Matt Hille

Dr. Matt Hille, assistant professor, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
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Faculty Profile


Dr. Hille is originally from west-central Nebraska and graduated with a DVM degree from Iowa State University. He practiced beef cattle feedlot and cow/calf medicine in South Dakota for approximately five years before coming to UNL for a Ph.D. and residency in Anatomic Pathology which he completed in 2021. Dr. Hille is currently an Assistant Professor and diagnostic pathologist at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center. His research and diagnostic interests are on infectious diseases and immunology of beef cattle.


  • Ph.D. in Integrative Biomedical Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2021
  • D.V.M., Iowa State University, 2014
  • M.S. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming, 2010
  • B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Wyoming, 2008


Hille, M. M., Jewell, J. E., & Belden, E. L. (2019). Cellular distribution of the prion protein in palatine tonsils of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and Rocky Mountain elk (Cervus elaphus nelsoni). J Vet Med Sci, 81(11), 1586-1596. doi: 10.1292/jvms.19-0358

Hille, M., Dickey, A., Robbins, K., Clawson, M. L., & Loy, J. D. (2020). Rapid differentiation of Moraxella bovoculi genotypes 1 and 2 using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry profiles. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 173, 105942. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2020.105942

Bartenslager AC, Althuge ND, Loy JD, Hille MM, Spangler ML, Fernando SC. Longitudinal assessment of the bovine ocular bacterial community dynamics in calves. Anim Microbiome. 2021 Jan 30;3(1):16. doi:10.1186/s42523-021-00079-3

Hille, M.M., Clawson, M.L., Dickey, A.M., Lowery, J.H., & Loy, J.D. (2021) MALDI-TOF MS Biomarker Detection Models to Distinguish RTX Toxin Phenotypes of Moraxella bovoculi Strains Are Enhanced Using Calcium Chloride Supplemented Agar. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology. 11(202). doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2021.632647

Loy, J. D., Maier G., Hille M. and Clawson M. (2021). Component causes of IBK - The Role of Moraxella spp. in the epidemiology of Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis. Veterinary Clinics: Food Animal Practice. In Press.

Hille, M. M., Brodersen, B. W., & Kolterman, L. A. (2022). Pathology in Practice. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 1–2. Advance online publication.

Hille, M.M., Spangler, M.L., Clawson, M.L., Heath, K.D., Vu, H.L.X., Rogers, R.E.S., Loy, J.D. (2022). A Five Year Randomized Controlled Trial to Assess the Efficacy and Antibody Responses to a Commercial and Autogenous Vaccine for the Prevention of Infectious Bovine Keratoconjunctivitis. Vaccines, 10, 916.

Awards and Honors

  • Best oral presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, 2020
  • Trainee Award, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, 2020
  • Dale Grotelueschen Award, Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, 2020
  • Best PhD Student Seminar award, School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, 2019
  • Dale Grotelueschen Graduate Student Award, Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, 2018


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Lincoln, NE 68583-0907

Research Areas

  • Beef Cattle Research
  • Immunology
  • Pathology

Professional Society Memberships

  • Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
  • Academy of Veterinary Consultants
  • American Association of Extension Veterinarians