Dr. José de la Fuente, Research Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, recently received the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research.
The award recognizes an individual who has performed in an outstanding manner in the area of research at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences during the last three years.
Dr. de la Fuente joined the Veterinary Center faculty and the Tick and Tick-borne Pathogen Vaccine Development Laboratory in 2000. His research interests focus on the molecular biology of host-vector-pathogen interactions and functional genomics. He has established an active research program on development of vaccines for control of tick infestations, primarily on cattle, based on his previous research in Cuba where he developed a cattle vaccine for control of a tropical cattle tick species.
Since coming to OSU, Dr. de la Fuente has published over 100 papers in refereed journals and has authored four patents with his co-workers, Drs. Katherine Kocan and Ed Blouin. Among research grants received, he was funded a large grant from Pfizer Animal Health for his vaccine development research. Dr. de la Fuente has developed active research collaborations in Spain, Mexico, Sicily, The Netherlands, Argentina, South Africa and Brazil which have greatly expanded the scope and activities of the laboratory.
Faculty members are nominated by their peers and the recipient is selected by the College Research Advisory Committee. Selection is based upon the publication record of the nominees, their ability to obtain external support for their research, presentation of their research data at scientific meetings, as well as their involvement in scientific organizations and training of graduate students and/or residents.