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Infectious Diseases

Overview

The Signature program in Infectious Diseases and Biodefense integrates multidisciplinary research in animal, human, and ecosystem health. Research includes basic and mechanistic studies of microorganisms and disease, host-pathogen interactions, vaccine development, detection methods, diagnostic test development, field research, epidemiology and surveillance.

Infectious Diseases and BiodefenseInfectious disease researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are actively engaged in cross-college collaborations through their membership in the university-wide intercollegiate faculties of Genetics, Virology and Toxicology. There are significant collaborative efforts between faculty and researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (COALS), Texas Agrilife Research and Extension, Texas Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL), the Office of the State Chemist (OTSC), and the Health Science Center (HSC). At the national level, faculty from the Signature Program in Infectious Diseases and Biodefense are affiliated with Centers of Excellence including the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD), the Institute for Countermeasures against Agricultural Bioterrorism (ICAB), the Integrative Center for Homeland Security (ICHS), and the Center for Microencapsulation and Drug Delivery (CMDD). These combined efforts address critical current and future infectious disease threats arising from population growth and movement, industrialized livestock production, international movement of food and animals, global warming, and human conflict.

Infectious Diseases and Biodefense

The Signature program in Infectious Diseases and Biodefense is central to the mission of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (curing and preventing disease), the Agrilife Research "Scientific Roadmap" (improve agricultural production and efficiencies through advances in animal and plant breeding and health, use risk analysis to minimize the impacts of foodborne hazards and biosecurity threat agents, prevent transmission of human disease agents through insect/pest control) and Texas A&M University (discovery, development, communication and application of knowledge).

Graduate Studies in Infectious Diseases and Biodefense

Students interested in graduate studies in Infectious Diseases and Biodefense may receive a degree in Biomedical Sciences, which is administered by the College, or in Veterinary Microbiology which is administered by the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. All students are members of the department of their mentors, and the departments receive graduate credit for studies in Infectious Diseases and Biodefense.

FY 09-10 Funding Statistics

Proposed Grants:90
Funded Grants:25
Total Funding:$3,281,914

Faculty

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Ph.D. Animal Science (Reproductive Biology), North Carolina State University 1969
M.S. Animal Science, Louisiana State University 1963
B.S. Biology, Centenary College of Louisiana 1960
Distinguished Professor
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Ph.D. Texas A&M University
M.S. Abilene Christian University
B.S. Abilene Christian University
Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry, London University, U.K. 1981
B.Sc. Microbiology, London University, UK 1976
Professor (Joint Appointment) and Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
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Ph.D. Physiology/Biochemistry, North Carolina State University 1980
B.S. Animal Science, North Carolina State University 1974
Professor - Joint Appointment
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Ph.D. Microbiology, Texas A&M University 1965
M.P.H. Epidemiology, Tulane University 1958
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri 1956
B.S. Animal Science, University of Missouri 1953
Senior Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Hawaii 1997
M.S. Organic Chemistry, Beijing Normal University 1991
B.S. Chemistry, Beijing Normal University 1988
Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Chemistry, Univ. of Southern Mississippi 1975
M.S. Sci. Ed./Chemistry, Univ. of Southern Mississippi 1972
B.S. Gen. Science, Mississippi State University 1970
Distinguished Professor
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Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University 1988
M.P.H. Johns Hopkins University 1986
V.M.D University of Pennsylvania 1983
Professor & Associate Department Head for Research and Graduate Studies
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Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 1994
D.V.M. University of Missouri 1984
B.S. University of Missouri 1980
Associate Professor
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D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University 1998
B.S. University of Michigan 1991
Assistant Professor
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M.S. Purdue University 1984
D.V.M. Louisiana State University 1977
Professor & Department Head
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M.S. Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University 1977
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1975
B.S. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1974
Professor
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Diplomate ACVM (Immunology), American College of Veterinary Microbiologists 2012
Ph.D. Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University 2005
Dr.med.vet Veterinary Sciences, Veterinary University of Vienna 2003
med. vet. Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary University of Vienna 1997
Clinical Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology, University of Miami 2003
M.S. Molecular Biology, East Carolina University 1997
B.S. Biology, University of North Carolina 1993
Assistant Professor
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D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida 1989
M.S. Molecular Biology, University of Miami 1982
B.S. Biology, University of Miami 1980
Clinical Professor
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Ph.D. Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine 1984
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1977
B.S. Veterinary Science, Texas A&M University 1976
B.A. Political Science, Rice University 1973
Professor
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D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1988
B.S. Veterinary Science, Texas A&M University 1986
B.S. Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University 1983
Clinical Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary Pathology, Texas A&M University 1968
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine (cum laude), Texas A&M University 1964
B.S. Animal Science (cum laude), Texas A&M University 1963
A.S. Biology, Tarleton State University 1961
Senior Professor
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Ph.D. Comparative Pathology, University of Missouri, Columbia 1979
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1974
B.S. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1973
B.A. Zoology, University of Texas, Austin 1971
Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry, Columbia University 1980
M.Phil. Biochemistry, Columbia University 1976
M.S. Chemistry, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 1973
B.S. Chemistry and Biochemistry, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn 1972
Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary Pathology, Cornell University 1983
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University 1974
B.A. Microbiology, University of New Hampshire 1970
Professor
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Ph.D. Experimental Pathology, Michigan State University 1984
M.S. Veterinary Pathobiology, Ohio State University 1981
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Agronomy, Yassy, Romania 1966
Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary Public Health, Texas A&M University 1979
M.Ag. Wildlife Science, Texas A&M University 1974
B.A. Biology, University of Texas 1972
Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Genetics, Oregon State University 1968
B.S. Mathematics Education, Abilene Christian College 1964
Distinguished Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary Pathology, Texas A&M University 2011
M.S. Veterinary Pathology, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil 2006
D.V.M. Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil 2004
Assistant Professor
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D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1992
B.S. Veterinary Science, Texas A&M University 1989
Clinical Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Zoology , University of Leuven, Belgium 1988
M.Sc. Zoology, University of Leuven, Belgium 1982
Associate Professor-Joint Appointment
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Ph.D. Comparative Biomedical Science, North Carolina State University 2003
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1997
B.S. Veterinary Science, Texas A&M University 1993
B.S. Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University 1991
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Molecular Virology, University of Maryland 1994
M.S. equiv Microbiology, University Santiago de Compostela, Spain 1989
B.S. Molecular Biology, University Santiago de Compostela, Spain 1988
Professor and Associate Dean of Faculties
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Ph.D. Molecular Virology, University of Maryland 1994
M.S. Virology, University of Maryland 1989
B.V.Sc. Veterinary Medicine, Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University, India 1986
Professor
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Ph.D. Microbiology, Louisiana State University 1983
B.S. Marine Science, University of Massachusetts 1978
Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Parasitology, University of Georgia 1993
M.S. Zoology and Parasitology, Zhejiang (formerly Hangzhou) University, China 1986
B.S. Biology, Zhejiang (formerly Hangzhou) University, China 1983
Professor
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Ph.D. Immunology, University of Cambridge, England 1969
B.Sc. Pathology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 1966
B.V.M.& S. Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 1965
Distinguished Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary Science, Washington State University 1989
M.S. Veterinary Pathology, University of Nairobi, Kenya 1976
B.V.Sc. Veterinary Science, University of Nairobi, Kenya 1971
Clinical Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Genetics, Texas A&M University 1990
M.S. Zoology, Sul Ross State University 1982
B.S. Biology, Cameron University 1980
Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University 1994
M.S. Immunology, University of Nebraska 1976
B.A. Biological Science, Winthrop College 1974
Research Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Pharmacology, North Carolina State University 2000
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech 1989
B.S. Biology, Frostburg State University 1984
Clinical Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Immunology, Washington State University 2002
B.S. Biochemistry and Parasitology, University of Nairobi, Kenya 1990
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Biochemistry, Louisiana State University, LA 1990
M.S. Microbiology, Baton Rouge General Hospital, LA 1975
B.S. Medical Technology Chemistry, Southeastern Louisiana University, LA 1974
Associate Professor
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Ph.D. Zoology, Duke University 1999
M.S. Wildlife Ecology, University of Arizona 1993
B.S. Natural Resources, Cornell University 1990
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Experimental Pathology, University of Alabama in Birmingham 1982
M.S. Experimental Pathology, University of Alabama in Birmingham 1979
D.V.M. Veterinary Science, Auburn University 1971
Clinical Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University 1988
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University 1979
B.S. Biology and Chemistry, University of Montevallo 1974
Professor
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Ph.D. Veterinary Medical Science, Texas A&M University 1975
M.S. Veterinary Microbiology, Texas A&M University 1973
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University 1961
B.S. Biology, Colorado State University 1959
Professor
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Clinical Assistant Professor
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Associate Professor
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Professor
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Ph.D. Genetics, Texas A&M University 2004
M.S. Biology, Sul Ross State University 2000
B.S. Zoology, Sul Ross State University 1997
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Comparative Biomedical Sciences (Epidemiology), Cornell University 2008
M.S. Veterinary Epidemiology, LSHTM & Royal Vet. College, University of London 2001
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Vet. Med.,University of Zagreb,Croatia 1997
Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Cell Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine 1975
M.D. Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine 1975
B.A. Chemistry, Alfred University 1968
Professor-Joint Appointment
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M.D. Medicine, University of Chicago 1989
Ph.D. Biophysics and Theoretical Biology, Pritzker School of Medicine 1989
B.A. Chemistry, Northwestern University 1981
Associate Professor- Joint Appointment
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B.A. Math & Political Sci, Rice University
M.A. Religious Studies, Stanford University
Ph.D. Bioch. Mol. Cell Biology, Cornell University

Associate Professor-Joint Appointment
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Ph.D. Comparative Pathology, University of California 1987
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University 1976
M.S. Veterinary Parasitology, University of Georgia 1973
B.S. Zoology, Texas Tech University 1971
Professor and Head
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Assistant Professor
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Postdoc non-coding RNA, hematopoiesis, Whitehead Institute/MIT 2009
Ph.D Molecular and Cell Biology/Reproductive Biology, Northwestern University 2004
M.S Molecular and Cell Biology, Peking University 1999
Assistant Professor
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D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine (Cum Laude), Texas A&M University 2001
Ph.D. Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University 1999
A.B. Biology, Brown University 1989
Associate Professor - Joint Appointment
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M.S. Texas A&M University 2007
D.V.M. Texas A&M University 2005
B.S. Texas A&M University 2001
Clinical Assistant Professor
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Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Valencia, Spain 2003
European Ph.D., University of Valencia, Spain 2003
University of Valencia, Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) 2002
B.S. / M.S Biology, University of Valencia, Spain 1998
Assistant Professor
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Post-doc. Population Genomics, Stanford University 2010
Ph.D. Computational Genomics, University of Hong Kong 2006
M.S. Biotechnology, University of New South Wales 2001
Assistant Professor
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Diplomate American College of Veterinary Dermatology 2011
Residency Dermatology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2010
D.V.M. Kansas State University 2005
B.A. Biology, Cornell University 2001

Lecturer
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Ph.D. Population Medicine and Epidemiology, Cornell University 2010
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University 1996
B.A. Biology, Kenyon College 1992
Assistant Professor
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D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University 2011
Ph.D. Fisheries & Wildlife and Ecology, Michigan State University 2010
M.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois 2003
B.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois 2001
Assistant Professor
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Residency Reproduction & Medicine, University of Florida 2009
Ph.D. Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida 2008
D.V.M. Veterinary Medicine, University of Chile 1993
Assistant Professor-Joint Appointment
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M.D. University of Pennsylvania 1959
B.A. Lehigh University 1955
Research Professor