Research Areas of Emphasis
Researchers at NC State Veterinary Medicine are tackling key challenges to animal health and well-being. Their findings are contributing to new solutions that are shaping the future of both veterinary and human medicine.
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
The Computational Biology and Bioinformatics group focuses on the application and development of computational tools and large scale data analysis to further our understanding of fundamental biological questions and accelerate the transition from basic science to translational research.
The NC State college of Veterinary Medicine gastroenterology group has developed into the foremost veterinary gastrointestinal research program in the world, with key strengths in mucosal responses to injury, stress and microbial invasion, as well as translational large animal models.
Researchers use genetic tools to identify causative mutations for genetic diseases, understand genetic variations that may impact an individual’s response to therapy (personalized medicine), and identify genetic changes in infectious pathogens that may impact the infectious agent’s virulence.
Infectious disease research includes molecular and cellular aspects of bacteriology, parasitology, and virology, as well as investigations of the host immune response to these agents. We study the infectious organism, disease development, diagnostic tests, vaccines and antimicrobial therapies.
Research emphasis areas are at the molecular and cellular level in pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, drug interactions, drug residues and metabolites, anesthetics and autonomic drugs, pulmonary biology, oncology, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, reproductive endocrinology, and lipid-, peptide-, and oxygen-derived mediators of inflammation.
Researchers use stem cells and biomaterials to promote the healing and regeneration of damaged tissues, developing novel transgenic animal models for stem cell researches, and fabricating novel medical devices and prosthetics for better quality of life for both animal and human patients.