Two faculty members at the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (VMBS) were included in the top 100 Best Animal Science and Veterinary Scientists by Research.com, an academic platform that objectively ranks researchers based on scientific publications.
Ranked No. 71 nationally and No. 198 globally is VMBS professor Dr. Jan Suchodolski and close behind him at No. 89 nationally and No. 232 globally is Dr. Paul Morley, the director of food animal research and a professor at the VMBS’ Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) campus in Canyon, Texas.
“We know how impactful Drs. Suchodolski’s and Morley’s work is, but it is still nice to see them ranked so highly by independent algorithms,” said Dr. Michael Criscitiello, the associate dean for the VMBS’ Office of Research & Graduate Studies. “We are fortunate that they choose to enrich the climate for research and training here at our VMBS.”
The Research.com rankings are based on the D-index metric, or a researcher’s number of papers and citation values within a specific discipline. The 2023 Best Animal Science and Veterinary Scientists list includes 2,000 researchers from 63 countries.
Dr. Jan Suchodolski
In addition to his role as a professor, Suchodolski serves as the associate director for research in the VMBS’ Gastrointestinal Laboratory and the Purina Petcare Endowed Chair for Microbiome Research.
His research involves working to understand the microbiome and metabolome (the complete set of small-molecule chemicals produced during metabolism) of cats and dogs, including how they interact with antibiotics.
Through the GI Lab’s new partnership with Nestlé Purina PetCare Global Research, Suchodolski will also be working to discover new strategies for veterinarians to use in the management of chronic GI disease and other conditions believed to be associated with dysbiosis.
Suchodolski’s work has been funded by the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Defense, and more.
Dr. Paul Morley
In addition to his own research, Morley oversees a team of VERO faculty, staff, and student researchers studying some of the most important challenges in the food animal industry, including antimicrobial resistance, bovine respiratory disease, and biosecurity.
In 2022, Morley was selected to hold the newly established Sally Rau McIntosh Endowed Chair for Veterinary Strategic Initiatives, which supports his teaching, research, service, and professional development activities.
His achievements include publishing more than 220 scientific journal articles and receiving $20 million in research support over his career.
Morley also teaches courses on metagenomic sequencing, bioinformatics, and research techniques for graduate students at the VMBS and West Texas A&M University’s Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences.
Contact Information: Jennifer Gauntt, Director of VMBS Communications, Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; email@example.com; 979-862-4216