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Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Field Description

The Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) provides students with the opportunity to pursue research at the number one College of Veterinary Medicine in the country (US News and World Report). Students can choose from among nearly 100 faculty mentors.  Faculty interests include cancer biology, development, reproductive biology, neuroscience, aging, microbiology, immunology, stem cell biology, genomics, and epidemiology. Graduate students in CBS include Ph.Ds, DVMs seeking Ph.Ds, and combined degree (DVM/Ph.D) students. Students can pursue fundamental questions in basic research, or take advantages of interactions between clinicians and basic scientists to incorporate translational perspectives in their work. As a member of the Biomedical and Biological Sciences Graduate Program (BBS), CBS is part of a vibrant graduate community in the Veterinary College.



Contact Information

Website: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/bbs
Email: bbscornell@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 253-3276

College of Veterinary Medicine
Office of Graduate Education

S3-009 Schurman Hall, Box 38
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401

Concentrations by Subject

Public Health

  • food systems for health
  • infectious disease epidemiology

Veterinary Medical Sciences

  • Veterinary Parasitology

Veterinary Medicine

  • cellular and molecular medicine
  • developmental and reproductive biology
  • infectious diseases
  • population medicine and epidemiology
  • structural and functional biology
  • Veterinary Parasitology

Faculty

Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; structural and functional biology Research Interests: limitations of the respiratory system in health and in disease to equine athletic performance; pulmonary biology; immunology and inflamation
Craig Altier - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: molecular basis of Salmonella pathogenesis; the genetic and environmental control of epithelial cell invasion
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology; infectious diseases Research Interests: immunogenetics and infectious diseases
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: nematode parasites; parasitism; Trichinella spiralis; Paralaphostrongylus tenuis; mucosal immunity
Philippe Baneux - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: pathogenesis of protozoal disease (Trypanosoma cruzi, Leishmania giardia); platelet function
Carl A Batt - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: rapid diagnostic methods; molecular epidemiology
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: mechanism and regulation of electrolyte transport across epithelia, from genotype to phenotype
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology; infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests: postpartum uterine diseases of cows, specifically puerperal metritis, clinical and subclinical endometritis; bovine metritis as a model to study female urinary tract infection; epidemiology of lameness in dairy cattle (assessment of risk factors, prevalence, biomechanics of bovine digits and preventive/treatment strategies); factors affecting reproductive efficiency in dairy cows; development and implementation of analytical tools that will aid data driven decision making in dairy farms; discovery and development of novel antimicrobials
Gary W Blissard - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: viral entry into insect host cells; viral gene expression
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases; Veterinary Parasitology Research Interests: parasitology
Adam Boyko - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: genomic investigation of dogs as a model of genetic disease and evolutionary genetics
Nicolas S Buchon - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology; infectious diseases Research Interests: Host/Microbe relationships and Control of intestinal stem cell behavior in homeostasis and disease
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: population medicine and epidemiology; structural and functional biology Research Interests: virology; population medicine; infectious diseases; disease diagnosis; wildlife disease; conservation biology; pathology; avian diseases
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology; structural and functional biology Research Interests: mechanabiology of development
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases; molecular basis of antigen-induced immune suppression; the modulation of innate immune system response in immunity against cancer
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: molecular virology; retrovirology
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: liver and kidney diseases of small animals
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: biochemical and molecular pharmacology
Yung-Fu Chang - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: molecular genetics in the study of pathogenesis of bacterial disease
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: structural and functional biology Research Interests: Regenerative Medicine. Peripheral Nerve Injury and Repair. Laryngeal Function. Over 350,000 Americans experience peripheral nerve injury each year. Our laboratory team explores methods of enhancing peripheral nerve repair particularly after chronic injury.
Theodore G Clark - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases; Veterinary Parasitology Research Interests: cutaneous immunity; host-parasite interaction; DNA vaccines; genetic factors underlying resistance to infectious disease
Paula Cohen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: mammalion meiosis; germ cell development; DNA repair mechanisms in recombination; genetic basis for nondisjunction in oocytes; transgenic and knocko-t mouse models for studying meiosis and recombination
Ruth N Collins - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: regulation of membrane traffic by small GTP-ases
Scott A. Coonrod - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology; structural and functional biology Research Interests: developmental and reproductive biology; structural and functional biology
Bethany Cummings - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; structural and functional biology Research Interests: Obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes pathogenesis and treatment. Development and study of rodent models of bariatric surgery.
Charles G. Danko - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; structural and functional biology Research Interests: medical genetics and genomics; cancer biology research
Matthew P DeLisa - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases; structural and functional biology Research Interests: molecular biotechnology; protein biogenesis and folding pathways; protein engineering
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: virology; viral pathogenesis; BVD virus; EAV virus
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: structural and functional biology Research Interests: equine sports medicine; upper respiratory tract
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: molecular mechanisms of intestinal bacterial infections in animal models of human diseases, primarily polymicrobial associations in colitis and understanding host-pathogen interactions in the context of gut ecology
Cornelia E Farnum - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology; structural and functional biology Research Interests: functional anatomy of cartilage and bone
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: cellular pharmacology; immediate hypersensitivity; immunopharmacology
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: Tissue-engineered model systems for analysis of microenvironmental conditions fundamental to cancer pathogenesis and therapy
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: B cell response; neonatal and clinical immunology
Lisa A Fortier - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: osteoarthritis and the link between insulin-like growth factor-I and the small G-proteins, Cdc42, Rac, and Rho
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: reproductive physiology and endocrinology
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: development biology in mice and flies; genetics of developmental mechanisms that influence embryonic morphology
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology; population medicine and epidemiology; structural and functional biology Research Interests: theriogenology; bovine health and reproduction; canine genetics
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: population medicine and epidemiology; structural and functional biology Research Interests: respiration; hypoxea and pulmonary circulation
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: systems neuroscience, neural circuits, motor learning
Yrjo Tapio Grohn - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology; structural and functional biology Research Interests: epidemiology; dairy herd health; ruminant metabolism
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests: vector borne diseases; epidemiology; vector biology physiology; mosquito-parasite interactions
Kei Hayashi - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine
Galina M. Hayes - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: population medicine and epidemiology
Fenghua Hu - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: my lab is interested in dissecting the disease mechanism of frontal temporal lobe degeneration (FTLD) due to mutations in the progranulin gene; progranulin encodes a secreted growth factor that regulates neuronal survival and inflammation
Kelly R. Hume - (Ithaca) - (Minor Member)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; structural and functional biology Research Interests: cancer biology, veterinary oncology, clincial oncology, molecular oncology, DNA damage, chemo sensitivity, novel therapeutics
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests: epidemiology and ecology of infectious and food borne diseases, mathematical modeling, spatial epidemiology, risk assessment, public health
Moonsoo Jin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases; structural and functional biology Research Interests: protein-protein interactions that occur at virus entry into host cells and escape from endosome into cytosol between cellular adhesion molecules in the immune system and tumor development
Kathleen M Kelly - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases
George V Kollias - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests: infectious diseases of free-ranging and captive wildlife; avian pharmacokinetics
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: molecular and cellular physiology; physiological genomics
Natasza Kurpios - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: signaling factors that shape gut morphology during development
Jan Lammerding - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; structural and functional biology Research Interests: cellular medicine, structural & functional biology cell migration, muscular dystrophy, cancer cell biology
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: Our work is focused on the evolutionary genetics of insect-pathogen interactions. Our projects include population genomic and molecular evolutionary analysis of insect immune systems and quantitative genetic study of differences in immune performance among individuals in a population. We seek to identify the genes responsible for individual differences in resistance or susceptibility to infection and environmental factors that influence defense. We are determining how genotype and environment interact to shape defense traits, and how seemingly distinct physiological processes are genetically linked and may constrain each other. We are especially interested in the effects of dietary nutrition and metabolism, gut microbiological communities, and reproductive status on immune performance. We use molecular tools and genomic analysis in our research.
Sylvia Siu Lee - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: molecular genetics of aging; signaling pathways of nutrient sensing; molecular basis of stress response
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: understanding innate immunity from the inside out; toll-like receptors; signaling; dendritic cells; controlling microbial infection
Roy A Levine - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: developmental biology; growth control and cancer
Sergiy Libert - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests:
David Ming Lin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: mice; olfaction; genetics; neurobiology; development; microarrays; genomics
Helene Marquis - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: Pathogenesis of Listeria monocytogenes; mechanisms of regulation of specific virulence factors; signaling during bacterial cell-to-cell spread
Mary E. Martin - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases; structural and functional biology Research Interests: laboratory animal medicine, specifically the development of animal models to study mechanisms of disease; special interes in zoonotic diseases and pain management
Jessica McArt - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests: Epidemiology of periparturient diseases in dairy cattle, disease economics, on-farm methods for accurate disease diagnosis
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: companion animal models of cancer; hedgehog signaling; epigenetics; novel therapeutics
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases; structural and functional biology Research Interests: use of contemporary methods to explore lymphocyte function in spontaneous veterinary deseases
Saurabh Mehta - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests: Global Health (Countries with active research projects: India, Kenya, Uganda, Ecuador, Mexico, and the US); Infectious Disease Epidemiology, particularly HIV, Tuberculosis, and Neglected Tropical Diseases; Nutritional Interventions and Nutritional Modulation of the Immune Response
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology; structural and functional biology Research Interests: inherited canine diseases; reproductive tract disorders
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology; Veterinary Parasitology Research Interests: epidemiology of infectious diseases; production medicine
N Sydney Moise - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: structural and functional biology Research Interests: arrhythmias; Sudden Death syndrome
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology; structural and functional biology Research Interests: genetic modeling of human cancer in the mouse; early detection and monitoring of carcinogenesis; neoplasms of reproductive and endocrine systems
Alan J Nixon - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; structural and functional biology Research Interests: joint pathology and cartilage resurfacing
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology; structural and functional biology Research Interests: developmental biology; craniofacial development
Linda M Nowak - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: neurosciences; cellular physiology; receptor pharmacology; membrane biophysics
Daryl Van Nydam - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology; infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology; Veterinary Parasitology Research Interests: epidemiology of food security/safety issues related to dairy production medicine; study of economically important infectious diseases, particularly zoonoses, subclinical diseases of periparturient cattle and reproductive efficiency
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: ion channels; acetylcholine receptors
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: reoviruses; caliciviruses; virus structure; virus assembly; virus-host interactions; oncolytic viruses; virology
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: viral genetics and function
Ned J. Place - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: reproductive aging; physiology; endocrinology
Heidi L. Reesink - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: comparative and translational orthopedics; metabolism and musuloskeletal disease; osteoarthritis; regenerative disease
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: molecular endocrinology in reproductive tissues
Brian Rudd - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology; infectious diseases Research Interests: Understanding developmental-related mechanisms limiting immunity in early life.
David G Russell - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: the biology of intracellular infection with emphasis on mycobacteria
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: mouse genetics and functional genomics, genomic instability, genetic recombination, genetics of gametogenesis and development, use of ES cells to mutagenize the mouse genome
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests: udder health in well-managed dairy herds based on epidemiology and pathobiology
Wayne S Schwark - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: neuropharmacology; veterinary clinical pharmacology
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: mechanisms of control of insulin secretion and epithelial electrolyte transport
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases Research Interests: gastroenterology
Paul Soloway - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology; structural and functional biology
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases; structural and functional biology Research Interests: structural biology; cell signaling; biochemistry; biophysics
Jeongmin Song - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: Bacteria-Host Interaction; Typhoid toxin; Salmonella Typhi Pathogenesis; Animal Model
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases; population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests: molecular evolution and comparative genomics of infectious disease organisms
Tracy Stokol - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: hematopoietic and hemostatic disorders in animals; mechanisms of cancer metastasis
Patrick J Stover - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology; structural and functional biology
Elia D. Tait Wojno - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; structural and functional biology Research Interests: canine hip dysplasia; genetic linkage analysis; osteoarthritis
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: comparative biology of male germ cells; signaling and metabolism of sperm during capacitation; organization of lipid raft membrane sub-domains in sperm; applications of technologies using reproductive stem cells for wildlife conservation
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology; infectious diseases Research Interests: alphaherpesvirus pathogenesis, basic biology/immunology of mesencymal stem cells for regenerative therapy, Mammary gland stem cell biology and carcinogenesis
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine
Bettina Wagner - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; infectious diseases; structural and functional biology Research Interests: antibody mediated immune mechanisms in infectious disease and vaccination; allergic diseases; neonatal tolerance and allergy predisposition; strategies to develop allergy treatments
Joseph Wakshlag - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; structural and functional biology Research Interests: exercise physiology and obesity metabolism; canine-cancer biology (mast cell and bone neoplasia) and the effects of nutrients and cellular metabolites on cell signaling
Lorin D Warnick - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests: dairy cattle epidemiology; preharvest food safety; Salmonellosis in cattle; infectious disease
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; structural and functional biology Research Interests: neuropharmacology; receptor mechanisms
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine Research Interests: genomic maintenance mechanisms; cell cycle checkpoints; molecular responses to genomic stress; mouse models of genomic instability
Andrew C. White - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: Our lab utilizes mouse models to understand the causes and conditions that facilitate cancer initiation and progression arising from adult stem cells of the skin. Additionally, we are also interested finding points of potential targeted intervention on established tumors through both pharmacological and genetic methods. We also employ genetic techniques to fluorescently label and trace cells from the cancer cell of origin to the final transformed tumor cell.
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: population medicine and epidemiology Research Interests: internal medicine; epidemiology of primary care
Gary R Whittaker - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: virology cell biology; biochemistry
Martin Wiedmann - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: infectious diseases Research Interests: molecular pathogenesis of food-borne and zoonotic bacterial diseases
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: molecular and genetic mechanisms of reproductive processes
Andrew Yen - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Veterinary Medicine: cellular and molecular medicine; developmental and reproductive biology Research Interests: leukemia; cell growth and differentiation; oncogenes/genetics