College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Veterinary Medicine

UMD Professor Pal Leads a Team of Investigators Across Institutions to Pave the Way in Tick-borne Illness Research, Receives $7.7 Million Grant for First-of-its-Kind Tick Research Program

Dr. Pal in lab
UMD Professor Utpal Pal leads a team of investigators across multiple institutions that will receive up to $7.7 million over 5 years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for an ongoing tick research program to...

A Breakthrough in Aiding Diabetes Patients Through Development of First-of-its-Kind Pig Research Model

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College Park, MD -- Diabetes is a ‘new-age’ epidemic with ever-increasing rates of disease and death across the globe. Diabetes manifests as a loss of insulin production and/or secretion and an inability to regulate glucose levels in the blood. Currently, an emerging trend in the diabetic field is...

Pioneer Health Research from Veterinary Medicine Professor Attracts Over $2.3 Million in New Funding

Cryptococcus stained; Dr. Shi headshot
The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a strong commitment to health, and Associate Professor Dr. Meiqing Shi in the Department of Veterinary Medicine is bolstering that commitment through unmatched research in his field. With Dr. Shi’s expertise in fungal infections and his extensive...

Beating Bacteria without Antibiotics

When a person becomes infected with Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus– better known as MRSA – treatment options are severely limited due to the fact that nearly all antibiotics are rendered useless against the dangerous bacteria. However, Dr. Daniel Nelson, an associate professor in the...

14 Reasons to Celebrate 2014 From the College of AGNR

2014 was another banner year for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland! As the year comes to a close, we take a look back at just some of the many highlights from the last 12 months. Here, in no particular order, are 14 reasons for the College of AGNR to...

AGNR Scientist Awarded Funding to Further Lyme Disease Research

With more than 300,000 new cases per year, according to newly revised estimates from the CDC, Lyme disease continues to be a persistent threat to public health in the United States. Yet a vaccine to prevent the often devastating complications of human infection is still unavailable. Dr. Utpal Pal,...

Dr. Nathaniel Tablante: From Extension to Legislation

Extension Poultry Specialist and Veterinarian in the Veterinary Medicine Department, Dr. Nathaniel Tablante has spent the last seven months of his sabbatical leave serving as a Congressional Fellow in the office of Representative Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA-02), where he has advised Bishop on...

Dr. Siba Samal elected to the American Academy of Microbiology

COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 1, 2014 – Dr. Siba Samal of College Park, Md., associate dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Samal, an internationally-renowned virologist and chair of the Department of...

Faculty Research in Focus: Xiaoping Zhu

The key to preventing infections to allergies to common types of cancers may lie in the mysterious mucosal immune system – the portion of the immune system that protects areas of the body exposed to the external environment, such as the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. Because it is such an...

Using Animal Viruses to Create Healthier Humans

Could a chicken virus contain the key to eradicating deadly human illnesses like norovirus, Lyme disease and even AIDS? Researchers with the University of Maryland’s Department of Veterinary Medicine have been awarded roughly $2 million in competitive grants over the last year and a half to uncover...

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