Kevin Brunner

Research Animal Veterinarian, Technical CPI Unit Head


Kevin Brunner Research and Veterinary Services Units, Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

Contact Information:

  • (608) 265-9069


Dr. Brunner received his B.S. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986. He received his DVM from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1995. He began working with nonhuman primates in 1998 as a research surgeon involved in projects aimed at inducing organ tolerance using rhesus monkeys in a kidney transplant model. Since 2001, Dr. Brunner has been a clinical veterinarian at the WNPRC and has also been the veterinary head of the CPI unit of Research Services since 2004.

Aligned research focus:

Provide support in all research areas

Research description:

Areas of recent emphasis in research support include Parkinson’s disease, placental and fetal development and infectious disease (SIV, Dengue Fever and Influenza). In addition to training and overseeing technical support for these areas, time is devoted to performing, developing and refining procedures used to carry out the primate research.

Selected references:

Emborg ME, Joers V, Fisher R, Brunner K, Carter V, Ross C, Raghavan R, Brady M, Raschke J, Kubota K, Alexander A. Intraoperative Intracerebral MRI-Guided Navigation for Accurate Targeting in Nonhuman Primates. Cell Transplant. 2010; 19(12):1587-97.

Li Q, Estes JD, Schlievert PM, Duan L, Brosnahan AJ, Southern PJ, Reilly CS, Peterson ML, Schultz-Darken N, Brunner KG, Nephew KR, Pambuccian S, Lifson JD, Carlis JV, Haase AT. Glycerol monolaurate prevents mucosal SIV transmission. Nature. 2009 Apr 23;458(7241):1034-8.

Schlievert PM, Strandberg KL, Brosnahan AJ, Peterson ML, Pambuccian SE, Nephew KR, Brunner KG, Schultz-Darken NJ, Haase AT. Glycerol monolaurate does not alter rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) vaginal lactobacilli and is safe for chronic use. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2008 Dec;52(12):4448-54.