Department Chair: Rafael A. Fissore
Our research mission is to understand the basic processes that regulate animal and human health, fertility and productivity, and to apply this knowledge to benefit companion and food animals as well as people. Our teaching mission is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students to become contributing members and leaders in the fields of veterinary and human health, animal biotechnology and production agriculture. Our undergraduate curriculum is designed to develop scientific awareness of cell and molecular biology, critical and ethical thinking, laboratory and animal management skills, and communication. Our graduate curriculum and research programs help talented and focused students achieve creative excellence, technical mastery, intellectual independence, and recognition within the field of molecular and cellular biology as it is applied to immunology, infectious disease, developmental biology, reproductive biology, and toxicology.