The mission of the Department of Biomedical Sciences is to educate and inform the veterinary and human biomedical communities through our diverse research and clinical service excellence as well as through our commitment to undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary teaching. In doing so, we foster a world-class research, clinical, and teaching environment with particular emphasis on innovation in all of our activities.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences was formed in 1998 from the three previously existing Departments of Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathology in an effort to develop interdisciplinary programs and enhance interdisciplinary teaching efforts. Faculty research programs focus on molecular and integrative physiology with specific strengths in genetics, cell and developmental biology, and comparative pathology emphasizing murine models. The Department serves as faculty home to the Diagnostic Anatomic Pathology Service and residency training programs in Anatomic Pathology and Lab Animal Medicine.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences has major teaching responsibilities within the DVM professional curriculum, in the Graduate curriculum, and in important areas of Undergraduate Biology. Faculty in our Department share major teaching responsibilities throughout the DVM professional curriculum, with particular emphasis in Foundation Course I, The Animal Body; Foundation Course II, Cell Biology and Genetics, Foundation Course III, Function and Dysfunction, and Anatomic Pathology. Numerous graduate-level courses are taught by Biomedical Sciences faculty including key courses related to the Genomics Minor at Cornell. Biomedical Sciences faculty members make important contributions to the undergraduate curriculum within the Undergraduate Program of Study for Animal Physiology. Biomedical Sciences houses the Directors of the Center for Vertebrate Genomics, the Center for Reproductive Genomics, Graduate Field of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Graduate Field of Zoology & Wildlife Conservation, and the Stem Cell Program.