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. Tim Johnson and his colleague, Dr. Jay Graham with the Public Health Institute, were awarded NIH R01 funding for their project, "Antimicrobial resistance transmission associated with small-scale food-animal production in peri-urban communities of Quito, Ecuador."

The paper, "Role of afferent and efferent renal nerves in the development of Angll-salt hypertension in rats," by JD Foss, J. Fiege, Y. Shimizu, T. Mayerhofer, L. Wood, JW Osborn, and John Collister was published in a February 2018 issue of Physiological Reports.

Emily Smith presents her Research Rotation seminar on Finding E.Coli and Antibiotic Resistance in Canada Geese.

Fernando Leite, Randy Singer, Connie Gebhart, & Richard Isaacson publish in Scientific Reports.

The Rao lab's collaborative studies on soy food allergy “Inhibition of soluble epoxide hydrolase attenuates eosinophil recruitment and foodallergen-induced gastrointestinal inflammation” was published in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology.


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.