Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

  • Dr. Bruce Walcheck

    Unlocking the Mysteries of ADAM 17


    If ADAM17’s activity is too high, this will eventually lead to disease. But if the enzyme can be regulated, the incidence of diseases associated with inflammation and cancer could be reduced.

    Dr. Walcheck

  • Lassa Virus

    Eliminating a Deadly Vector-Borne Virus


    I wanted be a scientist ever since I was little. I like discovering something new, what we don't know. When I was young, I read the biographies of great scientists for inspiration.

    Dr. Liang

  • Fighting disease in poultry industry

    Fighting Disease in the Poultry Industry


    Everything that happens in animals has a direct impact on humans.  'One Health' concept is an idea in which we embrace the reality that humans and animals are intertwined and that studying the condition of animals is very relevant to the human condition.

    Dr. Johnson

  • Structure of the RNA

    Creating Collaborative Research Environments


    When you recruit really good students you end up getting really good work being done. Students are so important to high impact work. They are our partners in the discovery process.

    Dr. Boris-Lawrie

Quality and accountability are priority – one. We focus effort accordingly to best educate and train students and scientists.The Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBS) Department educates students in the biomedical sciences; discovers new knowledge about animal and human health and disease through scientific research; translates new knowledge into useful applications; and communicates knowledge to scientists, health professionals, animal producers, and industry.

Did you know: Monkeys and Microbes


The large community of beneficial bacteria that lives in the intestines changes dramatically when monkeys leave their wild surroundings and move into captivity. This is the finding of a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by graduate student Jonathan Clayton, working in Dr. Timothy Johnson’s laboratory.  From analyses of bacteria present in the droppings of monkeys from two different primate superfamilies (Vietnamese douc langurs and South American howler monkeys), there appears to be a significant loss in the diversity of the gut microbial population in captive monkeys feeding on restricted zoo diets compared to their wild counterparts, who normally feast on a wide variety of plants. Indeed, the intestinal bacterial communities in captive monkeys begins to resemble, in some respects, those of people eating a Western diet! Are these changes in microbial biodiversity associated with health and disease in primates and people?

by David R. Brown, VBS Vice Chair

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Poultry National Needs Fellowship website