Current Graduate Students in Veterinary Medicine

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Graduate Students in Veterinary Medicine

MS and PhD students in Veterinary Medicine (VMED) are engaged in research related to animal and human health and welfare. Our students study infectious and zoonotic diseases, the development of novel treatments for cancer and other diseases, genetic research and therapies, virology and bacteriology, and ecosystem and wildlife health, among other areas of research.

Aboubakr, Hamada

Aboubakr, Hamada

Hamada Aboubakraboub006@umn.edu

Degrees
M.Sc., Food Microbiology, Alexandria University, 2010
B.Sc., Food Science & Technology, Alexandria University, 2001

Advisers
Dr. Sagar Goyal & Dr. Jim Collins

Alonso, Carmen

Alonso, Carmen

Carmen Alonsoalons015@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S. Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, 2012
D.V.M., Universidad Complutense Madrid, 2003

Advisers
Dr. Peter Davies & Dr. Montserrat Torremorell

Research
My research focuses on the characterization of particle size ranges that are associated with airborne viruses in swine aerosols, under controlled and field conditions, to better understand the mechanisms of disease transmission within and between farms

Publications
Alonso, C; Goede, DP; Morrison. RB; Davies, PR; Marthaler, DG; Torremorell, M; Evidence of long-distance transport and infectivity of airborne porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. Vet Res. (2014)July 14, 45(1):73

Alonso, C; Davies, P.R; Polson, D. D; Dee, S. A; Lazarus, W. F. Financial implications of air filtration systems for preventing PRRSV infection in large sow herds. Prev Vet Med. (2013) Sep 1;111(3-4):268-77

Alonso, C; Murtaugh, M. P; Dee, S. A; Davies, P.R .Epidemiological study of air filtration systems for preventing for preventing PRRSV infection in large sow herds. Prev Vet Med. (2013) Oct 1;112(1-2):109-17

Alonso C, Otake S, Davies P, Dee S. An evaluation of interventions for reducing the risk of PRRSV introduction to filtered farms via retrograde air movement through idle fans. Vet. Microbiol. (2012), 157, 3-4, 304-10

Presentations (selected)
Alonso C, Raynor P, Davies P, Torremorell M. Effect of the electrostatic particle ionization technology on PRRSV and influenza aerosols under experimental conditions. American Association of Swine Veterinarians Conference. Dallas, Texas, USA; 2014

Alonso C, Raynor P, Davies P, Torremorell M. Electrostatic Particle Ionization (EPI) system as a means to decrease artificially generated PRRSV aerosols. International PRRSV Symposium. Chicago, Illinois, USA; 2013

Alonso C, Raynor P, Davies P, Torremorell M. Preliminary data on the effect of electrostatic particle ionization system on decreasing  infectious aerosols. Allen D. Leman Swine Conference-Carlos Pijoan SDEC Symposium: Scientific Challenges and Approaches to Regional Disease Control. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; 2013

Alonso C, Dee S, Polson D, Davies P. Phylogenetic evaluation of historic PRRSV isolates from air filtered sow herds in North America. American Association of Swine Veterinarians Conference. San Diego, California, USA; p. 65, 2013 

Alonso C, Dee S, Davies P. Payback period for air filtration systems in large sow herds targeting the prevention of PRRSV entry- Partial budget analysis. Allen D. Leman Swine Conference-Carlos Pijoan SDEC Symposium: Managing filtered farms. St. Paul, Minnesota, USA; 2012

Alonso C, Dee S, Davies P. Epidemiological evaluation of air filtration in large sow herds in North America. International Symposium on Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics-ISVEE. Maastricht, Netherlands; p. 86, 2012

Alonso C, Dee S, Davies P, Lazarus W. Economic evaluation of air filtration systems for PRRSV in large sow herds in a swine dense region in North America. International Pig Veterinary Society Congress-IPVS. Jeju Island, South Korea; Volume 2, p. 994, 2012

Awards

University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2015-2016

Best Student Oral Presentation, 2015 ISERPD Symposium, Kyoto, Japan (July 2015)

Carlos Pijoan Scholarship. CVM, University of Minnesota (January 2014)

University of Minnesota Distinguished Master's Thesis Award. College of Veterinary Medicine University of Minnesota (October 2013)

OGP Graduate Education Travel Award.  College of Veterinary Medicine University of Minnesota (April 2013)

Awarded poster. Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. Economic evaluation of air filtration systems for PRRSV in large sow herds in North America (September 2012)

1st Prize Oral. Biosafety and Biosecurity Award from the Animal Health Institute-Joseph J. Garbarino Foundation. Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases 2011. An evaluation of interventions for reducing the risk of PRRSV introduction to filtered farms via retrograde air movement through idle fans (back-drafting) (December 2011) 

Beeson, Samantha

Beeson, Samantha

Samantha Beesonbeeso018@umn.edu

Degree
B.S., Animal Science, University of Minnesota, 2012

Adviser
Dr. Molly McCue

Research
I like horses!

Brown, Jennifer

Brown, Jennifer

Jennifer Brownbrow4324@umn.edu

Degree
B.V.M. & S., University of Edinburgh, 2011

Adviser
Dr. Stephanie Valberg

Bueno Padilla, Irene

Bueno Padilla, Irene

Irene Padilla Buenobueno004@umn.edu

Degrees
M.P.H. University of Minnesota, 2013
D.V.M., University of Cordoba, Spain, 2007

Adviser
Dr. Dominic Travis & Dr. Randall Singer

Research
I am interested in ecosystem health research-specifically the disease dynamics at the interface between wildlife, humans and the environment.

Publications
Bueno Padilla, I; Klauss, G; Gardiner, C.H; Wuenschmann, A. Disseminated mite infection with ocular involvement in a juvenile bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). Veter. Ophthalmol. J. 15(4): 271-275. 2012.

Rutkiewicz, J; Nam, D; Cooley, T; Neumann, K; Bueno Padilla, I; Route, W; Strom, S; Basu, N. ‘Mercury exposure and neurochemical impacts in bald eagles across several Great Lakes states’. Ecotoxicol. July 2011.

Bueno-Padilla, I; Arent, L; Ponder, J. ‘Tips for Raptor Bandaging’. Exotic DVM, Volume 12, Issue 3. 2010.

Willette, M; Ponder, J; Cruz, L; Arent L; Bueno, I; Nicolas, O; Redig,P. ‘Management of Select Bacterial and Parasitic Conditions of Raptors’. Veter. Clinics N. Amer.- Exotic Animal Practice. September 2009.

Presentations (selected)
Bueno, I.; Redig, PT.; Ponder, J.; Willette, M. Bullets and bald eagles: Developing a model for dealing with conflicts in ecosystem health. The Wildlife Society, Milwaukee, WI. October 6th 2013.

Bueno-Padilla, I.; Redig, P.T.; Willette, M.; Ponder, J. Socio-economical and political aspects of spent lead ammunition. Wildlife Disease Association. Knoxville, Tennessee. July 2013.

Bueno-Padilla, I.; Smith, K.; Travis, D.; Machalaba, C.; Karesh, W.B. A tool to assess the public health risks of wildlife importation into the United States: The case of rodents from Latin America. Wildlife Disease Association. Knoxville, Tennessee. July 2013.

Bueno, I. Treatment of lead intoxication in raptors. National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association Symposium. Baton Rouge, LA. March 2012.

Bueno, I. Raptor Tissue Sampling and Necropsy. Raptor Research Foundation Conference. Duluth, Minnesota. October 2011.

Awards
Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment and the Life Sciences Fellowship, 2015

Ceballos, Rachael

Ceballos, Rachael

Rachael Ceballoscebal016@umn.edu

Degree
B.S., Biochemistry and Animal Science, Berry College

Adviser
Dr. Carol Cardona

Research
My research interest is viral disease pathogenesis with a focus on influenza A viruses. My current research is directed toward the stability of the viral envelope under varying environmental conditions. I am interested in the viral and host factors that determine transmissibility of influenza A viruses in poultry species.

Awards
NIFA Fellowship in Food Animal Biosecurity: Infectious Disease Ecology, 2013-2016

Chamba, Fabian

Chamba, Fabian

Fabian Chambachamb376@umn.edu

Degree
M.S., Animal Production, Universidad Tecnológica Equinoccial, Sto. Domingo, Ecuador, 2013
D.V.M., Universidad Central de Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador, 2010

Adviser
Dr. Montserrat Torremorell

Research
My program goal is to further the understanding of influenza epidemiology and control in pig populations. My focus is on influenza epidemiology and control in bread-to-wean farms. I am trying to identify farm factors such as vaccination, herd closure, etc. that can be associated with the control of influenza in breed-to-wean farms as well as their impact on transmission after weaning. These studies can help us to improve control and elimination of influenza in pig populations as well as to avoid the future emergence of pandemic influenza viruses.

Publications
24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress (IPVS 2016). June 7-8th 2016. Dublin, Ireland. Effect of maternally-derived antibodies on influenza infection and antibody response in pigs after weaning. F. Chamba, A. Diaz, M. Culhane and M. Torremorell.

3rd International Symposium on Neglected Influenza Viruses. April 15th 2015. Athens, Georgia. Influenza A virus surveillance of weaning age pigs on farrow to wean sow herds in the United States, 2013.Torremorell, M., Allerson, M., Chamba, F., Morrison, B., & Davis, P.

2014 International International Poultry Scientific Forum. January 27th 2014. Atlanta, Georgia. Effect of partially protected sodium butyrate on performance, digestive organs weight, intestinal E. coli populations and intestinal villi development in broilers. A, Ortiz., F. Chamba, R. Riboty, M. Puyalto, H. Torrealba and J. Mallo.

Chamba, F., Puyalto, M., Ortiz, A., Torrealba, H., Mallo, J., & Riboty, R. (2014). Effect of Partially Protected Sodium Butyrate on Performance, Digestive Organs, Intestinal Villi and E. coli Development in Broilers Chickens. International Journal of Poultry Science, 13(7), 390-396.

Presentations
24th International Pig Veterinary Society Congress (IPVS 2016). June 9th 2016. Dublin, Ireland. Effect of sow vaccination on the detection of influenza in piglets prior to weaning. F. Chamba, M. Allerson, M. Culhane, R. Morrison, P. Davies, A. Perez and M. Torremorell.

American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) 47th Annual Meeting. February 28th 2016. New Orleans, LA. Effect of sow vaccination and maternally-derived antibodies on influenza infection. F. Chamba, A. Diaz, M. Allerson, M. Culhane, R. Morrison, P. Davies, A. Perez and M. Torremorell.

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) 119th Annual Meeting. February 4th 2016. Minneapolis, MN. Seasonality of influenza infections in breed-to-wean farms and effects of sow vaccination on piglet prevalence at weaning. F. Chamba, M. Allerson, M. Culhane, R. Morrison and M. Torremorell.

2015 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. September 21st 2015. St. Paul, MN. Prevalence, seasonality and control of influenza in breeding herds. F. Chamba, M. Allerson, M. Culhane, R. Morrison and M. Torremorell.

Pork Quality Assessment (PQA Plus) training for employee certification. June 28th 2016. Holden Farms Inc. Northfield, Minnesota.

23rd National Guatemalan Swine Congress. October 7th 2015. Antigua, Guatemala. Influenza A virus in pigs. F. Chamba, A. Diaz and M. Torremorell.

Awards
Veterinary Population Medicine department travel grant, to attend the International Pig Veterinary Society congress (IPVS 2016) in Dublin, Ireland.
MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Graduate Fellowship 2016-2017
Summer Institute of Statistics and Modelling in Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2014
Academic Excellence Fellowship, Ecuadorian Government, 2013

Coppelman, Elizabeth

Coppelman, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Coppelmancoppe017@umn.edu

Degrees
D.V.M., The Ohio State University, 2013
B.S., Animal Sciences, with specialization in animal biology, University of Florida, 2009

Adviser
Dr. Troy Trumble

Research
My research explores the use of biomakers in the synovial fluid of the tibiotarsal joint to determine the severity of osteoarthritis (OA) in the distal intertarsal (DIT) and tarsometatarsal (TMT) joints of horses. Currently, the most accurate method of identifying OA in these joints is a combination of thorough physical, lameness, and radiographic examinations. Molecular biomarkers of OA reflect quantitative and dynamic variations associated with joint metabolism. The specific aims are to: (1) define the direct and indirect biomarker concentrations in synovial fluid, and (2) validate/refute that the biomarker concentrations in these joints increase with severity of OA in the distal joints.

Awards
University of Minnesota Equine Center Grant, 2015

CVM Graduate Programs Enhanced Training Award, 2015

The Ohio State University’s research grant for a project titled “Pregnancy Diagnosis before the Collection and Transfer of Horse Embryos”

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship Award, 2011.

Garrido, Jorge

Garrido, Jorge

Jorge Garridogarri098@umn.edu

Degree
D.V.M., University of Central Ecuador, 2004

Adviser
Dr. Montserrat Torremorell

Goudie, Elizabeth

Goudie, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Goudieegoudied@umn.edu

Degrees
D.V.M., Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2010
B.S., Biology, Ursinus College, 2007

Advisers
Dr. Lynelle Graham & Dr. Alice Larson 

Research
My research focuses on pain as it relates to the brown adipose tissue in mice as well as tramadol pharmacokinetics in dogs.

Groth, Elizabeth

Groth, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Grothgroth102@umn.edu

Degrees
D.V.M., University of Missouri, Columbia, 2013
B.A. & B.S, German Studies & Biology, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 2009

Hayer, Shivdeep Singh

Hayer, Shivdeep Singh

Shivdeep Singh Hayerhayer002@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Veterinary Medicine, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, 2013 
B.V.Sc. & A.H., Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, 2011

Adviser
Dr. Andres Perez

Homwong, Nitipong

Homwong, Nitipong

NItipong Homwonghomwo001@umn.edu

Degree
D.V.M., Kasetsart University, Thailand, 2005

Adviser
Dr. John Deen

Research
My research is focused on creating Bayesian epidemiologic models to describe the within-herd transmission of swine Influenza A virus (IAV) with various conditions of the swine production system. The epidemiological model can serve as a tool to bridge unconnected pieces of information obtained from several places in order to provide insights into the underlying process of the IAV transmission. With the goal of developing an effective IAV surveillance scheme, Bayesian epidemiological models are proposed to describe and predict the IVA transmission within the swine herd conditional to piglet production batching, gilt replacement, and vaccination programs.

Publications
Kanjanapruthipong, J., N. Homwong and N. Buatong. 2010. Effects of prepartum roughage neutral detergent fiber levels on periparturient dry matter intake, metabolism, and lactation in heat-stressed dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. (93): 2589-2597

Chairattanasat, C., O. Songserm, N. Homwong and N. Paraksa. 2009. Effect of Crude Extract Product from Capsicum spp. Supplementation in Sow Dies on Passive Immunity in Piglets. Agriculture Sci. J. (1):65-72

Rukkwamsuk, T., N. Homwong, W. Bumkhuntod, P. Rohitakanee and R. Sukcharoen. 2006. Negative Energy Balance in Periparturient Diary Cows Raised in Small-Holder Farms in Kamphaengsaen District, Nakhonpathom Province. Kasetsart J. (Nat. Sci.) 40:1000-1004.

Presentations
“A comparison of two lameness detection methods in sows: A search for the best method” 13th KVAC: International conference on Trans-boundary Disease; Impact on ASEAN One Health, June 7-8, 2012, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

“Estimating hiding behavior for lameness in sows,” Conference of research workers in animal diseases (CRWAD) annual meeting, December 5th, 2011, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“A simulation models for Influenza A virus dissemination in a growing pig herd with waning immunity” Points of Pride Research Day, October 2, 2013, Minnesota, USA

“Using discriminant analysis to estimate sow culling-decision error rate and its posterior probability based on lameness and productivity” Points of Pride Research Day, October 10, 2012, Minnesota, USA

Hunprasit, Vachira

Hunprasit, Vachira

Vachira Hunprasithunpr001@umn.edu

Degree
D.V.M., Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, 2007

Advisers
Dr. Jody Lulich & Dr. Carl Osborne

Research
My research interest is focused on epidemiology of feline struvite urolithiasis, with emphasis on the association of the host, agent and environment factors to the development of struvite urolith in cats.

Kanankege, Kaushi

Kanankege, Kaushi

Kaushi Kanankegekanan009@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Comparative Biomedical Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2010
BVSc., University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2008

Advisers
Dr. Nicholas Phelps & Dr. Andres Perez

Research
My research interests are focused on the application of the geospatial analytical tools in pattern recognition, analysis of the association of the risk factors, and implementation of control measures in veterinary epidemiological studies.

Publications
Kalupahana RS, Kottawatta KS, Kanankege KST, van Bergen MA, Abeynayake P, Wagenaar JA. 2012. Colonization of Campylobacter in broiler chicken and laying hens reared in tropical climates with low bio-security housing. Applied Environmental Microbiology. 2013, 79(1):393. 2012 Oct 19

Anklam KS, Kanankege, KST, Gonzales TK, Kaspar CW, Döpfer D. Rapid and Reliable Detection of Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli by Real-Time Multiplex PCR, Journal of Food Protection. Volume 75, Number 4, April 2012 , (8) 643-650

Awards
CMB-VMED graduate student travel award, 2015

Travel award for the participation at “The international clinics on disease dynamics and data (ICI3D program)” held at University of Florida. 2014

Kemper, Ann

Kemper, Ann

Kemper, Ann

amkemper@umn.edu

Degrees
D.V.M., Iowa State University, 2012
B.S., Physics, Creighton University, 2006

Adviser
Dr. Molly McCue 

Kim, Yonghyan

Kim, Yonghyan

Yonghyan Kimkimx4078@umn.edu

Degree
D.V.M., Konkuk University, Republic of Korea, 2010

Adviser
Dr. Maxim Cheeran

Research
My research interests are in immunology, specifically Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDV) related immune responses. A PEDV outbreak can have a damaging impact on the porcine industry. And this viral infection is especially localized in the GI tract. However, the immune responses correlate for protection in gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is still unknown. I am going to characterize pathogenicity and immune response of PEDV infection in pigs.

Kim, Yoojin

Kim, Yoojin

Yoojin Kimymkim@umn.edu

Degrees
D.V.M., Konkuk University, Republic of Korea, 2008
B.A., Mass Communication, Ewha Women's University, Republic of Korea, 2000

Adviser
Dr. David Polzin & Dr. Jennifer Granick

Research
I am interested in acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease in dogs and cats. My current research focuses on new renal biomarkers such as neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL), cystatin B, clusterin, and inosine to help an early detection of acute kidney injury in dogs and improve its prognosis.

Kinsley, Amy

Kinsley, Amy

Amy Kinsleycarr0603@umn.edu

Degrees
D.V.M., University of Minnesota, 2014
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Florida, 2006

Advisers
Dr. Meggan Craft & Dr. Andres Perez

Research
I am interested in understanding infectious disease dynamics in animal populations. My research focuses on developing a mathematical model to predict and control the spread of foot and mouth disease in swine.

Publications
Amy Kinsley, Roger Moon, Kirk Johnson, Michelle Carstensen, David Neitzel, Meggan Craft. Eastern equine encephalitis virus mosquito vectors in Minnesota (In Review, PLOS ONE)

Presentations
North Central Mosquito Control Association 9th Annual Meeting. April, 2013. Ham Lake, Minnesota. EEE Vector Surveillance in Northern Minnesota.

116th Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting (MVMA). February, 2013. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Public Heath emerging topics-Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Minnesota.

Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD). December 2012. Chicago, Illinois: The ecology of eastern equine encephalitis virus in Minnesota.

University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Points of Pride Research Day, October 2012. St. Paul, Minnesota: The ecology of eastern equine encephalitis virus in Minnesota.-Poster Competition-First Place Award

Merial-NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, August 2012. Fort Collins, Colorado: The ecology of eastern equine encephalitis virus in Minnesota.-Poster Competition.

Awards
Career Development Program Fellowship, Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, 2014

Infectious Disease Dynamics and Data-Clinic on Dynamical Approaches to Infections Disease Data Travel Award (2014)

College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota-International Travel Grant-Infectious Disease Risk Assessment (2013)

University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Quinlan-Litvak Scholarship Recipient (2013)

College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota-Summer Scholars Recipient (2012)

Summer Scholars Points of Pride Research Poster Award-1st Place (2012)

Knauer, Whitney

Knauer, Whitney

Whitney Knauerknaue020@umn.edu

Degrees
V.M.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2010
B.S., Animal Science, University of Vermont, 2006

Adviser
Dr. Sandra Godden

Research
My research focuses on the health, well-being, and behavior of the group housed, pre-weaned dairy calf. Currently, we are utilizing precision dairy technologies to investigate the relationship between sensor derived feeding, activity and temperature data and health. The goal of this work is to improve our understanding of normal calf behavior and to improve surveillance techniques that will help producers to improve calf health, performance and well-being at both the individual animal and group level.

Awards
NIFA Fellowship in Food Animal Biosecurity: Infectious Disease Ecology, 2013-2016
RK Anderson Fellowship, 2013

Lopes Leivas Leite, Fernando

Lopes Leivas Leite, Fernando

Fernando Lopes Leivas Leitelopes029@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Veterinary Microbiology and Immunobiology, Iowa State University, 2014
D.V.M., Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, 2011

Adviser
Dr. Richard Isaacson

Research
My research interests are in microbiology and immunology. My PhD research is focused on understanding microbiome changes that occur in the swine intestine due to infection withSalmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium and Lawsonia intracellularis. The immune response to L. intracellularis will also be investigated in order to study potential ways this pathogen may favor Salmonella colonization.

Publications
Fernando L. Leite, Livia B. Eslabão, Bruce Pesch, John P. Bannantine, Timothy A. Reinhardt, Judith R. Stabel. ZAP-70, CTLA-4 and proximal T cell receptor signaling in cows infected with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology, 167 (1–2): 15-21, September 2015.

Fernando Lopes Leivas Leite, Understanding Mycobacterium avium subspecies hominissuismicroaggregate mediated pathogenesis. Virulence, Editorial. DOI:10.1080/21505594.2015.1088633, September 2015.

Fernando L. Leite, Timothy A. Reinhardt, John P. Bannantine, Judith R. Stabel. Envelope protein complexes of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis and their antigenicity. Veterinary Microbiology, 175 (2-4): 275-85, February 2015.

Marina C. Sinott, Luciana L. Dias de Castro, Fernando L. L. Leite, Tiago Gallina, Marlene T. De-Souza, Diogo F.L. Santos, Fabio P.L. Leite. Larvicidal activity of Bacillus circulans against the gastrointestinal nematode Haemonchus contortus in sheep. Journal of Helminthology, doi:10.1017/S0022149X14000844, November 2014.

Fernando L. Leite, Kevin D Stokes, Suelee Robbe-Austerman, Judith R. Stabel. Comparison of fecal DNA extraction kits for the detection of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis by polymerase chain reaction. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 25 (1): 27-34, January 2013.

D’Avila Farias, Fernando Lopes Leivas Leite, Silvana Beutinger Marchioro, Bernardo Garziera Gasperin, Felipe Libardoni, Eduardo Kenji Masuda, Glaucia Denise Kommers, Luiz Francisco Irigoyen, Agueda Castagna de Vargas. Outbreak of Ovine Respiratory Mannheimiosis in Southern Brazil. Veterinária e Zootecnia 20(2): 255-260, June 2013.

Jackeline K. Kirinus, Luciana Pötter, Letícia T. Gressler, Fernando L. L. Leite, Agueda P. C. Vargas. Phenotypic profile and antimicrobial susceptibility of Streptococcus equi isolated from horses in southern Brazil. Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira 31(3):231-238, March 2011.

Priscila M. S. Carmo, Agueda C. Vargas, Daniel R. Rissi, José C. Oliveira Filho, Felipe Pierezan, Ricardo B. Lucena, Fernando L. Leivas Leite, Claudio S. L. Barros. Outbreak of infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis and haemonchosis causing mortality in calves. Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira 31(5):374-378, May 2011.

Presentations (selected)
2014: Lopes Leivas Leite F., Reinhardt T., Bannantine J., Stabel J. Envelope Protein Complexes of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis and their Antigenicity. Oral Presentation. 12th International Colloquium on Paratuberculsis (ICP). Parma, Italy.

2014: Lopes Leivas Leite F., Budziarek Eslabao L. Reinhardt T., Bannantine J., Stabel J. ZAP-70, CTLA-4 and Proximal T Cell Receptor Signaling in Cows Infected with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis. Poster Presentation. 12th ICP, Parma, Italy.

2014: L. L. Leite F., Reinhardt T., Bannantine J., Stabel J. Antigenicity of Envelope Protein Complexes of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis and insights in to T cell responses of infected animals. Seminar. National Animal Disease Center, Ames, IA.

2013: L. L. Leite F., Reinhardt T., Bannantine J., Stabel J. Antigenicity of Envelope Protein Complexes of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis. Oral Presentation. Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD), Chicago, IL.

2012: Leite F., Stabel J. Comparison of Fecal DNA Extraction Kits for the Detection ofMycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis. Poster Presentation. 11th ICP, Sydney, Australia.

Awards
MnDRIVE Global Food Initiative Fellowship, 2015-2016

Helping Hand Award, International Association for Paratuberculosis, 12th International Colloquium on Paratuberculosis, Parma, Italy, 2014.

Graduate Competition Award, Best in vitro study, awarded by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists – ACVM, CRWAD, Chicago, IL, 2013.

Travel Award, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2013

Inducted in to the honorary society for agriculture Gamma Sigma Delta, for high academic achievement, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 2013.

Awarded Poster. First Meeting of the AUGM Health Committee. Santa Maria, RS, Brazil, 2010.

Mirajkar, Nandita

Mirajkar, Nandita

Nandita Mirajkarmiraj001@umn.edu

Degree
B.V.Sc. & A.H., Bombay Veterinary College, Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University, India, 2010

Adviser
Dr. Connie Gebhart

Research
Swine Dysentery, caused by Brachyspira hyodysenteriae is a mucohemorragic diarrheal disease of grower-finisher pigs, responsible for significant economic losses globally. In addition, B. pilosicoli causes porcine intestinal spirochetosis, a chronic muco-diarrheal disease, and “B. hampsonii” causes a mucohemorrhagic diarrheal disease which is clinically indistinguishable from Swine Dysentery. My research involves validation of antimicrobial susceptibility testing techniques, their implementation for studying antimicrobial susceptibility patterns and investigation of potential resistance mechanisms of Brachyspiraspecies. In addition, it involves molecular genotyping, phylogenetic analyses and molecular epidemiological studies to help elucidate the diversity, distribution, dissemination and potential evolutionary patterns of these pathogens.

Presentations (selected)

Mirajkar N.S. and Gebhart C.J. ‘Molecular epidemiology of global Brachyspira hyodysenteriae isolates’. Oral presentation, 6th International Conference on Colonic Spirochaetal Infections, Surrey, U.K., 2013.

Mirajkar N.S. and Gebhart C.J. ‘Association of Brachyspira antibiograms with species and source’. Oral presentation, 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, Saint Paul, U.S.A., 2013.

Mirajkar N.S. and Gebhart C.J. ‘Validation of a broth microdilution method and investigation of in vitro antimicrobial susceptibilities of porcine Brachyspira species’. Oral presentation, 56th Annual Conference of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, San Diego, California, U.S.A., 2013.

Mirajkar N.S., Bekele A.Z., Chander Y and Gebhart C.J. ‘Diversity and distribution of “Brachyspira hampsonii” in U.S. swine herds’. Oral presentation, 23rd International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, Cancun, Mexico, 2014.

Mirajkar N.S., Bekele A.Z., Chander Y and Gebhart C.J. ‘Molecular characterization of emerging “Brachyspira hampsonii”, Poster presentation, 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, Saint Paul, U.S.A., 2014.

Mirajkar N.S. and Gebhart C.J. ‘Source and species of swine Brachyspira influenceantibiogram profiles’. Poster presentation, CVM Points of Pride Research Day, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, U.S.A. 2014.

Mirajkar N.S., Bekele A.Z., Chander Y and Gebhart C.J. ‘Diversity and distribution of a novel swine dysentery pathogen “Brachyspira hampsonii”.’ Oral presentation, 95th Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease, Chicago, U.S.A., 2014.
 

Publications
Mirajkar, NS, AZ Bekele, YY Chandler, and CJ Gebhart, 2015. Molecular epidemiology of novel pathogen Brachyspira hampsonii reveals relationships between diverse genetic groups, regions, host species, and other pathogenic and commensal Brachyspira. J. Clin. Microbiol. PMID:26135863

Mirajkar N.S. and Gebhart C.J. ‘Understanding the Molecular Epidemiology and Global Relationships of Brachyspira hyodysenteriae from Swine Herds in the United States: A Multi-Locus Sequence Typing Approach’. PLoS ONE 9(9): e107176. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0107176

Mirajkar NS and Gebhart CJ ‘Identifying Dysentery Genotypes’. National Hog Farmer, Jan 2014.
 

Awards
Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases Graduate Fellowship 2014-2015, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.

Carlos Pijoan Graduate Student Fellowship in Swine Medicine 2014-2015, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

MnDRIVE Global Food Supply Initiative Graduate Research Fellowship 2014-2015, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

Travel Award for two oral presentations at the 6th International Conference on Colonic Spirochaetal Infections in U.K., provided by the VMED program, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

J. Lindsay Oaks Best Student Bacteriology Award, 56th Annual Conference of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, San Diego, U.S.A., 2013.

Trainee travel award for the 56th Annual conference of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, San Diego, U.S.A., 2013.

Best poster presentation award in the Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases program at the CVM UMN Points of Pride Research Day, Saint Paul, U.S.A, 2013.

Young scientist award at the 6th International Conference on Colonic Spirochaetal Infections, Surrey, U.K., 2013.

AAA Scholars Abroad Program 2011 Award from the American Alumni Association, India, 2011.

Lotus Trust Graduate studies scholarship from the Lotus Trust foundation, India, 2011.

S.K. Patil Scholarship from the Shri Brihad Bhartiya Samaj foundation, India, 2011.

Travel award for graduate studies abroad from the Tatachem Golden Jubilee foundation, India, 2011.

Graduate education abroad grant from the Pirojshah Godrej foundation, India, 2011.

Mohammad, Hadia

Mohammad, Hadia

Hadia Mohammadmoham698@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Microbiology, Zagazig University, 2010
B.S., Pharmacy, Zagazig University, 2004

Adviser
Dr. Pam Skinner 

Research
The mucosal surfaces are critical sites of transmission of both HIV & simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV). I believe that the ability of a vaccine to induce mucosal immunity is important in order to prevent or reduce the dissemination of HIV and SIV by providing a first line of defense.  Using the SIV-infected rhesus macaque as a model for HIV infection, my research focuses on evaluating the ability of CD8 T cell-vaccines to induce high levels of functional SIV-specific CD8 T cells in genital, rectal & lymphoid tissue.  I am determining the localization, abundance, and phenotype of SIV-specific CD8 T cells in situ in genital, rectal & lymphoid tissue of vaccinated and control animals.

Nwaokorie, Eugene

Nwaokorie, Eugene

Eugene Nwaokorienwoko006@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, 2010
D.V.M., University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria, 1987

Advisers 
Dr. Carl Osborne & Dr. Jody Lulich

Research
My research interests focus on the epidemiology of urolithiasis in domestic animals. As a team we have worked on the epidemiology of urolithiasis in dogs, cats and ferrets. Now we are working on the epidemiology of urolithiasis in goats.  We plan to extend this study to sheep, cows, horses, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs. Knowledge of these risk factors may facilitate development of surveillance strategies that result in earlier detection of urolithiasis in domestic animals as well as help in the design of effective diagnostic, therapeutic and prevention of this condition.

Publications
Osborne CA, Albasan H, Lulich JP, Nwaokorie EE et al. Quantitative Analysis of 4468 Uroliths Retrieved from Farm Animals, Exotic Species, and Wildlife Submitted to the Minnesota Urolith Center: 1981 to 2007.  Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pact 2009; Vol.39, Issue 1: 65-78.

Nwaokorie EE, Osborne CA, Lulich JP, Albasan H et al. Epidemiology of struvite uroliths in ferrets 272 cases (1981-2007). J Am Vet Med Assoc 2011; 339: 1319-1324.

Osborne CA, Ulrich LK, Nwaokorie E E. Reactive versus empathic listening: what is the difference?  J Am Vet Med Assoc 2013; 242: 460-462.

Nwaokorie EE, Osborne CA, Lulich JP, Albasan H et al.   Epidemiological evaluation of cystine urolithiasis in domestic ferrets (Mustela putorius furo):70 cases (1992-2009) J Am Vet Med Assoc 2013; 242: 1099-1103.  

Patel, Kruthikaben

Patel, Kruthikaben

Kruthikaben Patelpatel310@umn.edu

Degrees
M.V.Sc., College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Bikaner, Rajastthan, India, 2013
B.V.Sc. & A.H., Rajiv Gandhi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, 2010

Adviser
Dr. Sandra Godden

Research
High levels of bacteria in bedding are associated with increased bacteria loads on teat ends and with an increased risk for environmental mastitis infections. Unfortunately the dairy industry needs significantly more information on the relationship between bedding bacteria counts and udder health. Also science-based cutpoints are not available to assist producers and consultants in monitoring and interpreting bedding culture reports as part of a comprehensive milk quality program. My research is about investigating the relationship between bedding bacterial counts and udder health in U.S. dairy farms and also to gain a better understanding of the many of management-related factors that may influence bedding bacterial counts and mastitis risk so that guidelines can be developed to assist producers in improving udder health and milk quality.

Publications
Kruthikaben D, Sharma S, Maherchandani S, Shringi BN, Kashyap SK. Antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of microbes isolated from otitis externa of dogs. J. Canine Devel. Res. 2012, 8: 47-50.

Sharma S, Kruthikaben D, Shringi BN, Maherchandani S, Kashyap SK. Resistotyping of Escherichia coli isolated from faeces of enteritic dogs. Veterinary Practitioner. 2012, 14(1): 136-138

Paul, George Omondi

Paul, George Omondi

George Omondi Paulpaulx176@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, University of Nairobi, 2015
B.S., Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, 2009

Adviser
Dr. Dominic Travis

Picasso, Catalina

Picasso, Catalina

Catalina Picassopicas001@umn.edu

Degree
D.V.M., Universidad de la Republica Oriental del Uruguay. Facultad de Veterinaria, 2009

Adviser
Dr. Andres Perez

Research
The goal of my MsSc thesis is to characterize the spatial and temporal dynamics of bovine tuberculosis (BT), and to assess the nature and extent of the association between epidemiological factors and BT outbreaks in Uruguay. Results will contribute to design and implement risk-based surveillance strategies for BT in Uruguay and the United States.

Resende, Talita Pilar

Resende, Talita Pilar

Talita Resende 2resen023@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Animal Pathology, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2014
D.V.M., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2012

Adviser
Dr. Connie Gebhart  

 

Research
Proliferative enteropathy, caused by Lawsonia intracellularis, is an important disease in swine industry worldwide and its pathogenesis is not completely understood. Hence, the investigation of this pathogenesis is the focus of my PhD research. I also have interest in other swine diseases, as well as in veterinary pathology.

Publications
RESENDE, TP ; PEREIRA, CER; GABARDO, MP ; HADDAD, JP; LOBATO, ZIP ; GUEDES, RMC. Serological profile, seroprevalence and risk factors related to Lawsonia intracellularis infection in swine herds from Minas Gerais State, Brazil. BMC Veterinary Research , v. 11, p. 306, 2015.

GABARDO, MP. ; SATO, JPH; RESENDE, TP. ; GUEDES, RMC . Equine proliferative enteropathy on a Brazilian farm. Pesquisa Veterinária Brasileira (Online) , v. 35, p. 443-447, 2015.

RESENDE, TP ; PEREIRA, CER; VANNUCCI, FA, ARAUJO, FS, DOS SANTOS, JL, CASSALI, GD, DAMASCENO, KA, GUEDES, RMC. Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour in a sow. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica (Online) , v. 57, p. 56, 2015.

Ribeiro Roos, Luiza

Ribeiro Roos, Luiza

Luiza Ribeiro Roosribei028@umn.edu

Degree
D.V.M., Universidade de Brasilia, 2013

Adviser
Dr. Maria Pieters

Research
I'm interested in the infection dynamics of Mycoplasmas that affect the swine species. My current research focus on understanding the transmission patterns of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in order to develop a gilt acclimation protocol prior entering the breeding herd.

Presentations
Roos L. R., Fano, E., Homwong, N., Payne, B., Pieters, M. A first step into a standard protocol for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae gilt acclimation. 2015 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, to be held on Sep 2015. 

Roos L. R., Fano, E., Homwong, N., Payne, B., Pieters, M. M. hyopneumoniae control: investigating the gilt acclimation alternative. 2015 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, to be held on Sep 2015.

Roos L.R., Pieters M. Preliminary results on a protocol for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae gilt acclimation'. Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Feb 2015

Roos L.R., Fano E., Payne B., Pieters M. ‘Optimal ratio for successful exposure of gilts toMycoplasma hyopneumoniae’. CVM Points of Pride Research Day, University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. Oct 2014 (Poster)

Publications 
Roos L. R., Fano, E., Homwong, N., Payne, B., Pieters, M. Optimal seeder-to-naive ratio for successful exposure of gilts to Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae. University of Minnesota SDEC Research update, Volume 4, Issue 7, July 2015 (Newsletter).

Murata, L. S., da Silva, F. L., Roos, L. R., Fonseca, L. S., Fontana, I., Santana, A. P., Cabral Filho, S. L. S. Free range pork production system on savanna pasture in Brazil. 2014 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting, July 2014 (Conference paper)

Pereira, J. H. B., Cabral Filho, S. L. S., Roriz, C. G. Q., Roos, L. R., Santana, A. P., Murata, L. S. Nutritional value of macauba pulp presscake (Acrocomia aculeata) for growing pigs. 2014 ADSA-ASAS-CSAS Joint Annual Meeting, July 2014 (Conference paper) 

Awards
Carlos Pijoan Graduate Student Fellowship in Swine Medicine 2015-2016, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

Shao, Junjie

Shao, Junjie

Junjie Shaojshao@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Pathogenic Organisms, Fudan University, 2005
B.S., Forensic Medicine, Fudan University, 2002

Advisers
Dr. Yuying Liang & Dr. Hinh Ly

Research
I am working on the arenaviruses family, with a research focus on the interaction between viral proteins and host, and the pathogencity of the different GPC mutants of PICV.

Shoyama, Fernanda

Shoyama, Fernanda

Fernanda Shoyamafshoyama@umn.edu

Degree
B.S., Biological Sciences, Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil

Adviser
Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan

Research
My master’s project is to understand the metabolic networks of Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) in order to sharpen our understanding of MAP virulence and to devise optical vaccines and cultivation media to enhance its diagnosis.

Publications
Yaya Wang, Iftach Shaked, Stephanie M. Stanford, Wenbo Zhou, Julie M. Curtsinger, Zbigniew Mikulski, Zachary R. Shaheen, Genhong Cheng, Kristy Sawatzke, Amanda M. Campbell, Jennifer L. Auger, Hatice Bilgic, Fernanda M. Shoyama, David O. Schmeling, Henry H. Balfour Jr., Kiminori Hasegawa, Andrew C. Chan, John A. Corbett, Bryce A. Binstadt, Matthew F. Mescher, Klaus Ley, Nunzio Bottini, & Erik J. Peterson. The Autoimmunity-Associated Gene PTPN22 Potentiates Toll-like Receptor-Driven, Type 1 Interferon-Dependent Immunity. Immunity, 2013 39(1), 111–122

Silva, Alexandre L. Neves ; Adade, Camila M. ; Shoyama, Fernanda M. ; Neto, Cecílio Purcino S. ; Souto-Padrón, T. C. B. S. ; de Almeida, Mauro V. ; Rezende, Carlos A. de Magalhà es ; Silva, Claudio V. ; Souza, Maria A. . In vitro leishmanicidal activity of N-dodecyl-1,2-ethanediamine. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, v. 66, p. 180-186, 2012. 

Awards
MnDRIVE Global Food Supply Initiative Fellowship, 2014-2015

Stoddard, Grant

Stoddard, Grant

Grant Stoddardstodd038@umn.edu

Degree
B.S., Animal Science, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Advisers
Dr. Gerard Cramer & Dr. Sandra Godden

Research
My research interests are in dairy cattle lameness and welfare. Specifically I am focusing on the effect hoof trimming has on the animal. Currently there is a knowledge gap that prevents evidence based recommendations. As well as evidence for the efficacy of the procedure and what is the optimal technique to use. I am going to use randomized controlled trials and observational studies to investigate the effect of timing and technique on dairy cattle welfare and lameness. 

Publications
Bartz, B., M. Collins, A. Appleton, G. Stoddard, R. Livingood, H. Sobcynski, and K. Vogel. 2015. Assessment of non-penetrating captive bolt stunning followed by electrical induction of cardiac arrest in veal calves. J Anim. Sci. 93:4557-63.

Stoddard G. C. and K. D. Vogel 2013. Cull With Care: When Culling is Not an Option. Hoard’s Dairyman. 158(21):804.

Stoddard G. C. and K. D. Vogel.2013. From farm to harvest: beef quality begins with smart culling. Hoard’s Dairyman. 158(20):745.

Stoddard G. C. and K. D. Vogel. 2013. Cull with care. Hoard’s Dairyman. 158(18):679.

Presentations
10th International Conference on Lameness in Ruminants 2015 – Co- Investigator, November 2015. Presentation title – Impact of preventative hoof trimming on activity, resting time, and milk yield. Authors: G. Stoddard, and G. Cramer.

2015 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference – Speaker, May 8th 2015. Presentation Title – A Comparative Evaluation of Two Cow Side Meters and Milk Test for the Diagnosis of Subclinical Ketosis. Authors: K. Klehr, G. Stoddard, M. Scherping, and G. Cramer.

Awards
MnDRIVE Global Food Initiative Fellowship, 2015-2016

RK Anderson Fellowship, 2014

University of Wisconsin River Falls Rochelle Junkman Seymour Award, 2014

University of Wisconsin River Falls Summa Cum Laude, 2014

Sun, Jisun

Sun, Jisun

Jisun Sunsunxx801@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Preventive Medicine, Kangwon National University, Republic of Korea, 2012
D.V.M., Kangwon National University, Republic of Korea, 2010

Adviser
Dr. Peter Davies

Research
My research focuses on the prevalence investigation of Staphylococcus aureus including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in pig and swine veterinarian in U.S to evaluate colonization and infection patterns. We also have determined the predominant S.aureus genetic types using spa typing and MLST methods from isolates to understand the current distribution of this pathogen in pig industry.

Publications
Peter Davies, Jisun Sun, My Yang.  Evidence Suggests 'Livestock-Associated MRSA' Not Widespread in U.S. Swine Industry. National Hog Farmer. November 3, 2014

Jisun Sun, Youngjae Cho, Jang Hyuck Han, Joo Hyun Jang, Zheng Wu Kang, Tae-Wook Hahn. An immunoproteomic approach for characterization of the outer membrane proteins ofSalmonella Gallinarum. Electrophoresis. 2014 Mar;35(6):888-94

Cho, Y, J Sun, I S Bang and Hahn T-W. 2014. Attenuated virulence and protective efficacy of a vaccine with multiple mutated Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium in mouse. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology. 8(2):1137-1143

Kiju Kim, Dooree Kim, Jisun Sun, Soyeon Park, Youngjae Cho, Hyun-Jeong Ko, Hong-Gu Joo, Tae-Wook Hahn. Comparative evaluation of the murine immune responses to Salmonella enterica serovars Enteritidis, Gallinarum and Typhimurium infection. Korean J Vet Res. 2013 53(2) : 95-101

Sun, J, Y Cho, J-H Jang, Z-W Kang, J-H Han and Hahn, T-W. Proteomic analysis and protective effects of outer membrane proteins from Salmonella Gallinarum in chickens. Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources. 2013. 33 (2):281-6

Jisun Sun, and Tae-Wook Hahn. Comparative proteomic analysis of Salmonella entericaserovars Enteritidis, Typhimurium and Gallinarum. J Vet Med Sci. 2012 Mar;74(3):285-91.

SunShin Yi, Jisun Sun, Hyun-soo Kim, Shien-Young Kang and Tae-Wook Hahn. Sequence analysis and expression of ORF5 in Korean isolate of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. Journal of Bacteriology and Virology, 2011.41(3):173-181.

Presentations
Jisun Sun, My Yang, Peter Davies (2015). Quantitative evaluation of nasal carriage ofStaphylococcus aureus in swine veterinarians. American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) 2015, Orlando Fl, USA, Feb 28-Mar 3, 2015

Jisun Sun, My Yang, Srinand Sreevatsan, Peter Davies (2014). Longitudinal study of nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in swine veterinarians and its implications for health. Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease (CRWAD). Chicago Il, USA, Dec 7-9 2014. (Oral)

Jisun Sun, My Yang, Srinand Sreevatsan, Peter Davies (2014). Longitudinal study of nasal carriage of Staphylococcus aureus in swine veterinarians and its implications for health.16th International Symposium on Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Infections(ISSSI). Chicago Il, USA, Aug 26-29, 2014. #234

Jisun Sun, Leticia Linhares, My Yang, Srinand Sreevatsan, Peter Davies. 2013. The evaluation of molecular epidemiological relatedness within ST5 Staphlyococcus aureusisolated from swine veterinarians in the USA. 3rd ASM-ESCMID, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Davies PR, Sreevatsan S, Sun J, Yang M (2013). Patterns of S.aureus and MRSA colonization and infection in US swine veterinarians. EPICOH, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Jun 18-20, 2013

Jisun Sun, Leticia Linhares, My Yang, Srinand Sreevatsan, Peter Davies. 2013. Genetic diversity of ST5 Staphylococcus aureus isolated from swine veterinarians in the USA. Safepork2013, Maine, USA.

Awards
COGS fall 2013 travel award

ASM Student Travel Grant to attend the 3rd ASM-ESCMID  Conference on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in Animals: Veterinary and Public Health Implications in Copenhagen, Denmark. 2013

Office of Graduate Programs Travel Award, Fall 2013

Tan, Shaoyuan

Tan, Shaoyuan

Shaoyuan Tantanxx606@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Preventive Veterinary Medicine, China Agricultural University, 2015
B.S., Veterinary Medicine, China Agricultural University, 2013

Adviser
Dr. Michael Murtaugh

Awards
Leman China Scholarship, 2015

Varshney, Jyotika

Varshney, Jyotika

Jyotika Varshneyvarsh005@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Pathobiology, Pennsylvania State University, 2012
BVSc. & A.H., Anand Agricultural University, India, 2009

Adviser
Dr. Subbaya Subramanian & Dr. David Largaespada

Research
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary bone malignancy affecting children, adolescents and young adults. Additionally, osteosarcoma is commonly found in canines, with approximately 10,000 new cases each year. We have found that a unifying feature of osteosarcoma is the overexpression of miR-17-92 microRNAs. We have deciphered that deregulation of 14q32miR/cMYC network leads to overexpression of miR-17-92 in osteosarcoma. This deregulation is associated with poorer outcomes in osteosarcoma and is preserved in naturally occurring canine osteosarcoma suggesting a conserved disease mechanism. Additionally, our studies show that the prodrug Minnelide inhibits cMYC expression and downregulates miR-17-92 miRNAs. Together, our data suggests that upregulation of miR-17-92 miRNAs contributes to osteosarcoma progression and Minnelide reduces tumor burden in osteosarcoma by inhibiting miR-17-92 expression.

Publications
Varshney Jyotika B., Very Katherine J., Williams Jen L., Hegarty John P., Stewart David B., Lumadue Jeanne, Venkitanarayanan Kumar, and Jayarao Bhushan M.. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. October 2014, 11(10): 822-829. doi:10.1089/fpd.2014.1790. 

Varshney, J.; Ooi, J.H.; Jayarao, B..M.; Istvan, A.; Fisher, J.; Smith, R.; Patterson, A.; Cantorna, M.T. White button mushrooms increase microbial diversity and accelerate the resolution of Citrobacter rodentium infection in mice. The Journal of Nutrition 143, no. 4 (2013): 526-532.

Varshney J, Subramanian S. “MicroRNAs in Cancer.” Current Science. 2013

Varshney J and Subramanian S. “MicroRNA gene regulation in osteosarcoma, Osteosarcoma: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Options.” Nova Publications. Book chapter.

Presentations
Platform presentation: cMYC transactivated miR-17-92 cluster plays a crucial role in osteosarcoma progression, 2013 International Conference on Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited Diseases. Broad Institute at MIT Cambridge, USA

Awards
University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2015-2016

Vaughn Larson Award. CVM, University of Minnesota, 2014 

CGE Travel Grant, August 2014

CVM Research Day Best Poster Award, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 2013

Anand Agricultural University: University topper and Gold Medalist (2009):
- Highest GPA in Clinical Sciences (Surgery, Radiology, and Theriogenology)
- Highest GPA in Para-clinical Sciences (Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology)

Wanzala, Sylvia

Wanzala, Sylvia

Sylvia Wanzalawanza003@umn.edu

Degrees
M.Sc., Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Makerere University, 2013
D.V.M., Makerere University, 2005

Adviser
Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan

Research
My research will involve the comprehensive tracking of biomarkers for diagnostics and One Health. I will be working on zoonotic TB in humans and animals as well as testing the efficacy of a novel diagnostic tool on samples from these populations (wildlife, cattle and humans).

Awards
MnDRIVE Global Food Initiative Fellowship, 2015-2016

ICI3D Clinic on Dynamical Approaches to Infectious Disease Data travel award, 2014

Fogarty Global Health Fellowship, 2012-2013

Worsley-Tonks, Katherine

Worsley-Tonks, Katherine

Katherine Worsley-Tonksworsl001@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S, Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, 2015
B.S., Zoology, Cardiff University, 2013

Adviser
Dr. Meggan Craft

Zhang, Yumeng

Zhang, Yumeng

Yumeng Zhangzhan4408@umn.edu

Degrees
Master of Agronomy, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Huazhong Agriculture University, China, 2015
B.S., Animal Medicine, Huazhong Agriculture University, China, 2012

Adviser
First Year Research Rotations