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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
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Hector Aguilar-Carreno

Microbiology & Immunology

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


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

Jonathan Butcher

Biomedical Engineering

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


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


Julia Felippe

Clinical Sciences

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

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


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

Renata Ivanek

Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences

Epidemiology and public health of infectious and foodborne diseases


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

Alexander Nikitin

Biomedical Sciences

Stem cells and cancer; pathogenesis of ovarian and prostate cancers; modeling of human disease in genetically modified mice and human organoids


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

Biomedical Sciences

Epigenetic phenomena in mammals; understanding how it is that epigenetic states are controlled


Holger Sondermann

Molecular Medicine

Molecular mechanisms of bacterial biofilm formation
Dr. Brian VanderVen

Brian VanderVen

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Physiology of the intracellular pathogen M. tuberculosis

Gerlinde Van de Walle

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Baker Institute for Animal Health

Seeking ways to treat cancer, fight viruses and to improve wound healing


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
Andrew C. White, PhD

Andrew White

Biomedical Sciences

Understanding the role of adult stem cells in cancer initiation, cancer relapse, age-related decline in tissue homeostasis, and regenerative medicine

Elia Tait Wojno

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Baker Institute for Animal Health

Immunology of infectious disease; allergy; mucosal immunology; innate immune cells; cytokines; prostaglandins

Mariana Wolfner

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Genetic, molecular, developmental, and evolutionary studies of seminal proteins' functions in fertility, and of mechanisms of egg activation and initiation of embryogenesis; investigate conserved phenomena in reproductive biology, using primarily the Drosophila model system

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