Comparative Biomedical Sciences (VMSC)
Graduate Degree Program
College: Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Department of Veterinary Medicine under the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland is home to the Veterinary Medical Sciences (VMSC) Graduate Program. The Department of Veterinary Medicine is the Maryland Campus of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.
The program offers both Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Members of the VMSC Graduate Program faculty specialize in a wide range of research interests in infectious diseases and zoonoses, including cell and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, virology, and poultry health management and disease prevention.
A number of graduate assistantships are available and awarded to candidates with strong academic records.
Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, Scholarships, and Fellowships are available on a competitive basis. Research Assistantships (RAs) are 12-month appointments and Teaching Assistantships (TAs) are 10-month appointments. Benefits for each assistantship include stipends, ten credits of tuition remission per semester, and health benefits. Generally, student assistantships are offered for two years for an M.S. degree and four years for a Ph.D. degree.
Sources of funding include the department; Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station; Maryland Cooperative Extension; College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Graduate School open-nomination and block grant fellowships (for recruitment of new students only); University diversity fellowships; endowed fellowships; and funds from faculty research contracts and grants. Inquiry about the stipends can be made to the VMSC Graduate Program.
Yanjin Zhang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Director
VMSC Graduate Program
Department of Veterinary Medicine
Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center
8075 Greenmead Drive
College Park, MD 20742
Relationships: Biological Sciences (BISI)
- Statement of Purpose
- TOEFL/IELTS/PTE (international graduate students)
- Letters of Recommendation (3)
- Description of Research/Work Experience
Applicants with a minimum degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in a biological science or related field of study are eligible for admission to the VMSC Graduate Program, either for Ph.D. or M.S. degree.
A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B or better). Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional. Applicants who have GRE scores are encouraged to submit.
For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website.
|Type of Applicant||Fall Deadline||Spring Deadline|
|US Citizens and Permanent Residents||2 June||18 Nov|
|F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants||12 Mar||30 Sep|
Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://vetmed.umd.edu
The Avrum Gudelsky Veterinary Center, the University of Maryland home of the VMRCVM, lies in the heart of Maryland’s thriving biotechnology community and is near Maryland’s major university research campuses and government laboratories, including the USDA Beltsville Agriculture Research Center, the National Institutes of Health, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The Center contains 32,000 square feet of research and support laboratories, including animal care facilities. Over 10,000 square-foot research laboratories are fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for research on cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, virology and immunology, including cell culture facilities, ZEISS LSM 800 confocal microscope, fluorescence activated cell sorter, flow cytometer, the Illumina MiSeq System for next-generation sequencing, fluorescence microscopes, Elispot/Fluorospot Reader, and a sophisticated electron microscope suite. Approximately 18,000 square feet of space comprises Biological Safety Level (BSL) 2 and BSL-3+ facilities and ABSL2 and ABSL3 suites for laboratory animals. The poultry unit has 15 rooms, each equipped with 20 poultry isolators to contain any infectious pathogens. The animal facility has a fully equipped necropsy room designed for postmortem analysis.
The Laboratory for Biological Ultrastructure in the Department of Biology is equipped with a transmission and scanning electron microscope, a confocal microscope, ultramicrotomes, and equipment for freeze-fracture studies. The Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics maintains imaging core, genomics core, flow cytometry, and proteomics core. The Fischell Department of Bioengineering maintains the BioWorkshop in A. James Clark Hall at the University of Maryland, which offers access to an array of cutting-edge scientific instruments spanning from biological imaging, cellular and biochemical analysis to biomaterial characterization, and histology. The University of Maryland has the Department of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR), a support unit for animal-based research and teaching. Extensive library facilities are available on campus. In addition, the College Park campus is close to the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The Library of Congress and the National Archives, along with several other libraries of biomedical research and academic institutes, are located within a short driving distance.
Computer facilities at the University of Maryland are outstanding. The department provides computer access to all faculty and graduate students. Students are provided with e-mail accounts and free Internet access. The campus maintains both Unix and mainframe systems, and access to supercomputers for specific research projects. Software for graphics, modeling, statistics, and the analysis of molecular data is readily available.
The College Park campus is also ideally situated near a number of federal agencies involved in veterinary medical sciences. Collaborative initiatives are underway with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Centers for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN); U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and Beltsville Agriculture Research Service (BARC); National Institutes of Health (NIH); Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; World Bank; and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Scientists from some of these agencies have adjunct appointments with the College of Veterinary Medicine and participate on students’ graduate committees.
|Last Name||First/Middle Name||Graduate Faculty Status||Academic Credentials||Positions|
|Belov||Georgiy||Full Member||Ph.D., Moscow State University, 2001||Associate Professor, Veterinary Medical Sciences |
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
|Ghanem||Mostafa||Full Member||B.S., Alexandria University, 2007; M.V.Sc., Alexandria University, 2010, Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2017||Assistant Professor, Veterinary Medical Sciences |
|Nelson||Daniel||Full Member||B.S. University of California, Irvine, 1993; Ph.D. University of Georgia, Athens, 1999.||Associate Professor, Veterinary Medical Sciences |
Affiliate Professor, Biological Sciences
|Pal||Utpal||Full Member||B.S./M.S., University of Calcutta, India; Ph.D., University of Calcutta, India.||Professor, Veterinary Medical Sciences |
Affiliate Professor, Biological Sciences
|Riley||Sean||Full Member||B.S. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 2002; Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 2008.||Assistant Professor, Veterinary Medical Sciences |
|Samal||Siba K.||Graduate Teaching||B.V.Sc. & A.H., Orissa University of Agriculture & Technology, 1976; M.V.Sc., Indian Veterinary Research Institute, 1978; M.S., Texas A&M University, 1981; Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1985. Diplomate American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, 1988.||Professor, Veterinary Medical Sciences |
|Shi||Meiqing||Full Member||D.V.M., Hunan Agricultural University, China, 1985; M.S., South China Agricultural University, 1988; Ph.D., Justus Liebig University of Giessen, Germany, 2000.||Associate Professor, Veterinary Medical Sciences |
|Tablante||Nathaniel L.||Full Member||D.V.M., University of the Philippines, 1976; M.P.V.M., University of California Davis, 1985; M.S., University of Guelph, 1995.||Professor, Veterinary Medical Sciences |
|Zhang||Yanjin||Full Member||D.V.M, Shandong Agricultural University, China, 1984; M.S., China Institute of Veterinary Drug Control,1989; Ph.D., Iowa State University, IA, 1998.||Director, Veterinary Medical Sciences |
Associate Professor, Veterinary Medical Sciences
Affiliate Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
|Zhu||Xiaoping||Full Member||D.V.M., Ningxia University, China, 1984; M.S., China Agricultural University, 1987; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997.||Associate Dean, Veterinary Medical Sciences |
Chair, Veterinary Medical Sciences
Professor, Veterinary Medical Sciences
Affiliate Professor, Biological Sciences