Pathobiology Program Applications Are Now Being Accepted Until December 15th, 2022

November 15, 2022

Pathobiology Applications are now being accepted until December 15th, Applications received after December 15 will still be evaluated, provided that the positions have not all been filled. The final deadline for submissions is February 1st. Students who are admitted will begin the program at the start of the Fall semester. For additional information please visit the Pathobiology link on the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences website.

Faculty in College of Ag Sciences recognized for research achievements

November 8, 2022

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences lauded outstanding accomplishments in research during the college’s inaugural Research Awards Ceremony, held Oct. 25 at the Hintz Family Alumni Center on the University Park campus.

Minority Alumni Panel Presentation - November 10, 2022 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. 106 AVBS

November 7, 2022

From success in class to success in life: What does it take to get there? We will have 5 successful minority alumni visiting the College on Thursday and Friday the 10th and 11th. All faculty, staff, administrators, and students are invited to Room 106 Animal, Veterinary, and Biomedical Sciences Building on Thursday the 10th for a panel presentation and opportunity to engage with professionals who have successfully completed our college programs. Refreshments will be provided. Please see the attached flyer and mark your calendars. Patreese Ingram On Behalf of the Diversity Coordinating Council

Please join the College of Agriculture Sciences and the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences in welcoming Jessica Linder, VBSC Major and Class of 2016 - November 11th from 8:30-10:00am, VBSC Majors and Advisors Meet and Greet/Q&A, 106 AVBS Building

November 7, 2022

Dr. Linder will be joining us as part of the College of Ag Office of Multicultural Affairs Minority Alumni Visit. Upon graduating from Penn State, Dr. Linder graduated with a DVM from Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Thereafter, she completed a small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at the University of Florida. She has now returned to Purdue where she has completed a neurology specialty internship and is currently completing a residency in neurology and neurosurgery

Ashley Shay appointed as Affiliate Professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

October 20, 2022

Dr. Ashley Shay, Director, Metabolomics Core Facility at the Huck Institutes for Life Sciences has been appointed as an Affiliate Professor with The Pennsylvania State University in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences effective November 1, 2022. Congratulations Ashley!

Two VBSC Students Receive CRD Poster Awards At the 2022 Penn State Cancer Institute's Cancer Research Day

October 15, 2022

For the first time, CRD poster awards were given, thanks to the involvement of PSCI Affiliate Members on the planning committee and faculty evaluators. Two of the winners are from the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Fenghua Qian, PhD Pathobiology Graduate Student in Dr. Sandeep Prabhu's lab and Jingze Xu, an IID Undergraduate Student, Congratulations to both of these students!

CMTC Partnered with Indigo Biosciences to Present an Educational Program entitled “Nuclear Receptor and Cancer Research: Current Trends and Applications”

October 1, 2022

Nuclear receptors have long been a focus in cancer research. The role of dysregulated nuclear receptor mediated signaling pathways in tumorigenesis has been well documented in a variety of cancers. This makes nuclear receptors important therapeutic targets for identifying new therapies to combat cancer. In this webinar, learn about cutting edge research from distinguished professors from Penn State University as they talk about the role of specific nuclear receptors in cancer, including: Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AhR) Farnesoid X Receptor (FXR) Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors (PPARα, PPARδ and PPARγ)

No-till management may reduce nitrous oxide gas releases, fight climate change

September 14, 2022

Scientists have long known that no-till farming reduces erosion and lessens water and nutrient runoff from crop fields, but now a new study by a team of Penn State researchers suggests that limiting soil disturbance may also diminish releases of nitrous oxide.

What are potential animal reservoirs for monkeypox?

September 13, 2022

Penn State researchers will study the monkeypox virus to understand the potential for it to spill over from humans to animals, as its pathogenesis — or disease development — in animal and human cells in vitro. In addition, they will study potential targets for therapeutics to treat the monkeypox disease.

Microbiome Center announces inaugural Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellows

September 13, 2022

The first-ever round of Interdisciplinary Innovation Fellowships will support the work of Microbiome Center members and allow them to acquire knowledge and techniques to then share with other University colleagues.

Metabolomics Core Facility continues to expand while pushing scientific bounds

September 2, 2022

The primary goal of Penn State’s Metabolomics Core Facility, established a decade ago and housed in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, is to identify and quantify the small molecules (or metabolites) in plant and animal biofluids, cells and tissues.

What do I need to know about monkeypox now?

August 19, 2022

More than 10,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United States since May, triggering the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to declare the outbreak a public-health emergency. As the fall semester begins, many are wondering if they should be concerned about monkeypox. Suresh Kuchipudi, the Huck Chair in Emerging Infectious Diseases at Penn State and an expert on emerging and zoonotic viruses, explains what is known about monkeypox and how to protect yourself.

Sougat Misra, a Recipient of Ag Science's 2022 Applied Evolution Seed Grant

August 16, 2022

Project Title: Targeting drug-tolerant persister cells of acute myeloid leukemia origins Resistance to chemotherapy is one of the major challenges in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Unparalleled genetic diversity even within a single subtype of AML further adds to the complexity in targeted therapeutic interventions. In addition, very limited therapeutic choices exist for relapsed patients who are refractory to the conventional chemotherapy. Evolving evidence suggest ‘drug-tolerant persister’ (DTP) cells are key contributors to the emergence of drug resistance. These cells survive therapy, develop resistance, and exhibit stem cell-like properties with low proliferative indices. DTP cells remain dormant during therapy and start to proliferate upon withdrawal of the treatment. It remains particularly challenging to eliminate the persister cells that employ a multitude of genetic and non-genetic adaptive mechanisms to evade therapy. Some notable examples of non-genetic adaptive pathways are altered mitochondrial metabolism and redox-regulatory pathways. Dr. Sougat Misra, a recipient of Applied Evolution Grant from the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and the PI of this proposal, will investigate whether the survival-promoting altered state of redox homeostasis in AML-originated DTP cells is an amenable drug target. The research team will utilize redox-reactive small molecules to investigate this in details.

Hayley Springer selected as one of three recipients of this year's Ruth and Robert O’Connor scholarship.

August 9, 2022

Hayley Springer selected as one of three recipients of this year's Ruth and Robert O’Connor scholarship.

Dr. Eva Wallner- Pendleton receives Lasher-Bottorff Award at the Annual Meeting of the AAAP (American Association of Avian Pathologists) in Philadelphia"

August 4, 2022

This award was made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Hiram Lasher in honor of Dr. C. A. Bottorff. Dr. Bottorff had an illustrious career as a poultry industry veterinarian with Lederle Laboratories and was actively involved in the early development of the AAAP. He served as vice president in 1965-66 and president in 1966-67. The first award was given in 1988. The C.A. Bottorff Award is given to recognize an avian diagnostician/technical service veterinarian who has contributed significantly to the poultry health program in North America in the past 10 years.

"Penn State professor emeritus in the College of Agricultural Sciences Emory Brown turns 101"

August 2, 2022

Emory served in World War II with the Army Air Corps. He is pictured at his birthday party with daughters Barb Kush, left, and Nancy Delricco.

Jasmine Morgan named 2022 Outstanding Senior in College of Ag Sciences

June 22, 2022

Jasmine Morgan, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in veterinary and biomedical sciences, was selected as the 2022 Outstanding Senior in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.  

Kuchipudi receives College of Ag Sciences award for research innovation

May 19, 2022

Suresh Kuchipudi, Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Emerging Infectious Diseases, is the 2022 recipient of the Research Innovator of the Year Award, given by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences to recognize faculty and staff who have made notable efforts to commercialize their Penn State research.

Troy Sutton mentioned in Wall Street Journal's Article On Avian Influenza Spreading In Birds In The US.

May 2, 2022

Contagious Bird Flu Presents Low Risk to People After Colorado Case: Avian influenza has killed millions of birds in U.S. and infected one known person

What does the detection of avian flu mean for Pennsylvania?

April 21, 2022

Pennsylvania is the latest state to report a confirmed detection of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, in a commercial poultry flock, leading state officials, industry leaders and Penn State poultry specialists to redouble efforts to contain the virus and educate producers, backyard flock owners and the public about the disease.

Penn State students engage with local Latino farmworker community

April 15, 2022

An innovative community service-learning course, “Community Engaged Learning with Pennsylvania Farmworkers,” offered by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, brings students of all disciplines together to teach and engage with immigrant farmworkers living in Centre County.  

McKayla Nicol Receives Penn State Association Scholarship

April 14, 2022

The Penn State Alumni Association Scholarship for Penn State Alumni in the Graduate School provides recognition for academic excellence to students who have been admitted to the Penn State Graduate School to pursue a graduate degree and who received their undergraduate degree from the University. This scholarship is funded through an endowment created by the Penn State Alumni Association. McKayla is a doctoral student in Pathobiology with a dual title in Clinical and Translational Sciences.

“Perspective: Leaders at Penn State” video series shares insights from Penn State thought leaders

April 14, 2022

Richard Roush shares perspective on fishing and curiosity in video series

Preventing, controlling spread of animal diseases focus of forum at Penn State

April 7, 2022

Exploring the emergence, spread and control of animal infectious diseases such as avian influenza was the focus of the inaugural Emerging Animal Infectious Disease Conference held Nov. 29-Dec.1, 2021, at Penn State. It was hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education.

Gamma Sigma Delta lauds outstanding College of Ag Sciences faculty, students

April 5, 2022

The Penn State chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the agricultural honor society, recognized Penn State faculty and students during its annual meeting, which was held March 31.

Study will assess prepartum aspirin regimens to improve cow health, performance

March 17, 2022

A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of nearly $637,000 will enable a team of Penn State and University of Pennsylvania researchers to study whether treating prepartum cows with an anti-inflammatory medication will reduce discomfort and inflammation and lead to improved health and higher milk production after calving.

Inhalable aerogel shows promise for transmission-blocking COVID-19 vaccine

March 17, 2022

An inhalable "aerogel" loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice, according to new research conducted at Penn State. The team said its aerogel could be used to create an inhalable vaccine that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventing the virus from establishing an infection in the lungs.

Inhalable aerogel triggers immunity to COVID-19 in mice, may block transmission

March 17, 2022

An inhalable "aerogel" loaded with DNA that encodes for the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein successfully induces an immune response against COVID-19 in the lungs of mice, according to new research conducted at Penn State. The team said its aerogel could be used to create an inhalable vaccine that blocks SARS-CoV-2 transmission by preventing the virus from establishing an infection in the lungs.

Faculty in College of Agricultural Sciences lauded for excellence in teaching

March 16, 2022

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has recognized five faculty members for outstanding teaching in 2021.

VBSC's Dr. Robert Van Saun Is Selected As A Recipient Of The 2021 Community of Teaching Excellence Award

March 9, 2022

The Community of Teaching Excellence Award is a reflection of commitment to the students and teaching programs within the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, as well as throughout the College of Agricultural Sciences! Faculty are awarded for their belief and support of excellence in teaching and the College’s educational efforts. These faculty are appreciated and recognized by their peers with this award. Congratulations Dr. Van Saun for a job well done!!