Departments

Comparative Biosciences

Comparative Biosciences is creating the future of science and medicine, extending new knowledge into real-life applications to improve the health of animals and people.

Welcome! Our department is a place where students and researchers pursue advances in comparative medicine, from basic science discovery through regulatory approval and successful application to human and animal health. We invite you to learn more about our work.

 Mission | Areas of Focus | Faculty | Key Collaborations | News

 

Mission

  • Instruct veterinary and graduate students in the pre-clinical sciences of gross anatomy, histology, developmental anatomy, neurobiology, physiology, pharmacology and toxicology
  • Conduct original, cutting-edge research on critical problems of animal, human, and environmental/ecosystem health
  • Sustain a university-leading program in comparative biomedical training and research
  • Offer clinical pharmacology and clinical toxicology diagnostic services and engage students in these activities
  • Participate in leadership and governance of professional and scientific societies as well as of the department, college, and university

 

Areas of Focus

The majority of our faculty work within several interconnected fields of interest. We bring a broad range of techniques and approaches to bear on these core areas: from micro-RNA to animal and human patient epidemiology to ecological assessments, and from cellular biology to applied clinical pharmacology and ecosystem health. Experimental models used in the department vary from stem cells to rodent and frog models to domestic animals, wildlife, and large prospective trials involving human patients.

Reproductive Biology

  • Current projects: Endocrine/reproductive biology and toxicology; uterine and placental biology; molecular mechanisms of early embryonic development; circadian rhythms in animal models of shift work and jet lag and impact on reproductive health; mechanisms regulating spermatogenesis and mouse models of male infertility
  • Faculty: Indrani Bagchi, Jodi Flaws, CheMyong (Jay) Ko, Quanxi Li, Megan Mahoney, Wenyan Mei, Huanyu (Joe) Qiao, Pradhakara Reddi, Jing Yang
  • Center: Center For Research in Reproduction and Infertility

Developmental and Stem Cell Research

  • Current projects: Generation of 3D vascularized tissues for total replacement biologic products and other therapeutic purposes in regenerative medicine; the role of PTB (polypyrimidine tract binding protein) in regulating stem-cell-based tissue regeneration
  • Faculty: CheMyong (Jay) Ko, Wenyan Mei, Jing Yang

Neurobiology

  • Current projects: Impact of environmental and dietary compounds on neurodevelopment and on addictive potential of substances of abuse; effects of environmental factors and hormonal influences on cognitive functioning and neurotransmission
  • Faculty: Aditi Das, Paul Eubig, Makoto Inoue, Megan Mahoney, Susan Schantz
  • Center: Botanical Research Center

Ecosystem/Environmental Health

Comparative Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • Current projects: Stem cells for assessment of small molecule and nanoparticle pharmacology and toxicology; the interplay between  infectious agents and contaminants with wildlife populations; comparative drug disposition and pharmacokinetics; immunopharmacology and drug allergy; cancer chemotherapy
  • Faculty: Michael Biehl, Aditi Das, Michael Spinella

 

Faculty

Department Administration

Jodi Flaws, Interim Head
Email: jflaws@illinois.edu

Indrani Bagchi, Assistant Head
Email: ibagchi@illinois.edu

CheMyong “Jay” Ko, Director of Graduate Programs
Email: jayko@illinois.edu

 

 

Key Collaborations and Affiliations

 



 

News Comparative Biosciences News

Study: Omega-3 Fatty Acids Fight Inflammation via Cannabinoids

Jul 19, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the cascade of chemical reactions...

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Five Veterinary Faculty Among Medical College Inaugural 100

May 8, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

Five faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine are among the 100 prominent researchers, administrators, and medical professionals named to the faculty of the new Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based college of medicine. The medical college is a partnership between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carle Health System,...

Public Hearing Marks Step Toward Unified Basic Sciences Department

Feb 24, 2017 / Comparative Biosciences News

New Department Part of College Strategic Plan The hearing is required as part of Senate Standing Rule #13, “Formation, Termination, Separation, Transfer, Merger, Change in Status, or Renaming of Units.” Creating a unified basic sciences department is one of the initiatives identified in the college’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan, under the goal to “expand and support...

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