Epidemiology & Public Health
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, 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.
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.
Research endeavors of VIBS faculty members focus on reproductive biology. The research includes mechanisms underlying changes in the female reproductive system during early development, puberty, and gestation, as well as factors that alter the onset of puberty and affects embryo implantation.
Toxicology and Environmental Health/Food Safety
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.
VIBS faculty members teach writing-intensive undergraduate courses for biomedical sciences majors, graduate courses for science and technology journalism master’s students and others, and workshops for researchers. Members’ scholarly and creative activity includes writing about science communication, teaching, and related subjects, as well as writing about science and medicine.