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.


[Dr. Will Sander, Sulagna Chakraborty, and a collaborator from India]
[American dog tick]
[Zeeshan Fazal]
[Dr. Leyi Wang with whole-genome sequencers]
[Dr. Sumiti Vinayak]
[Dr. Jodi Flaws and graduate student Katie Chiang]
[Dr. Aditi Das]

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


Phthalates and Ovarian Toxicity
J Flaws; $1,961,209; National Institutes of Health

The Role of Lpcat3 and Phospholipid Remodeling in Intestinal Homeostasis
B Wang; $660,020; National Institutes of Health

Ultraviolet Fluorescence of Lake Erie Watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon insularum) as a Non-Invasive Diagnostic Tool for Ophidiomycosis (Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola)
M Allender, K Vivirito; $5,000; Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Scholars Program

Role of Glycine Decarboxylase in Regulating NMDA Receptor Function
U Rudolph; $699,988; National Institutes of Health

Evidence-Based Strategies to Improve Feedback in Teaching
L Garrett; $900; American Veterinary Medical Association Veterinary Educator Grant

Synovial Ossification in Osteoarthritis: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targeting
M Stewart; $29,850; Veterinary Orthopedic Society

Validation of Fine Needle Aspiration as a Minimally Invasive Sampling Method for Gene Expression Quantification of Pharmacogenetic Targets
J Reinhart, M Vieson; $5,979; American Kennel Club

Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Internship at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine
D-L Agapis; $47,118; Maddie’s Fund

Anti-Inflammatory Endocannabinoids as Potential MS Therapeutics
A Das; $55,000; National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Synergizing Radiation-Induced Immunogenic Cell Death and Toll-like Receptor 9 Agonism to Generate Abscopal Effects in Canine Osteosarcoma
T Fan; $194,555; Morris Animal Foundation

Publications Recently Indexed in PubMed

The Current Landscape of Veterinary Compounding in the Veterinary Setting.
Gochenauer AE, Rishniw M, Holmes ER, Forsythe LR. Int J Pharm Compd. 2019 Sep-Oct;23(5):428-433. PMID: 31513543

The Current Landscape of Veterinary Compounding in the Pharmacy Setting.
Gochenauer AE, Holmes ER, Barber KE, Forsythe LR. Int J Pharm Compd. 2019 Sep-Oct;23(5):422-427. PMID: 31513542

Development and validation of a multivariate predictive model to estimate serum ionized calcium concentration from serum biochemical profile results in cats.
Hodgson N, McMichael MA, Jepson RE, Le Boedec K. J Vet Intern Med. 2019 Sep 12. doi: 10.1111/jvim.15622. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31513308

A mechanism for the influence of the prenatal environment on adult fertility.
Warner GR, Flaws JA. Endocrinology. 2019 Aug 23. pii: en.2019-00508. doi: 10.1210/en.2019-00508. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID: 31504385

Effects of recombinant bovine interleukin-8 treatment on health, metabolism, and lactation performance in Holstein cattle IV: Insulin resistance, dry matter intake, and blood parameters.
Zinicola M, Batista CP, Bringhenti L, Meira EBS Jr, Lima FS, McDonough SP, Bicalho RC. J Dairy Sci. 2019 Sep 5. pii: S0022-0302(19)30777-5. doi: 10.3168/jds.2019-16337. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31495618

Clinical utility of urine specific gravity, electrical conductivity, and color as on-farm methods for evaluating urine concentration in dairy cattle.
Megahed AA, Grünberg W, Constable PD. J Vet Intern Med. 2019 May;33(3):1530-1539. doi: 10.1111/jvim.15502. Epub 2019 Apr 25. PMID: 31025445

Hybrid model intermediate between a laboratory and field study: A humane paradigm shift in feline research.
Fischer A, Benka VA, Briggs JR, Maki J, Morris KN, Myers KA, Rhodes L, Weedon GR,Levy JK. J Feline Med Surg. 2018 Sep;20(9):803-810. doi: 10.1177/1098612X18791872. Epub 2018 Jul 19. PMID: 30021502

Effectiveness of GonaCon as an immunocontraceptive in colony-housed cats.
Fischer A, Benka VA, Briggs JR, Driancourt MA, Maki J, Mora DS, Morris KN, Myers KA, Rhodes L, Vansandt LM, Weedon GR, Wolf J, Levy JK. J Feline Med Surg. 2018 Aug;20(8):786-792. doi: 10.1177/1098612X18758549. Epub 2018 Feb 21. PMID: 29463201