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Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Science – Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Faculty working with Students: 31
Students: 35
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
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Tests required:
  • TOEFL
  • TOEFLI

Degree Description:

The PhD program in Immunology and Infectious Diseases provides education and training in immunology and host-pathogen interactions of bacterial, parasitic, and viral infections of animals and humans. The academic research environment is enriched by integration of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, the School of Molecular Biosciences, and the USDA-ARS Animal Disease Research Unit. Dissertation research is carried out under the direction of highly collaborative research faculty who are internationally recognized for their research in infectious diseases. Graduate programs are tailored to the individual’s background and career goals, and include core formal course work as well as more specialized courses in a primarily literature review format. Laboratory research is the most critical part of the training and the strength of our program. The major advisor and student work in cooperation with the advisory committee to develop a directed course of research. All departmental faculty and students attend weekly research seminars given either by students, program faculty, and visiting scientists. Through these seminars, students are exposed to critical analysis of data, experimental design and discussion of research significance. Students also may participate in the activities sponsored by the Integrative Programs in Biomedical Sciences (iPBS, graduate.vetmed.wsu.edu). Trainees are expected to conduct original research that will lend a significant contribution to knowledge in the area of emphasis and that will culminate in publication in peer-reviewed journals. Publication is required for and constitutes the PhD dissertation. The final examination consists of a public research seminar followed by an oral examination.

Student Opportunities:

Collaborative research in laboratories and research sites associated with the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

Career Opportunities:

Academia, national and international laboratories, biotechnology companies.

Faculty Members:

Alderete, John F, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Parasite and host cell-tissue interactions focused on proteins that contribute to infection and disease pathogenesis in Trichomonas vaginalis.

Bankhead, Troy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Mechanisms of persistence and virulence associated with the Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi.

Baszler, Timothy V, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Immunology of neosporosis, improved diagnosis of infectious diseases in domestic animals spongiform encephalopathies.

Besser, Thomas Eugene, DVM, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Safety microbiology, E. coli O157:H7, neonatal enteric disease.

Bose, Santanu, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Innate antiviral immunity

Brayton, Kelly A, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Functional genomics of vector-borne pathogens.

Broschat, Shira Lynn, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Call, Douglas Ruben, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Mechanisms that lead to the emergence, amplification, persistence and dissemination of antibiotic resistance in food animal production systems.

Celli, Jean, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Molecular mechanisms of Brucella abortus modulation of host cell functions.

Davis, Margaret Alison, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Davis, William B, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Eckstrand, Chrissy, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Haldorson, Gary Jay, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Hardy, Michele, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Enteric viruses, innate and gut mucosal immune responses

Hines, Stephen A, DVM, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Jasmer, Douglas Philip, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Knodler, Leigh, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Salmonella-intestinal epithelial cell interactions.

Konkel, Michael Edward, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Bacterial pathogenesis, identification and characterization of virulence determinants in Campylobacter jejuni.

Mealey, Robert Hamilton, DVM, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Nelson, Danielle Darracq, DVM/PhD

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Nicola, Anthony, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Cell biology of virus-host interactions, herpesviruses, viral entry, membrane fusion, envelope glycoproteins, viral pathogenesis

Omsland, Anders, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Biology of bacterial obligate intracellular parasites, virulence, metabolic capabilities, and regulation of bacterial morphological transitions

Palmer, Guy Hughes, DVM, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Pessier, Allan, DVM

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

I have a special interest in amphibian pathology and laboratory diagnostics for important infectious diseases such as chytridiomycosis caused by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis and B. salamandrivorans and ranaviruses. Many of my projects focus on the control of disease in conservation programs for endangered amphibians, both within the United States and internationally.

Prieur, David J, DVM, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Ramsay, Joshua, DVM, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

My research interests are pathogen discovery, equine pathology, and infectious disease pathogenesis, with emphasis on understanding the host and pathogen factors that determine disease outcome.

Shah, Devendra Hansraj, BVSc, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Snekvik, Kevin Roy, DVM, PhD

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Ueti, Massaro Wilson, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Vadyvaloo, Viveka, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Arthropod-borne zoonotic infectious diseases, including the etiological agent of the bubonic plague, Yersinia pestis.

Zambriski, Jennifer, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Contact Information:

Sue Zumwalt
402 Bustad Hall
Pullman, WA 99164-7040
509-335-6027
509-335-8529