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The skin inflammatory disease psoriasis affects nearly 3% of the world's population.
February 22, 2016

A research group led by Dr. Na Xiong, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, has discovered a previously unknown mechanism that determines how innate lymphocytes move into the skin. Innate lymphocytes are a type of immune cells that contribute to both tissue protection and, in some cases, chronic inflammatory diseases. In the article “Selective programming of CCR10+ innate lymphoid cells in skin-draining lymph nodes for cutaneous homeostatic regulation” published in the journal Nature Immunology, Xiong and his colleagues identified the cellular and molecular pathways that trigger movement of these inflammatory cells into skin. These discoveries support the possibility of new targets for therapy for skin diseases, such as psoriasis.

Phylogenetic trees showing six genotyping clusters of the 114 ARV field strains
October 26, 2015

Researchers at the Penn State Animal Diagnostics Lab recently published an article in the Nature Journal of Scientific Reports, titled "Isolation and molecular characterization of newly emerging avian reovirus cariants and novel strains in Pennsylvania, USA, 2011-2014."

September 9, 2015

Read about Jess Linder, a veterinary and biomedical sciences major who is working hard towards her goal of becoming a veterinarian.

August 20, 2015

In mid-October, scientists and clinicians in the field of gut health will be converging at Penn State's Nittany Lion Inn to discuss recent research findings on food components and gastrointestinal health. Veterinary and Biomedical (VBS) researchers Drs. K. Sandeep Prabhu, Gary Perdew, Mary Kennett, and Margherita Cantorna will be presenting their work at this unique two-day conference.

July 17, 2015

Nüket Acar, advising coordinator and undergraduate adviser in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, is the recipient of this year's Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Academic Advising Award.

July 17, 2015

Penn State veterinarian , Dr. Robert VanSaun, helps llamas and alpacas grow up healthy.

June 23, 2015

Penn State vs. Army, October 3rd at the Snider Agricultural Arena

April 15, 2015

Bridge the GapSci, a nonprofit venture to provide basic laboratory equipment to high school science students in West African countries won the $7,500 grand prize in the Ag Springboard student business pitch competition.

April 6, 2015

This one-day workshop will build collaboration and knowledge among Penn State students, postdoctoral fellows, labs and faculty who are performing research related to the microbe-host interactions.

PhD student Luming Zhao (left) and Professor Na Xiong (right) prepare samples for genotyping.
April 1, 2015

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a $1.6 million grant to Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBS) researchers Drs. Na Xiong and Mary Kennett to study immunologic responses in skin.

March 10, 2015

The Dairy Production Medicine (DPM) Certificate Program VII will update and refocus the dairy practitioner by providing skills and knowledge in production medicine.

February 24, 2015

"In laboratory experiments, field surveys, and mathematical modeling, the presence of various species of dragonfly larvae have been shown to reduce the infections in frogs caused by parasitic flatworms called trematodes," said Val Beasley, professor and head of the department of veterinary and biomedical sciences.

“Matt is not only an outstanding instructor but a genuinely good human being,” explains nominator, Dr. Ola Sodeinde.
February 5, 2015

Matthew Moreau will be receiving the 2014-15 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award for excellence in instructing during the March 2015 Student Awards Ceremony.

January 28, 2015

The annual Veterinary Practitioner’s Meeting sponsored by the Animal Diagnostic Laboratory (PADLS-PSU), Pennsylvania State University Veterinary Extension and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture will be held on Friday, May 1st, 2015 in the Center County / Penn State University Visitor Center at 800 East Park Avenue in State College.

Dr. Harvill has been a faculty member at Penn State since 1999.
January 21, 2015

Dr. Eric Harvill, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBS) faculty member, received the title of Distinguished Professor for his exceptional record of research, teaching, and service to the University.

Frankman view his trip as one of the most fulfilling of his life.
January 15, 2015

A spring 2014 graduate in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Jonathan Frankman always knew that he wanted to study abroad. During an opportunity in Singapore, he earned credit for taking classes in immunology, genetics and pathology, and sated his traveling bug.

October 6, 2014

Val Richard Beasley, formerly of the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named professor and head of Penn State's Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

September 8, 2014

Retired VBS department head, Dr. Channa Reddy, and his wife, Usharani, have created their third Trustee Scholarship in the College of Agriculture.

July 15, 2014

On June 15th, 24 high school juniors and seniors from as far away as Vermont and Florida arrived at Penn State’s UP campus for a 5-day immersion in veterinary and biomedical sciences. They had so much fun, they didn’t want to leave!

Shahkila Daniels' interest in animals began at a young age when she developed a desire to work with large exotic cats.
June 26, 2014

Working with animals can be as unpredictable as being captain of the Penn State Majorettes, according to Shahkila Daniel