Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program


Veterinarian Scientists

Program Faculty

Training is offered in a variety of disciplines. All of the participating faculty trainers are nationally competitive research scientists with current active external funding. All of the trainers are accomplished mentors. The research interests of each faculty member can be obtained by accessing their websites.

Prospective DVM seeking PhD students who wish to be considered for appointment should rotate through three laboratories of the participating faculty prior to settling on a home laboratory. Because of the nature of their scientific projects or their funding, not all faculty members within the BBS program are eligible to be trainers on this NIH-funded Program. Faculty wishing to be considered as Trainers should contact the Program Director, Dr. John S. Parker (

Participating Faculty

Faculty Member Department Affiliation Research Interests

Craig Altier

Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences
Regulation of Salmonella virulence
within the intestinal environment
Adam Boyko
Biomedical Sciences Genomic studies of the evolutionary forces that
determine traits and disease in dogs.
Margaret Bynoe
Microbiology & Immunology The role of the immune system in
inflammatory and degenerative disease.
Rick Cerione
Molecular Medicine Characterizing signaling systems involved in cell growth,
neurogenesis, and cancer
Ted Clark
Microbiology & Immunology Host-pathogen interactions; evolution of the adaptive immune response in vertebrates; mechanisms of membrane fusion during fertilization; and the use of Tetrahymena thermophila
Bethany Cummings
Biomedical Sciences Identifying the mechanisms by which
gastrointestinal surgery produces metabolic benefits.
Eric Denkers
Microbiology & Immunology Immune response to Toxoplasma gondii and how the
parasite reacts.
Julia Felippe
Clinical Sciences The study of developmental immunology, response to
vaccines, and immunodeficiencies.
Claudia Fischbach-Teschl
Biomedical Engineering Engineering approaches to study
tumor stroma interactions in cancer.
Yrjo Grohn
Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences Mathematical modeling of zoonotic
infectious diseases and optimization of health and management decisions.
Michael Kotlikoff
Biomedical Sciences Molecular processes underlying cardiac and smooth
muscle cell development and function.
Natasza Kurpios
Molecular Medicine Vertebrate embryogenesis and genetics and
morphogenesis of organogenesis.
John Parker
Baker Institute for Animal Health & Dept. Microbiology & Immunology Host-pathogen interactions of the mammalian orthoreoviruses and feline caliciviruses.
Colin Parrish
Baker Institute for Animal Health & Dept. Microbiology & Immunology Evolutionary, structural, and functional studies of the determinants of virus host range.





Kristy Richards

Biomedical Sciences Immuno-oncology, monoclonal antibodies, genetic mechanisms of resistance, personalized medicine, comparative oncogenomics, novel therapeutic development
Brian Rudd
Microbiology & Immunology Mechanisms limiting the development of
immunity in early life
David Russell
Microbiology & Immunology The host/pathogen interplay in tuberculosis and HIV.
Chris Schaffer
Biomedical Engineering In vivo optical imaging to elucidate the cellular
interactions that underlie neurological disease.
John Schimenti
Biomedical Sciences Functional genomics of mammalian reproduction,
development and cancer
Carolyn Sevier
Molecular Medicine Studies of the cellular pathways that alleviate
oxidative stress.
Kenny Simpson
Clinical Sciences Interplay between enteric bacteria and the host that leads
to inflammatory bowel disease.
Paul Soloway
Division of Nutritional Sciences Epigenetic phenomena in mammals, understanding how it is that epigenetic states are controlled
Holger Sondermann
Molecular Medicine Molecular mechanisms of bacterial biofilm
Lorin Warnick
Clinical Sciences Emergence and dissemination of
antimicrobial resistant enteric pathogens
Robert Weiss
Biomedical Sciences Genome maintenance mechanisms and metabolic
pathways in cancer and other diseases