Dr. Elankumaran Subbiah, associate professor of virology in the veterinary college's Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, died on Sept. 2 in Chennai, India, following a brief illness.
Subbiah, 55, was in India overseeing a veterinary student exchange program with his alma mater, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS). He is survived by his wife, Ruby, sons Pradeep and Praveen, granddaughter Nila, his mother, five brothers, and two sisters.
About our Department
The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology, the largest of the college's four departments, is guided by a vision to achieve national recognition in:
- Biomedical research that involves One Health medicine, specifically in infectious disease, inflammatory disease, and regenerative medicine
- Professional and graduate biomedical instruction
- Diagnostic medicine and professional services
Our Faculty Expertise
Our department is home to faculty engaged in preclinical, diagnostic, and research disciplines including:
- Anatomy, gross and microscopic
- Aquatic, ferret, and wildlife
- Bacteriology & mycology
- Clinical and anatomic pathology
- Immunology & inflammatory disease
- Laboratory animal medicine
- Medical informatics
- Molecular medicine
- Regenerative medicine
How We Contribute
Collectively, our faculty carry out all three missions of the college:
- Instruction - Members of our faculty contribute to a wide-range of instructional programs, including DVM professional curriculum, medical school instruction, and graduate and undergraduate education. The DVM instructional activity specializes in basic science and diagnostic medicine disciplines.
- Research - Our department accounts for a majority of VA-MD Vet Med's research program, and is supported by both internal and external funding. It is also the department of 75 - 80% of the college's Ph.D. student advisors and more than half of its graduate students.
- Service - We also provide professional expertise and supervision for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital's diagnostic laboratories for bacteriology, toxicology immunology, clinical pathology, necropsy, histopathology, parasitology, and aquatic medicine. We are actively preparing for American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) accreditation. Faculty members also contribute to the governance of the department, college, and university, and serve on national specialty professional associations.