Dr. Matthew Wallig,
professor of comparative pathology in veterinary pathobiology, has enjoyed
a full career since coming to Illinois in 1987 as an assistant professor.
He initially taught Special Pathology lab, and after Dr. Harry Reynolds
retired in 1991, he took over the second-year General Pathology course.
continuing to teach General Pathology, Dr. Wallig has taken on many
other teaching duties: nutritional science courses and seminars, basic
toxicology, toxicologic pathology, interdisciplinary toxicology seminars,
mechanisms of disease, and just recently surgical pathology.
Dr. Wallig was
made associate professor in 1993, and gained full professorship in 2002.
Along with teaching,
research has been a constant focus for Dr. Wallig. With grants from
the NIH, USDA, and CFAR, he has studied the chemoprotectant properties
of phytochemicals in cruciferous plants (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage,
brussel sprouts, and turnips). These phytochemicals enhance cellular
detoxification enzymes and this may protect against or possibly prevent
the growth of cancer caused by carcinogens in the diet.
He has also worked
with researchers in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
Sciences on feeds and alternative crops. His research is now less
and less mine and more collaborative, including faculty in veterinary
clinical medicine such as Dr. David Freeman, associate professor in
equine medicine and surgery, and Dr. Barbara Kitchell, associate professor
in specialty medicine/oncology.
As a pathologist
board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP),
Dr. Wallig continues to find time for diagnostic work, reading over
700 biopsies per year.
service to the College also encompasses being the residency coordinator
for anatomic pathology, division chair for comparative pathology on
the departments advisory committee, adviser on graduate student
committees in our College and in ACES, and co-adviser for the Student
Chapter of the ACVP. On the national level, he chairs the ACVP Training
Coordinators Committee and reviews articles for veterinary, food science
and toxicology journals.
Recently his contributions
to the College were recognized last year with the Dr. and Mrs. Lloyd
Helper Veterinary Collegiality Award.
Despite being so
active in the veterinary profession, Dr. Wallig does find time for other
pleasures. An avid cyclist, his rides include Ride the Rockies (twice)
and the annual Multiple Sclerosis bike tour across Wisconsin (12 times).
He also enjoys genealogy, gardening, and history. For an added challenge,
he participates in a bell choir.
With so much involvement,
Dr. Wallig says, If you lose your sense of humor, you really lose
your perspective on life.