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Doctor of Philosophy in Veterinary Science – Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Faculty working with Students: 48
Students: 42
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • TOEFL
  • TOEFLI
  • Letters of recommendation

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 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 Health

Career Opportunities:

Academia, national and international laboratories, biotechnology companies.

Faculty Members:

Bankhead, Troy, PhD

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

Research Interests

Genomics & genetics; Immunology & infectious disease; Vector-borne disease

Baylink, Arden, PhD

Research Interests

Systems Biology

Besser, Thomas Eugene, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

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

Bose, Santanu, PhD

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

Research Interests

Immunology & infectious disease; Respiratory viruses; Virology

Brayton, Kelly A, PhD

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

Research Interests

Genomics & genetics

Broschat, Shira Lynn, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Bioinformatics, machine learning, data analysis, data mining for microbiology applications

Burbick, Claire, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

Clinical microbiology diagnostics, investigation of novel pathogens, antimicrobial susceptibility

Call, Douglas Ruben, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Molecular mechanisms of Brucella abortus modulation of host cell functions.

Charles, Lauren, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

Biosurveillance, epidemiology, data science, data fusion (text/laboratory/spacial/imagery), One Health

Cunha, Cristina, USDA

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

Davis, William B., Ph.D.

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

Eckstrand, Chrissy, DVM, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Anatomic pathology; infectious diseases of domestic animals; feline retrovirology; viral pathogenesis

Fry, Lindsay, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

Immunopathogenesis of tick-transmitted diseases of cattle and horses; Theileriosis; Vaccinology

Haldorson, Gary, DVM, Ph.D.

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Veterinary anatomic pathology

Islam, Mohammed, PhD

Serves as: chair or co-chair of graduate committee

Research Interests

Antimicrobial resistance; One Health; Molecular epidemiology

Jasmer, Douglas Philip, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Molecular and cellular aspects of host/parasite interactions and parasite biology

Kawula, Thomas, PhD

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

Research Interests

Pathogenesis mechanisms and host immunity to intracellular bacterial pathogens

Knodler, Leigh, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Salmonella-intestinal epithelial cell interactions.

Kopper, Jamie, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

Gastointestinal barrier function in veterinary patients

Lankester, Felix, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

Epidemiology and economic impact of infectious diseases in East Africa

Lofgren, Eric, PhD

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

Research Interests

Computational epidemiology; healthcare-associated infections; emerging pathogens; mathematical modeling

Mealey, Robert Hamilton, DVM, PhD

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

Mousel, Michelle, PhD

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

Research Interests

Animal genetics

Nicola, Anthony, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

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

Njenga, Kariuki M., PhD

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

Research Interests

Epidemiology and virology

Noh, Susan Marite, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

Vector-borne disease; tick-pathogen-host interaction; vaccine development

O'Connor, Roberta

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

Research Interests

Marine natural product drug discovery for parasitic diseases

Omsland, Anders, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

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

Palmer, Guy Hughes, DVM, Ph.D.

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

Pessier, Allan, DVM

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Wildlife diseases

Sanz, Macarena, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

Equine immunology and infectious diseases; innate immunity; Rhodococcus equi infection

Schneider, David, Ph.D.

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

Schwartz, Elissa, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

– Experimental and theoretical techniques to investigate mechanisms in virology, immunology, and infectious disease epidemiology
– Control of lentiviral infection, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV).
– Mathematical and computational models of viral dynamics with clinical and experimental data to elucidate the determinants of virus control and escape.

Shaw, Dana, PhD

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

Research Interests

Tick-borne pathogens; innate immunity; vector competence; molecular microbiology

Snekvik, Kevin Roy, DVM, PhD

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Suarez, Carlos Esteban, Ph.D.

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

Taus, Naomi

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

Taylor, Kyle

Serves as: co-chair or member of graduate committee

Ueti, Massaro Wilson, Ph.D.

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

Vadyvaloo, Viveka, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

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

Wild, Margaret, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

Wildlife health; elk hoof disease; chronic wasting disease

Contact Information:

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