Immunology and Infectious Diseases
As part of the College of Veterinary Medicine Integrated Program in Biomedical Sciences (iPBS), the IID program offers both Master and PhD programs. The focus on infectious disease engages students in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment leading to mastery in a defined research area. The program is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Wellcome Trust, Paul G. Allen, and the Gates Foundation. IID is a “core program”, but there are many “pathways” to join IID. These include through iPBS, the Protein Biotechnology Training Program, direct admissions and combined PhD/residency programs.
The Allen School participates in a variety of interdisciplinary programs because of the nature of studying zoonotic diseases and their repercussions on human health and economics. The first of its kind in the nation, the program in Animal Health Policy & Metrics educates the next generation of leaders in animal health to develop and implement effective science-based policy. The program integrates the biologic context of animal health with the economic, political, and social parameters that inform and influence policy at the regional, national, and international levels. The four elements of the program include professors-in-residence, experiential training, integrative curricula development, and policy formulation and implementation.
NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program
The Protein Biotechnology program enhances the graduate program experience by offering students the opportunity to study basic and applied science as it relates to the cutting-edge protein biotechnology. Students admitted to one of our graduate programs may be nominated for traineeships. If accepted, the positions are fully funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and by matching support from the Allen School and the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.
Graduate Student Symposiums
All graduate students are encouraged to participate in many of the graduate student symposiums. These are excellent opportunities for you to present and receive feedback on your research projects. The best presenters in the fall poster sessions receive awards in two categories: Graduate students and DVM students. Take a moment to look at the recent award winners to learn about the research going on in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
GPSA Research Expo
The GPSA Research Exposition offers graduate and professional students at WSU Pullman campus a forum for presenting their original research, scholarship, and/or creative work. Students of all disciplines are welcome to participate.
Jessica Klein is a graduate student in the IID program. Finishing in 2018, she has been researching the actions of Salmonella and injectisomes used to cause infection. When reflecting on their WSU experience, Jessica said, “It may be one of the most challenging things you will ever do, but completely worth it. The experience is really what you make of it, so take every opportunity you can to expand your knowledgebase and step outside your comfort zone to develop your scientific creativity, communication and problem-solving skills."