CPB Department Prepares for Leadership Transition

August 4, 2016

Drs. Ramesh and Tracy Vemulapalli
Drs. Ramesh and Tracy Vemulapalli


Dr. Suresh Mittal
Dr. Suresh Mittal

New opportunities for Drs. Ramesh and Tracy Vemulapalli are precipitating a leadership change in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology (CPB). Both have accepted new positions at Texas A&M University and will conclude their tenure at Purdue University later this month. Dr. Ramesh Vemulapalli, professor of veterinary microbiology and immunology, has served as head of the CPB Department since July, 2011, and has been a member of the department's faculty since 2001. With Dr. Vemulapalli's pending departure, effective August 30, PVM Dean Willie Reed has appointed Dr. Suresh Mittal as interim head of the Comparative Pathobiology Department, effective September 1.

"Dr. Mittal graciously agreed to serve in this important role while we conduct a national search for a permanent department head," said Dean Reed. "He is very familiar with the administrative duties of the positon having previously served in this role. I am confident that he will do an outstanding job in moving the department forward during this period of transition."

Dean Reed also commended Dr. Vemulapalli for his many years of dedicated service to the College. "He has done an outstanding job in leading CPB for the past five years and has worked tirelessly to advance the department's research, teaching, and engagement programs. I am appreciative of his many contributions to our success. He will be sorely missed."

Dr. Vemulapalli has accepted the position of head of the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. An accomplished scholar, Dr. Vemulapalli completed postdoctoral work at Virginia Tech, earned a PhD from the University of Maryland, a MVSc from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, and a BVSc&AH from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University.

Dr. Tracy Vemulapalli, clinical assistant professor of comparative pathobiology and director of the Indiana MS-Graduate Training/Residency Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine, has served as Purdue Veterinary Medicine's laboratory animal veterinarian since 2008. She has accepted a leadership position in the Lab Animal Residency program at Texas A&M, and will be leaving effective August 15. Prior to coming to Purdue, Dr. Tracy Vemulapalli earned her DVM degree at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine while at the same time completing a Master of Science degree in Molecular Bacteriology through Virginia Tech. In 2005 she entered the Purdue Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program, and earned her second Master of Science degree in 2007. In addition to her academic career, she also served as Public Health Veterinarian with the USDA and was an Associate Veterinarian at the Tri-County Veterinary Clinic in Russiaville, Ind.

Congratulations to both Drs. Vemulapalli. A farewell reception will be held in their honor Wednesday, August 10 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., in the Continuum Café.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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