College of Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

Graduate Student Positions

Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology (VMP) and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health frequently recruit traditional graduate students through individual labs. This page is intended to direct inquiries from prospective students to labs that have self-identified as being in the process of recruiting students. Faculty who are not listed on this page may also be recruiting students, but you will need to contact them individually about training opportunities. For more information about the different graduate student program options, please see our Graduate & Training Programs page. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Dr. Douglas Call (

Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno (

Nipah and Hendra viruses are among the deadliest animal and human viruses, with mortality rates approaching 75% in humans.  Their high stability in aerosols makes these neurologic and respiratory viruses suitable as bio- and agro-terrorism agents.  Our research group has uncovered and continues to uncover novel determinants that these viruses use to enter mammalian cells.  We are also developing molecular, biochemical, and immunological tools to dissect and inhibit essential entry steps for these deadly pathogens.

Dr. Margaret Davis (

My research focuses on the use of molecular epidemiological tools and data analysis to describe pathogen transmission routes between animal and human populations. Multi-drug resistant zoonotic pathogens and factors that influence emergence and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance are included in that focus. As we develop an Infection Control program in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital there will be opportunities to ask these questions in that setting, as well as to compare animal hospital-acquired infections to those in human hospitals and communities. Epidemiologic data analysis is a major component of my research program.

Anthony V. Nicola, Ph.D. (

The long-term goal of my laboratory is to understand the molecular processes that herpesviruses use to gain entry into host cells. A better understanding of how herpes simplex virus interacts with the cell will identify novel targets for intervention. We utilize a combination of cellular, molecular, biochemical, and microscopic approaches to delineate the step-by-step itinerary of the incoming virus.

Devendra H. Shah (

Salmonella and Campylobacter cause majority of bacterial food-borne infections in the United States with contaminated poultry and poultry products being the major sources of infection. Research in my laboratory is primarily focused on understanding molecular pathogenic aspects of Salmonella and developing intervention strategies including vaccine, probiotics or immunotherapeutics to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter infections in poultry. I am also interested in studying molecular aspects of anti-microbial drug resistance and epidemiology in food-borne pathogens.

Viveka Vadyvaloo (

Plague is a fulminant often fatal zoonotic disease that is caused by the Gram-negative bacterial agent Yersinia pestis. Dissemination of the disease in humans and wild rodent species is facilitated by flea-borne transmission. Using the oriental rat flea as a model and current molecular biology and next generation genomic approaches - research in my lab focuses on identifying and understanding the molecular and genetic mechanisms that underlie persistence and the biological means of transmission of Y. pestis from fleas.

Last Edited: Feb 28, 2013 3:14 PM   

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