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The M.S. and Ph.D. research programs address health management
issues pertaining to cultured andwild finfish, shellfish and
aquatic mammals. A limited number of assistantships and
postdoctoral (post Ph.D.) positions are periodically available.
Current emphasis is on etiology, environment-agent-host
interactions, host-defense mechanisms and application of
molecular biological techniques to solving health problems.
A number of noninfectious diseases of laboratory and domestic
animals are under study in this program. Both M.S. and Ph.D. degree
programs are available. Genetic diseases manifested by the effects
of specific metabolic defects are of particular interest. Affected
or carrier animals, or germplasm currently are available for
ovine ceroid-lipofuscinosis, bovine B-mannosidosis, bovine collagen
dysplasia, and bovine osteogenesis imperfecta. In addition projects
to determine the relationship between mammary carcinoma metastasis
and hypercalcemia and to study the process of metastasis are
underway. These genetic diseases and specific types of cancer also
are being utilized as animal models for research to gather
information applicable to other animal species including man.
The intercollegiate program in genetics for either the M.S. or
Ph.D. provides a good foundation in classic and molecular genetics.
Degree research is centered in comparative mammalian genetics.
Current genetics research programs in the department include
comparative gene mapping of mammals, immunogenetics, and
comparative medical genetics. The comparative gene mapping program
is spear-headed by an internationally recognized effort in bovine
gene mapping and a new program in canine gene mapping. The gene
maps developed in these two species are comparedto human and murine
gene maps. The immunogenetics research program includes comparative
histocompatibility genetics (utilizing serology, DNA probes, and
DNA sequencing), serology of immunoglobulin allotypes, and genetics
of disease resistance and immune response. The comparative medical
genetics research program includes studies of spontaneous and
induced (gene targeting/transgenesis) animal models of human
genetic diseases and deleterious gene traits in domestic animals.
Additional information regarding the Faculty of Genetics may be
obtained from their web site (http://gene.tamu.edu/).
Students may elect to focus their course studies in the field of
immunology. Our graduate immunology faculty reside in numerous
departments including Biology, Medical Microbiology and Immunology,
Veterinary Anatomy and Public Health, and Veterinary Pathobiology.
Graduate research leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees covers a wide
variety of areas including molecular modeling of
immunoglobulin/ligand interactions using monoclonal antibodies and
anti-idiotypic antibodies which mimic antigen binding sites; T cell
responses to parasite antigens of both protozoan and helminth
origin; protective immune responses to defined vaccine antigens;
examination of antigen processing and T cell immunity in viral and
bacterial infections, veterinary clinical immunology and other host
immune responses related to infectious diseases such as polio,
tuberculosis, brucellosis, babesiosis, and
schistosomiasis. Course work in the immunology program might
include biochemistry, immunogenetics, immunoregulation and a
variety of supporting courses in cell biology.
Faculty with expertise in pathology, immunology, microbiology,
molecular biology, immunogenetics, and molecular genetics are
involved in studies of host resistance and the pathogenesis of
particular infectious diseases of domestic animals. Host resistance
is a primary research objective in most infectious disease
projects. An existing herd of cattle with defined
resistance/susceptibility to infection with Brucella abortus and
Mycobacterium paratuberculosis is a major resource to faculty and
graduate students with interests in research on host resistance.
Research projects suitable for an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in
veterinary microbiology or veterinary pathology can be arranged
through appropriate faculty members. The methods of cellular and
molecular biology (e.g. cell hybridization, recombinant DNA
technics) are utilized extensively by this group in achieving their
The M.S. or Ph.D. programs in Veterinary Microbiology could
include any of the above or aspects of all of the above programs.
The comparative microbiology of brucellosis, for example, brings
together a faculty group who study the outer membrane proteins,
macrophage function in genetically resistant cattle, gene mapping,
and recombinant subunit vaccine formulation. Biochemistry,
immunology and cell biology courses are particularly relevant to
the microbiology program.
This intercollegiate program brings together faculty and
graduate students from 11 departments in 4 colleges. It provides a
broad spectrum of course work and research projects dealing with
all aspects of modern cellular and molecular biology. Course
requirements are designed to provide the student with the broadest
possible latitude in determination of his/her degree plan.
Research in parasitology can lead to a Master of Science degree
in Veterinary Parasitology. Parasitology can also be the field of
study for the Ph.D. in Veterinary Medical Science, Pathology, or
Microbiology. Research programs stress host-parasite relationships,
the molecular mechanisms for host responses to the parasites, and
studies of parasite-derived factors that might influence the
Center was endowed and established to promote research into
maintenance of health of, and into the causes, diagnosis,
prevention and treatment of infectious and noninfectious diseases
of pet, exotic, and wild birds. A limited number of post-DVM/VMD
graduate research assistantships leading to the M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees are periodically available. Research and training programs
are occasionally available for non-veterinarians with exceptional
academic qualifications. Specific course requirements relevant to
avian pathobiology are determined by the student's graduate
committee. Development of interdepartmental, intercollegiate, and
international collaborative research and training programs is
encouraged. A post-DVM/post-doctoral training position in avian
diagnostic pathology is also periodically available.
Studies of the major tropical diseases of livestock which affect
production, with emphasis upon hemoprotozoal diseases and their
vectors, helminths, and bacterial and viral agents causing
reproductive failures. Collaborative projects involve graduate
students from various international laboratories and universities,
especially in Latin America.
The virology M.S. and Ph.D. programs are designed for students
who wish to pursue a career in molecular and / or pathogenic
virology. The comparative molecular virology of major animal
viruses is covered in depth by a team of professors from Texas
A&M and other universities. The comparative pathogenesis of
viral infection is studied from the aspect of those factors encoded
in the viral genome and includes studies on viral antigenicity and
host immune responses. Students are expected to take courses in
biochemistry, statistics, immunology and other courses relevant to
their particular program of study. Faculty include those with
interests in molecular and pathogenic virology and viral
The wildlife disease program is an interdisciplinary effort that
involves faculty with expertise in the areas of immunology,
epidemiology, parasitology, microbiology, pathology, endocrinology,
reproductive physiology, and genetics. Research interests include
the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of diseases of
free-ranging as well as captive native and exotic animals in Texas.
The program is closely linked to the traditional programs of
ecology and game management within the Wildlife and Fisheries
Sciences Department of the College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences, and offers graduate and professional students an
opportunity to study in the areas of disease management,
reproduction, and handling of native game and non-traditional
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