The College of Agricultural Sciences Entrepreneurship & Innovation (E&I) Program

May 22, 2020

Santosh Panthi, a Pathobiology Grad Student in Dr. Schmitt's Lab, has been awarded the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Graduate Internship presented by the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences. The internship is designed to foster technology development by providing a graduate student the opportunity to take their research project towards commercialization. Santosh is working on virus-like particles based protein delivery technology that the lab has been working on. Congratulations and good luck Santosh!

NLRC5 Serves as a Pro-viral Factor During Influenza Virus Infection in Chicken Macrophages

May 19, 2020

“Dr.'s Suresh Kuchipudi and Bhushan Jayarao team up with others from the Animal Diagnostics Lab in the latest Frontiers paper to demonstrate how NLRC5 serves as a pro-viral factor for the Avian influenza viruses (AIVs), a disease that causes major economic losses to the global poultry industry.”

College of Agricultural Sciences Supports Food Banks, Families In Need

May 8, 2020

With thousands of people out of work due to the COVID-19 crisis — and food banks working tirelessly to feed an ever-growing number of hungry families — Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is doing its part to fill empty shelves and refrigerators.

New building To Serve As Research, Teaching, And Collaboration Hub

May 8, 2020

The new Animal, Veterinary, and Biomedical Sciences Building will replace the 52-year-old Henning Building and co-locate the departments of Animal Science and Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. The 105,000 square foot new construction will feature an array of unique spaces and facilities for students, faculty, and staff. - Ways to Give: Contact the College’s Development team , who is ready to connect your passions with a gift designed to meet your priorities and create a lasting legacy in this dynamic new space. Make a gift of any amount online today.

Plasma medicine research highlights antibacterial effects and potential uses

May 6, 2020

Researchers in Penn State’s College of Engineering, College of Agricultural Sciences and College of Medicine say direct LTP treatment and plasma-activated media are effective treatments against bacteria found in liquid cultures and have devised a way to create plasma directly in liquids.

College of Agricultural Sciences Stays Connected With Alumni During Pandemic

May 5, 2020

Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences is staying connected to alumni during the COVID-19 pandemic by moving its monthly Alumni Society board meetings and other alumni activities online.

Veterinary and Biomedical Science's Dr. Nuket Acar Makes Hand-Made Masks for Seniors

May 4, 2020

Thanks to the amazing work and generosity of Dr. Nuket Acar, VBSC Seniors will be receiving in the mail hand-made masks that they can wear during their graduation ceremony and beyond. Our seniors (and all undergraduate students) safety and their connectivity to us as a department is vital. Thank you Dr. Acar for your creative thinking and making our seniors feel appreciated! Big shout out to Karen Brown in the Admin Office for pulling all the pieces of this project together as well!

Dr. Adrian Barragan, Asst. Professor and Extension Veterinarian

May 4, 2020

Dr. Adrian Barragan, specializes in cow management & dairy cattle reproduction/medicine. He is exceptional with on-the-farm training's, and can do so in both English and Español.

Undergraduate Exhibition 2020 award winners announced

April 29, 2020

Senior Courtney Page won 3rd place in the recent Undergraduate Exhibition in Health & Life Science form "Investigation into the regulation of [1, 25(OH)2D3] by CPY24A1 and the impact on T cell proliferation". An Immunology and Infectious Disease major and only Ag Science student to win out of nearly 200 students, representing 11 Penn State Campuses. Courtney is under the supervision of Dr. Margherita Cantorna. and plans to continue her studies at Wake Forest University this Fall in the Molecular and Cellular Bio-sciences PhD program. Congratulations to Courtney and all the winners!

Seed Grants Jump-start 47 Interdisciplinary Teams to Conduct COVID-19 Research

April 15, 2020

Suresh Kuchipudi, associate director of the Animal Diagnostic Laboratory and professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences, and colleagues are using their seed grant to characterize the ability of optical radiation to disinfect and reduce transmission of corona viruses.

Animals should not pose coronavirus threat to pet owners, farmers

April 13, 2020

Farmers and pet owners who may be concerned that they can contract COVID-19 from domestic animals — such as livestock, dogs and cats — have little to worry about, according to a virologist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Frontiers in Microbiology Publication on the Zika Virus

April 9, 2020

Graduate student Ian Bird, Research Technologist Ruth Nissly, & Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi all collaborated on a recent Frontiers in Microbiology publication on the Zika virus. Study strongly suggest that iminosugars are promising anti-ZIKV antiviral agents. Congrats to the members of the Kuchipudi Lab!

Examining Links Between AHR, Microbiome, and Immune Functions

April 2, 2020

Gary Perdew, Ph.D., studies how the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) pathway interacts with the microbiome, the immune system, and protective barriers in skin and the gut.

Dr. Patricia Dunn, 2020 Inductee into the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) Hall of Honor

March 25, 2020

Dr. Patricia A Dunn, Senior Research Associate and Avian Pathologist and Field Investigator in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences is the 2020 inductee into the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) Hall of Honor, is an international association whose mission is to promote scientific knowledge to enhance the health, well –being, and productivity of poultry to provide safe and abundant food for the world. https://www.aaap.info/home Dr. Dunn has been the Head of Avian Pathology/Avian Medicine section of the Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (ADL) and is most deserving of both the nomination and the recognition! Congratulations Dr. Dunn, and thank you for your service!

Penn State funds first round of COVID-19 research proposals

March 25, 2020

One week after launching a rapid-fire call for proposals, awards are granted to six projects that address the global pandemic, with more to follow. Faculty members from the department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences working on these projects are: *************************************************************** Suresh Kuchipudi, Clinical Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, is working to better understand the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in the local region and to develop rapid therapeutic options. *************************************************************** Troy Sutton, Assistant Professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, is evaluating a unique, alternative model of transmission and vaccine-mediated protection against SARS-Co-V-2.

Dr. John S. Shenk and Dr. J.D. Harrington Graduate Scholarship Award

March 23, 2020

Extension Veterinarian and Research Associate Hayley Springer receives scholarship award.

Look Our Department Up on "LinkedIn"

March 19, 2020

Our department is now on "LinkedIn" check us out.

VBS Facebook Page

March 19, 2020

Look us up and like our page at "Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at Penn State"

Immunology and Infectious Disease student offers a new vision of agriculture

March 12, 2020

With an eye on her future, Marissa Moran, a junior majoring in Immunology and Infectious Disease in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, plans to become an optometrist.

Dairy Bull Calf Permanent Identification

March 10, 2020

To ensure continual access to bob veal buyers, it is critical for Pennsylvania dairy bull calf sellers to assure their calves have official ID before leaving the farm.

Our Department is now on Twitter!

March 9, 2020

Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences is on Twitter! Handle: VBSatPennState

Biosecurity on Farms

March 5, 2020

Biosecurity procedures, such as vaccinating animals and routinely monitoring their health, are of utmost importance in preventing the spread of disease. Through research dissemination, laboratory services, and extension courses, faculty and staff in the college support farmers to reduce their risks.

Minority Alumni Inspire

March 5, 2020

Students learn about career pathways and receive advice from alumni at open forum.

Environmental Chemicals

March 5, 2020

Question: How do environmental chemicals influence our gut microbiome? Impact: Environmental chemicals, including those obtained via the diet, are known to modulate the gut microbiome community as well as its metabolic function. Recent studies report that environmental chemicals can directly impact the gut microbiome, can be modified by the gut microbiome, or can have their metabolic fate altered. Research supports that similar to antibiotics, environmental chemical exposure may alter the composition and function of the gut microbiome, which can influence host health. Studies are underway to evaluate how low-level, chronic exposure to these chemicals may alter the interaction between the host and the gut microbiome

Enduring Legacy

March 5, 2020

Lester Griel retires after 54 years of teaching and mentoring in the college.

Why so many epidemics originate in Asia and Africa – and why we can expect more

March 4, 2020

The coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19, is a frightening reminder of the imminent global threat posed by emerging infectious diseases. Although epidemics have arisen during all of human history, they now seem to be on the rise. In just the past 20 years, coronaviruses alone have caused three major outbreaks worldwide. Even more troubling, the duration between these three pandemics has gotten shorter.

2020 PA Game Breeders Award

February 26, 2020

At the Pennsylvania Game Bird Breeders Conference and Short Course, held February 24, 2020 in State College, Dr. Eva Wallner-Pendleton received an award for 20 years of service to this industry. Pictured with Dr. Wallner-Pendleton are the directors of this industry association and Ms. Emily Lhamon, Extension educator and short course coordinator (far left).

Why you need more Vitamin D in the winter

January 24, 2020

Dr. Margherita Cantorna

Why getting enough vitamin D in wintertime is so important

January 23, 2020

Dr. Margherita Cantorna

College of Agricultural Sciences Graduate Student Competitive Grant Program Awards

December 13, 2019

VBSC students awarded with CAS grants.