Dr. Richard Bowen is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. His research focuses on viral diseases that affect domestic and wild animals and spill over into human populations.
His specific areas of emphasis are working to understand the pathogenesis of West Nile virus infection in domestic animals, birds and reptiles, and to develop and test vaccines to protect against that disease; determining vertebrate and mosquito host competency for Japanese encephalitis and elucidating the pathogenesis of infection in those creatures; evaluating the potential role of bats in transmission of a number of viruses; and understanding the human-animal interface as it relates to transmission of avian influenza viruses.
Bowen is the director of the Animal Models Core of the Rocky Mountain Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Bowen holds his D.V.M., M.S. and Ph.D. from CSU.