Research in VIBS is ongoing in the following broad areas:
- Epidemiology and Public Health
- Reproductive Biology
- Toxicology/Environmental Health/Food Safety
- Science and Technology Journalism
Four VIBS faculty members are actively involved in epidemiology and public health research. Areas of research include analytical epidemiology, mathematical modeling, risk assessment and communication, bioinformatics, foreign animal and zoonotic diseases, transmission dynamics of parasitic diseases, international veterinary medicine and public health, epidemiology of disease detection and surveillance, antimicrobial resistance ecology and epidemiology, spatial epidemiology, food safety, and biodefense.
Within VIBS, eight faculty members research the genomes of diverse species. Their studies include comparative genomics snd population genetics of various taxa (e.g. felines, canines, equines, bovines, and marsupials), epigenetics and diseases, molecular cytogenetics in domestic and wild animals and birds, genomics of host-pathogen interactions, and diagnostic tests for inherited disease and traits in animals.
Eight faculty members within VIBS are integrating both cutting-edge, basic research and clinically-relevant, translational research. Such research includes the mechanisms by which environmental factors interact with the genetic background to induce pathology and dysfunction in neurological diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders. Specific research areas range from whole animal behavior to the cellular, epigenetic, and genetic levels.
The research endeavors of six VIBS faculty members focus on reproductive biology. Research includes mechanisms underlying changes in the female reproductive system during early development, puberty, and gestation, as well as factors that alters the onset of puberty and affects embryo implantation.
Thirteen VIBS faculty members are engaged in research involving toxicology, environmental health, and food safety. Their research includes a wide range of topics, such as detecting and characterizing toxicities of heavy metals, pesticides, and alcohol in various organ systems (e.g. nervous, reproductive, and metabolic); investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the links between these toxicants to neurodegenerative diseases, developmental defects, reproductive dysfunction, and cancers; and detecting and detoxifying hazardous food-borne and environmental chemicals and pathogenic microbes.
Three VIBS faculty members in the science and technology journalism program train undergraduate and graduate students in scientific reporting, writing, and editing, as well as public information, public relations, and current technology and multimedia. Graduate students are guided into internship programs to increase their skills through practical experience.