Our Faculty

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Beitz, Alvin Professor - Anatomy and Neuroscience
Dr. Beitz, former department Chair has had a long time interest in mechanisms responsible for tumor growth and metastasis using rodent tumor models and mechanisms underlying the development of chronic pain conditions that are common to animals and humans using models of persistent pain which now define the underlying acupuncture's anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive effects. 

Boris-Lawrie, Kathleen Professor-Infectious Disease
Our newest faculty member and VBS Department Chair, Dr. Boris-Lawrie's research concentrates on virus-host interface and molecular virology, specializing in molecular basis of gene expression of retroviruses that infect humans and animals.

Brown, David Professor - Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience.
Dr. Brown conducts research which includes immunopharmacology, molecular pharmacology of neuropeptide action, and neural and hormonal regulation of epithelial ion transport.

Cardona, Carol Pomeroy Endowed Chair in Avian Health
As Pomeroy Endowed Chair in Avian Health since 2010 and expert in avian flu, Dr. Cardona has done abundant outreach on behalf of the poultry industry as well as served as a liason for researchers at the University of Minnesota and industry alike. Recently she is working with the Center for Disease control and the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab to find answers to the devastating avian flu crisis.

Clarkson, Christina Associate Professor – Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Education Expertise: Courseware development pertaining to veterinary gross anatomy, generation of learning modules to enhance learning of anatomy. Research Interests: Stem cell development and application in large animal model with the goal of translating to stem cell therapy in human disease conditions.

Collister, John Associate Professor - Anatomy and Physiology
Research Interests: Long - term control of arterial blood pressure and the pathogenesis of salt dependent hypertension.

Cox, Victor Associate Professor - Anatomy
Research Interests: Anatomic and clinical studies of downer cow syndrome. Education Expertise: Multimedia tutorial development, particularly for ungulate anatomy.

Ekenstedt, Kari Assistant Professor-Anatomy
Research Interests: Canine genetics; juvenile-onset inherited polyneuropathy

Fletcher, Thomas Professor - Anatomy
Education Expertise: Gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, computer - assisted instruction. Research Interests: Innervation of the lower urinary tract. General interest in morphometry and stereology, and computer applications.

Gebhart, Connie Professor-Veterinary Microbiology;Infectious Disease
Research Interests: Diagnostic microbiology, molecular diagnostics, molecular pathogenesis, epidemiology, Lawsonia intracellularis and proliferative enteropathies.

Isaacson, Richard Professor - Microbiology
Research Interests: Molecular basis of pathogenesis of Escherichia coli and Salmonella Typhimurium and the gastrointestinal microbiome in health and disease.

Ji, Yinduo Professor - Microbial Pathogenesis and Functional Genomics
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus and host - pathogen interactions. Use of functional genomics to identify genes and operons involved in bacterial growth and survival, as well as genes that affect host cell integrity.

Johnson, Timothy Associate Professor - Microbiology
Research Interests: Bacterial diseases of poultry, mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, metagenomics, animal gut health.

Kannan, Mathur Professor - Pharmacology
Research Interests: Animal models of allergic airway disease for studies of the cellular mechanisms of airway hyperresponsiveness. Neural and myogenic mechanisms of control of smooth muscle function. Electrophysiological and pharmacological studies of airway, vascular and gastrointestinal smooth muscle, and cultured sympathetic neurones.

Larson, Alice Professor - Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Research Interests: Stress hormones (CRF & urocortins) influence on pain transmission; temperature regulation and depression; neuroimmunological significance of mast cells in the brain.

Liang, Yuying Associate Professor - Molecular Virology
Research Interests: Virus-host interactions in the replication and pathogenesis of arenaviruses and influenza virus.

Ly, Hinh Associate Professor – Virology, Immunology and Cancer Biology
Research Interests: Arenavirus-induced hemorrhagic fevers: Molecular mechanisms of Lassa fever virus replication and host immune suppression. Genome instability: Roles of telomere-telomerase biology in human blood disorders and cancers.

Mickelson, James Professor - Biochemistry
Research Interests: Defining the molecular basis for heritable neuromuscular, neurological, and metabolic disorders in animals, focusing on those of the horse and the dog. Resource development for genome scans in horses and identification of alleles that have been subjected to genetic selection in breeds.

Murtaugh, Michael Professor - Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Molecular immunology, including the role of cytokine expression in disease pathogenesis and in protective immunity. Protein and antibody engineering, molecular pharmacology.

Nagaraja, K.V. Professor - Microbiology and Immunology
Research Interests: Salmonellosis, colibacillosis, and pasteurellosis; Enteric viruses: adeno and rotavirus; Vaccines, diagnostics and host parasite interactions.

Olson, Julie Associate Professor-Neuroimmunology and Virology
Research Interests: Immune response in the central nervous system during neurological diseases, especially multiple sclerosis, during virus infection, and during neuropathic pain.

Rao, Srirama Associate Dean for Research-College of Veterinary Medicine, Professor-Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Professor-Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine-Department of Medicine
Research Interests: Understanding the mechanisms underlying leukocyte trafficking and their recruitment, particularly eosinophils, in the context of airway allergic inflammation and asthma.

Reed, Kent Professor - Molecular Biology/Genetics
Research Interests: Molecular and cytogenetic approaches to the study of genomics and evolution.

Rutherford, Mark Associate Professor - Immunology
Research Interests: Molecular analysis of the mechanisms controlling macrophage differentiation and function, including the role of cytokines. The generation of macrophage functional heterogeneity and novel gene expression.

Singer, Randall Professor - Epidemiology
Research Interests: Molecular, mathematical, and statistical approaches to the study of infectious disease ecology.

Skinner, Pam Associate Professor - Pathobiology
Research Interests: We study prion disease pathogenesis and are working to develop novel diagnostic assays and treatments; and we also study HIV and SIV pathogenesis and are working towards the development of a successful HIV vaccine.

Vidovic, Sinisa Assistant Professor-Poultry Health: Environmental Microbiology
Research Interests: Stress-adaptive physiology, evolution and ecology of microbial pathogens, mainly relevant to the poultry industry.

Walcheck, Bruce Professor - Immunology
Research Interests: Mechanisms that regulate leukocyte migration and function during inflammation, infection, and cancer.

Wu, Jianming Associate Professor - Human Immunology and Immunogenetics

Xing, Zheng Associate Professor – Virology and Immunology
Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways for immune and apoptotic responses to virus infection. Interface between viral pathogenesis and host responses. Host-pathogen interactions and systems biology, with a focus on emerging infectious agents including avian and swine influenza viruses. Novel antiviral vaccine and therapeutics development and assessment.

VBS Faculty Emeritus

Bey Russell Emeritus Professor-Microbiology
Research Interests: Investigating factors involved in the etiology of bovine mastitis.

Halvorson, David Professor Emeritus - Avian Health
Research Interests: Poulty production, respiratory and enteric diseases, and production disorders.

Maheswaran, Samuel Emeritus Professor - Microbiology
Research Interests: Molecular pathogenesis of lung damage in bovine pneumonic pasteurellosis. Characterization of virulence associated genes in avian Pasteurella multocida.

Stromberg, Bert Emeritus Professor - Parasitology
Research Interests: Epidemiology of ruminant parasitism, particularly the relationship of the life cycle of the parasite that takes place outside of the host.

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