Chowdhary Named Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
August 29, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, TX - After conducting a national search, the
Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences didn't have to go any further than down the
hall to find the new Associate Dean for Research and Graduate
"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bhanu P.
Chowdhary to the important role of Associate Dean for Research and
Graduate Studies at the CVM," said Dr. Eleanor Green, Carl B. King
Dean of Veterinary Medicine. "His strong reputation in the research
community, his commitment to service, and his dedication to
students will be key to ensuring the bright future of the research
enterprise at the CVM."
After nine years as a professor in the Veterinary Integrative
Biosciences department at the CVM, Dr. Chowdhary will step into his
new role as Associate Dean on September 1, a role to which he hopes
to bring a renewed sense of enthusiasm.
"I am grateful for the opportunity provided to me and am excited
to serve the college and all constituents to take research and
graduate education to the next level of advancement. We are
fortunate at the CVM to have a bunch of faculty members who are
very successful and are internationally renowned for their work,"
said Chowdhary. "One of my first goals is to try to translate their
valuable experiences and my humble achievements in different
cultural and academic environments into inspiration for everyone at
the CVM, in particular the new generation of researchers and
teachers. I will work to support their continued success by
encouraging and promoting them to target various funding sources
and by increasing opportunities for expanded collaborations."
The same excitement Chowdhary wants to bring to the research
faculty also applies to the graduate students in the college.
"I have been very close to graduate students all of my career,"
said Chowdhary. "I would like to see graduate education at the CVM
further organized so that we can attract the best students and can
create and graduate students of the highest caliber."
In addition, Chowdhary wants to incorporate more research
opportunities into the professional DVM curriculum as it adds a
very important dimension to education and professional
"I would like to help create an atmosphere whereby our
veterinary medical students have a better idea of the research that
goes on within the college and even outside the college that
supports the discovery of novel tools for treatment and
diagnostics," said Chowdhary. "By doing this, and helping these
students develop a research aptitude, their awareness to latest
developments will dramatically increase and they will be better
equipped with ways of understanding and addressing complex problems
they may see in their clinics. Also, when they are in practice and
know they can contact researchers for additional information, they
will not only be abreast with latest advancements, but they will
also serve as ambassadors to support the research function."
Another group that Chowdhary is eager to work with is the
post-doctoral students, or "post-docs". By increasing opportunities
for these budding researchers to build their credentials, Chowdhary
hopes to better equip them to face the future and bring increased
visibility to the CVMBS.
"I have come to realize," said Chowdhary, "that post-docs are
the backbone of the research infrastructure of this college. By
encouraging them to be actively involved in research, proposal
writing, teaching, we can ensure they continue to advance, they
develop a CV that speaks volumes, and they are better positioned to
be the future leaders in their field."
Chowdhary realizes that there is much work to do, but is
committed to taking small, yet realistic and concrete, steps to
achieving his goals.
"I want to provide a clear vision of where all of this fits in
the larger picture of the CVM and TAMU mission," added Chowdhary.
"By increasing the research presence in the clinical areas, by
recruiting and retaining excellent faculty and staff, and by
leading by example, I am very optimistic we can accomplish all of
this, and perhaps more."
Chowdhary's own research has focused for the last several years
on genetics of multiple species, with primary interest in the
domestic species. As his research has advanced in the area of
genome analysis, he has found himself entering into the area of
functional genomics - an exciting area at the interface of
translational research in domestic animals.
"We have worked hard over the last several years to create
genetic maps, and now we are able to begin to apply what we've
learned to different diseases and conditions to help us better
understand the role different genes play in the progression of
these diseases and conditions."
Chowdhary began his education with a Veterinary Degree from the
College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Bikaner, India,
followed by a Masters in Veterinary Science in Animal Breeding and
Genetics. He received his PhD from the Swedish University of
Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden.
In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, Chowdhary
has played an active role in professional genetics societies. In
2009, he was named as the President-Elect of the Texas Genetics
Society. He has also served regularly on many department, college,
and university-wide committees.
Angela G. Clendenin
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