The Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS) gives its students unique opportunities to pursue research at the number one College of Veterinary Medicine in the country (US News and World Report). Students can choose from among 90+ faculty mentors, including a large cohort of clinicians pursuing translational research. Faculty interests include cancer biology, development, reproductive biology, infectious disease, stem cell biology, and epidemiology. Graduate students include those pursuing Ph.Ds, DVMs seeking Ph.Ds, and dual degree students (combined DVM/Ph.D programs). Students can pursue fundamental questions in basic research, or take advantages of interactions between clinicians and basic scientists to incorporate translational perspectives in their work. Students can choose to study typical model organisms, such as the mouse, or instead study the dog, cow, pig, or horse. As a member of the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program, CBS is part of a vibrant graduate community in the Veterinary College.
Modern, well-equipped laboratories are available to conduct research in all of the concentrations. The Cornell Biotechnology Program provides multi-user support facilities in confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, flow cytometry, amino acid sequencing, oligonucleotide synthesis, and gene cloning. The Division of Laboratory Animal Services is available for animal housing and assistance in animal surgical procedures. A large and varied clinic representing all domestic species offers unique opportunities for the study of spontaneous diseases, some of which have recently been development as animal models for human diseases. The college operates a racetrack and treadmill facilities to study sport physiology and medicine. Other college resources include farms; equine research facilities; specific-pathogen-free flocks of chickens, woodchucks, and other animals; and isolation facilities for infectious disease research. The Diagnostic Laboratory has large sets of data available for analysis and research. An agreement with the USDA facilities at Plum Island offers opportunities to study exotic diseases.
Funding: The Comparative Biomedical Sciences Program only admits students who will be funded for the duration of their program (contingent upon satisfactory performance). An application to the CBS is considered an application for funding.