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Director, Summer Research Program for Veterinary Medical Students

The program provides intensive research experiences for veterinary medical students interested in research. Individuals are selected each year based upon a research proposal developed by the student in collaboration with their intended faculty mentor. Students perform the bulk of the research during the summer, present research findings at both local (e.g., College of Veterinary Medicine Research Day) and national meetings (e.g., the Merial-NIH Veterinary Scholars Symposium, or a scientific meeting within their field of study). Funding is provided from NIH, Merial, department and college monies, and development funds. Dr. Oglesbee is director of the NIH T53 (Short Term Research Training for Veterinary Students) supporting this program, now in its 10th year. The T35 supports 10 students per year. 

Director, Infectious Diseases Institute, The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) was established in 2017 to build upon the successes of previous university programs* and accelerate infectious disease research and education with a simpler more integrated structure. Designed to be inclusive and nimble, IDI supports researchers and educators throughout the university with resources, connections and opportunities that strengthen partnerships with industry, government and other organizations. Emphasis is placed on building interdisciplinary networks in six programmatic areas, consisting of approximately 180 faculty representing ten colleges and the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. These programs are antimicrobial resistance; ecology, epidemiology and population health; host defense and microbial biology; microbial communities; prevention, detection and therapies; viruses and emerging pathogens.

*The Institute was an outgrowth of the Discovery Theme in Infectious Disease. Dr. Oglesbee was the faculty lead for this effort, initiated in 2014.

Director, Infectious Diseases Signature Program, College of Veterinary Medicine

Faculty in the College of Veterinary Medicine play a significant role in the Institute of Infectious Diseases, with faculty playing leadership roles in half of the Institute programmatic areas and total tenure track faculty representing 15% of the university infectious diseases community. The role of the director is to ensure alignment between the four programs within the college community that link with those of the institute:  antimicrobial resistance; ecology, epidemiology and population health; host defense and microbial biology; viruses and emerging pathogens.


  • Veterinary Medical Professional Curriculum
    • Didactic and laboratory instruction in neuropathology, histology of the nervous system, and applied pathology
  • Graduate Education
    • Didactic and laboratory instruction in neuropathology

University Memberships

  • Center for Retrovirus Research
  • NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Arthur James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute