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Rebecca Penrose Wilkes DVM, PhD, DACVM
Research Assistant Professor
Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences

Research Interests

  • development of antivirals for the treatment of feline diseases

Clinical Interests

  • molecular diagnostic assays


  • PhD- Comparative and Experimental Medicine (virology and molecular biology), University of Tennessee, 2007
  • DVM- University of Tennessee, 2001
  • BS-Biology, Union University, 1996


  • 2011-present - Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2010-2011 - Research Associate III, Department of Comparative Medicine, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2008-2010 - Research Associate I, Office of Research, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • 2007-2008 - Assistant Professor, Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (virology 2005, bacteriology/mycology 2008)