MS and PhD Students

In addition to offering a professional degree in veterinary medicine, the college offers doctoral (PhD) and master’s (MS) degrees.


The college’s graduate programs are based on the principle that advancing animal and human health stems from the same scientific foundation. We provide MS and PhD training at the intersection of animal, human, and ecosystem health. Students can earn MS and PhD degrees in Veterinary Medicine and in Comparative and Molecular Biosciences. A combined PhD/DVM program is also offered.

Students work closely with advisers, program faculty, and peers in a supportive and collaborative environment to foster full development of scientific critical thinking skills and experimental methods.

For more information about PhD and MS degrees, contact Kate Barry at

CVM Graduate Program News

CVM Graduate Students win 2015-2016 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
 Carmen Alonso VMED DDF 2 Jo Varshney VMED DDF 2 Xiong Wang CMB DDF 2
From left to right: Carmen Alonso, Jyotika Varshney, Xiong Wang


We are very pleased to announce that three College of Veterinary Medicine graduate students have been awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship gives the University's most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year.

Carmen Alonso is a PhD student in VMED, advised by Dr. Montserrat Torremorell and Dr. Peter Davies. Carmen's research focuses on the characterization of particle size ranges that are associated with airborne viruses in swine aerosols, to better understand mechanisms of disease transmission within and between farms.

Jyotika Varshney is a PhD student in VMED, advised by Dr. Subbaya Subramanian and Dr. David Largaespada. Jo conducts comparative research on the overexpression of miR-17-92 microRNAs in canine and human osteosarcoma, the most common primary bone malignancy affecting children, adolescents and young adults.

Xiong Wang is a PhD student in CMB, 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, in order to provide basic insights into the effects of vaccination and intentional infection on the evolution of viral virulence.

This is truly an honor for the winners and for our graduate programs. Congratulations to these students and
their advisers on this outstanding recognition.



Irene Bueno VMED
Irene Bueno

Irene Bueno Wins Consortium Student Scholar Award

We are pleased to announce that VMED PhD student Irene Bueno (advised by Dr. Randy Singer and Dr. Dominic Travis)has been awarded funding for her proposal "Antibiotic Resistance and Aquaculture in Chile: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Policy" by the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences. This award designates Irene as a Consortium Student Scholar. Congratulations, Irene! 




Sylvia Wanzala VMED
Sylvia Wanzala

Sylvia Wanzala Awarded Fellowship to Global Health Intsitute

VMED PhD student Sylvia Wanzala (advised be Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan) was awarded a fellowship to attend the Global Health Institute convened at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. Sylvia participated in several multidisciplinary workshops centered on infectious diseases and antibiotic use.




Elaine Norton CMB
Elaine Norton

Elaine Norton Awarded EQUUS Research Fellowship

Elaine Norton, CMB PhD student (advised by Dr. Molly McCue) was named an EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow at the 2015 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual convention. Elaine's work seeks to identify genetic loci associated with equine metabolic syndrome.




Xiong CVM Grad Front Page
Xiong Wang

MnDRIVE Global Food Initiative Fellowships Awarded to CVM Graduate Students

We are pleased to announce that Xiong Wang (advised by Dr. Michael Murtaugh) and Fernanda Shoyama (advised by Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan) have been awarded MnDRIVE Global Food Initiative Fellowships for 2015. This State of Minnesota-University partnership seeks to develop integrated approaches to ensuring a sustainable, safe and resilient global food system from farm to fork. Central to this initiative is workforce building of professionals and leaders in agricultural and food industries


Xiong's research focus is the evolution of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) and selection mechanisms at the cellular and animal levels. The results are expected to provide basic insights into the effects of vaccination and intentional infection on evolution of viral virulence.


Fernanda's research project is to understand the metabolic networks of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) in order to sharpen our understanding of MAP virulence and to devise optical vaccines and cultivation media to enhance its diagnosis.     




 Fernanda CVM Grad Front Page
Fernanda Shoyama


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Amy Kinsley

Amy Kinsley Awarded CEEZAD Fellowship

VMED PhD student Amy Kinsley (advised by Dr. Andres Perez and Dr. Meggan Craft) has been awarded a Career Development Program fellowship from the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases.









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