Graduate College Speaker

Dr. Qijing Zhang is Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. Dr. Zhang received a BVSc degree from Shandong Agricultural University, a MS degree in Veterinary Microbiology from the National Institute of Veterinary Biologics (China), a PhD degree in Immunobiology from Iowa State University, and postdoc training from University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Zhang was an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University and has been a faculty member at Iowa State University since 2003.

Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on microbiology and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). His work has resulted in discovery of emerging AMR threats, identification of new pathogenic variants, elucidation of disease pathogenesis, transmission and ecology, and development of preventive vaccines. His research has contributed significantly to the control of zoonotic pathogens and to improvement of food safety, animal health, and public health. Dr. Zhang’s work has also provided critically needed and science-based information for policymaking regarding antibiotic usage in animal agriculture. Dr. Zhang has published 175 peer-reviewed papers and given 140 invited speeches nationally and internationally. Dr. Zhang’s research program has been continuously supported by competitive grants from various sources and has trained a number of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as well as undergraduate and professional students.

Dr. Zhang has served on a number of editorial boards, grant review panels, and various committees for professional organizations. He chaired the Animal Health Division of American Society for Microbiology and led the USDA Regional Research Committee on Enteric Diseases of Food Animals. He was also a council member for the Conference for Research Workers in Animal Diseases and later presided over the conference. At Iowa State University, Dr. Zhang has led the effort in growing research and graduate education in the College of Veterinary Medicine for the past 10 years.

Dr. Zhang was a holder of Frank Ramsey Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine and a recipient of Pfizer Award for Research Excellence. He is an elected fellow of American Academy of Microbiology and American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also recognized as an Honorary Diplomate of American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.