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Our department faculty are engaged in biomedical research to better understand diseases that afflict humans and animals, and to develop vaccines and innovative cures. The department research is focused in three core research areas: (1) Infectious Diseases and Immunity; (2) Chronic Inflammatory & Regulatory Disorders; (3) Regenerative Medicine.
Our department boasts a long tradition of excellence and extramural funding in the fields of virology, bacteriology, parasitology, and immunology. Research in this area examines basic mechanisms of infectious and immune mediated diseases and seeks to develop novel vaccines and therapeutic strategies.
People and animals are living longer due to better hygiene, improved vaccines and life-saving drugs. However, we are living longer but sicker. Over the years, there has been an increased incidence of chronic inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular inflammation, diabetes, re-emerging infectious disorders, and regulatory disorders such as cancer and metabolic diseases. To better position ourselves to combat these diseases, we initiated a new research focus area: “Chronic Inflammatory and Regulatory Disorders.”
Since it is imperative to find innovative therapies to treat inflammatory and regulatory diseases, an additional core research focus area in our department is “Regenerative Medicine.”
Our departmental faculty are also engaged in research involving environmental medical toxicology, medical informatics, and aquatic medicine. Since our department is within a college of veterinary medicine, our faculty are well prepared to understand comparative physiology and pathology. Our access to board-certified specialists in a broad range of medical disciplines bolsters our abilities in translational and “One Health” medicine.
Our departmental faculty collaborate with faculty from several of Virginia Tech's colleges (College of Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering, VT School of Medicine, and the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine), VT Institutes (VTCRI, Institute of Critical Technology Applied Sciences or ICTAS, Fralin Life Sciences Institute), and international colleges at India (Tamil Nadu University Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences or TANUVAS) and Chile (Universidad Austral de Chile).
In recent years, our department strategically recruited and hired new faculty to strengthen our research focus areas, instruction, and veterinary diagnostic service.