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BMS Faculty Research Interests

Anantharam, Vellareddy, M.S., Ph.D., Affiliate Associate Professor
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and application of such information to the development of novel strategies for treating Parkinson's. Prion and other neurodegenerative diseases. Role of oxidative stress and ER stress in etiopathogenesis of Parkinson's and Prion.

Berg, Carrie,  D.V.M., Lecturer

Bloedel, James R., M.D., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor
Substrates and mechanisms underlying the learning of motor behaviors, particularly those related to reaching movements and the eye blink reflex.

Bolser, Karl, D.V.M, Senior Lecturer
Small animal emergency medicine and surgery. Gross anatomy.

Bracha, Vlastislav, Ph.D., Professor
Investigation of the neural mechanisms of movement control and motor and associative learning in mammals. This research utilizes a combination of electrophysiological, neuropharmacological, neuroanatomical and behavioral techniques both in animals and humans.

Carlson, Steve, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Investigations of the molecular pharmacologic aspects of the relationships between receptors, antibiotics, antibiotic resistance, and the virulence of bacterial enteropathogens such as Salmonella.

Cho, Michael, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Lloyd Chair in Biomedical Sciences
Deputy Director, Center for Advanced Host Defenses, Immunobiotics and Translational Medicine
Structure-function of viral envelope glycoproteins, virus-host interactions, molecular mechanism of virus entry, vaccine development, development of virus entry inhibitors, host immune responses, vector development for antigen delivery, HIV-1, SARS-CoV, smallpox.
About Center for Advanced Host Defenses, Immunobiotics and Translational Medicine (CAHDIT)

Day, Tim, M.S., Ph.D., Professor
Neuromuscular systems of parasitic worms and the identification of molecular targets for new drugs; particularly, the structure and function of receptors and ion channels.

Goff, Jesse, D.V.M., Ph.D., Professor
Anderson Chair in Veterinary Medicine
Study of calcium and mineral homeostasis, immune suppression at the time of calving, and the interactions between nutrition and immunology and their effects on metabolic and infectious disease in transition dairy cows. Role of vitamin D in cell differentiation in relation to cancer and auto-immune disease.

Greenlee, Heather, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Systems biology: Combining computational and traditional experimental approaches to understand cell fate determination in the developing retina. Neurodegeneration: Using retinal morphology and function to understand the pathogenesis of prion diseases.

Hsu, Walter H., B. Vet. Med., Ph.D., Professor
Cellular physiology and pharmacology of insulin secretion; cross-talk between heterotrimeric G-proteins.

Jeftinija, Srdija, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Role of astrocytes in information processing: perhaps the very first attempt to understand the role of astrocyte-astrocyte, neuron-astrocyte, and astrocyte-neuron signaling in brain functioning.

Kanthasamy, Anumantha, M.S., Ph.D., Department Chair and Distinguished Professor
Director, Iowa Center for Advanced Neurotoxicology
The cellular/molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in Parkinson’s disease, and translation of mechanistic findings into novel strategies for treating several neurological disorders.

Kanthasamy, Arthi, M.S., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Understanding neuroinflammatory mechanisms in cell death processes associated with Parkinson’s disease and in substituted amphetamine induced neuronal degeneration of nigrostriatal dopaminergic system. Investigating striatal neuronal vulnerability to ischemia-induced apoptotic cell death.

Kimber, Michael, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Neuromuscular biology of parasitic worms, and in particular the role played by neuropeptide transmitters, in an effort to identify novel targets for antiparasitic drugs.

Martin, Richard J., B.V.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc. M.R.C.V.S., Professor and Director of Graduate Education
Molecular and cellular mechanisms of drug resistance in nematode parasites and the reversal of this resistance.

Millman, Suzanne T., Ph.D., Associate ProfessorAnimal welfare, Animal behavior, Pain and sickness behavior, Care of the compromised animal and Bioethics.

Peterson, Diana C., Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Investigation of the neural mechanisms by which stimulus significance influences sensory processing using anatomical, electrophysiological, and behavioral techniques.

Robertson, Alan, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor
Nematode ion channels as anti-parasitic drug targets. Electrophysiology of ligand- and voltage-gated ion channels in nematode parasites and C. elegans. Identifying anti-nematodal modes of action and mechanisms of resistance to anthelmintics. Modulation of ionotropic acetylcholine receptors at the nematode neuromuscular junction. Characterization of novel ion channels and validation as potential drug targets.

Rowe, Eric, D.V.M., Ph.D., Associate Professor
Glial/neuron interactions in both the healthy brain and in neurodegenerative disorders.

Singh, Ravindra, Ph.D., Professor
Endowed Salsbury Chair in Veterinary Medicine
Mechanism of alternative splicing. Molecular basis of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). Mechanistic details of how Intronic Splicing Silencer N1 (ISS-N1) (unique regulatory element within intron region of Survival Motor Neuron gene - which he discovered) could be used as a therapeutic target. RNA-protein interactions, and isolation of RNA aptamers as detection and diagnostic tools.

Singh, Natalia, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor

Starling, David, DVM, Lecturer

Thippeswamy, Thimmasettapp, DVM, MVSc, PhD, PgCert HE & TL, Professor
Overall research theme is disease modification in epilepsy. The primary focus is to investigate the mechanism of epileptogenesis in view of identifying new therapeutic targets and diagnostic biomarkers. The hypothesis is that neuroprotectants revert neuron-glial miscommunication that occurs after a first seizure. To test this hypothesis, a variety of techniques such as real-time remote video-telemetric EEG, neurological behavioral tests, proteomics, neurobiological (immunohistochemistry and histology) and biochemical analyses are employed.

Uemura, Etsuro, D.V.M., Ph.D., Professor
Interactions between neurons and glial cells are being studied in tissue culture. The present projects are focused on the role of these cells in Alzheimer's disease.

VanMeter, Karin, Ph.D., Lecturer
Neuroscience and Veterinary Education
Distance Education (biology of aging; pathophysiology)
Microbiology for the Health Care Professions – second edition

Ware, Wendy A., D.V.M., M.S., Professor w/Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Neurohormonal changes in congestive heart failure (CHF), myocardial diseases, treatment strategies for CHF, echocardiographic evaluation (M-mode, 2-D, Doppler) in cardiac disease.