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Research Disciplines

Biomedical Genomics, Genetics, and Bioinformatics

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM) boasts world-renowned faculty members and cutting-edge research in biomedical genomics and genetics. This research uses state-of-the-art technology, bioinformatics and unique animal resources to understand the genetic mechanisms underlying various phenotypes and conditions of interest impacting animals and humans. Studies currently underway at CVM investigate inherited diseases, genetic mechanisms modulating diseases, natural genetic resistance to diseases, host-pathogen interactions, genetic regulation, cellular processes and responses, evolution, etc. in several domestic and wild life species.

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Physiology, Pharmacology, and Cardiovascular Sciences

Texas A&M University has a long-standing history of excellence in physiology, pharmacology and cardiovascular sciences. Research projects with basic science and clinical research focus are integrated with unique translational research models to enhance our insight and understanding of several physiological processes in both animals and humans. Researchers in the Michael E. DeBakey Institute, created in 1999, have served a central role to integrate multi-departmental research within the cardiovascular program that has led to key patents.

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Infectious Diseases, Biodefense, and Immunology

The CVM has a highly interactive research program in infectious diseases, biodefense, and immunology. Focus on threats posed to human health by livestock-borne diseases has promoted development of new and innovative ways within this program to defend against disease natural or man-made outbreaks. The diverse and internationally acclaimed faculty members employ advanced technologies to understand natural genetic resistance to common agricultural pathogens as well as generate vaccines and transgenic biomedical models to aid in understanding novel and reemerging organisms.

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Neuroscience, Anatomy, and Functional Imaging

Faculty members in these areas focus on both cutting-edge basic research and clinically-relevant translational research. Research is conducted at macroscopic to ultra-microscopic levels including mechanisms, diagnostics, and potential treatments of neurological, neurodegenerative, and neurodevelopmental disorders. The college is equipped with state-of-the-art whole body functional imaging facility including a tomotherapy unit, an X-ray computed tomography (CT) Scanner, and a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit. Additionally, CVM boasts an advanced microscopic imaging facility with multiphoton microscropes, confocal microscopes, a total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscope, and a transmission electron microscope (TEM).

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Reproductive Biology, Development, and Epigenetics

Internationally acclaimed faculty members are engaged in diverse areas of reproductive biology research, ranging from fertility in horses, cloning animals, to the epigenetic mechanisms controlling gene expression during early embryonic development. Using a variety of animal, clinical and stem cell models, faculty and students investigate the underlying causes of infertility and pregnancy loss. Efforts are also directed to better understanding factors controlling fertility, fetal development and pregnancy as well as the mechanisms by which environmental agents influence these processes.

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Toxicology, Environmental Health Science, and Food Safety

The focus areas of this program include the detection and characterization of toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, and alcohol in various cells or organ systems; investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms linking 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 also home to the interdisciplinary toxicology graduate program at Texas A&M University, which trains the next generation of scientists.

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

The mission of this program is to facilitate break-through discoveries in the field of oncology, cell biology, and stem cell research, and translate exciting results into treatments and cures for diseases. Researchers utilize various cellular and molecular models by employing state-of-art microscopic imaging methodologies to explore mechanism governing diseases. The eventual goal of this group of researchers is to provide targets for drug design and develop and use clinical animals models for diseases.

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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. In order to accomplish these objectives, epidemiologists draw upon their expertise in medicine, biology, biostatistics/biomathematics and social sciences. 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.

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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. An internship track and a thesis track are available.

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Translational and Applied Clinical Research

The CVM is uniquely positioned to undertake translational and clinical research because we have both research and education veterinary facilities. The facilities provide access to over 20,000 clinical cases and valuable samples for research. Additionally it provides our faculty with a clear prospective of the critical issues in veterinary medicine and which diseases and conditions are most in need of investigation. Researchers at the CVM study the scientific underpinnings of normal and diseased animals, and then translate their findings into the development of better preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic treatments.

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