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Shelley Honnold

Shelley Honnold, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies


During her 20-year military career, Dr. Honnold played a vital role in the military’s comparative pathology and preclinical research programs, directing the Department of Defense’s postgraduate residency program in veterinary and comparative pathology and leading multidisciplinary teams conducting basic research and vaccine and therapeutic development for high-threat viral and bacterial agents. For nearly half of her military career, Dr. Honnold worked at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), the DOD’s premier medical biodefense research institute, developing medical countermeasures in the two highest levels of laboratory containment for infectious diseases, Biosafety Level 3 and Biosafety Level 4. Dr. Honnold has published many articles and contributed to book chapters in the field infectious disease, particularly encephalitic alphaviruses. She currently works as a research pathologist consultant for Amplify-Bio, a preclinical contract research organization focused on advanced therapeutics. She looks forward to sharing her passion for pathology, infectious disease research, and mentoring with students in the PA program at Cedarville.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Comparative and Molecular Pathology, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathology (Anatomic)
  • Residency, Veterinary and Comparative Pathology Program, The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology
  • D.V.M., Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • B.S. in Bioscience and Technology, University of New Hampshire

Scholarly Works

  • SY Ko, W Akahata, ES Yang, WP Kong, CW Burke, SP Honnold, DK Nichols, YS Huang, GL Schieber, K Carlton, L DaSilva, V Traina-Dorge, DL Vanlandinghom, Y Tsybovsky, T Stephens, U Baxa, S Higgs, CJ Roy, PJ Glass, JR Mascola, GJ Nabel, SS Rao: A virus-like particle vaccine prevents equine encephalitis virus infection in nonhuman primates, Sci Transl Med, 11(492), 2019
  • X Zeng, CD Blancett, KA Koistinen, CW Schellhase, JJ Bearss, SR Radoshitzky, SP Honnold, TB Chance, TK Warren, JW Froude, KA Cashman, JM Dye, S Bavari, B Palacios, JH Kuhn, MG Sun: Identification and pathological characterization of persistent asymptomatic Ebola virus infection in rhesus monkeys, Nature Microbiol, 2(17113), 2017
  • SP Honnold, EC Mossel, RR Bakken, D Fisher, CM. Lind, JW. Cohen, LT Eccleston, KB.Spurgers, R Erwin Cohen, SB Bradfute, RK Maheshwari, PJ Glass: Eastern equine encephalitis virus in mice I: Clinical course and outcome are dependent on route of exposure, Virology Journal, 12(152), 2015
  • SP Honnold, EC Mossel, RR Bakken, CM. Lind, JW. Cohen, LT Eccleston, KB.Spurgers, R Erwin-Cohen, PJ Glass, RK Maheshwari: Eastern equine encephalitis virus in mice II: Pathogenesis is dependent on route of exposure, Virology Journal, 12(152), 2015
  • TK Warren, J Wells, RG Panchal, KS Stuthman, NL Garza, SA Van Tongeren, L Dong, SP Honnold, S Bantia, P Kotian, BR Taubenheim, LS Welch, MD Minning, YA Babu, WP Sheridan, S Bavari: Postexposure protection against filovirus disease by the novel broad-spectrum nucleoside analog BCX4430, Nature, 17;508(7496):402-5, 2014


  • Spending time on the farm with my husband and three children
  • Traveling and exploring National Parks
  • Hiking and camping
  • Gardening

Why Cedarville

Personal interaction with Cedarville faculty and students led me to pursue an opportunity to combine my passion for pathology and mentoring with my desire to educate and disciple PA students as they become competent clinicians with a heart to serve the Lord. I am grateful to serve at Cedarville University, an institution whose mission and core values align with my own.