Xiong Wang, a PhD student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program was awarded a doctoral dissertation fellowship.

Xiong Wang is advised by Dr. Michael Murtaugh. Xiong investigates the evolution of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus and selection mechanisms at the cellular and animal levels to provide basic insights into the effects of vaccination and intentional infection on the evolution of viral virulence.

Kevin Lang and Melissa Monson successfully defend PhD theses

Kevin Lang, a student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program, has successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, “Transcriptional Regulation of Incompatibility Type A/C Plasmids.” Kevin was advised by Drs. Tim Johnson and Randy Singer. He has accepted a postdoc position at the University of Washington, where he will working with Dr. Houra Merrikh in the department of molecular and cellular biology.

Melissa (Missy) Monson, a student in the comparative and molecular biosciences graduate program, has successfully defended her PhD thesis, “Hepatotoxic and Immunomodulatory Transcriptome Responses to Aflatoxin B1 in the Turkey(Meleagris gallopavo).” Missy was advised by Dr. Kent Reed. She has accepted a postdoc position working with Dr. Susan Lamont at Iowa State University.

Tim Johnson's research featured on Health Talk blog

The Academic Health Center's Health Talk blog featured Dr. Tim Johnson's research in "Research Snapshot: Antibiotics and Bacterial Resistance in Food Animals" on May 14. Tim's study, “In Vivo Transmission of an IncA/C Plasmid in Escherichia coli Depends on Tetracycline Concentration, and Acquisition of the Plasmid Results in a Variable Cost of Fitness”—coauthored with Drs. Randall Singer, Richard E. Isaacson, Jessica L. Danzeisen, Kevin Lang, Kristi Kobluk, Bernadette Rivet, Klaudyna Borewicz, Janet Anderson, Peter R. Davies, and others—was published in the May issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Tim Johnson, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine

Research snapshot: Antibiotics and bacterial resistance in food animals. Health Talk.

Dr. Jianming (Jimmy) Wu with the VBS Department, College of Veterinary Medicine

Manuscript published in the PLOS Genetics journal, PGENETICS-D-14-03449R1 "Genetic mechanism of human neutrophil antigen 2 deficiency and expression variations." PLOS Genetics Journal

Carol Cardona, Ph.D., D.V.M., College of Veterinary Medicine

In the News: Bird Flu detected in Cooper’s Hawk. HealthTalk.

Carol Cardona, Ph.D., D.V.M., College of Veterinary Medicine

Change in pattern of H5N2 spread raises questions. CIDRAP.

Carol Cardona, Ph.D., D.V.M., College of Veterinary Medicine

Bird flu in Minnesota's poultry farms: Why you should care. MPR, Bradenton Herald. Austin Daily Herald. Minnesota lawmakers gather to eat turkey; one causes stir. Duluth News Tribune, West Central Tribune, Inforum, Worthington Daily Globe. Vaccines might not stop the midwest bird apocalypse. Wired.

Tim Johnson, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine.

Headline: Pulling Farm Antibiotics Won’t Fix All Our Superbug Woes. Wired.

Carol Cardona, Ph.D., D.V.M., College of Veterinary Medicine,

Rembrandt Foods egg farm could be single largest operation hit by bird flu. Star Tribune. News8000.

Carol Cardona, Ph.D., D.V.M., College of Veterinary Medicine

Escalating Bird-Flu Outbreak Takes Toll on U.S. Poultry Farms. Wall Street Journal. Bird flu expert Cardona talked about the spread of avian flu in the wake of Governor Dayton declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak. Almanac. WCCO.

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

Researchers investigate antibiotic resistance. MNDaily. Grant will help University of Minnesota study antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Star Tribune, MPR 

Carol Cardona, D.V.M., Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine

Scientists still at a loss to explain spread of avian flu. MPR Avian flu crisis grows for poultry producers throughout USA. USA Today, 13WMAZ Bird flu takes toll on Central Minnesota turkey farms. St. Cloud Times

Carol Cardona to present lecture on avian influenza

On Friday, April 24, Dr. Carol Cardona, professor and Pomeroy Chair in Avian Health, will present a lecture on a hot topic: avian influenza. The lecture, "Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Poultry, 2014-2015," will be presented at noon Friday in 215 Pomeroy Student-Alumni Learning Center. The original audience for the lecture was the Food Animal Basics class and Production Animal Medicine Club, but faculty members decided to open up the lecture to the entire CVM and AHC.

Carol Cardona, Ph.D., D.V.M.,College of Veterinary Medicine

H5N2 reaches Wisconsin, expands in SD, Minnesota. CIDRAP

Carol Cardona, Ph.D., D.V.M., College of Veterinary Medicine

Bird flu hits two more Minnesota turkey farms. Star Tribune, PostBulletin, Bloomberg

Bruce Walcheck, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine

Big Ten cancer centers springing into action. BTN

Carol Cardona, Ph.D., D.V.M.,College of Veterinary Medicine

Cardona discusses the avian flu outbreak. WCCO Radio, Capital Press, Crookston Times, Maine News Online, Tri-Valley Central, THonline, Star Tribune, MPR, San Francisco Chronicle

Carol Cardona, D.V.M, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine

New bird flu has poultry farmers scrambling. ABC Baltimore, Digital Journal, Supply & Demand Chain

Dr. John Collister and David Nahey were featured in one of Five Papers from IJMS (published in 2014)

Over-Expression of Copper/Zinc Superoxide Dismutase in the Median Preoptic Nucleus Attenuates Chronic Angiotensin II-Induced Hypertension in the Rat. Link

Carol Cardona, Ph.D., D.V.M., College of Veterinary Medicine

Cardona spoke to several media outlets about the confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in west-central Minnesota. MPR. Star Tribune. Pioneer Press. Washington Post. West Central Tribune. Worthington Daily Globe. WDAZ Grand Forks. KTTC. Perham Focus. CTV News Canada. St. Cloud Times. AgWeek.

Bruce Walcheck, Professor in VBS awarded funding from Regenerative Medicine Bill passed by State Legislature

Dr. Bruce Walcheck was one of six funded out of 90 applications. Bruce is the principal investigator on a new $500,000 grant for research on engineering human pluripotent stem cells to generate enhanced natural killer cells for cancer therapy. The ultimate goal: treating cancer using the patient's immune system.

Carol Cardona, D.V.M., Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine

A deadly strain of avian influenza confirmed in a commercial turkey flock; public not at risk. Pioneer Press and West Central Tribune, INFORUM, Feedstuffs

Srirama Rao appointed to the Scientific Committee of the 32nd World Veterinary Congress in Istanbul, 2015.

Link to website.


Srirama Rao named CIC Academic Leadership Program Fellow

Dr. Srirama Rao, professor and associate dean for research, has been selected as one of five CIC Academic Leadership Program (ALP) Fellows from the University of Minnesota. The CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) is a consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Each participating institution selects their cohort of Fellows each year. Fellows attend three seminars hosted by different CIC universities. Learn more about the CIC Academic Leadership Program.



Srirama Rao and CVM Dean meet with the President of Ankara University in Turkey, and signed a MOU 

The agreement is aimed at promoting collaborative ties including faculty, fellows and student exchanges between our CVM/UMN and Ankara University Vet School. Link here.

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.



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