Jul 24, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

305 Coles Hall
Fax: 785-532-4481

Department Head:

Derek Mosier

Director of Graduate Studies:

T.G. Nagaraja

Graduate Faculty:

A. Paige Adams, D.V.M., Ph.D., Cornell University
Kelli Almes, D.V.M., Kansas State University
Gary Anderson, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of California - Davis
*Jianfa Bai, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Natalia Cernicchiaro, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of Guelph
*Kyeong-Ok Chang, D.V.M., Ph.D., The Ohio State University
*Jeba Jesudoss Chelladurai, B.V.Sc., PhD, Iowa State University
*M. M. Chengappa, D.V.M., Ph.D., Michigan State University; ACVM Diplomate
*A. Sally Davis, D.V.M., Ph.D., North Carolina State University
*Roman Reddy Ganta, Ph.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Natasha Gaudreault, Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln
*Jordan Gebhardt, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University
Gregg Hanzlicek, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Philip Hardwidge, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Graduate School
Jamie Henningson, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of Nebraska
*Brian Herrin, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
*Stephen Higgs, Ph.D., Reading University, United Kingdom
Margaret Highland, D.V.M., Ph.D., Washington State University
*Justin Kastner, Ph.D., University of Guelph
Yunjeong Kim, D.V.M., Ph.D., Ohio State University
*Derek A. Mosier, D.V.M., A.C.V.P. Diplomate, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University
Ellyn Mulcahy, M.P.H., Ph.D., Creighton University
*Waithaka Mwangi, Ph.D., Washington State University
*T. G. Nagaraja, M.V.Sc., Ph.D., Kansas State University
Brad Njaa, M.V.Sc., D.V.M., Western College of Veterinary Medicine
*Megan Niederwerder, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Rachel Palinski, Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Brandon L. Plattner, D.V.M., Ph.D., Iowa State University
*Roman Pogranichniy, D.V.M., Ph.D., Iowa State University
Lisa Pohlman, M.S., D.V.M., University of Guelph
*Kathryn Reif, Ph.D., Louisiana State University
*David G. Renter, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University
*Jurgen Richt, D.V.M., Ph.D., Universitat Giessen, Germany
*Michael Sanderson, M.S., D.V.M., Colorado State University
Nora Springer, D.V.M., Ph.D., Cornell University
*Dana Vanlandingham, Ph.D., Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK

*Denotes graduate faculty that are certified to serve as the major professor for doctoral students.

Ancillary Graduate Faculty:

*Michael Apley, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University, ACVCP Diplomate
*Frank Blecha, Ph.D., Washington State University
Cassie Jones, Ph.D., Iowa State University
Phillip Klebba, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
*Robert Larson, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University, ACT, ACVPM Diplomate
Abbey Nutsch, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Randall K. Phebus, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Mark Weiss, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
*Brad White, D.V.M., MS, Mississippi State University
Jason Woodworth, Ph.D., Kansas State University

Adjunct Graduate Faculty:

Jason Ackleson, Ph.D., The London School of Economics
Debbie Briggs, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Benjamin Chapman, Ph.D., University of Guelph
Barbara Drolet, Ph.D., Oregon State University
Kelly Lechtenberg, D.V.M., Ph.D., Kansas State University
Scott McVey, D.V.M., Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Harvey Morgan Scott, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of Guelph, Canada
Alfonso Torres, D.V.M., National University of Columbia, Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center
Deon Van Der Merwe, D.V.M., Ph.D., North Carolina State University
William Wilson, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Graduate Faculty Associate:

Charles Dodd, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Christy Hanthorn, D.V.M., Iowa State University
Yan-Jang Huang, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Deborah Jaworski, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Dana Mitzel, Ph.D., Montana State University
Fawzi Mohammed, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Arathy Nair, Ph.D., Rajiv Gandhi Center for Biotechnology - India
Greg Peterson, Ph.D., Kansas State University
Erin Schirtzinger, Ph.D., New Mexico State University

Program description

The Pathobiology Graduate Program of the College of Veterinary Medicine offers graduate programs leading to M.S., (Veterinary Biomedical Science), Ph.D., and combined D.V.M./M.S., or D.V.M./Ph.D. degrees. Degree candidates may specialize in research areas represented by the expertise of the members of the Graduate Group. Requirements for the Ph.D. degree include full-time study equivalent to at least 90 semester hours [78 for individuals with a D.V.M. degree] including at least 30 hours of research credit for the dissertation and generally 30-39 hours of formal course work, a preliminary examination, research, a written dissertation, and a satisfactory defense of the dissertation at the final oralexamination. The Ph.D. degree normally requires at least three years of full-time study. Students who hold a master’s degree may request transfer of up to 30 hours of that degree toward a Ph.D. Demonstration of proficiency in foreign languages is not required. The University operates on a semester basis plus an eight-week summer session.

See Veterinary Medicine in this catalog for additional information.

Program requirements

Minimum entrance requirements, include a B average in the junior and senior undergraduate years for applicants not holding a D.V.M./V.M.D. degree. All applicants are required to take General GRE and submit the scores with the application. International students must demonstrate proficiency in English by earning a satisfactory score on the TOEFL and must provide health and financial certificates. Candidates for admission to the Graduate School must be approved by the Pathobiology Graduate Program. Most incoming students have a degree in veterinary medicine, but some have degrees in animal science, microbiology, biology, biochemistry/pharmacology, genetics, or food science. The most important considerations for applicants are documented academic achievement and an interest in continued study and research in Pathobiology. Sufficient training in biology and a strong background in biochemistry are important requirements. Application for admission to the program in a fall semester should be made in the preceding late fall or early winter.

Financial support

Assistantships and temporary assistant instructor positions are available for qualified candidates on a limited, competitive basis. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for federally sponsored fellowships and traineeships from agencies such as the USDA, NASA, NDEA, NIH, and NSF. Application information is available from the Dean of the Graduate School, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

Research facility

Housed in a spacious modern building complex with up-to-date equipment to provide excellent opportunities for graduate research. Major equipment include cell counters, an electron microscope, environmental chambers, cryostats, densitometers, fluorometers, chromatography equipment, high-vacuum evaporators, neurophysiological recording devices, recording spectrophotometers, spectrometers (atomic absorption, respiratory mass, scintillation), biohazard safety hoods, stereotaxic instruments, ultracentrifuges, ultramicrotomes, ultrasonic membrane destructors, flow cytometer and high-performance liquid chromatography units. Surgery and housing facilities for large and small animals, intensive library holdings and facilities, and easy access to the University’s computer center are also available. Extensive research potential in food animals is enhanced by an interstate cooperative program with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Doctor of Philosophy

Graduate Certificate