Leadership Team

Konstance Knox, PhD – CEO Coppe Laboratories

Konstance K Knox PhD
Konstance K. Knox, PhD is a virologist and microbiologist who founded Viracor, the Wisconsin Viral Research Group (WVRG), and the non-profit Institute for Viral Pathogenesis (IVP). Drs. Knox and Carrigan were first to associate HHV-6 infection with MS.

Knox received her bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory sciences from Marquette University and was board certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. After receiving a Master’s degree in business management, Knox entered the Medical College of Wisconsin’s graduate pathology program as a doctoral student. There she investigated the pathogenetic interactions between HIV and HHV-6 as her doctoral dissertation research project under Donald Carrigan, PhD, with whom she collaborated on various publications during the period. Knox and Carrigan were founders of Wisconsin Viral Research Group (WVRG) and subsequently created Viracor Laboratories in order to extend testing services. As Viracor expanded, Knox and Carrigan focused on WVRG and expanded research outside United States.

Dr. Knox has received numerous awards and recognitions related to her research in AIDS, MS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Dr. Knox has served as a special reviewer for the National Prion Research Program and the National Institute for Neurologic Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health. She has also served as a peer reviewer for numerous journals and funding agencies and is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology. She has served on the scientific advisory board of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and also serves as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Wisconsin ME/CSF Foundation.

Dr. Knox formed Coppe Laboratories in order to continue research into specialized infectious disease testing and is committed to providing medical testing in areas of unmet need.


Donald Carrigan, PhD

Donald Carrigan received his undergraduate degree from the California Institute of Technology, doctoral degree from the University of California, San Francisco and performed post doctoral work in neurovirology at the same institution. He was an Assistant Professor in the Neurology Department at the University of California and later the University of Maryland. Dr. Carrigan’s research was supported through the NIH. In addition to his research and laboratory, Dr Carrigan was a course lecturer in Virology. He later joined the Medical College of Wisconsin as an Associate Professor in Pathology and the Director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center. His work with marrow transplants as well as the solid organ transplantation program led to a number of publications on the clinical manifestations of viral infections in immunocompromised patients.

He and his business partner Dr. Konstance Knox, established a biomedical research and certified viral diagnostic laboratory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At Coppe Laboratories, Dr. Carrigan chairs the Scientific Committee and lends his expertise to the viral testing research activities.