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Larry Mathes, MS, PhD

Dr. Larry Mathes completed both his MS (1974) and PhD (1977) in the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at The Ohio State University. He remained at Ohio State to begin his faculty career and rose through the ranks as a research-intensive faculty member while also contributing significantly to the curriculum of professional veterinary and graduate students. Larry has a unique mastery of the literature and would delight in discussing novel concepts with other faculty, graduate students, and professional veterinary students. These discussions served as the catalyst for numerous investigative hypotheses and collaborations that led to impactful research discoveries.

Dr. Mathes is internationally recognized for the impact of his 38-year extramurally funded research program. He has served as Primary Investigator (PI), co-PI, or Core Director on over $11.8 million in research contracts and grants and has collaborated on numerous other projects. His work has resulted in the publication of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 90 scientific abstracts. He has advised nine graduate students and served on the committees of dozens more. His trainees now represent faculty, investigators, and leaders in academia and industry.

Of even greater significance however, is Dr. Mathes’ impact on the college’s connectivity with the larger university community. His work in the Olson Laboratory was key to the development of the first feline leukemia virus (FeLV) vaccine in 1980, a time when human retroviruses were yet unknown. The FeLV vaccine represents one of the largest revenue-generating licenses in OSU’s history and was the start of the Center for Retrovirus Research. Larry’s leadership of the Center, both informally and formally, as director between1991-2004, was key to Board of Trustees approval. He was also one of the first CVM faculty to form connections with the National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center serving on the Program Leaders Committee and as Director of the RNA Oncogenic Virus Program. Larry fostered participation between the college and colleagues throughout the university to build a truly multidisciplinary research group that laid the groundwork for one of the university’s first National Institutes of Health program grants in infectious disease, today in its 3rd iteration.

As Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, he helped to strengthen these cross-campus collaborative initiatives and played a major role in establishing the college-wide Graduate Program in Comparative and Veterinary Medicine. Collectively, these contributions and insights were key to establishing networks that connect the College of Veterinary Medicine to key partners in the health sciences community – partners that are essential to interdisciplinary collaborative efforts supporting robust scholarship and education opportunities for our students and contributing to the advancement of animal and human health.