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.


Students in VBS 2032, VBS 1001 and GCC3016/5016 design art for the American Society for Microbiology Agar Art competition.

Dr. Mary Jo Baarsch, Vice President of Biologics for Pharmgate Animal Health and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences was featured in National Hog Farmer. 

Dr. Alice Larson, Professor in the Department of Veterinary Sciences will teach Creativity in Research Course (CMB 5912) again this Summer. 

Dr. Jianming (Jimmy) Wu and his colleagues published the paper, "C-Reactive Protein Impairs Dendritic Cell Development, Maturation, and Function: Implications for Peripheral Tolerance," in Frontiers in Immunology Journal

On March 19th the GCC 3016/ 5016  class "Science and Society: Working Together to Avoid the Antibiotic Resistance Apocalypse," hosted an award-winning journalist and producer, Julie Siple and Tracy Mumford. 


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.