Departments

Pathobiology

In Pathobiology, a diverse complement of disciplines takes an integrated systems approach encompassing all aspects of disease emergence, mechanisms of host-pathogen interactions, and novel approaches to disease prevention.

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Overview

Expertise in the Department of Pathobiology spans epidemiology, microbiology, immunology, parasitology, virology, and comparative pathology.

Through its multidisciplinary approach, the department addresses complex problems in biomedical and veterinary sciences. Research emphasizes multi-host disease systems, with the goal of improving human and animal health at the individual and population levels in a broad social and environmental context.

In the veterinary professional degree program, the department teaches courses in both the basic science and clinical portions of the curriculum, fostering students’ ability to apply the fundamental tenets of disease mechanisms in the practice of clinical and diagnostic medicine.

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Dongwan Yoo’s research uses reverse genetics to understand viral evasion strategies against host immune surveillance, using the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus as a model.

The Pathobiology graduate program produces leaders in biomedical research and education. The program accepts students from a variety of backgrounds, who have completed undergraduate or professional degrees, into programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees. Graduate degrees are also offered in conjunction with the campus MD degree (Medical Scholars Program) and the college DVM degree (Veterinary Medical Scholars Program).

The department is home to a nationally recognized residency program in anatomic, clinical, or zoologic pathology, leading to board eligibility with the American College of Veterinary Pathology. The residency program can be combined with a PhD program. Virtually all graduate students receive tuition waivers and competitive stipends while participating in the teaching and research functions of the department.

Professional service, ranging from interpreting submissions to the college’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to developing continuing education courses in molecular biology and industrial toxicology and pathology, comprises a significant proportion of departmental activity.

Areas of Research

  • Pathogenesis of enteric, respiratory, and reproductive diseases
  • Molecular mechanisms of infection, host-pathogen interactions, and immunity
  • Strategies for vaccine design and disease control
  • Spatial and contextual aspects of health and illness, combining human, animal, and ecosystem health
  • Mathematical modeling of infectious diseases to promote disease control
  • Foreign animal disease prevention, preparedness, and response

Faculty

 


 


News Pathobiology

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Seeking a Faster Way to Catch the Kennel Cough Culprit

Apr 8, 2015 / Pathobiology

A cough, runny nose, fever, and lethargy. In dogs, these are classic signs of highly infectious upper respiratory problems that are lumped under the broad term “kennel cough.” The specific pathogen causing kennel cough may be viral, bacterial, or a combination of these. Because many different pathogens cause kennel cough, laboratory testing is required to...

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Taking Aim at Arteriviruses: Targets for a Better Vaccine

Mar 12, 2015 / Pathobiology

Arteriviruses in pigs, horses, mice, and apes appear to use the same non-specific protein to evade the body’s immune system From the common cold to HIV, many illnesses—in fact, more than 90 percent of human illnesses—are caused by viruses. In the war against viruses, medical researchers called virologists are constantly seeking new avenues of attack. Vaccinations...

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