Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

The Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program provides our students with an opportunity to perform research that spans from molecular biology and whole animal physiology to meat and dairy production to studies on the business of horse racing. This broad range of interests and expertise provides our students with a unique opportunity to learn with a diverse group of colleagues as they develop skills that will help them as they train for a career in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, animal production, or the race track industry.  

Areas of study include:

  • Dairy Management
  • Stress Physiology (Toxicology, Heat Stress)
  • Reproduction/Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Obesity/Metabolic/Nutritional Endocrinology
  • Race Track Industry

Graduate Degrees Offered

The program provides maximum flexibility in planning programs of study for M.S. and Ph.D. candidates. Your individual plan of study is developed and approved by your graduate advisory committee (GAC) in accordance with your research interests and career goals

Traditional Masters of Science (MS):  The traditional M.S. option allows our students to take graduate courses, complete research, and present that research as a formal thesis.  

Non-Thesis MS in Race Track Industry:  A non-thesis degree option in the race track industry allows students the opportunity to gain more classroom experience with a business focused research project.  This is designed to be a terminal degree and position you well for positions in the race-track industry or in the vast business opportunities afforded in the field of animal agriculture.   

PhD Degree:  The PhD provides the extensive formal classroom and research training within your field of choice.  During your training you will perform state-of-the-art research and will present your research at national and international meetings.  Students may apply to the ACBS PhD training program without an MS.  

Animal Sciences Graduate Minor:  A minor in Animal Sciences requires nine hours of graded graduate coursework.  

Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Core Faculty

  • Fernando Aranguren, Ph.D.
  • Joslyn Beard, Ph.D.
  • Zelieann Craig, Ph.D.
  • Duarte Diaz, Ph.D.
  • Arun Dhar, Ph.D.
  • Frank Duca, Ph.D.
  • Samuel Garcia, Ph.D.
  • Ravi Goyal, MD, PhD.
  • Sean Limesand, Ph.D.
  • Fiona McCarthy, Ph.D.
  • Elaine Norton, Ph.D.
  • Benjamin Renquist, Ph.D.
  • Liliana Salvador, Ph.D.
  • Koenraad Van Doorslaer, Ph.D.
  • Duane Wulf, Ph.D.
  • Chi Zhou, Ph.D.  

Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Joint Faculty

  • Klearchos K. Papas, Ph.D. (Physiology)
  • Jennifer Stern, Ph.D. (Endocrinology)

Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program Handbook

Graduate Student Directory