Major Areas of Interest:
The UC Davis Comparative Medical Science Training Program provides graduate research training, leading to the PhD degree, for veterinarians who seek careers in biomedical research. The training program is based in the Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases, which is a research and graduate teaching center that is sponsored by the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The Center hosts faculty from both schools who are engaged in research utilizing animal models of human disease, with major areas of emphasis in infectious disease, cancer, and genomics. Mouse biology and pathology are also major areas of emphasis, as the Center oversees the UC Davis Mouse Biology Program, and an NCRR Mutant Mouse Regional Resource Center. The Center interfaces with the campus laboratory animal medicine program and the adjacent California National Primate Research Center, and residency programs in veterinary pathology and laboratory animal medicine. Students who matriculate into the program are placed with mentors within the Center, or with mentors in various programs in the School of Medicine or Veterinary Medicine, allowing customization of training emphasis to the interests of the student. The program fosters an appreciation for membership within the broad professional community of comparative medicine.