VT alumna named to National Academy of Sciences


A Virginia Tech alumna received one of the highest honors for scientists.

Susan VandeWoude, a 1986 graduate of the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected to join the National Academy of Sciences for her original research.

VandeWoude has specialized in studying conditions affecting cats, both big and small. She has also researched feline immunodeficiency virus, which can leave animals vulnerable to other infections.

Her discoveries are linked to both animal and ecological concerns, and the findings shed light on the emergence and spread of viruses in the human population. VandeWoude’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and Morris Animal Foundation.

Over the past 15 years, VandeWoude and her interdisciplinary team of scientists at both Colorado State University and other institutions have been exploring the ecology of viruses in natural hosts.

To learn more about VandeWoude’s accomplishments and work, read the full release here.

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