The Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology is a multidisciplinary department that helps train tomorrow's veterinarians and scientists, provides diagnostic service to the state and the nation, and conducts research on disease in animals and humans. We are proud of our commitments to diversity in our teaching, research and service missions.
Highlights in Research and Teaching
Meet Dr. Lina Mur, research assistant professor of infectious diseases epidemiology, who is our featured researcher. She has traveled to several countries to help learn as much as possible about African Swine Fever.
Kansas State University scientists in the College of Veterinary Medicine — including Drs. Dana Vanlandingham, assistant professor of virology, and Yan-Jang Huang, postdoctoral fellow in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology — played a critical role in the study by producing and characterizing viral stocks to determine how the DNA vaccine induced immunogenecity and protection.
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is looking for Kansas cattle producers to participate in a study to determine the prevalence of bovine anaplasmosis in cow herds within the state and to investigate management risk factors associated with blood test results.
A newly patented vaccine by DMP researchers could be good news for meat consumers. The researchers developed a solution that could provide effective, antibiotic-free prevention of Fusobacterium necrophorum infection. The bacterium afflicts sheep and cattle with liver abscesses, calf diphtheria and foot rot or abscesses. Currently, antibiotics are used to control these infections, but the vaccine takes a different approach to keep animals healthy and consumers happy.
The third time is a charm for a veterinary research center at Kansas State University. The Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases has received a $250,000 gift from Abaxis, a cutting-edge medical and veterinary technology company, matching support it gave in 2015 and 2016.
That brings total support to the center from Abaxis to $750,000. An interdisciplinary research center, the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases has a mission to combat vector-borne diseases with a focus on pathogenesis, surveillance and disease prevention.