Department of Comparative Medicine

The MS degree program in Comparative Medicine is designed to train the next generation of veterinary and comparative biomedical scientists to be proficient in experimental design and statistical analyses, grant writing, submission of animal care and use protocols, research presentations, poster preparation, and teaching/mentoring.  Current and past MS students have learned a variety of cutting-edge research techniques including in the generation, utilization, and analyses of transgenic and gene-targeted mice, genomic analyses, proteomic analyses, phenomics, flow cytometry, microscopy, small animal imaging, comparative pathology, and advanced morphologic analysis techniques.

The length of the MS training program for trainees is typically 3 years for LAM Residents, whereas non-LAM Residents can generally complete the program in 2 years. DCM faculty have broad research interests in areas such as innate immunity in response to lung infections, lymphocyte development and transformation, inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer, microbiome and gnotobiotics, vitamin A, cancer metastasis, stem cell biology, and aging.