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The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine was ranked sixth nationwide among the National Institutes of Health’s research grants veterinary colleges last year.

“The college has consistently been in the top 10 veterinary colleges for over a decade,” said Jon Oatley, assistant dean of research at the college. “Our success in attracting support for non-university research reflects the quality of basic and applied science carried out in all units of our university.”

In the past three years, the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine was twice in the top 5 of 30 veterinary colleges for NIH funding in the United States. The NIH is the world’s largest public funder for biomedical research.

“Our consistent NIH funding reflects the college’s commitment to advancing human health,” said Oatley. “Last year we fought for and received the most biomedical research funding in the entire WSU system.”

Scientists at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine conduct basic biomedical research in the fields of DNA repair and genomics. Reproductive and developmental biology; Infectious diseases, microbiology and zoonosis; Neuroscience and Addiction; and precision animal health and diagnostics.

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine received 11 new awards in 2020, in addition to the 39 previously funded NIH grants.

NIH Grants in 2020:

  • Endocannabinoid Modulation of the habenular stress response (Associate Professor Ryan McLaughlin)
  • Mechanistic and functional analysis of a putative regulatory factor in Lyme disease spirochete (Associate Professor Troy Bankhead)
  • Anaplasma phagocytophilum modulates the pilus of the type IV secretion system to achieve tick transmission (Professor Kelly Brayton)
  • T4SS effectors and tick tropism in Anaplasma phagocytolium (Professor Kelly Brayton)
  • Induction of cell death by dietary fatty acids (Professor Jenny Watts)
  • Research Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases – East and Central Africa (Professor Kariuki Njenga)
  • Development of a new marine natural product for the treatment of cryptosporidiosis, an AIDS-defining disease (Associate Professor Roberta O’Connor)
  • Mechanisms of stem cell specification in the male germline (Professor Jon Oatley)
  • Functional influence of stress granules on interactions between ticks and microbes (Assistant Professor Dana Shaw)
  • Modulation of Lef1 activation in fibroblasts during the regeneration of hair follicles in skin wounds (Assistant Professor Ryan Driskell)
  • Motivational Innovation and Research Achievement (MIRA) (Professor Mary Sanchez Lanier)

“This consistent funding reflects our commitment to human and animal health,” said Dori Borjesson, dean of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. “Our faculty has many years of experience in obtaining biomedical resources to advance discovery in science, health and disease.”

The research ranking is compiled annually by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research based on the federal fiscal year from October 1 to September 30.