Researching the Impact of Animal Health
The Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health conducts a variety of research programs that focus on the actions and behaviors of zoonotic disease, the emergence of antimicrobial resistant strains, epidemiological study of the spread of disease, and the socio-economic impact of zoonotic diseases in small communities. These ever-widening research projects allow the school to maintain a holistic understanding of disease impact when developing vaccine and treatment strategies, education programs, and government recommendations. By working within one organization, an interdisciplinary collaboration helps the Allen School teams conduct innovative research.
The Allen School supports a variety of zoonotic disease research ranging from the intracellular behavior of pathogens to the development of surveillance and diagnostic techniques in developing countries. Much of this research work is completed at the Allen Center on the WSU campus while there are also satellite research facilities in Tanzania and Kenya.
Several research teams of the Allen School focus on antimicrobial resistance and the emerging issues that come from the spread of resistant zoonotic diseases. Work spans the genetic study of resistant E. coli to wider epidemiological studies of resistant food-borne pathogens and to the development of alternatives to antibiotic treatments for disease.
The Allen School epidemiological research team spans the globe. With a base of operations in Pullman, Washington, team members collaborate with researchers in Tanzania, Kenya, Nepal, Eastern China, and Guatemala. Their research focuses on both the spread of zoonotic disease, but also the regional and community impacts of the diseases and immunization strategies. With a wide variety of research emphases, the Allen School produces life-changing strategies that improve the health of animals and humans across the world.
The study of the socio-economic impact of zoonotic disease is one of the interdisciplinary research efforts of the Allen School. Working with mathematicians, economists and political scientists, Allen School faculty are able to understand the impact of disease in rural communities in Africa and Central America.
Research teams at the Allen School are fully funded through a variety of grants. These monies allow us the opportunity to conduct research at the Allen Center, but also across the world. Some of our most notable research projects have supported the construction of facilities and fieldwork in Tanzania and Kenya to combat the spread of rabies.
Student Research Funding Opportunities
Students associated with the Allen School also have the opportunity to apply for grants from a variety of sources. There are student-specific WSU and CVM grants, assistantships, and fellowships. These funding sources allow students to benefit from additional monies during their time in the WSU graduate program.
Since the main focus of the Allen School is innovative research, there are a variety of journal articles produced every year. The work covers all of the Allen School research efforts from zoonotic disease, antimicrobial resistance, and epidemiological and socio-economic studies. Due to the global nature of the work, many of the papers are collaborations with institutions across the world including projects in Central America, Africa, and Asia.