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. He teaches Physiology, Microanatomy, and Neuroscience, serves on the Senate Committee, and is Department Vice Chair.

Boris-Lawrie, Kathleen Professor-Infectious Disease
Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences 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 is Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Vice Chair and Professor. His areas of research expertise include immunopharmacology, molecular pharmacology of neuropeptide action, and neural and hormonal regulation of epithelial ion transport.

Burton, Erin Instructor, Parasitology 
Dr. Burton is instrumental to the future of veterinary medicine in developing innovative educational modules to teach veterinary parasitology and other infectious diseases. She also has research interest in small animal microbiome, clinical pathology, and cytauxzoonosis.

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, the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Outbreak group, and the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab to find answers to the devastating avian flu crisis.

Clarkson, Christina Associate Professor – Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
Dr. Clarkson has extensive educational expertise in anatomy, intercultural communication, student-centered learning, and courseware development pertaining to veterinary gross anatomy, generation of learning modules to enhance learning of anatomy. She also has research interest in 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
Dr. Collister's research focuses on Long - term control of arterial blood pressure and the pathogenesis of salt dependent hypertension.

Cox, Victor Associate Professor - Anatomy
Dr. Cox has taught anatomy at the University of Minnesota for the last 41 years. His teaching expertise ranges from multimedia tutorial development,particularly for ungulate anatomy, to congenital anomalies such as birth defects. He founded and curates the anatomy museum in the ASVM Building, which has an amazing collection of specimens large and small. 

Ekenstedt, Kari Assistant Professor-Anatomy
Dr. Ekenstedt teaches gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, and histology. Her research expertise lies in canine genetics, specifically neurological and ophthalmological diseases as well as juvenile-onset inherited polyneuropathy.

Fletcher, Thomas Professor - Anatomy
Dr. Fletcher has been with the University of Minnesota for 55 years. He is the founder and designer of the Veterinary Anatomy website which is the farthest international spanning web page within the College of Veterinary Medicine web space. His areas of teaching focus on anatomy course ware development which includes, gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, and computer - assisted instruction. Research interests include Innervation of the lower urinary tract as well as morphometry, stereology, and computer applications.

Gebhart, Connie Professor-Veterinary Microbiology;Infectious Disease
Dr. Gebhart focuses her research aims on diagnostic microbiology, molecular diagnostics, molecular pathogenesis, epidemiology, Lawsonia intracellularis, and proliferative enteropathies.

Isaacson, Richard Professor - Microbiology
Dr. Isaacson has research interests in Antibiotic resistance, 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
Dr. Ji's research focuses on molecular and cellular pathogenesis of Staphylococcus aureus, mechanism of antibiotic resistance (MRSA), and Novel antibacterial discovery. 

Johnson, Timothy Associate Professor - Microbiology
Dr. Johnson's primary fields of research include Microbiology, Plasmid Biology, and Poultry Health and Disease. Specifically Bacterial diseases of poultry, mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, metagenomics, and animal gut health.

Kannan, Mathur Professor - Pharmacology
Dr. Kannan's research interests include mechanisms of airway hyperresponsiveness and airway remodeling in diseases such as asthma and COPD, and novel adenosinergic pathways in the airways involved in lung injury. He also teaches Pharmacology in the DVM curriculum.

Larson, Alice Professor - Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Dr. Larson has research interest in the following fields: Stress hormones (CRF & urocortins) influence on pain transmission, temperature regulation and depression, and neuroimmunological significance of mast cells in the brain.

Liang, Yuying Associate Professor - Molecular Virology
Dr. Liang's expertise is in investigating virus-host interactions in the replication and pathogenesis of arenaviruses and influenza virus. In addition to viral immune evasion and vaccine vector.

Ly, Hinh Associate Professor – Virology, Immunology and Cancer Biology
Dr. Ly focuses his research on arenavirus-induced hemorrhagic fevers, molecular mechanisms of Lassa fever virus replication and host immune suppression, and genome instability--roles of telomere-telomerase biology in human blood disorders and cancers.

Mickelson, James Professor - Biochemistry
Dr. Mickelson has been an essential member of the Equine and Canine Genetics and Genomics lab group. His research focuses on biochemistry and metabolism, neuromuscular, neurologic, and metabolic disease. Specifically he defines 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
Dr. Murtaugh has research interests in molecular immunology--the role of cytokine expression in disease pathogenesis and in protective immunity, protein and antibody engineering, and molecular pharmacology.

Nagaraja, K.V. Professor - Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Nagaraja has been with the University of Minnesota for 36 years and is an integral member of the poultry community. His research focuses on salmonellosis, colibacillosis, and pasteurellosis; Enteric viruses: adeno and rotavirus; Vaccines, diagnostics and host parasite interactions.

Olson, Julie Associate Professor-Neuroimmunology and Virology
Dr. Olson has a joint appointment between the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Dentistry. Her research interests include immune response in the central nervous system during neurological diseases, especially multiple sclerosis, during virus infection, and during neuropathic pain.

Rao, Srirama Associate Dean and Professor 
Dr. Rao is the Associate Dean of Research with the College of Veterinary Medicine as well as Professor with the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and Professor with the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine in the Department of Medicine. His research focuses on 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
Dr. Reed's research expertise includes functional host genomics, transcriptomics, and biological response, which also encompass molecular and cytogenetic approaches to the study of genomics and evolution.

Rutherford, Mark Associate Dean and Associate Professor - Immunology
Dr. Rutherford is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Associate Professor for the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. He teaches several graduate level courses as well as assists students with the application process to the DVM program. His research expertise is in molecular analysis of the mechanisms controlling macrophage differentiation and function, including the role of cytokines and the generation of macrophage functional heterogeneity and novel gene expression.

Singer, Randall Professor - Epidemiology
Dr. Singer's research and teaching takes him around the world. He has developed an externship program for veterinary students in correspondence with the Ministry of Health in Valdivia, Chile. His research interests include antibiotic resistance, food safety, as well as molecular, mathematical and statistical approaches to the study of infectious disease ecology.

Skinner, Pam Associate Professor - Pathobiology
Dr. Skinner’s research program investigates HIV and SIV pathogenesis, is aiding in the development of a successful HIV vaccine, is developing a cellular immunotherapy to functionally cure HIV; and also investigates prion disease pathogenesis and is developing novel diagnostic assays and treatments for prion diseases. She teaches Introduction to Biotechnology.

Vidovic, Sinisa Assistant Professor-Poultry Health: Environmental Microbiology
Dr. Vidovic's research interests include stress-adaptive physiology, evolution and ecology of microbial pathogens, mainly relevant to the poultry industry.

Walcheck, Bruce Professor - Immunology
Dr. Walcheck's research expertise focuses on inflammation, sepsis, cancer immunotherapies, and leukocyte biology, which includes mechanisms that regulate leukocyte migration and function during inflammation, infection, and cancer.

Wu, Jianming Associate Professor - Human Immunology and Immunogenetics 
Dr. Wu has research interest in genetics and biological functions of human genes responsible for the development of chronic inflammatory diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, vasculitis, and Alzheimer's disease.

Xing, Zheng Associate Professor – Virology and Immunology
Dr. Xing researches 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
Dr. Bey has research interest in investigating factors involved in the etiology of bovine mastitis.

Halvorson, David Professor Emeritus - Avian Health
Dr. Halvorson has lent his avian flu expertise to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Outbreak group and has research expertise in poulty production, respiratory and enteric diseases, and production disorders.

Maheswaran, Samuel Emeritus Professor - Microbiology
Dr. Maheswaran has research expertise in molecular pathogenesis of lung damage in bovine pneumonic pasteurellosis. Characterization of virulence associated genes in avian Pasteurella multocida.

Stromberg, Bert Emeritus Professor - Parasitology
Dr. Stromberg is a key researcher in the field of 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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