VMS at NDSU
As a department, our main concerns are exploring novel research and sharing with students our fascination and knowledge of dynamic disciplines in microbiology, including: bacteriology, epidemiology, fungal biology, immunology, molecular biology, parasitology, and virology. We work to achieve excellence in these areas by creating a student-centered environment that values diversity and encourages discovery, ingenuity, integrity, and collegiality.
Michael Muleme, a former VMS graduate student recently published a paper in Tropical Animal Health and Production that reviews the effectiveness of vaccination programs for controlling foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Uganda from 2001-2010. FMD is a highly contagious viral disease that affects wild and domestic cloven-hoofed animals. Michael’s paper is available here. Image: CDC/ Dr. Jerry J. Callis, PIADC/Dr. Brian W.J. Mahy, CDC
Microbiology in the News
Smallpox down; next, guinea worm disease
The man who played an instrumental role in eradicating smallpox has a new agenda. Dr. Donald Hopkins, the 71-year-old vice president for health programs at the Carter Center, is now targeting the “affliction with little dragons,” otherwise known as Guinea worm disease. Read a profile of Dr. Hopkins and his efforts here. Image: CDC/Dr. Mae Melvin