We study life forms from bacteria and fungi to humans and animals, as individuals and populations. Our research draws on disciplines from cell and molecular biology to epidemiology, applied medicine, and geospatial analysis.

[Zeeshan Fazal]
[Dr. Leyi Wang with whole-genome sequencers]
[Dr. Sumiti Vinayak]
[Dr. Jodi Flaws and graduate student Katie Chiang]
[Dr. Aditi Das]
[Dr. Rex Hess]
[Reilee Juhl and Sarah Wright]
[Dr. Mudalagiriyappa and Dr. Nanjappa]

Discovery at the College of Veterinary Medicine encompasses the spectrum of biomedical sciences.

The Office of Research and Advanced Studies serves a variety of functions:

Research and graduate education occur within the three academic departments, listed below, with guidance and support from the Office of Research and Advanced Studies.

To see the breadth of scholarly activity of college faculty, visit individual faculty biosketch pages or view the sampling of recent grants and publications below.


Selected Recent Grant Awards

DNA Methylation Inhibitor Therapy for Testicular Cancer
M Spinella, S Spinella; $503,327; National Institutes of Health

Study the Role of hnRNP I in Downregulating TLR Signaling and Inducing Intestinal Epithelial Immune Tolerance
W Mei; $75,210; National Institutes of Health

T1 Mapping and Calculation of Extracellular Volume Fraction in Cats with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy using Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging
R Fries, S Keating, J Vitt; $33,850; Winn Feline Foundation

COTC026: Evaluation of a Recombinant, Attenuated Listeria monocytogenes Expressing a Chimeric Human HER2/neu Protein in Dogs with Osteosarcoma in the Adjuvant Setting
T Fan; $585,144; Morris Animal Foundation

Metagenomic Investigation into the Cause of Shell Disease in Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata)
K Terio, D Woodburn; $20,567; Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Conditional Protein Degradation Tool for Cryptosporidium
S Vinayak; $100,000; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Snake Fungal Disease Survey: Natural Resource Manager Training and Data Collection
M Allender; $106,631; Department of Defense

Physical Chemistry of Herpesvirus Infectivity
A Evilevitch; $389,676; National Science Foundation

Phthalate Exposure and Hot Flashes in Midlife Women
J Flaws, R Smith; $851,639; National Institutes of Health

The Upper Midwestern Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Diseases
M O’Hara; $692,255; Centers for Disease Control

Publications Recently Indexed in PubMed

Considerations for studying transmission of antimicrobial resistant enteric bacteria between wild birds and the environment on intensive dairy and beef cattle operations.
Tormoehlen K, Johnson-Walker YJ, Lankau EW, Myint MS, Herrmann JA. PeerJ. 2019 Feb 27;7:e6460. doi: 10.7717/peerj.6460. eCollection 2019. PMID: 30834183

Florida Arsenic Distribution Index: Quantifying the Distribution of Past and Present Arsenic Usage.
Scott-Richardson M, O’Hara Ruiz M, Smith RL. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Mar 1;16(5). pii: E744. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16050744. PMID: 30832240

Low fat but not soy protein isolate was an effective intervention to reduce nonalcoholic fatty liver disease progression in C57BL/6J mice: monitored by a novel quantitative ultrasound (QUS) method.
Rowles JL 3rd, Han A, Miller RJ, Kelly JR, Applegate CC, Wallig MA, O’Brien WD Jr, Erdman JW Jr. Nutr Res. 2018 Dec 14;63:95-105. doi: 10.1016/j.nutres.2018.12.003. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30824402

Immune-Mediated Central Nervous System Disease-Current Knowledge and Recommendations.
Vitale S, Foss K. Top Companion Anim Med. 2019 Mar;34:22-29. doi: 10.1053/j.tcam.2018.11.003. Epub 2018 Dec 4. Review. PMID: 30808493

Evaluation of 3 esterase tests for the diagnosis of subclinical mastitis at dry-off and freshening in dairy cattle.
Kandeel SA, Megahed AA, Ebeid MH, Constable PD. J Dairy Sci. 2019 Feb;102(2):1402-1416. doi: 10.3168/jds.2017-14345. Epub 2018 Dec 24. PMID: 30591327

The spread of bovine tuberculosis in Canadian shared pastures: Data, model, and simulations.
Rossi G, Aubry P, Dubé C, Smith RL. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2019 Jan;66(1):562-577. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13066. Epub 2018 Dec 1. PMID: 30407739

Synergetic action between the rumen microbiota and bovine health.
Zeineldin M, Barakat R, Elolimy A, Salem AZM, Elghandour MMY, Monroy JC. Microb Pathog. 2018 Nov;124:106-115. doi: 10.1016/j.micpath.2018.08.038. Epub 2018 Aug 20. Review. PMID: 30138752

Milk microbiome and bacterial load following dry cow therapy without antibiotics in dairy cows with healthy mammary gland.
Bonsaglia ECR, Gomes MS, Canisso IF, Zhou Z, Lima SF, Rall VLM, Oikonomou G, Bicalho RC, Lima FS. Sci Rep. 2017 Aug 14;7(1):8067. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-08790-5. PMID: 28808353