Richard Isaacson to speak at Food Day event

Dr. Richard Isaacson, professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, will be one of the featured speakers at "Preserving Antibiotics, Reducing Use: the Public Health Imperative," a Food Day event, on November 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Mayo Auditorium. The free event will discuss the topic of saving antibiotics for future therapy by reducing their overuse. 

Tiffany Wolf receives Vaughn Larson Award

Tiffany Wolf, a PhD student in the comparative and biomedical sciences graduate program with Randall Singer and Dominic Travis, is a 2014 winner of the Vaughn Larson Award. This annual scholarship is awarded to graduate students who demonstrate superior scholastic ability, citizenship, and leadership. 

 Dr. Kent Reed, professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department

Received the Zoetis Award for Excellence in Research and presented “To the Genome and Beyond: Investigating the Genetics of Health in the Turkey" at Points of Pride Research Day, 10/1/14

Randall Singer, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine

Singer is featured on a video discussing new resources on current and future antibiotic use in the poultry industry. Poultry Site.

Associate dean for research,  Srirama Rao meets with president of Chiang Mai University

Dr. Srirama Rao, professor and associate dean for research, recently visited Chiang Mai University in Thailand, meeting with university president Niwes Nantachit on July 25 to discuss possible research collaborations between the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and Chiang Mai University. See photos from the visit

Srirama Rao is chair of Council of Research Associate Deans

Dr. Srirama Rao, associate dean for research, is chair of the University of Minnesota's Council of Research Associate Deans (CRAD), which reviews and provides guidance on research-related policies and initatives and serves as a forum for the University's research colleges to exchange information. CRAD has a membership list of 21 associate deans from throughout the University, including the Medical School, the School of Public Health, the colleges of dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, and more.

Kent Reed recognized as top expert in turkey research; U of M a leading institution

In observance of Thanksgiving last week, Expertscape recognized the leading experts and institutions in the field of turkey science—and Dr. Kent Reed, professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, was on a short list of the leading experts in the world. The leading institutions include the University of Minnesota, along with the Agricultural Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture), Ohio State University, North Carolina State University, and University of Arkansas.

Morris Animal Foundation highlights Tiffany Wolf

"Foundation Fellow Steps Up to Help Primates," a story on the Morris Animal Foundation website, profiles Tiffany Wolf, a PhD candidate in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program. Tiffany's research focuses on understanding the epidemiology and impacts of respiratory diseases, particularly tuberculosis, on the chimpanzees in Gombe National Park in Tanzania.

Points of Pride Research Day Poster competition winners

Hemant Kumar Mishra and Nandita Mirajkar received awards from Mark Rutherford, associate dean of graduate programs; Srirama Rao, associate dean for research; and Trevor Ames, dean; at the college's annual Points of Pride Research Day on October 2.

Dr. James Mickelson and Dr. Shea Anderson published a paper in the September/October 2013 issue of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Coat Color Genotypes and Risk and Severity of Melanoma in Gray Quarter Horses, by R.B.C. Teixeira, A.K. Rendahl, S.M. Anderson, J.R. Mickelson, D. Sigler, B.R. Buchanan, R.J. Coleman, and M.E. McCue. Drs. Raffaella B. Teixeira and Molly McCue are with the Veterinary Population Medicine Department. Drs. S.M. Anderson and Jim Mickelson are with the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department.

Sung Gil Ha, Ph.D., & Srirama Rao, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine

Research led by Gil Ha and Rao uncovers gene’s contribution to asthma susceptibility. Health Talk.

Kevin Lang is Vaughn Larson awardee

PhD candidates Kevin Lang and Carlos Andres Diaz have been selected by their peers as the 2013 Vaughn Larson awardees. This award honors Dr. Vaughn Larson, who earned his DVM and PhD degrees from the CVM. A CVM faculty member for more than 20 years, Larson conducted research on animal cancers. The award recognizes scholarly achievement and community leadership.

Michael Murtaugh issued patent

Dr. Michael Murtaugh, professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, and Craig Johnson were recently issued a U.S. patent for their intellectual property, Identifying Virally Infected and Vaccinated Organisms. Learn more .

Srirama Rao appointed to national search committee

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has appointed Dr. Srirama Rao, associate dean for research and professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine; and professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, Medical School, to the University's national search committee for a new vice president for health sciences and dean of the Medical School. Learn more

 Lawsonia intracellularis tests-Connie Gebhart, 3/11/13

"Lawsonia intracellularis Tests: How Do They Measure Up?" a story in The Horse, discussed Dr. Connie Gebhart's research and presentation at the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention.

Research on declining moose population

"GPS Will Help Biologists Address Decline of Moose," an article in the January 5 issue of the Star Tribune, included a photo of Dr. Tiffany Wolf, a PhD student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program, and quoted CVM alumna Dr. Erika Butler, class of 2006.

Pam Skinner and collaborator awarded $3.7 million for HIV/AIDS research

Pam Skinner, PhD, associate professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, and longtime collaborator Liz Connick, MD, professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases, have been awarded a five-year research grant totaling more than $3.7 million from the National Institutes of Health. Ultimately, the research could contribute to the development of a protective vaccine or cure for HIV-1, the most common and pathogenic strain of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), the virus that causes AIDS. The project, titled “Mechanisms Underlying Persistent Lentivirus Replication in Follicular T Cells,” started December 1 and will continue for five years. Learn more 

Turkey genome project

"Turkey Genome Leftovers," a story posted on on November 24, included an interview with Dr. Kent Reed, professor, who is part of an international consortium of turkey genome researchers. Kent was also interviewed for "Pass the Turkey Genome," a story about how researchers are using genomics to breed a better Thanksgiving bird, on the MIT Technology Review site.

Morris Animal Foundation thank-you video includes Jonathan Clayton

DVM/PhD student Jonathan Clayton, who was a Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Student Scholar in 2010, is part of the foundation's thank-you video for donors. Please click link for details. 

American Association of Veterinary Immunologists Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist 2012 Award goes to Michael P. Murtaugh, PhD

CVM Recipient with the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences 

VBS student Jonathan Clayton: Efforts to repopulate endangered Asian primate populations could be improved through a better dietary understanding

Article published in Health Talk, the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center online Newsletter. Read article here for details.

Debate over antibiotic use in animal agriculture, 10/8/12

An article in the September issue of Food Nutrition & Science examined the controversy over the unregulated use of antibiotics in America's food supply and featured a debate between Dr. Randall Singer, associate professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, and Dr. Meghan F. Davis, postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Read the article online here.


Randy Singer is among authors of CAST Commentary, 9/24/12

Dr. Randy Singer, associate professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, was one of a team of authors from several universities of the CAST (Council for Agricultural Science and Technology) Commentary "The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes." Based partially upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture, the paper addresses many topics, including antibiotic use in animals, animal housing, organic production, and One Health. Download the commentary

Randy Singer responds to reports of superbug, 7/30/12

Dr. Randy Singer, associate professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, was interviewed by several news organizations and media outlets, including ABC News, The Atlantic, the National Chicken Council, and the International Food Information Council, about the lack of a relationship between antibiotic use in chickens and multidrug resistant E. coli urinary tract infections in women. Read more: 

  • ABC News: "Report: Superbug Dangers in Chicken Linked to 8 Million At-Risk Women" 

  • The Atlantic: "How Your Chicken Dinner Is Creating a Drug-Resistant Superbug"

  • National Chicken Council: "Scientists Question ABC News Report Linking Antibiotic Resistant Bladder Infections to Chicken; Say Chicken is Safe"

  • Food Insight: "Tarred and Feathered: The Facts about Antibiotics, Poultry, and Drug Resistance"

Pat Goodman Published in PNAS

Uckun, F., P. Goodman, H. Ma, I. Dibirdik, S. Qazi, CD22 exon deletion as a pathogenic mechanism of human B-precursor leukemia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2010. 107(39): p.16852-7.


Kent Reed interviewed on WCCO TV

Kent Reed, Ph.D., associate professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, was interviewed for a WCCO TV story about a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to finish sequencing the turkey genome. The story is online at



Tom Fletcher, professor in the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department, reports that the Veterinary Anatomy site received 3,970 visits from 48 states and 95 countries in the month of October, 2009



Dr. Kent Reed and colleagues publish paper in Journal of Immunology

"Defining the Turkey MHC: Sequence and Genes of the B Locus," by former graduate student Lee D. Chaves, Stacy B. Krueth, and Kent M. Reed, associate professor, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, was published in the Nov. 15 issue of The Journal of Immunology.  It was also featured "In This Issue," which highlights articles that are among the top 10 percent of articles published in the journal. A corresponding ImmunoCast of In This Issue can be found on The Journal of Immunology Web site at



U of M, Virgina Tech awarded grant to complete sequencing of turkey genome

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a two-year, $908,280 grant to the University of Minnesota Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and Virginia Tech to finish sequencing the genome of the domesticated turkey, Meleagris gallopavo. The funding will be used by the Turkey Genome Sequencing Consortium to complete the genome sequencing using next-generation sequencing platforms, assemble the genome sequence, and identify genes and functions in the final genome sequence by use of a sophisticated annotation pipeline. The award will also help establish a bioinformatics and comparative genome resource for both chicken and turkey.   The consortium, which includes Dr. Kent Reed, associate professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, has generated about 90 percent of the sequence necessary for the project. The data will be released to GenBank in the near future.



U Of M Researchers Get Grant To Study Turkey DNA

Minnesota is the largest producer of turkeys nationwide.  WCCO highlighted the research of Dr. Kent Reed, "{We} essentially make turkeys healthier so we can have less antibiotics in the system, just breeding better birds. One of the things we work on is muscle development, and structure and that has to do with meat quality, taste for example. The more you know about the genome, the more you can do."
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Dr. Jim Mickelson and Dr. Stephanie Valberg In the News

Two U of M researchers found similarities in the DNA of horses and humans and a possible genetic cause of muscle disorders in both. More than a decade ago, two University of Minnesota professors thought the idea of decoding a horse's DNA was a "pipe

dream." Please click on Star Tribune link for details.


A canine DNM1 mutation is highly associated with the syndrome of exercise-induced collapse


Edward E Patterson, Katie M Minor, Anna V Tchernatynskaia, Susan M Taylor, G Diane Shelton, Kari J Ekenstedt & James R Mickelson.

Edward Patterson and colleagues report that a missense mutation in the gene encoding dynamin 1 (DNM1) is associated with exercised-induced collapse in Labrador retriever dogs. This is the first documented mutation in DNM1 in mammals and suggests a critical role for dynamin 1 in maintaining proper neurotransmission under conditions of high synaptic activity.



Officials seek limits on livestock antibiotics

Proposals to ban the use of antibiotics as a livestock growth promotant could drive up farmers costs without improving public health, skeptical lawmakers said on Wednesday…Although Danish Veterinary and Food Administrator Per Henriksen said the Danish experience yielded good results, Randall Singer, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, pointed out that livestock health suffered in Denmark after the ban.
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