Kathleen M. Brasky

Kathleen M. Brasky, M.S., V.M.D.

Professor | Host Pathogen Interaction, Southwest National Primate Research Center

Research Focus

Dr. Brasky has been a veterinarian for 28 years and has worked with non human primates in biomedical research for 25 years at Texas Biomed/SNPRC. She has the primary veterinary responsibility for the chimpanzee resource and the marmoset colony and has also worked as a research veterinarian for more than 15 years with a variety of non-human primate species and within all levels of animal biosafety containment.

Her work includes studies on several infectious disease models, the planning of experimental protocols for research with macaques, marmosets and baboons, and providing oversight for technical procedures.

Dr. Brasky is the primary responsible veterinarian for clinical care and research support in the marmoset colonies and participates in collaborative research and training related to marmosets. Marmosets are small non-human primates commonly used in many biomedical disciplines (neuroscience, reproductive biology, infectious disease, behavioral science). The marmoset breeding colony at SNPRC was established in 2004 and has provided animals for a variety of studies ranging from biodefense to diet-induced obesity. Dr. Brasky promotes the use of marmosets in various biocontainment and aging studies, and promotes a healthy population of marmosets available for use in biomedical research.

In addition, Dr. Brasky maintains a small colony of tamarins for use in GB virus-B research (a model for studying hepatitis-C).

She manages the chimpanzee resource by providing the necessary clinical care to this aging colony and designing optimized housing conditions as ethologically appropriate for this species.

Currently, Dr. Brasky is involved in several collaborative simian- human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV) projects that encompass various species of macaques and pediatric macaque models.

Main Technologies And Methods Used

  • Ultrasonography
  • Experimental and clinical surgery
  • Wireless infusion with implantable pumps
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Imaging anesthesia support
  • Animal model development