Dr. S. Ansar Ahmed, of Blacksburg, Va., has been named head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology in the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.
Ahmed, a professor of immunology who has been a biomedical sciences and pathobiology faculty member since 1989, had been serving in an interim capacity in this position over the past few months.
“Dr. Ahmed is an accomplished researcher and administrator,” said Dr. Gerhardt Schurig, dean of the veterinary college. “His leadership will be vital as we continue to build our research program.”
Ahmed holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore and a Ph.D. from the School of Veterinary Studies, The Murdoch University, Australia. He is a member of the American Association of Immunologists and the International Cytokine Society.
Ahmed’s research is focused on studying the relationship between estrogens and naturally occurring estrogen mimicking compounds in the environment, the immune system and the development of autoimmune disorders.