Accomplishments

Recent Grant Announcements

Title: Evaluation of RNActive®-based rotavirus vaccine in the gnotobiotic pig model of human rotavirus infection and diarrhea
Total Award: $533,809
Duration of Award: March 2015 - Aug. 2016
Sponsor: CureVac GmbH, Tubingen, Germany
Title: Rotavirus Genome Replication and Virion Assembly
PI: Sarah McDonald
CO-PI: Deborah Kelly
Total Award: $1,976,435
Duration of Award: Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2019
Funding Agency: NIAID, NIH
Title: Characterizing virulence-associated small RNAs of Brucella abortus
Total Award: $308,000
Duration of Award: Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2018
Funding Agency: American Heart Association

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

Our faculty are committed to innovative research in areas such as infectious diseases and immunity, chronic inflammatory and regulatory disorders, and regenerative medicine with a goal to expand human knowledge, solve health challenges, and contribute to the betterment of society. Our research findings are published in top peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Virology, Science Signaling, Nature Immunology, Journal of Immunology, Science Translational Medicine, PLoS One, Infection Immunity, BMC journals, EMBO and ISME Journals.

View our 2013 faculty publication listing.

Recent Achievements

Dr. Sarah McDonald receives $2 million grant, honored with 2015 Zoetis Award for Research Excellence

Sarah McDonald, an assistant professor and virologist at the veterinary college and the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, recently received a $2 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how a common — and, in the developing world, sometimes deadly — childhood virus builds itself anew. She also received the Zoetis Award for Research Excellence at the veterinary college’s 26th Annual Research Symposium. Learn more about Dr. McDonald's Zoetis Award and NIH grant.

Dr. Hamzeh M. Al Qublan and Dr. Nammalwar Sriranganathan win Graduate School awards

Hamzeh M. Al Qublan, recent Ph.D graduate, received the Outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) dissertation award and Dr. Nammalwar Sriranganathan, professor of bacteriology, received the Top STEM dissertation advisor award at the annual Virginia Tech Graduate School banquet. Learn more

Graduate students showcase their research, win awards at annual Research Symposium

A record 68 graduate students participated in the college's 26th annual Research Symposium. Prizes were awarded for the best oral presentations and posters in both masters and Ph.D. student categories. Among the award winners were DBSP's Thomas Brickler, Outstanding Ph.D. Student Poster, and Dr. Thomas Rogers-Cotrone, Outstanding Ph.D. Student Presentation. Learn more

Smithfield gift supports research targeting swine health

A $1.4 million gift from Smithfield Foods Inc. will support antibiotic alternatives studies in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Research projects will investigate methods to enhance animal well-being and production efficiency in swine-rearing operations. Dr. William "Terry" Swecker in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and Nammalwar "Nathan" Sriranganathan in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology are among the researchers funded through the Smithfield donation. Learn more

Dr. X.J. Meng elected to the National Academy of Inventors

Dr. X.J. Meng, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology at Virginia Tech, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Meng, a virologist at the veterinary college, studies emerging and reemerging viral diseases that impact veterinary and human public health. Virginia Tech President Tim Sands is the only other member of the university community who is an NAI Fellow. Learn more

Christopher Overend to develop new vaccine against swine disease

Christopher Overend, postdoctoral associate, has received a two-year, $150,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop a vaccine engineered to overcome weaknesses of current vaccines against an economically important swine disease. Overend hopes to develop a candidate vaccine against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Learn more