, and Hippopotamidae. Jones MEB, Gasper DJ, Mitchell E. In Pathology of Wildlife and Zoo Animals, Terio KA, McAloose D, and St. Ledger J, eds. 2018.

  6. Chapter 8: Suidae and Tayassuidae. Jimenez Martinez MA, Gasper DJ, Carmona Mucino MDC,and Terio KA. In Pathology of Wildlife and Zoo Animals, Terio KA, McAloose D, and St. Ledger J, eds. 2018.

  7. Effective Respiratory CD8 T-Cell Immunity to Influenza Virus Induced by Intranasal Carbomer-Lecithin-Adjuvanted Non-replicating Vaccines. Gasper DJ, Neldner B, Plisch EH, Rustom H, Carrow E, Imai H, Kawaoka Y, Suresh M. PLoS Pathogens. 2016, Dec. 12(12).

  8. Immunogenicity of trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole in a macaque model of HIV infection. Wong YY, Rakasz EG, Gasper DJ, Friedrich TC, Trepanier LA. Toxicology. 2016 Aug. 368-369:10-18.

  9. Integrated Omics Analysis of Pathogenic Host Responses during Pandemic H1N1 Influenza Virus Infection: The Crucial Role of Lipid Metabolism. Go JT & Gasper DJ (co-first authors), Josset L, Kyle J, Eisfeld AJ, Selinger C, Hatta M, Weitz KK, Tilton SC, Webb-Robertson B-J, Waters KM, Metz TO, Smith RD, Kawaoka Y, and Katze MG. Cell Host & Microbe. 2016. Feb 10. 19, 1-13.

  10. The draft genome sequence of the ferret (Mustela putorius furo) facilitates study of human respiratory disease. Peng X, Alföldi J, Gori K, Eisfeld AJ, Tyler SR, Tisoncik-Go J, Brawand D, Law GL, Skunca N, Hatta M, Gasper DJ, Kelly SM, Chang J, Thomas MJ, Johnson J, Berlin AM, Lara M, Russell P, Swofford R, Turner-Maier J, Young S, Hourlier T, Aken B, Searle S, Sun X, Yi Y, Suresh M, Tumpey TM, Siepel A, Wisely SM, Dessimoz C, Kawaoka Y, Birren BW, LindbladToh K, Di Palma F, Engelhardt JF, Palermo RE, Katze MG. Nature Biotechnol. 2014 Dec;32(12):1250-5.

  11. Protozoal infections of the cornea and conjunctiva in dogs associated with chronic ocular surface disease and topical immunosuppression. Beckwith-Cohen B, Gasper DJ, Bentley E, Gittleman H, Ellis A, Snowden, K, Shock B, Yabsley M, Dubielzig RR. Veterinary Ophthalmology. 2015 Jun 3. doi: 10.1111/vop.12285.

  12. Carbonic anhydrase inhibitor associated keratitis in six dogs following topical glaucoma treatment. Beckwith-Cohen B, Bentley E, Gasper DJ, McLellan GJ, Dubielzig RR. Journal of the American Veterinary Association. 2015 Dec 15;247(12):1419-26.

  13. The Generation and Maintenance of CD4 T-cell Memory. Gasper DJ, Tejera MM, Suresh M. Crit Rev Imm. 2014 34(2): 121-146.

  14. Bach2 Regulates Homeostasis of Foxp3+ Regulatory T Cells and Protects against Fatal Lung Disease in Mice. Kim EH, Gasper DJ, Lee SH, Plisch EA, Svaren J, Suresh M. J Immunol 192, no. 3 (2014): 985-95.

  15. Complement component 3C3 and C3a receptor are required in chitin-dependent allergic sensitization to Aspergillus fumigatus but dispensable in chitin-induced innate allergic inflammation. Roy RM, Paes HC, Nanjappa SG, Sorkness R, Gasper D, Sterkel A, Wüthrich M, Klein BS. M Bio. 2013 Apr 2;4(2).

  16. Tc17 Cells Mediate Vaccine Immunity against Lethal Fungal Pneumonia in Immune Deficient Hosts Lacking CD4+ T Cells. Nanjappa SG, Heninger E, Wüthrich M, Gasper DJ, Klein BS (2012) PLoS Pathog 8(7): e1002771.

  17. Ibex-associated malignant catarrhal fever-like disease in a group of bongo antelope (Tragelaphus eurycerus). Gasper D, Barr B, Li H, Taus N, Peterson R, Benjamin G, Hunt T, Pesavento PA. Vet Pathol. 2012 May; 49(3):492-7. Epub 2011 Dec 21.

  18. Nonossifying fibroma in the mandible of a goat. Murphy B, Gasper D, Pool R. Vet Pathol. 2011 Nov;48(6):1161-4