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College of Veterinary Medicine Core Facilities

Faculty Scientists

Dr Eduard Akhunov
Plant Pathology – Studies molecular genomics and genetics of plant-pathogen interaction.

Dr Frank Blecha
Anatomy & Physiology - Studies host-pathogen interactions with particular emphasis on host defense peptides and interferons.

Dr Rollie J Clem
Division of Biology - Studies arbovirus infection in mosquitoes and the role of apoptosis in antiviral defense.

Dr Gary W Conrad
Division of Biology – Studies corneal nerves and how agents such as riboflavin can pass across corneal epithelium for treatment of the stroma.

Dr Sally Davis
Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology – Studies host-pathogen interactions for infectious agents including influenza A, Pneumocystis and Rift Valley fever virus.

Dr Timothy P Durrett
Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics – Studies the mechanism controlling substrate specificity in membrane-bound acyltransferases.

Dr Ying Fang
Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology – molecular pathogenic mechanism of plus strain RNA viruses with a research area focusing on interaction of virus and host cellular factors.

Dr Sherry D Fleming
Division of Biology - Studies the role of the innate immune response in tissue damage due to heart attack, surgery and autoimmune disease.

Dr Peying Fong 
Anatomy & Physiology - Studies how transporters organize and communicate within functional complexes in epithelia using cellular and molecular methods.

Dr Philip R. Hardwidge
Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology – studies how bacteria interact with intestinal epithelial cells.

Dr Michael Kenney
Anatomy & Physiology – Studies mechanisms relating central regulation of sympathetic nerve discharge and development of pathophysiological states. 

Dr James Lillich
Anatomy & Physiology - Studies the effects of NSAIDs on wound healing, using intestinal epithelia as the model tissue, to improve NSAID safety.

Dr Christopher R. Little
Plant Pathology - Studies fungal diseases and plant-microbe interactions of sorghum and soybean crops.

Dr Wenjun Ma
Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology – virus and host interactions focusing on zoonotic pathogens such as influenza and Rift Valley fever viruses.

Dr Daniel C Marcus
Anatomy & Physiology - Studies ion transport in inner ear epithelia from single channels to organ function as a basis for understanding hearing and balance.       

Dr Kristin Michel
Division of Biology – Studies insect immunity and vector-pathogen interactions.

Dr Nancy A Monteiro-Riviere
Anatomy & Physiology - Studies biological interactions of nanomaterials that influence the toxicity and cellular uptake in cells and tissues. 

Dr Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan
Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics - Studies biochemistry of enzymes and genes involved in chitin metabolism and targets them for insect control.

Dr Thu Annelise Nguyen
Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology – Studies structure and function of gap junctional intercellular communication of epithelial cancer cells.

Dr. Raymond “Bob” Rowland
Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology – Studies swine viruses with particular emphasis on the interactions between cells and viral proteins.

Dr Yongming Sang
Anatomy & Physiology – Studies immunometabolic regulation underlying porcine antiviral responses and rat obesity development.

Dr Kathrin Schrick
Division of Biology - Studies growth and development in plants focusing on lipid metabolites as membrane components and as signaling molecules.

Dr Bruce D Schultz
Anatomy & Physiology - Studies electrolyte movement in epithelia with a focus on cystic fibrosis and the human male reproductive tract.

Dr Kristopher Silver
Anatomy & Physiology – Studies NSAID-induced gastrointestinal toxicity in vitro and in vivo using genomic, molecular, and biochemical techniques.

Dr Masaaki Tamura
Anatomy & Physiology - Studies cancer cell-targeted nanoparticle-based gene therapy, stem cell and diet-based alternative medicine for cancer therapy.

Dr Deryl Troyer
Anatomy & Physiology - Studies cancer detection and development of cell-based delivery of therapeutic payloads to tumors.

Dr Michael Veeman
Division of Biology - Studies the mechanisms of morphogenesis using in toto imaging and functional genomics approaches in the simple chordate Ciona.

Dr Philine Wangemann
Anatomy & Physiology - Studies mouse models of human deafness with a focus on fluid transport, enlarged vestibular aqueduct and Pendred syndrome.

Dr Mark L Weiss
Anatomy and Physiology - Studies growth and differentiation of mesenchymal stromal cells, embryonic stem cells and induce pluripotent stem cells.

Dr Frank White
Plant Pathology - Studies microbe/plant interactions.

Dr Yulan Xiong
Anatomy and Physiology - Studies the mechanisms underlying aging and neurodegenerative diseases, with specific emphasis on Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Jianzhong Yu
Anatomy & Physiology - Studies molecular mechanisms underlying organ size control and tumorigenesis.