Welcome to the Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

College of Veterinary Medicine at Illinois

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Programs of Study

The Division of Parasitology is devoted to advancement of basic knowledge of parasite biology, epidemiology, chemotherapy, and control of parasitic diseases. The graduate program in parasitology benefits from the unique resources of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and other campus departments and colleges. Opportunities are available for specialized training in immunoparasitology, molecular parasitology, epidemiology, or pathology. In collaboration with their graduate committee, students are encouraged to develop interdisciplinary coursework study programs and research projects. Possible areas of research are molecular and biochemical parasitology, epidemiology and chemotherapy of parasitic diseases, zoonotic diseases, veterinary and medical entomology, and ecosystems dynamics. The program leads to both MS and PhD degrees in Veterinary Medical Science. Master of Science (MS) candidates complete 32 hours of coursework including thesis work (up to 12 hours), and are encouraged to participate in departmental and interdepartmental seminar programs. Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) candidates develop and follow a plan of study which is approved by the student's advisory committee. For the PhD degree, 96 hours of course and thesis work, development of an approved prospectus, and a significant contribution to research are required.


Tuition waivers are available to qualified graduate students. Stipends are available from interdisciplinary training grants, individual faculty grants, and teaching assistantships.

Research Facilities

The Department of Pathobiology is housed in a 56,000 square-foot modern building (1982) and has ample space and equipment for molecular, classical, and clinical research in parasitology. Individual faculty laboratories are well equipped for parasitology research in their specialties. The College also has a state-of-the art, 12,000 square-foot research animal care facility. The College also has excellent word processing and microcomputer facilities and access to campus mainframes and computer service microcomputer facilities. Shared laboratory equipment includes scintillation counters, ultracentrifuges, and walk-in freezer, cold, and warm rooms. The diagnostic laboratory and Large and Small Animal Clinics provide clinical expertise and specimens. Excellent libraries with Medline and other databases are available. Campus research support service facilities include histology, electron microscopy, monoclonal antibody production, peptide sequencing and synthesis, and DNA synthesis. The University of Illinois library system is valued as one of the best in the United States.