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.

[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]
[Dr. Rex Hess]
[Reilee Juhl and Sarah Wright]

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

Novel functions of the ubiquitin-independent proteasome system in regulating Xenopus germline development.
Hwang H, Jin Z, Krishnamurthy VV, Saha A, Klein PS, Garcia B, Mei W, King ML, Zhang K, Yang J. Development. 2019 Mar 25. pii: dev.172700. doi: 10.1242/dev.172700. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30910828

Haemosporidian Parasite Infections In the Dickcissel (Spiza americana): Prevalence and Costs.
Jones TM, Merrill L, Zachar SE, Brawn JD, Ward MP. J Parasitol. 2019 Apr;105(2):232-236. PMID: 30908117

Response to the comments of Delclos et al.
Flaws JA, Warner GR. Toxicol Sci. 2019 Mar 23. pii: kfz073. doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfz073. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available. PMID: 30903159

Quantitative assessment of two- and three-dimensional transthoracic and two-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging in normal canine hearts.
Fries RC, Gordon SG, Saunders AB, Miller MW, Hariu CD, Schaeffer DJ. J Vet Cardiol. 2019 Feb;21:79-92. doi: 10.1016/j.jvc.2018.09.005. Epub 2018 Dec 24. PMID: 30797448

Effects of 2 preparation methods and long-term storage on structural integrity and bacterial loads of equine amnion.
McCoy AM, Smith RL, Secor EJ, Roady PJ. Vet Surg. 2019 Feb;48(2):222-228. doi: 10.1111/vsu.13138. Epub 2018 Dec 20. PMID: 30570165

Modified lateral orbitotomy with combined partial zygomatic arch and vertical ramus ostectomies for excision of a frontal and parietal bone osteoma in a dog.
Selmic LE, Cray MT, Good JG, Hummel DW, Joslyn S.
Vet Surg. 2019 Feb;48(2):257-262. doi: 10.1111/vsu.13116. Epub 2018 Oct 24. PMID: 30357872

Intraflagellar transporter protein 140 (IFT140), a component of IFT-A complex, is essential for male fertility and spermiogenesis in mice.
Zhang Y, Liu H, Li W, Zhang Z, Zhang S, Teves ME, Stevens C, Foster JA, Campbell GE, Windle JJ, Hess RA, Pazour GJ, Zhang Z. Cytoskeleton (Hoboken). 2018 Feb;75(2):70-84. doi: 10.1002/cm.21427. Epub 2018 Jan 8. PMID: 29236364