Skip to main content

Graduate Program

Graduate Opportunities in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Graduate Student doing Research

Animal infectious disease and biomedical research in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Science offer outstanding students the opportunity to conduct basic and/or applied research at both the M.S. and Ph.D. degree level in infectious disease. Students have the opportunity to conduct research in a variety of disciplines with SDSU scientists while earning advanced degrees in one Biological Science. This program has a unique mission, with the primary focus of the research directed to the mechanisms of infectious diseases of food producing animals following infections with bacteria, viruses or parasites. The program uses multidisciplinary approaches. Cooperating scientists work on biological, biochemical and immunological components of animal disease systems involving the host, environment and pathogen in the areas of molecular virology, molecular biology and recombinant DNA technology, developmental diagnostics, cellular immunology, parasitology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, genetics and physiology.

Grad Student Sequencing DNA

The Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences offers degrees in both Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Within the Masters program, we offer both traditional Plan A and Plan B programs. Plan A programs involve a total of 20-25 course credits and preparation of a traditional thesis. In contrast, Plan B programs can be completed online, and instead involve preparation of a Research Paper rather than bench research. Both plans traditionally involve 2-3 years work beyond the Bachelor's of Science degree. The PhD program is offered as a Doctorate in Biological Sciences and requires either 90 credits beyond a BS degree, or 60 credits beyond an MS from either a Canadian or American University. Admission to the program is dependent upon admission to the SDSU Graduate School and identification of a suitable mentor. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Department to identify currently available available studentships.


Graduate Faculty Interests Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Chase, ChristopherProfessor Immunology & Virology
Christopher-Hennings, JaneProfessor, Head and Director PRRSV Pathogenesis, Molecular Diagnostics
Pillatzki, AngelaAssistant Professor Veterinary Pathology
Kaushik, RadheyProfessor Innate Immunity, Mucosal Immunity
Knudsen, DavidProfessor Veterinary Pathology, Lab Animal Medicine
Nelson, EricProfessor PRRSV Pathogenesis, Serological Diagnosis
Scaria, JoyAssistant Professor Infectious Disease Genomics
Young, AlanProfessor Ruminant Immunology, Prion Pathogenesis
Chun-Ming LinAssistant Professor Swine Pathology and Immunology
Hause, BenjaminAssistant Professor Virology
Larson, ChristinaAssistant Professor Animal Wellbeing
Sharafeldin, Tamer Assistant Professor Avian pathology, Immunology, and Vaccine Research