Jody Gookin, a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, has been named FluoroScience Distinguished Professor in Veterinary Scholars Research Education. Gookin began her career with the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Anatomy, Physiological Sciences and Radiology in 2000, and has since been on the faculty of the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Clinical Sciences. Her work is devoted to research, clinical service and teaching, and she is passionate about providing future clinical practitioners with an appreciation of the value of laboratory research.
Along with Sam Jones, also a professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Gookin co-directs the summer Veterinary Scholars Program, which provides CVM students the ability to gain hands-on experience with specific research projects. The FluoroScience endowment will play a key role in reinforcing the sustainability of this program, and in supporting Gookin’s dedication to providing mentorship to the next generation of veterinary clinician-scientists.
About the endowment, she says “I’m grateful for the recognition of my work, and for the opportunity to inspire future clinicians to learn about and experience the value of research early in their careers. I think that reflects well on the University, and I’m proud to play a role in making it happen.”
Gookin is nationally recognized for her expertise in gastroenterology with a special emphasis on infectious causes of feline diarrheal disease. In addition to her work on the Veterinary Scholars Program, she serves on the Executive Committee of the NIH/NCSU T35 Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Training Program, and as training faculty for the NIH/NCSU T32 Comparative Medicine and Translational Research Training Program.
The FluoroScience Distinguished Professorship in Veterinary Scholars Research Education was established in 2015 to create a $1 million distinguished professorship at the College of Veterinary Medicine at N.C. State University. The professorship is funded with $666,000 in private gift funds from friends of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and matching funds of $334,000 from the Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund managed by the University of North Carolina General Administration.