Raymond “Bob” Rowland is a professor in the Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology department of Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Rowland’s current research interests center on addressing fundamental problems in infectious diseases caused by emerging pig viruses. The current focus is on molecular mechanisms of disease caused by porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2). Related research includes the design and development of novel detection and vaccine approaches, as well as the control of PRRS in the field. This research has contributed to several publications and review articles. Other research activities include the novel detection of pestiviruses, such as classical swine fever virus.
Rowland’s research is supported by funding from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the National Pork Board (NPB) and various other entities. Besides research, Rowland is actively involved in the training of graduate, undergraduate and DVM students. He teaches introductory lectures in veterinary virology for DVM students and is the coordinator of the DVM/PhD dual degree program in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Rowland is project director of the multi-state USDA-supported PRRS Coordinated Agricultural Project (PRRS CAP), which is a program devoted to research, extension and education. He is associate director of the DHS-supported Center of Excellence on Zoonotic and Emerging Diseases (CEEZAD).He is co-director of the PRRS Host Genetics Consortium (PHGC), a multi-year project devoted to understanding the genetics of the interaction between PRRSV and its host. The PHGC is the first to report specific genomic markers associated with resistance to PRRS. Other research-related activities include executive director of the International PRRS Symposium, an annual meeting which attracts scientists from more than 20 countries.
Rowland received a Ph.D. in microbiology in 1989 from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. He was a postdoctoral fellow from 1989 to 1994 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, in the laboratory of arteriviologist, Peter Plagemann. He then joined the faculty at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Rowland received the Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence in 2007 and is a member of several swine health and infectious disease advisory groups. He joined Kansas State University in 2001.