Research

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is strong in the area of infectious diseases and neurobiology. It is becoming increasingly clear that to control the spread of infectious diseases, we need a greater understanding of the interactions between pathogen and host:

  • How does the host respond to pathogens?
  • How do pathogens persist outside the host in the environment?
  • How are pathogens transmitted to susceptible hosts?

We also have a strong program in neurobiology (neurobiology, neurovirology and neurotoxicology), where we look at the biology of circadian rhythms, the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders and infectious processes by which viruses affect the nervous system.

Our research extends from the molecular through the population level and addresses mechanisms of disease, population medicine and related topics in biomedical research.

In all aspects of our research, we emphasize collaborative efforts toward advancement of biomedical knowledge. We use our scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of the society at large through the protection of human and animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources and the promotion of public health and a safe environment.

Below are the areas of study and the faculty who are conducting research in each area.


Microbiology

Microbial organisms and the mechanisms by which they cause disease in animals and humans. Approaches include molecular biology, immunology, cell biology, genetics and biochemistry.

Bacteriology

Bacterial infectious disease research involving pathogens of animals and humans. Approaches include molecular biology, immunology, cell biology, genetics and biochemistry. Research faculty include:

Raul Barletta
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J. Dustin Loy
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Rodney Moxley
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Greg Somerville
Websites: School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
                   Redox Biology Center

Virology

Viral infectious disease research involving pathogens of animals and humans. Approaches include molecular biology, immunology, cell biology, genetics and biochemistry. Please see the Nebraska Center for Virology for more information. Research faculty include:

Gustavo Delhon
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Clayton Kelling
J. Dustin Loy
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Fernando Osorio
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Asit Pattnaik
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Christina Topliff
Matt Wiebe
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Shi-hua Xiang
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You Zhou
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Immunology

The role of the host in the disease process. Approaches include molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and biochemistry. Research faculty include:

NJ Reddy
Websites: Reddy Lab
                   Redox Biology Center

Neurobiology

This is an interdisciplinary group that focuses on medicine in both animals and humans. Research areas include infectious and environmental diseases in animals and humans. Approaches include molecular biology, immunology, epidemiology, cell biology, genetics, neurovirology and biochemistry. Research faculty include:

Rodrigo Franco Cruz
Websites: School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
                  Redox Biology Center
                  Franco Cruz Lab
Gary Pickard
Patricia Sollars
You Zhou
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Toxicology

The role of toxicants in disease processes. Research faculty include:


Rodrigo Franco Cruz
Websites: School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
                  Redox Biology Center
                  Franco Cruz Lab

Pathology

The biology of disease in humans and animals. This includes genetic, parasitic, bacterial and viral diseases. Research faculty include:

Bruce Brodersen
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Alan Doster
Seth Harris
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Rodney Moxley
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David Steffen
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Epidemiology

Risk factors and population dynamics in animal health and value, taking into account environmental, spatial and ecological factors. Research faculty include:

James Keen

Parasitology

The study of parasitism centered on the ecology, epidemiology, diagnosis, control and treatment of parasites that inflict disease and economic loss on food-producing, companion, wild and exotic animals. The focus is on the ecology of arthropod vectors and vector-borne disease pathogens, specifically the lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, which established in Nebraska in the late 1980s. Also investigation of the use of botanicals and herbal approaches to parasite control in response to the increasing demands of organic food animal production, as well as the need for alternatives in the face of anthelmintic and insecticidal resistance. Research faculty include:

Roberto Cortinas

Beef Cattle Research

Research faculty include:

Dale Grotelueschen