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Master of Science in Veterinary Science – Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Faculty working with Students: 46
Students: 5
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 100%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall Rolling Deadline Priority status is given to applicants that apply before December 15.
  • Spring Rolling Deadline
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • 7.0 IELTS Minimum score
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score
  • Letters of recommendation

Degree Description:

The MS 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 Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

1. Apply sound research methods to problems in their discipline and describe the methods effectively.

2. Communicate their research clearly and professionally in both written and oral forms appropriate to the field.

Student Opportunities:

Collaborative research, presentations at national/international conferences, student meetings with prominent visiting scientists.

Career Opportunities:

Academic research, state and national laboratories, biotechnology companies.

Career Placements:

Research technologist, Senior Scientist

Faculty Members:

Bankhead, Troy, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

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

Bose, Santanu, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Inflammation and innate immunity; Influenza A virus and RSV pathogenesis

Brayton, Kelly A, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Functional genomics of vector-borne pathogens.

Broschat, Shira Lynn, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair or co-chair 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 C, Ph.D.

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

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

Hines, Stephen A, DVM, PhD

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

Islam, Mohammed, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member 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

Knodler, Leigh, Ph.D.

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

Research Interests

Salmonella-intestinal epithelial cell interactions.

Knowles, Donald Patrick, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

Research is primarily collaborative and focused on testing hypotheses which define parameters of tick-borne disease transmission and pathogenesis.

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

Li, Hong, DVM/PhD

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

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

Prieur, David J, DVM, PhD

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

Research Interests

Genetic diseases of animals, especially those that are spontaneous models of similar human genetic 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.

Shah, Devendra Hansraj, BVSc, PhD

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

Research Interests

Food and water-borne bacterial diseases; avian infectious diseases.

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: chair, 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

Thomas, Kawula, Ph.D.

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.

White, Stephen

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

Research Interests

My research group uses both molecular and quantitative approaches in investigating host genetics of infectious disease susceptibility

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