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Research

Our researchers find answers to some of the world’s most complicated questions. Much of our research incorporates the “One Health” concept, which recognizes the complex interactions between human and animal health and the environment.

Research Disciplines

  • Biomedical Genomics, Genetics, and Bioinformatics

    This area of research investigates traits and conditions found in animals and humans such as inherited diseases, natural genetic resistance to diseases, and evolution.

  • Physiology, Pharmacology, and Cardiovascular Sciences

    This area of research helps to understand what is involved in keeping human and animal organs and systems functioning. The Michael E. DeBakey Institute has served a central role in research related to cardiovascular science that has led to key patents.

  • Infectious Diseases, Biodefense, and Immunology

    This program focuses on threats posed to human health by livestock-borne diseases. It has led to the development of new and innovative ways, such as vaccine generation, to defend against natural or man-made disease outbreaks.

  • Neuroscience, Anatomy, and Functional Imaging

    Research of neurological, neurodegenerative, and neurodevelopmental disorders is conducted from levels visible to the naked eye to levels too small to be seen with a normal microscope. The college is equipped with a state-of-the-art whole body functional imaging facility and an advanced microscopic imaging facility.

  • Reproductive Biology, Development, and Epigenetics

    Our faculty research diverse areas of reproductive biology, such as fertility in horses and animal cloning. Efforts are directed to better understand factors controlling fertility, fetal development and pregnancy as well as the mechanisms by which environmental agents influence these processes.

  • Toxicology, Environmental Health Science, and Food Safety

    The focus areas of this program include the detection and characterization of toxins such as heavy metals and pesticides, in various cells or organ systems; investigating the link of these toxins to neurodegenerative diseases, developmental defects, reproductive dysfunction, and cancers; and detecting and detoxifying hazardous food-borne and environmental chemicals and pathogenic microbes. The college is home to the interdisciplinary toxicology graduate program.

  • Oncology, Cell Biology, Stem Cell Research, and Microscopic Imaging

    This program facilitates break-through discoveries in the field of oncology, cell biology, and stem cell research, and translates exciting results into treatments and cures for diseases. Researchers employ state-of-art microscopic imaging methodologies to explore mechanism governing diseases. The goal of this research is to provide targets for drug design and develop and use clinical animals models for diseases.

  • Epidemiology and Public Health

    Faculty members in this group are actively engaged in studying the frequency, distribution, and control of diseases in both animal and human populations. Areas of research include zoonotic diseases, surveillance of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, international veterinary medicine and public health, food safety, biodefense, and the ecology and epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance.

  • Science and Technology Journalism

    The CVM offers a unique Masters degree program in science and technology journalism that prepares students for careers as writers and editors specializing in science, technology, or medicine. Students take courses both in science communication and in various science disciplines.