Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

   Our mission is to benefit animal and human health through excellence in science and education.

Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences conducts investigations across the cutting-edge research areas of Host-Pathogen Interface Biology, Microbiome and Antibiotic Resistance, Chronic Disease Biology, and Genetics and Genomics. The Department also provides educational offerings and research opportunities in the basic biomedical sciences to undergraduate, professional, and graduate students.


Dr. Bruce Walcheck, Professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences was recently profiled in the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MOCA) July newsletter, Moca Messenger

Dr. Irene Bueno Padilla, a PhD student in the VMED program and advised by Dr. Randy Singer, was invited as a subject matter expert to the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Meeting on Foodborne Antimicrobial Resistance: Role of Environment, Crops and Biocides that was held in Rome, Italy from June 11-15, 2018.

The paper, "Lesion f the OVLT markedly attenuates chronic deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA) salt hypertension in the rat," written by Dr. John Collister, Associate Professor in VBS will be published in the American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, integrative, and comparative physiology. 

Dr. Michael Murtaugh, Professor in VBS and Cheryl Dvorak, Researcher 6, published a paper in Virus Research Journal entitled, "Porcine circovirus 2 infection induces IFNβ expression through increased expression of genes involved in RIG-I and IRF7 signaling pathways."

The Skinner lab discovers immunotherapy product that targets virus-specific cells that may aid in a cure for HIV.


VBS Welcomes Newest Faculty Hires, Drs. Peter and Roxanne Larsen

Peter Larsen Baseball Card
Roxanne Larsen Baseball Card
Dr. Peter Larsen comes to VBS from the Department of Biology at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. His expertise is in epigenetics, neurodegenerative disease, zoonotic disease, and surveillance bioinformatics. 
Dr. Roxanne Larsen comes to VBS from the School of Medicine at Duke in Durham, North Carolina. She will be teaching Anatomy and Physiology and her teaching expertise also includes Neuroanatomy, Radiological Anatomy, Embryology, Microanatomy/Histology, and Biomechanics.