DVM seeking PhD


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 (jsp7@cornell.edu).

Participating Faculty

List of our faculty and their research areas
Faculty Member
Department Affiliation
Research Interests
Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno

Hector Aguilar-Carreno

Microbiology & Immunology

Entry, egress, and interactions of enveloped viruses with host cells, with emphasis on emerging paramyxoviruses, vaccine and antiviral strategies

Dr. Craig Altier

Craig Altier

Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences

Regulation of Salmonella virulence within the intestinal environment

Dr. Adam Boyko

Adam Boyko

Biomedical Sciences

Genomic studies of the evolutionary forces that determine traits and disease in dogs

Dr. Brito

Ilana Brito

Biomedical Engineering 

The Brito lab develops experimental and computational methods to understand how organisms in the gut microbiome elicit their effects on host health. In addition, they develop new technologies to understand gene flow within the gut microbiome to inform efforts to combat antibiotic resistance

Dr. Jonathan Butcher

Jonathan Butcher

Biomedical Engineering

Mechanobiology of development; developmental signaling reactivation in adult cardiovascular diseases; tissue engineering and regeneration

Dr. Margaret Bynoe

Margaret Bynoe

Microbiology & Immunology

The role of the immune system in inflammatory and degenerative disease
Casey Cazer

Cazey Cazer

Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences

Epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, evidence-based medicine, and One-Health; developing methods to improve antimicrobial resistance surveillance and track multidrug resistance

Dr. Richard Cerione

Rick Cerione

Molecular Medicine

Characterizing signaling systems involved in cell growth, neurogenesis, and cancer

Pamela Chang

Microbiology & Immunology 

The Chang lab seeks to understand how the host immune system is regulated by the gut microbiota through their secretion of small molecule metabolites. The lab has two primary areas of interest: (1) the identification of metabolites produced by the gut microbiota that regulate the host immune system and, building on these discoveries, (2) the development of chemical tools to (a) modulate the immune response and (b) probe metabolic reactions catalyzed by the gut microbiome
Dr. Chappie

Josh Chappie 

Molecular Medicine

The Chappie lab utilizes a combination of structural biology, biochemistry, and cell biology to dissect the mechanisms of nucleotide-powered molecular machines involved in bacterial and viral defense

Dr. Theodore Clark

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


Paula Cohen 

Biomedical Sciences

The Cohen lab studies mammalian meiosis and gametogenesis, with a focus on regulation of meiotic recombination by DNA repair protein complexes. They use mouse, human, and other mammalian systems to study the evolutionary control of these processes and the impact of genetic and environmental alterations on the genesis of meiotic errors across the animal kingdom. In addition, they are leveraging their unique insight into meiotic events to identify novel entry points for contraceptive targeting for men
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Michelle Delco

Clinical Sciences

The Delco lab studies how injury leads to arthritis and related orthopedic diseases. Our focus is understanding the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in the initiation and early pathogenesis of disease in order to develop new strategies to improve healing after injury.
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Matt DeLisa

Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The DeLisa lab engineers the protein machinery of simple bacteria to solve complex problems in biology and medicine. The lab reprograms the physiology of bacteria to harness the protein biosynthetic machinery for the design and synthesis of complex biopharmaceuticals.

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Iwijn De Vlaminck

Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

Genomic medicine tools to monitor infectious and immune-related disease

Dr. Diego Diel

Diego Diel

Population Medicine & Diagnostic Science

Molecular and basic aspects of virus-host interactions and viral vector and vaccine development

Dr. Julia Felippe

Julia Felippe

Clinical Sciences

The study of developmental immunology, response to vaccines, and immunodeficiencies

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Cedric Feschotte

Molecular Biology & Genetics 

Impact of transposons and endogenous viruses on host biology, disease, and evolution  

Dr. Julia Finkelstein

Julia Finkelstein

Division of Nutritional Sciences

Elucidate the role of iron, vitamin B12, and folate in the etiology of anemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes, and inform the development of interventions to improve the health of mothers and young children