About our Research Programs

The College of Veterinary Medicine is an important component of one of the most comprehensive health sciences centers in America and is central to creating a healthier world.  Knowledge gained from our research improves the health of animals, assures the safety and quality of food animal products and contributes to the understanding of basic mechanisms of disease.  Researchers in the college investigate animal and human disease using a variety of investigative tools from laboratory work to use computer modeling of affected populations.  Comparative oncology teams bring new drugs from the discovery phase into clinical trials in our Veterinary Medical Center.  Our interdisciplinary research programs bring together talented investigators from across the university, nationally and internationally, to share knowledge, skills and ideas in collaborative research projects, technology development, and commercialization.  Our discoveries provide a foundation for the education and training of professional veterinary students, veterinarians seeking advanced degrees, graduate students, post doctoral fellows, and research scientists who address the challenges of our society through a one health approach.

Center for Retrovirus Research

The Center for Retrovirus Research's mission is to facilitate interdisciplinary investigations of problems relating to prevention and treatment of retrovirus diseases of humans and animals. Center members include internationally recognized leaders in the field of retrovirology. 

Comparative Oncology Signature Program

The mission of the Comparative Oncology Program is to improve the care and treatment of veterinary oncology patients by interdisciplinary collaborative efforts within the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Ohio State University biomedical community, and nationwide. This will be accomplished by enhanced diagnostic capabilities, state-of-the-art treatment, clinical trials, and translational medicine supported by both basic and clinical research.

Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory

The mission of the Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory is to investigate musculoskeletal biology and molecular medicine therapies that are associated with orthopedic disease conditions in horses and humans. Under this umbrella, we will study gene therapy systems and tissue engineering, as well as utilize a comparative approach in our research. We are dedicated to the efforts that are necessary for translational research which moves from "bench to bedside". We will focus on conditions and therapies that are designed to be directly beneficial to our patients.

Ehrlichia Research Laboratory

The Objectives of Ehrlicial Research are to understand the molecular pathogenesis of ehrlichiosis, including signal transduction pathways for survival of ehrlichiae in leukocytes, differential gene expression; to elucidate the cycle of transmission and maintenance of Ehrlichia spp., Anaplasma spp., Neorickettsia spp.; and to compare three major human ehrlichiosis agent genome sequences.

Food Animal Health Research Program

The mission of the Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP) is to protect and enhance animal and public health through research, education and outreach; and to support the animal industries in economically producing safe, wholesome food in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.  The program's research focus is on: pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and control of animal disease.  The emphasis is on basic and translational studies on enteric, respiratory and immunosuppressive diseases, food and environmental safety, and the zoonotic potential of these diseases.  FAHRP is located on the campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in Wooster, Ohio.

Immunology Round Table

The overarching goal of the Immunology Round Table is to foster interactive and collaborative discussions amongst immunologists and immunology researchers for the purpose of enhancing human and animal health. Both formal and informal discussions will include recent advances, techniques, resources and current literature which serve to promote an interdisciplinary approach in immunology and biomedical research. Participating faculty and researchers represent a diverse group of individuals within the biomedical community and public health sector.

Veterinary Student Research Opportunities

There are a number of opportunities for veterinary students to gain experience within a research laboratory.  The college has its own Veterinary Scholar Summer Research Program, which is designed to offer qualified veterinary students the opportunity to develop and work on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member.  There is also a listing of external research fellowhips/externships for veterinary students.

 Virus Working Group: Training in Molecular Medicine

Virus Working Group brings investigators together with interrelated research interests in virus biology, host response to infectious pathogens, and cancer biology.  The overarching mission is to foster interactions among our laboratories to improve the basic and translational approaches to treating infectious disease and cancer.