New interim chair in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences

Dr. Michael Oglesbee appointed to lead department

On February 1, Dr. Michael Oglesbee, professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences, became interim chair of the department, following Dr. Michael Lairmore who held the position as chair from 2002-2010. Dr. Oglesbee is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. He received his DVM and Ph.D. from Ohio State in 1984 and 1988 respectively. He also holds an appointment in the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics in The Ohio State University Medical Center, and is a member of the Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair and the Comprehensive Cancer Center (Oncogenic Virus group). His research program examines the role of stress-induced cellular proteins in modifying the outcome of virus infection in brain and other organs, specifically establishing how virus infection may cause the release of stress proteins from cells to activate innate immune and inflammatory responses that mediated viral clearance. The immune modulatory role of these stress proteins are also examined in context of metabolic, immune-mediated and vascular injuries of the nervous system. More information about his publications and research interests is available at: http://vet.osu.edu/MichaelOglesbee.htm.

The appointment to interim chair follows eight years as chair of the graduate studies committee in the department of Veterinary Biosciences, and one year as chair of the College Council for Graduate Education, the newly formed college-wide graduate program that was recently approved by the University Senate in March of 2010. The role as interim chair represents new opportunities to foster research collaborations within the college and The Ohio State University Health Sciences Center that are the foundation for graduate studies, to assure the continued high level of success enjoyed by the combined pathology residency-PhD graduate programs, and to enhance the enrollment of veterinarians in graduate education.

Posted: 3/12/10

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About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.