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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

Although Erica Mellinger plans to pursue her passion for immunology and infectious disease studies, she also hopes to tie bioethics into her future career.
June 26, 2014

Sometimes a life-changing experience opens a student's eyes to what type of career she wants to pursue. For junior Erica Mellinger, that experience was the season of her father's sickness -- a time when he had to be treated in a hospital by research scientists.

Morgan Brown got experience working with exotic animals that she would not have been exposed to had she just worked in the United States.
June 26, 2014

Morgan Brown took a risk last August when she decided to be one of the first students to travel to South Africa through a newly developed immersion program.

Dr. Robert Paulson's lab studies the formation of red blood cells.
June 10, 2014

Scientific investigators often have to rely on perseverance to maintain their research during times of federal sequestration. Dr. Robert Paulson is one such example: a professor who works hard to continue developing new treatments for anemia despite government shortfalls.

June 4, 2014

This three-year graduate student program—entitled, “Training in Animal Models of Inflammation”—supports a select group of trainees learning to use animal models to research the molecular regulation of inflammation and its effect on disease progression.

Goodfield and Muse visit the Cliffs of Moher, along the Atlantic coast of Ireland, during a spare moment in their travels.
April 7, 2014

Graduate students Laura Goodfield, Sarah Muse, and Liron Bendor share their research with the international community and make connections during 10th Annual International Symposium on Bordetella.

Dr. Margherita Cantorna has been a faculty member at Penn State since 1998.
February 7, 2014

In January 2014, the title of Distinguished Professor was bestowed on VBS faculty member Dr. Margherita Cantorna in recognition of her exceptional record in teaching, research, and service to the University.

From his first day on Penn State campus in 1957 to today, after almost fifty years as a faculty member, Dr. Lester Griel has dedicated his career to his calling, his students, and his alma mater.
January 17, 2014

The Penn State Graduate School Alumni Society will be honoring Dr. Lester Griel, Professor and Program Coordinator of the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Program, with their 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award this spring.

October 15, 2013

This one-day program is for 6th-9th graders who are interested in pursuing careers in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

Andrew Patterson
September 27, 2013

A drug that appears to target specific intestinal bacteria in the guts of mice may create a chain reaction that could eventually lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes in humans, according to a team of researchers.

Dr. Harvill has been a Penn State VBS faculty member since 2000 and heads the Harvill Lab in the Center for Infection Disease Dynamics.
July 16, 2013

The addition of Dr. Eric Harvill to the National Institute of Health (NIH) study section Genetic Variation and Evolution will allow him an opportunity to influence the quality and type of research funded by the NIH. Dr. Harvill already has served on five other study sections in the past and joins at least ten other VBS faculty members who also have served on various study sections.

Jackson has been instrumental in furthering research into how breast cancer metastasizes to bone.
July 12, 2013

The Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBS) Department and Huck Institutes’ Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IID) Program are proud to announce that doctoral candidate Walter Jackson III has received the 2013 Robert T. Simpson Graduate Award for Innovative Research. The Robert T. Simpson Graduate Award honors the legacy of renowned Penn State faculty member, Dr. Simpson, who passed away in 2004.

Emily Finch hopes to further human health research by studying the effects of certain nutrient metabolites on anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic functions.
May 30, 2013

An Immunology and Infectious Disease doctoral candidate, Emily Finch, has been selected to receive a Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) TL1 career development award. She will use this award to determine the feasibility of Omega-3 supplementation as a treatment for leukemia.

Dr. Kaushal has been studying the effects of selenium on various health issues.
May 17, 2013

During the “Future Leaders in Nutrigenomics” Conference on May 13, 2013, Dr. Kaushal was recognized for his outstanding achievements and promise in the field.

May 9, 2013

Dr. Van Saun, Professor and Advisor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences (VBS) at Penn State, was presented with the 2013 Excellence in Academic Advising Award on May 4th, 2013. Colleagues, Drs. Nuket Acar and Lester C. Griel, asserted that nominating Dr. Van Saun was the right decision. His enthusiasm, hard work, and expertise encourage each student he advises to think beyond the classroom or laboratory to make a better world.

Mike Henry, in blue, worked with Honduran children to teach them about the water cycle and water conservation during Spring Break 2012.
May 2, 2013

Mike Henry, a Shreyer Scholar and recent IID graduate, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship. He will be working in Africa for the next year as a Fulbrighter prior to attending medical school at Columbia.

students in symposiums lab
April 30, 2013

The Penn State Pre-Vet Club held the annual Pre- Vet Club Symposium on March 23, 2013. The Symposium

Rick Fairhurst
April 4, 2013

On Saturday, March 23, the Penn State Biomedical Sciences Club held its 4th annual undergraduate conference. This all-day event featured six prominent biomedical scientists.