Rachel Jean Derscheid

DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Education & Certifications  

2014 Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Pathology
2013 PhD in Veterinary Pathology, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
2007 DVM, Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine
2003 BS in Animal Science, Iowa State University


VDPAM 455 - Diagnostic Laboratory Practicum
VPTH 679 - Laboratory Animal Pathology (Non-Human Primate section)

Research Focus & Interests  

Mycoplasmal Diseases of Livestock
Diagnostic Assay Development
Pathogenesis and pathology of veterinary disease
Respiratory diseases of livestock


ISU VDL Histopathology Leader


American Veterinary Medical Association
Iowa Veterinary Medical Association
American Association of Swine Veterinarians
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
American College of Veterinary Pathologists
International Organization of Mycoplasmology

Selected Publications  

Koh GY, Derscheid R, Fuller KNZ, Valentine RJ, Leow S, Reed L, Wisecup E, Schalinske KL, Rowling MJ.  Circulating Adiponectin Concentrations are Increased by Dietary Resistant Starch and Correlate with Serum 25-Hydroxycholecalciferol Concentrations and Kidney Function in Zucker Diabetic Fatty Rats. Nutr Res. In press, published online 8 Dec 2015.

Derscheid RJ, Dewell RD, Dewell GA, Kleinhenz KE, Shearer LC, Gilliam JN, Reynolds JP, Sun Y, Shearer JK.  Validation of a portable pneumatic captive bolt device as a one-step method of euthanasia for use in depopulation of feedlot cattle.  J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2016 Jan 1;248(1):96-104.

Chen Q, Gauger P, Stafne M, Thomas J, Arruda P, Burrough E, Madson D, Brodie J, Magstadt D, Derscheid R, Welch M, Zhang J. Pathogenicity and pathogenesis of a United States porcine deltacoronavirus cell culture isolate in 5-day-old neonatal piglets. Virology. 2015 Aug;482:51-9.

Derscheid RJ, van Geelen A, Gallup, JM, Kienzle T, Shelly DA, Cihlar T, King RR, Ackermann MR. Human respiratory syncytial virus Memphis 37 causes acute respiratory disease in perinatal lambs. BioResearch Open Access. 2014 Apr 1;3(2):60-9. 

Grosz DD, van Geelen A, Gallup JM, Hostetter SJ, Derscheid RJ, Ackermann MR. Sucrose stabilization of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) during nebulization and experimental infection. BMC Res Notes. 2014 Mar 18;7(1):158.

Derscheid RJ, van Geelen A, Berkebile AR, Gallup JM, Hostetter SJ, Banfi B, McCray PB, Jr., Ackermann MR.  Increased concentration of iodide in airway secretions is associated with reduced RSV disease severity.  Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2014 Feb;50(2):389-97.

Derscheid RJ, Gallup JM, Knudson CJ, Varga SM, Grosz DD, van Geelen A, Hostetter SJ, Ackermann MR.  Effects of formalin-inactivated respiratory syncytial virus (FI-RSV) in the perinatal lamb model of RSV. PLoS One.  2013 Dec 6;8(12):e81472.

Derscheid RJ, van Geelen A, McGill JL, Gallup JM, Cihlar T, Sacco RE, Ackermann MR. Human respiratory syncytial virus Memphis 37 grown in HEp-2 cells causes more severe disease in lambs than virus grown in Vero cells.  Viruses. 2013 Nov 22;5(11):2881-97.

Derscheid RJ, Ackermann MR. The innate immune system of the perinatal lung and responses to respiratory syncytial virus infection. Vet Pathol. 2013 Mar 25.

Derscheid RJ, Ackermann MR. Perinatal lamb model of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) Infection. Viruses. 2012, 4(10):2359-2378.