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Richard Huneke

Richard Huneke, DVM

Professor; Executive Director, ULAR

Department: Microbiology & Immunology


  • DVM - Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (1984)

Richard Huneke, DVM, is a professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and associate director of the Master of Laboratory Animal Sciences (MLAS) program at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Huneke was appointed to serve as the US representative (through the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science) to the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science. ICLAS serves to harmonize laboratory standards worldwide, promote laboratory animal care and ethics, and provide training opportunities to developing areas in the world. Dr. Huneke will begin to serve a 4 year term starting in October 2023.

This opportunity will benefit the University through international connections as well as disseminating information about the Master of Laboratory Animal Science program. ICLAS offers scholarships to lab animal personnel in underserved areas to attend lab animal training.


Animals are indispensable to unraveling the medical mysteries that still plague our society. My work is based on providing a clean, enriched and healthy environment for animals used in biomedical research. I assist researchers in the planning and performance of research with special interests in microbiology, immunology, neonatology and pharmacology. One focus of my work is in disease transmission between animals and man (zoonoses).

My professional activities also include serving as executive director of ULAR, council member for the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International (AAALAC), and president of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Society of Biomedical Research (PSBR).

In the Media


Selected Publications
(See all Richard Huneke's publications in PubMed.)

“Animal models of herpes simplex virus immunity and pathogenesis”
Kollias CM, Huneke RB, Wigdahl B, Jennings SR.   
The Journal of Neurovirology, Volume 21 (1), February 2015. 

“Tight Skin 2 mice exhibit delayed wound healing caused by increased elastic fibers in fibrotic skin” 
Long KB, Burgwin CM, Huneke R, Artlett C, Blankenhorn, EP 
Advances in Wound Care, Volume 3 (9), September 2014.

“Electrospun soy protein scaffolds as wound dressings: Enhanced re-epithelialization in a porcine model of wound healing”
Har-el Y, Gerstenhaber JA, Brodsky R, Huneke, RB, Lelkes, PI
Wound Medicine, May 2014

"Exposure of Laboratory Animal Care Workers to Airborne Mouse and Rat Allergens"
Glueck JT, Huneke RB, Perez H and I Burstyn
Journal of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science, 51 (5): 554-560, 2012.

"Guinea Pig Basic Experimental Methods"
Huneke RB  
In The Laboratory Rabbit, Guinea Pig, Hamster, and Miscellaneous Rodents, Mark A. Suckow, Karla A. Stevens, Ronald P. Wilson (Eds.),  Academic Press, 2012

"Carbon monoxide releasing molecule-2 enhances coagulation in rat and rabbit plasma"
Nielsen VG, Huneke RB, and Khan ES
Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis, 21(3): 298-299, 2010

"Salary Survey of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians, 2008"
Huneke RB, Morgan R, Chou S, and Tillman P
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, April 2009

"Salary Survey of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians, 2005"
Huneke RB and Dixon S
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, April 2006

"Salary Survey of Laboratory Animal Veterinarians, 2002"
Weigler BJ and Huneke RB
American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners, May 5, 2003

"Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act"
Huneke RB
Tech Talk, 6(3): 4-5, 2001

"Acute paralysis caused by fibrocartilaginous embolism in a pigtail macaque"
Huneke RB and La Regina MC
Contemporary Topics, 38: 87-88, 1999

"Antibody response in baboons (Papio cynocephalus anubis) to a commercially available encephalomyocarditis virus vaccine"
Huneke RB, Michaels MG, Kaufman CL, and Ildstad ST
Laboratory Animal Science, 48: 526-528, 1998

"Characterization of dermatologic changes in geriatric rhesus macaques"
Huneke RB, Foltz CJ, VandeWoude S, Mandrell TD, and Garman RH
Journal of Medical Primatology, 25: 404-413, 1996

"Frequency of antigen specific B cells during experimental ocular Chlamydia trachomatis infection"
Pal S, Taylor HB, Huneke RB, Prendergast RA, and Whittum-Hudson JA
Infection and Immunity, 60: 5294-5297, 1992

"Effective alpha-particle mediated radioimmunotherapy of murine leukemia"
Huneke RB, Pippin CG, Squire RA, Brechbiel MW, Gansow OA, and Strand M
Cancer Research, 52: 5818-5820, 1992

"Chlamydia-specific lymphocytes in conjunctiva during ocular infection: limiting dilution analysis"
Pal S, Pu Z, Huneke RB, Taylor HB, and Whittum-Hudson JA
Regional Immunology, 3: 171-176, 1991

Contact Information

University Laboratory Animal Sciences
245 N. 15th Street
MS 436
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215.762.7970
Fax: 215.762.7449