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.

Overview | Areas of Research | Faculty and Organization | News

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.

[faculty member oversees graduate student working in lab]

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
  • Virus biophysics

Faculty

 


 


News Pathobiology

[Dr. Anne Barger and Dean Peter Constable with their recent textbooks]

Illinois Has Impact Through Authoritative Texts

Oct 12, 2017 / Diagnostic Updates

They Wrote the Book on It Since its founding, the College of Veterinary Medicine has been the academic home of faculty recognized for compiling the definitive body of knowledge in their fields. Extending this long line of experts, Dr. Anne Barger and Dean Peter Constable have both recently published textbooks. “Substantial changes were made for...

[Dr. Edward adn Mrs. Virginia Voss]

Pathobiology Celebrates Research with Donors, Student Award Winners

Sep 18, 2017 / Giving Stories

On Friday, Aug. 25, five PhD students and two master’s degree students were recognized for their research at the annual Voss Pathobiology Graduate Student Research Expo at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The PhD award winners and their projects are: 1st Place—Jingjun Lin: Proper exiting of competence state benefits Streptococcus pneumoniae D39...

[Ed and Virginia Voss]

Reception Honors Prof. Emeritus Ed Voss

May 31, 2017 / Pathobiology

Please let us know you are coming. On August 25, at 11:30 in conjunction with the annual Voss Pathobiology Graduate Student Research Expo, the Department of Pathobiology will host a reception for Dr. Ed and Mrs. Virginia Voss and their daughter Cathy Voss-Treiber. Please join us to meet with Dr. Voss and his family and...

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