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.


The paper, "Enteroids as in vitro model for ileitis," by Talita Resende, a PhD candidate supervised by Dr. Connie Gebhart, was published in the April 16th issue of National Hog farmer.

Dr. Carol Cardona leads research efforts to create an online tool that will improve response to outbreaks and help producers mitigate foreign animal diseases on farms.

Drs. Bruce Walcheck and Jianming (Jimmy) Wu were awarded funding to conduct a 1 year study to establish in vivo proof of concept for anti-ovarian cancer activity.

Dr. Xiaona Ge and the Rao lab group recently published the manuscript, "Regulation of eosonophil recruitment and allergic airway inflammation by heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG) modifying enzymes," in the April 5th edition of the Experimental Lung Research Journal. 

The paper, "Arenaviral Nucleoproteins Suppress PACT-induced Augmentation of RIG-I Function to Inhibit Type I Interferon Production," by authors Junjie Shao, Qinfeng Huang, Xiaoying Liu, Da Di, plus Dr's. Yuying Liang, and Hinh Ly, has been published in the Journal of Virology


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.