Projects Seeking PhD & MS Applicants

Below are some of the available research opportunities for PhD and MS applicants. Please email the listed contact person for more information. 

Ecosystems Health

We are seeking MS or PhD students to work on wildlife infectious diseases. One project is to study the epidemiology of Parelaphostrongylus tenuis in deer and moose. A second opportunity will utilize over 20 years of elk data to understand disease trends and answer various questions on brucellosis in wild and captive populations. Contact Dr. Tiffany Wolf at

Aquatic Ecosystems

We are seeking an MS student on a project examining the distribution of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems in Northeastern Minnesota. Contact Dr. Tiffany Wolf at

Canine Genetic Diseases

We seek a PhD trainee to work on complex genetic diseases of dogs, emphasizing autoimmune disorders. We will utilize state-of-the-art genome-wide association studies and next generation sequencing to advance canine health. DVM is preferred but not required. Contact Dr. Steven Friedenberg at

Pain Behavior in Companion Animals

We seek a student to investigate the role of lipid metabolizing and calcium-regulating enzymes in nociceptive signaling and behavior markers of pain in companion animals. PhD and MS students, preferably with DVM/equivalent and/or behavior background, are welcome. Contact Dr. Alonso Guedes at

Retrovirus Pathogenesis

Seeking a PhD student to investigate the role of a host RNA helicase that controls fidelity of retrovirus reverse transcription and structural biology. Our ultimate goal is development of a new, targeted antiviral agents. Contact Dr. Kathleen Boris-Lawrie at for additional information.

Swine Viral Pathogenesis

We are seeking an MS student to work on a research project investigating the impact of transportation stress on the pathogenesis and transmission of vesicular disease caused by Senecavirus A in swine. Contact Dr. Fabio Vannucci at

Comparative Medicine and Pathology

We are accepting applications from veterinarians seeking state-of-the-art research training in an NIH comparative medicine and pathology training program. Our goal is to provide sufficient broad based knowledge, quality communication skills, and advanced research training essential for a career as an independent investigator. Areas of study include cell biology, infectious disease, neurobiology, physiology, genetic diseases, molecular biology, and pharmacology. Applicants must be US citizens and graduates of an accredited veterinary school. Contact the T32 Directors, Dr. Cathy Carlson ( or Dr. Molly McCue (