Cristina Cunha

Cristina Cunha

Research Veterinary Medical OfficerAnimal Disease Research Unit

Dr. Cunha’s research focuses primarily on malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) with emphasis on ovine herpesvirus 2. Her main goal is to improve strategies to mitigate losses due to MCF. To accomplish that, Dr. Cunha’s laboratory works on elucidating virus-host interactions that guide the development of improved diagnostic tools and vaccines.

Affiliate and Adjunct Appointments

  • Adjunct, Paul G. Allen School for Global Health
  • Adjunct, Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology


  • PhD, Biotechnology, Washington State University/Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, 2002
  • MS, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, 1993
  • DVM, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, 1989

Research Interest

  • Animal models
  • Herpesviruses
  • Vaccine development