Connie Gebhart, PhD


Connie Gebhart

Contact Info

[email protected]

Office Phone 612-624-3444

Mailing Address:
334 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
1333 Gortner Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108



Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Faculty Advisor for Bacteriology

Veterinary Diagnostic Lab

PhD, University of Minnesota

MS, University of Minnesota

BS, North Dakota State University


Current research interests for Dr. Gebhart include epidemiology, pathogenesis, and control of bacterial diseases of animals, especially enteric disease caused by Lawsonia species and Brachyspira species. New areas of research include epidemiology and control of Streptococcus suis infections, investigating intestinal organoid cultures for infectious disease research, and evaluating the pig microbiome during health and enteric disease.


Molecular diagnostics, molecular epidemiology, and pathogenesis of bacterial diseases. 


Research Summary/Interests

Research in my laboratory addresses pathogenic bacteria of veterinary importance, specifically the fastidious, novel, or newly emerging. My research has focused on the obligately intracellular bacterium Lawsonia intracellularis and the novel porcine pathogen Brachyspira hampsonii. In particular, my laboratory was instrumental in identifying these new pathogenic species and continues to be active in studying all facets of these exceptional bacteria. Current research seeks to understand how L. intracellularis causes proliferation of enterocytes, by exploring processes such as interference with apoptosis, mechanism(s) of intracellular survival, alteration of normal cellular differentiation, and effect(s) on the enterocytes’ normal cell cycles.