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(For the full database of scientific publications, please refer to PubMed, a service provided by the National Library of Medicine.)

Beitz, Alvin Department Chair and Professor - Anatomy and Neuroscience.
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.  Also interested in the mechanisms underlying acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive effects.

Bey Russell-Emeritus Professor

Brown, David Department Vice Chair and Professor - Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neuroscience.
Immunopharmacology; molecular pharmacology of neuropeptide action. Neural and hormonal regulation of epithelial ion transport.

Cardona, Carol Pomeroy Endowed Chair in Avian Health.

Clarkson, Christina  Assistant Professor – Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences  Courseware development pertaining to veterinary gross anatomy, generation of learning modules to enhance learning of anatomy.  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.
Long - term control of arterial blood pressure and the pathogenesis of salt dependent hypertension.

Cox, Victor Associate Professor - Anatomy. Anatomic and clinical studies of the downer cow syndrome. Computer aided tutorial development, particularly for ungulate anatomy. Preparation of permanent specimens by freeze drying and plastination. Equine dental anatomy and pathology.

Ekenstedt, Kari Assistant Professor-Anatomy

Fletcher, Thomas Professor - Anatomy.
Gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, computer - assisted instruction. Research interests in innervation of the lower urinary tract. General interest in morphometry and stereology, and computer applications.

Gebhart, Connie Professor-Infectious Disease.

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

Isaacson, Richard Professor - Microbiology.
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.
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: Bacterial diseases of poultry, mechanisms of antibiotic resistance, metagenomics, animal gut health.

Kannan, Mathur Professor - Pharmacology.
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.
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. Virus-host interactions in the replication and pathogenesis of arenaviruses and influenza virus.

Ly, Hinh Associate Professor Virology, Immunology and Cancer Biology. 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

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

Mickelson, James Professor - Biochemistry.
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.
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.
Salmonellosis, colibacillosis, and pasteurellosis; Enteric viruses: adeno and rotavirus; Vaccines, diagnostics and host parasite interactions.

Olson, Julie Associate Professor-Neuroimmunology and Virology.
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

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

Rutherford, Mark Associate Professor - Immunology.
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 Associate Professor - Epidemiology.
Molecular, mathematical, and statistical approaches to the to study of infectious disease ecology.

Skinner, Pam Associate Professor - Pathobiology.
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.

Stromberg, Bert Emeritus Professor - Parasitology

Vidovic, Sinisa Assistant Professor-Poultry Health: Environmental Microbiology

Walcheck, Bruce Professor - Immunology.
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. 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.



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