The LIU research office links to all LIU schools and colleges, including the LIU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). LIU is making significant investment in expanding a central research infrastructure centering on research development, and research enhancement. Recent hires include Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (SVPAA), Dr. Randy Burd. Burd is both a seasoned researcher and a proven research administrator with a background in building research programs and enhancing faculty research. New research office hires include experts in research development (Chief Research Officer/”CRO”), and research administration (Director, Research Administration). A recent senior-level CVM hire, microbiologist, Dr. Tom Inzana will serve as the CVM Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Inzana will be the point person for faculty and will interface directly with the SVPAA, the Chief Research Officer, the CVM Dean and CVM faculty and students on research matters, including strategically guiding research activities to align with LIU focus areas, mentoring new faculty hires and facility development/investment oversight. The LIU senior administration fully supports Dr. Inzana’s expertise and vision; as such, LIU senior leadership provided Dr. Inzana with a sufficient budget to carry out CVM research activities. LIU commenced recruiting five CVM research active faculty, and offers have been accepted. A main LIU and CVM emphasis will be to hire researchers who are able to work together and interface with current LIU research and academic strengths. Drs. Oscar Illanes and Shelley Newman, highly accomplished board certified pathologists, with years of experience in academia and industry, will provide pathology support to research programs at LIU CVM and across the University. Under Dean Fuentealba and Dr. Thomas Inzana’s supervision, LIU will hire an additional five accomplished researchers to serve as CVM faculty whose research backgrounds fit into CVM research emphases.
Importantly, to support research activities LIU is devoting resources to building one new CVM facility, and renovating other facilities. These dedicated CVM structures will be fully equipped to carry out high-level research. The SVPAA and CRO are aware of the need to create a robust ecosystem to support research activities.
Research emphasis areas interface with existing LIU strengths, including Pharmaceutical Sciences, Precision Medicine, Public Health, and Business & Entrepreneurship. CVM faculty are strategically clustered into research teams to promote interdisciplinary research between cluster areas, existing LIU faculty and strategic external partners. Additional support faculty and staff include pathologists, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, graduate students and undergraduates who will support cluster research activity.