Comparative Biosciences Features

Dr. Melissa Clark Passes Clinical Pharmacology Boards

Published Date:August 17, 2012

Dr. Melissa Clark , department of comparative bioscienes, passed her veterinary clinical pharmacology board certifying exam and will continue on to complete her PhD in pharmacology after 3 years in the clinical pharmacology residency program. Her residency training was supervised by Dr. Duncan Ferguson, with support from Drs. Dirikolu and Lavergne. Dr. Clark's doctoral work is funded by a Morris Animal Foundation/Pfizer fellowship and a Morris Animal Foundation grant which supports her work with Drs. Hoenig, Dirikolu, and, Ferguson.


Published Date: August 17, 2012

Studying the Effects of Plastics on Children

Published Date:December 23, 2010

Susan Schantz (pictured here), professor of comparative biosciences and environmental toxicologist, will direct the new, NIH-funded Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Illinois. Comparative biosciences professor Jodi Flaws, a reproductive toxicologist, will act as associate director of the new center, which will investigate whether common plastics chemicals alter child development, cognition or behavior.

Photo credit: L. Brian Stauffer.

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Published Date: December 23, 2010

Dr. Schantz to Direct Botanical Research Center

Published Date:September 9, 2010

An ongoing research initiative into the health effects of botanical estrogens will get an $8 million boost from the National Institutes of Health.  Susan Schantz, professor of comparative biosciences, will serve as the associate director of the new Botanicals Research Center.

Based at the University of Illinois, the Center will draw on the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of researchers to address the many unknowns associated with use of botanical estrogens. These plants and plant-based compounds are often marketed as aids to prevent cancer, promote healthy aging or relieve menopausal symptoms. Researchers from Illinois, the University of Mississippi, Oregon State University and the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research will contribute to the five-year effort

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Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Published Date: September 9, 2010

Dr. Lloyd Davis Honored with Street Banner

Published Date:June 20, 2008

Notable facutly members and alumni and their achievements are being commemorated with a series of orange and blue banners that will be displayed along Green, Sixth and John streets later this spring and summer.  The 20 honorees who were selected by Provost Linda Katehi based upon nominations from each of the colleges, include current, retired and deceased faculty members as well as living and deceased alumni.  The banners celebrate the diversity of scholarship and achievements that is Illinois.

Among the honorees is Lloyd Davis, DVM, PhD, a founder of the field of veterinary clinical pharamacology and Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at Illinois from 1978-1994.  Dr. Davis, still living in Urbana, was the director of the first clinical pharmacology residency program at Illinois and was one of the five founding diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology in 1990.  He was also the first president of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics founded in 1977.

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Published Date: June 20, 2008

Meet Dr. Jason Herrick

Published Date:June 20, 2008

Jason Herrick, assistant professor, veterinary biosciences, received his PhD, from Purdue in 2003.  He held a post-doctoral position at the Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, where he worked with embryo culture media.

His research interests include the development of assisted reproductive technologies and application of those techniques to conservation of endangered species; the interaction between the environment and the development of embryos during the preimplantation period; formulation of a culture medium for domestic cat embryos and utilization of this medium to develop in vitro fertilization procedures for endangered small cat species, specifically the black-footed and sand cat.

Dr. Herrick hopes to continue research on feline embryos and his work with blackfooted cats and sand cats.  Much of his current research on embryos has concerned their metabolic activity, a good indicator of embryo health which provides important information on what the embryo needs in culture to survive.  He also plan sto do more comparative research with several species to see how maternal diet affects the metabolism of the embryo.

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Published Date: June 20, 2008