College of Veterinary Medicine

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RESEARCH

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.

College of Veterinary Medicine Facilities include:
  • The Veterinary Learning Center
  • The Veterinary Teaching and Research Center
  • Roth Hall
  • Pell Hall
  • Life Sciences Building
  • The North Shore Equestrian Center
LIU CVM faculty will be supported by:
  • Research Administration
    Increasing sponsored research activity requires efficient grant submission and management (both pre- and post-award management) processes -- allowing faculty to focus on discipline-specific research. CVM faculty will be supported by an expanding office for research administration developed specifically to assist faculty in grant and research management.
  • Research Development
    Additional capacity provides researchers with experts skilled at research intelligence and proposal development with the ability to identify, and connect faculty with current and future funding opportunities, and whom possess experience securing partnerships that effectively mobilize the research teams needed to secure large grants.
  • Research Advisory Council
    CVM faculty will participate in a LIU faculty-governed council; i.e., the Research Advisory Council (RAC). THE RAC will provide strategic advice on ways to grow LIU’s research enterprise. RAC faculty members will communicate actively with LIU faculty colleagues to facilitate grants information dissemination, and campus discussion surrounding current and future LIU research goals.
  • Academic and Research Excellence
    A crucial LIU Academic Affairs goal is to develop a comprehensive approach to both academic and research excellence; e.g., interconnected academic research excellence where students have both the opportunity and the ability to do research; additionally, LIU faculty researchers’ conduct pioneering research, and apply innovative research to curricula. The SVPAA and CRO will work together with the CVM Dean and Associate Deans to ensure research experiences and practicums are readily available to students and embedded into the curriculum.
  • Faculty Engagement
    In addition to expanding LIU research administration to include research development, a foundation of faculty support centered on research, proposal development, mentoring, and research networking will propel and inspire high-impact publications and funding awards. Additionally, a focus on connecting LIU faculty to collaborative researchers in a smart; e.g., database way (via PIVOT, Google scholar, Curriculum Vitae, research communities, etc.) will ensure intellectually driven research partnerships essential for transformational and transformative, scalable research funding.
  • LIU Research and Funding Sources
    Connecting LIU faculty to other researchers throughout the world, in addition to identifying LIU faculty research emphasis areas, LIU CVM and other LIU colleges (e.g., School of Pharmacy) will align expertise with colleagues to address interdisciplinary, complex scale funding to develop LIU-wide thematic research prospects. Linked to faculty support via training and faculty networking, steps are underway to increase overall LIU faculty funding potential across the University through federal sources. The goal is to invite LIU faculty to cultivate relationships with federal agency program directors and foundations.
  • LIU and Government Relations
    A recently obtained leading government relations firm (Lewis-Burke Associates) will guide LIU federal agency connections and will facilitate targeted university-federal government interactions, and initiatives. With the aim to increase LIU’s research funding, and enhance the university’s research reputation, the firm will facilitate communication between LIU and U.S. government sources of support.
  • LIU and Novel Academic Programs
    DVM students will have opportunities to be involved in CVM research activities as research assistants, and/or research volunteers. Additionally, the research role with regard to advancing the veterinary profession will be integrated and emphasized throughout the DVM curriculum. The LIU Research Office infrastructure goals support instruction, and faculty-student research, and an overall mission to create LIU programs that support a dual, interconnected “research - academics ecosystem.” LIU academic programs will work as a platform for research partnerships. LIU is establishing partnerships with leading academic research institutions (e.g., Brookhaven National Laboratories, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories) to provide expanded research capacity, student opportunities, and novel academic programs.

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.

Aligning with LIU mission and research goals, CVM research emphasis areas include: