Kansas Biosciences Authority Funded Projects
Support for CEEZAD Fellowships in Infectious Disease and Pathology
Kansas State University
PI: Raymond R.R. Rowland
07/01/2011 – 12/31/2016
The overall goal of this project is to provide fellowship support in the form of tuition and/or stipends for dual-degree DVM/PhD students, graduate students and post-DVM graduate students and pathology residents who are studying infectious disease and pathology. The proximity of NBAF, ABADRU, BRI and veterinary biologic companies to Kansas provides a unique opportunity to supply these and related facilities with Kansas-trained professionals. As
part of its mission and location, CEEZAD is ideally suited to fund training for students in Kansas who are studying infectious diseases and related disciplines. Workers with advanced graduate degrees will likely function as research leaders, which will complement other categories of trained personnel. Fellows are supported from one to seven years (seven years is the maximum time expected to complete a dual-degree DVM/PhD program).
BSL3 Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program
University of Missouri-Columbia
PI: Deborah Anderson
Co-PI: Craig Franklin
07/01/2012 – 12/31/2016
The overall goal of this project is to provide stipend and tuition support for training in biocontainment and infectious disease research as part of the Laboratory Animal Residency Program at the University of Missouri. This program supports the Department of Homeland Security in its goal of preparing the nation’s workforce to respond to a biological threat. The program provides training and experience in select agent/ biosafety level 3 research. Residents can elect to perform a short rotation project in BSL-3 or complete a Masters or Dissertation research project in zoonotic and emerging infectious disease research. The training curriculum includes: Operations of animal biosafety level 3 facilities; Animal health monitoring and husbandry under BSL-3 conditions; Federal regulations pertaining to select agent and BSL-3 infectious agent research; and Research experience with small animal models of zoonotic and emerging infectious diseases. Training from this program will help to fill growing job markets for veterinarians including: biocontainment facility veterinarians; research clinicians; research or management of biocontainment core facilities with animal-related research services; translational studies for the pharmaceutical and veterinary industries; and biosafety and facility management. In addition, this program provides education to foster additional career options for veterinarians such as diagnostic testing and evaluation for infectious disease surveillance or research; biosecurity risk assessment, or research compliance and administration.