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Department of Veterinary Pathobiology

We are one of the largest and most active veterinary pathobiology departments in the country. Our department offers programs of graduate instruction and research leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Genetics, Microbiology, and Pathology, and the Master of Science degree in Parasitology. These degree programs provide the opportunity for coursework of suitable breadth and depth within the major and supporting fields in conjunction with research experience in an area of interest.

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VTPB in the News

Dr. Waithaka Mwangi and Dr. Michael F. Criscitiello were recently featured in a CVM press release for their collaboration in a study of cow antibodies.

Waithaka Mwangi

Unusual Antibodies in Cows Suggest New Ways to Make Therapies for People

COLLEGE STATION, TX - Humans have been raising cows for their meat, hides and milk for millennia. Now it appears that the cow immune system also has something to offer. A study of an extraordinary family of cow antibodies, led by researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and coauthored by three investigators from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), points  to new ways to make human medicines.

Michael CriscitielloThe CVM's faculty members' expertise in immunology and infectious disease, as well as their easy access to a herd of cattle, made them a natural fit as collaborators.

"These antibodies' structure and their mechanism for creating diversity haven't been seen before in other animals' antibodies," said Vaughn V. Smider, assistant professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at TSRI and principal investigator for the study, which appears in the June 6, 2013 issue of the journal Cell.

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