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Areas of Research

Areas of Research


The School of Veterinary Medicine’s biomedical research programs include basic, translational and clinical research of all animals. Areas of study include cancer, immunology, infectious diseases, neuroscience, regenerative medicine and several more.

  • The primary focus of the research at Penn Vet is to understand diseases of animals to improve animal health, and to provide translational knowledge to advance human health.
  • Penn Vet’s robust research program is funded from a variety of sources, including the National Institutes of Health; Penn Vet receives more NIH funding per faculty member than any other veterinary school.
  • Penn Vet has several centers that focus on specific areas of research and participates in several across campus centers and institutes. 
  • A major strength of Penn Vet is the close association it has with the other major biomedical schools at Penn, which is best exemplified by Penn’s combined biomedical graduate program the ensures integration of our faculty and students across campus.
  • Therefore, in addition to the resources at Penn Vet, our scientists have seamless interactions with the whole biomedical Penn community, which ensures access to an unlimited number of cores and equipment, and most importantly are integrated into a robust intellectual environment that is a prerequisite for productive scientific advances.

Research Council

Comprised of the dean, associate dean for research, departmental chairs, faculty representation from each department, and directors from cross-departmental centers and programs, the Penn Vet Research Council meets monthly to discuss critical research issues facing the School


Areas of Research Focus

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Agriculture@PennVet

As Pennsylvania’s only veterinary school, Penn Vet has a responsibility in ensuring the health, sustainability, and viability of the Commonwealth’s leading industry: agriculture. Uniquely positioned at the intersection of animal, human, and environmental health, Penn Vet offers advanced diagnostic services, and distinct expertise, to address some of industry’s most pressing challenges..

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Cell & Molecular Biology

Penn Vet, cell and molecular biologyCell & Molecular Biology The mission for Penn Vet’s division of Cell and Molecular Biology (CMB) is to resolve the basic molecular mechanisms that ensure proper cell, tissue and organ development and function.

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Immunology

Penn Vet has strong immunology research programs focusing on understanding basic immunologic mechanisms and how to develop new therapeutics for controlling disease.

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Neuroscience

Neuroscience research at Penn Vet focuses on clinical and basic studies to improve our understanding of the central nervous system and its involvement in diseases ranging from neurodegenerative disorders to obesity.

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Stem cell biology

Currently, Penn vet scientists investigate stem cell models ranging from germline stem cells in the mammalian testis and embryo-derived stem cells from animals and humans to somatic stem cells derived from bone marrow, epithelial cells and adipose tissue.

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Transgenesis & Germ Cells

In the last 30 years, techniques have been developed to enable the modification of individual genes in animals and plants and thereby precisely alter inherited traits. These genetically altered animals and plants are called transgenic and are of enormous value in medicine and agriculture.

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DNA Genetics, Penn Vet 

Genetics

Genetic diseases include disorders in which a single gene mutation is necessary and sufficient to cause the disease, as well as complex disorders involving interactions of multiple genes and other factors.

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Toxicology

Toxicological research at Penn Vet focuses on the intersection of biology, chemistry and medicine in the study of adverse effects of chemicals on living organisms.

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Musculoskeletal Systems

Historically, Penn Vet has contributed significantly to the study of the animal musculoskeletal system, common clinical disorders of bones, joints and soft tissues, and groundbreaking research in diagnosis and treatment protocols.

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