The Department of Basic Sciences was established in July 2001. The department faculty and staff represent the basic scientific disciplines that are required for education of veterinarians. Research focus areas include infectious diseases and immunology (including diseases of important food animal species), digital biology (biological computing, bioinformatics and systems biology) and toxicology. The widely used AgBase molecular biology database was developed and is maintained by members of the Department of Basic Sciences, and the Center for Environmental Health Sciences, which is involved in toxicology and health disparities research, is located in the Department of Basic Sciences. The department fulfills all missions of the land grant university triad, i.e., research, teaching and service. Among the department’s service components are its fish diagnostic services. One of the faculty members in this department is recognized by the OIE (international animal disease organization) as an expert who may be consulted with regard to selected fish diseases.
The Department of Basic Sciences is involved in the management and delivery of the first year of the veterinary curriculum, and members of the department play key roles in a program designed to provide veterinary students with a high quality research experience in the summer. In addition to participation in the freshman veterinary curriculum, faculty in the department are heavily involved in providing classes and training activities for graduate and post doctoral students.
Robert W. Wills, Ph.D.
Mississippi State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Department of Basic Sciences
P.O. Box 6100
Mississippi State, MS 39762-6100
Infectious Diseases and Immunology