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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., Veterinary Scholars Symposium, or a scientific meeting within their field of study). Funding is provided from NIH, Boehringer Ingelheim, 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 it’s second renewal. 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 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 interdisciplinary networks in six programmatic areas, consisting of over 230 faculty representing eleven 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 is 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 Infectious Diseases Institute, with faculty playing leadership roles in half of the Institute programmatic areas and total tenure track faculty representing 16% 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. Such alignment enables the college community to better leverage university resources and engage interdisciplinary research networks in ways that enhance impact. College investments launched the Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship Program in the Veterinary Medical Center, and have increased capacity of our Gnotobiotic Life Laboratory.


  • 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