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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 AboubakrAboubakr, Hamada

aboub006@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

Research
My research focuses on the use of novel non-thermal technologies, particularly cold atmospheric plasma technology, for decontamination of food and food-contact surfaces from foodborne viruses such as human norovirus, the leading cause of foodborne disease outbreaks that threaten the public health in the USA and worldwide.

Linkedin Page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hamada-aboubakr-6925b037

Publications
Goyal S.M. and Aboubakr H.A. (2016): Chapter 9: Methods for virus recovery from foods. In: Goyal S.M. and Cannon J. (Eds) Viruses in foods, 2nd edition. Springer, USA. http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319307213

Wang, W., Aboubakr, H.A., Vang, J., Brenk, V., Goyal, S.M., & Collins, J. (2017). Nanomagnetic biosensors for the detection of porcine interferon gamma. J. Medical Devices (in press).

Singh, A., Mor, S.K., Aboubakr, H.A., Vannucci, F., Patnayak, D.P., & Goyal, S.M. (2017). Efficacy of three disinfectants against Senecavirus A on five surfaces and at two temperatures. J. Swine Health Prod. (in press)

Aboubakr, H.A., Gangal, U., Youssef, M.M., Goyal, S.M., & Bruggeman, P.J. (2016). Inactivation of virus in solution by cold atmospheric pressure plasma: identification of chemical inactivation pathways. J. Physics D: Appl. Physics, 49 (20), 204001.

Aboubakr, H.A., Nauertz, A., Luong, N.T., Agrawal, S., El-Sohaimy, S.A., & Youssef, M.M. (2016). In Vitro Antiviral Activity of Clove and Ginger Aqueous Extracts against Feline Calicivirus, a Surrogate for Human Norovirus. J. Food Protection, 79 (6), 1001-1012.

Aboubakr, H.A., Williams, P., Gangal, U., Youssef, M.M., El-Sohaimy, S.A., Bruggeman, P.J., & Goyal, S.M. (2015). Virucidal effect of cold atmospheric gaseous plasma on feline calicivirus, a surrogate for human norovirus. Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 81(11), 3612-3622.

Aboubakr, H.A., El-Banna, A.A., Youssef, M.M., Al-Sohaimy, S.A., & Goyal, S. M. (2014). Antiviral effects of Lactococcus lactis on feline calicivirus, a human norovirus surrogate. Food and Environ. Virol., 6 (4), 282-289.

Awards
Office of Graduate Programs Enhanced Learning Travel Award
Supervision Scholarship awarded by Cultural Affairs and Mission Sector, Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. (Alexandria University, Egypt. & College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, USA). (April 2013-April 2015.

Anderson, Alyssa

Anderson, Alyssa

Anderson, AlyssaAnderson, Alyssa

and02573@umn.edu

Degrees
B.S., Veterinary Sciences, University of Minnesota, 2015
D.V.M. Candidate, University of Minnesota, 2018

Adviser
Dr. Maria Pieters

Research
My research focuses on the characterization of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae within the swine field through the use of molecular diagnostics and epidemiology. 

Presentations (selected)
Anderson, A., Robbins, R.C., Pieters, M. 2016. Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae detection and antibody response among various gilt developing units. International Pig Veterinary Society Congress. Dublin, Ireland.

Anderson, A., Robbins, R.C., Pieters, M. 2016. Monitoring of respiratory pathogens in multi-sourced gilt developing units. International Pig Veterinary Society Congress. Dublin, Ireland.

Andeson, A., Gimenez-Lirola, LG., Zimmerman, J., Pieters, M. 2016. Effect of pre-treatments on Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae detection in oral fluids. International Pig Veterinary Society Congress. Dublin, Ireland.

Anderson, A., Lyons, W., Geiger, JO., Clavijo, MJ. 2015. Effect of herd closure on the pattern of Mycoplasma hyosynoviae and Mycoplasma hyorhinis infection. American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. USA.

Anderson, A., Rovira,A., Pieters, M. 2014. Determining Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae viability through the use of ethidium monoazide. American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual Meeting. Miami, FL. USA.

Daniels, J., Anderson, A., Rovira, A., Pieters, M. 2013. Improved methods for detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infection in live swine. Allen E. Leman Swine Conference. St. Paul, MN. USA.

Awards
Young Persons’ International Pig Veterinary Society Bursary (June 2016)
AASVF-Merck Veterinary Scholarship (March 2016)
Oral Presentation AASV Scholarship (March 2016)

Beeson, Samantha

Beeson, Samantha

Samantha BeesonBeeson, Samantha

beeso018@umn.edu

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

Adviser
Dr. Molly McCue

Research
My thesis research is focused on genetic diseases of horses—specifically a heritable muscle disorder in Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses called recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER). I also work to develop equine-specific computational methods to facilitate future discoveries in the equine genetics and genomics community worldwide.

Publications
McCoy AM, Beeson SK, Lykkjen S, Ralston SL, Mickelson JR, McCue ME (2016). Identification and validation of risk loci for osteochondrosis in Standardbreds. BMC Genomics 17:41. DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-2385-z.

Presentations (selected)
Beeson SK, Mickelson JR, Schaefer RJ, Equine Genetic Diversity Consortium, McCue ME. Fine-scale recombination map for the domestic horse. 11th Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation International Equine Genome Mapping Workshop. Hannover, Germany. July 22-25, 2015.

Beeson SK, Mickelson JR, Binns MM, Blott S, Caputo P, Isgren CM, Moore A, Piercy RJ, Swinburne JE, Vaudin M, McCue ME. Gene loci for recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis in Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Plant and Animal Genomes Conference XXIII. San Diego, CA. Jan 10-14, 2015.

McCoy AM, Beeson SK, Petersen JL, Mickelson JR, Piercy RJ, Isgren CM, Lykkjen S, McCue ME. Investigation of putative modifying variants associated with pacing in Standardbreds. Plant and Animal Genomes Conference XXII. San Diego, CA. Jan 12-15, 2014.

Beeson SK, Weber WJ, Wilson JH, Sigler DH, Glunk EC, Martinson KL. Investigating the unwanted horse problem in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Texas. 23rd Equine Science Society Symposium. Mescalero, NM. May 29, 2013.

Awards
William and Deanna Pritchard Fellowship, 2015-2016
NIH T32 Training Program in Muscle Research, 2015-2016
Morris Animal Foundation Travel Award, 2015
USDA-NRSP8 Equine Genome Workshop Travel Award, 2015 & 2016
UMN CVM Travel Scholarship , 2014

Brown, Jennifer

Brown, Jennifer

Jennifer BrownBrown, Jennifer

brow4324@umn.edu

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

Adviser
Dr. Stephanie Valberg

Bueno Padilla, Irene

Bueno Padilla, Irene

Irene Padilla BuenoBueno Padilla, Irene

bueno004@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 studying the dissemination of antibiotic resistance from anthropogenic point sources such as wastewater treatment plants and aquaculture farms into a watershed in Chile, using an ecosystem health approach.

Publications
Williams-Nguyen, J., Bueno, I., Sargeant, J. M., Nault, A. J., & Singer, R. S. (2016). What is the evidence that point sources of anthropogenic effluent increase antibiotic resistance in the environment? Protocol for a systematic review. Animal Health Research Reviews, 17(01), 9-15.

Paula A. Castaño-Jiménez; Ava M. Trent; Irene Bueno. Surgical Removal of a Ventricular Foreign Body in a Captive African Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus). Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 30(1):46-52. 2016. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1647/2013-065.

Irene Bueno; Patrick T. Redig; Aaron Rendahl. External skeletal fixator intramedullary pin tie-in for the repair of tibiotarsal fractures in raptors: 37 cases (1995–2011). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Vol 247; No. 10: pp. 1072-1168. November 2015. doi: 10.2460/javma.247.10.1154.

I. Bueno; K.M. Smith; F. Sampedro; C. C. Machalaba; W.B. Karesh; D. A. Travis. Risk Prioritization Tool to Identify the Public Health Risks of Wildlife Trade: The Case of Rodents from Latin America. Zoonoses and Public Health. September 2015. doi: 10.1111/zph.12228.

Arno Wünschmann, Necati Timurkaan, Aníbal G. Armien, Irene Bueno Padilla, Amy Glaser, Patrick T. Redig. Clinical, pathological and immunohistochemical findings in Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) naturally infected with West Nile Virus. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. August 2014.

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. Dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes from anthropogenic sources into the environment: A systematic review. 6th Symposium on Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals and the Environment (ARAE). Tours, France. 29th June-1st July 2015.

Bueno, I. Risk prioritization tool to assess the public health risk of wildlife trade- the case of rodents from Latin America. European Wildlife Disease Association. August 24th-29th 2014. Edinburgh, Scotland.

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
Alexander & Lydia Anderson Grant Fellowship, Spring 2016
Thesis Research Travel Grant, Spring 2016
Vaughn Larson Scholarship, CVM, Fall 2015
CVM Graduate Program Enhanced Training Award, Fall 2015
Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment and the Life Sciences Fellowship, 2015

Ceballos, Rachael

Ceballos, Rachael

Rachael CeballosCeballos, Rachael

cebal016@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 ChambaChamba, Fabian

chamb376@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 CoppelmanCoppelman, Elizabeth

coppe017@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.

Deere, Jessica

Deere, Jessica

Deere, JessicaDeere, Jessica

deere007@umn.edu

Degrees
M.P.H., Environmental Health, Emory University, 2016
B.S., Environmental Studies, Emory University, 2013

Advisers
Dr. Dominic Travis & Dr. TIffany Wolf

Research
I am interested in using an ecosystem health approach to investigate disease dynamics at the human-wildlife interface. My research focuses on the integration of parasitological, endocrinological, behavioral, and spatial long-term datasets from chimpanzees living in Gombe National Park, Tanzania to better understand the ecology of infectious diseases in this system.

Franzen-Klein, Dana

Franzen-Klein, Dana

Franzen, DanaFranzen-Klein, Dana

franz337@umn.edu

Degrees
D.V.M., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
B.A., Biology, Luther College, 2009

Advisers
Dr. Michelle Willette & Dr. Julia Ponder

Research
My research interests lie within the wildlife health component of ecosystem health, specifically evaluating the potential sublethal and immunotoxic effects of pesticides in wild bird species.

Publications
Franzen D, Lamberski N, Zuba J, Richardson L, Fischer AT, Rantanen NW. Diagnosis, medical and surgical management of chronic infections fibrinous pleuritis in an Okapi (Okapia johnstoni). J Zoo Wildl Med. 2015;46(2):427-30.

Presentations
Franzen D. Triage and emergency stabilization. Wildlife rehabilitation conference. Spotsylvania, VA. February 13, 2016.

Franzen D. Perfecting your physical exam. Call of the Wild Conference – The Wildlife Center of Virginia. Waynesboro, VA. November 13-15, 2015.

Garrido, Jorge

Garrido, Jorge

Jorge GarridoGarrido, Jorge

garri098@umn.edu

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

Adviser
Dr. Montserrat Torremorell

Groth, Elizabeth

Groth, Elizabeth

Elizabeth GrothGroth, Elizabeth

groth102@umn.edu

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

Adviser
Dr. Eva Furrow

Hadi, Syeda Anum

Hadi, Syeda Anum

Hadi, AnumHadi, Syeda Anum

hadix008@umn.edu

Degrees
M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pakistan, 2015
D.V.M., Arid Agricultural University, Pakistan, 2012

Adviser
Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan

Hayer, Shivdeep Singh

Hayer, Shivdeep Singh

Shivdeep Singh HayerHayer, Shivdeep Singh

hayer002@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

Research
I am currently studying antibiotic resistance in bacterial species prevalent in animal production systems, particularly in Minnesota. I have also been collaborating on research involving epidemiology of FMD in India.

Publications
Hayer SS, Ranjan R, Biswal JK, Subramaniam S, Mohapatra JK, Sharma GK, Rout M, Dash BB, Das B, Prusty, BR, Sharma AK, Stenfeldt C, Perez A, Rodriguez LL, Pattnail B, VanderWaal K, Arzt J. Quantitative characteristics of the foot-and-mouth disease under natural conditions in India. Transboundary Emerging Diseases, (in revision).

Brower CH, Mandal S, Hayer SS, Sran M, Zehra A, Patel S, Kaur R, Chatterjee L, Mishra S, Das BR, Singh P, Singh R,Gill JPS, Laxminarayan R. Widespread prevalence of ESBL-producing multidrug resistant Escherichia coli in poultry chickens modulated by farming practices in Punjab, India. Environ. Health Perspec. (in press).

Danzeisen, J; Clayton, J; Huang, H; Knights, D; McComb, B; Hayer, SS; Johnson, T. Relationships between cecum, ileum and litter bacterial microbiomes in a commercial turkey flock, and the impact of penicillin treatment on early bacterial community establishment. Frontiers Veterinary Sci. 2015:2.

S. Turkar, A. Kumar, H. Singh, S. Singh, Anukirat, P.S. Dhaliwal, 2014. Demodecosis in a water-buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). Indian Veter. J., 91 (06):81-82.

Hunprasit, Vachira

Hunprasit, Vachira

Vachira HunprasitHunprasit, Vachira

hunpr001@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 KanankegeKanankege, Kaushi

kanan009@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, Yoojin

Kim, Yoojin

 

Yoojin KimKim, Yoojin

ymkim@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 KinsleyKinsley, Amy

carr0603@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 KnauerKnauer, Whitney

knaue020@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 LeiteLopes Leivas Leite, Fernando

lopes029@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.

Mahero, Michael

Mahero, Michael

Michael MaheroMahero, Michael

maher140@umn.edu

Degrees
M.P.H., University of Minnesota, 2013
M.S., Food Safety, North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2010
B.Vet.Med., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, 2005

Adviser
Dr. Dominic Travis

Research
My research interests are in the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases and veterinary public health. My research uses a One Health framework to define important epidemiological links, describing the syndrome of fever in a community with high levels of human-animal interaction, within a highly changing environment in Western Uganda. To achieve this, a mixed method approach will be employed rooted in the ethnographic exploration of communities’ behavioral risk factors and livestock production practices, followed by a quantitative evaluation of exposure to selected zoonotic diseases.

Publications
Mahero, M., Byarugaba, D. K., Doetkott, D. K., Olet, S., & Khaitsa, M. L. (2013). Antimicrobial Resistance and Presence of Class 1 Integrons in Salmonella Serovars Isolated from Clinical Cases of Animals and Humans in North Dakota and Uganda. Clin Microbial, 2, 128.

Travis DA, Chapman DW, Craft ME, Deen J, Farnham MW, Garcia C, Hueston WD, Kock R, Mahero M, Mugisha L, Nzietchueng S, Nutter FB, Olson D, Pekol A, Pelican KM, Robertson C, and Rwego IB. 2014. One Health: lessons learned from East Africa. Microbiol Spectrum 2(1):OH-0017-2012. doi:10.1128/microbiolspec.OH-0017-2012

Dreyfus, A., Dyal, J. W., Pearson, R., Kankya, C., Kajura, C., Alinaitwe, L., et al. (2016). Leptospira Seroprevalence and Risk Factors in Health Centre Patients in Hoima District, Western Uganda. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 10(8), e0004858. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0004858

Selected Presentations
Mahero WM, Ruegg PR , Bytyqi H, Rrustemaj F and Wells SJ. Understanding and Mitigating Potential Risk Factors Associated with Herd Level Brucella Seropositivity among Smallholder Dairy Farms in Kosovo. 3rd International One Health Congress 15th-18th March. Poster Presentation

M. Mahero, L. Mugisha, C. Nyatuna, F. Ayako, N. Shamilah, et al. Eco-epidemiology of Malarial and Non- Malarial Febrile Illness in Western Uganda. Symposium on One Health for the Real World: Zoonoses, Ecosystems and Wellbeing. 17-18 March 2016, Zoological Society of London

AC Kinsley, K Pelican, M Mahero, A Tamale, S. Namusisi, J Waila, D Mwanguzi, J Baryamujura, D Birungi, D Travis, L Mugisha. After the Flood: Water Quality and Health Considerations of the Post-Flood Conditions in Kasese, Uganda. ICOMOS International Conference April 24-27 2016 , Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mahero M., D. Travis, K. Pelican, C. Robertson and D. Boulware. Spatial and Eco-epidemiology of Malarial and Non- Malarial Febrile Illness in Western Uganda. APHA 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo (Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2016) in Denver.

Awards
2014/2015: NIH Fogarty International Center Global Health Fellowship
2016-2017: Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences Award
2016: UMN GPS International Travel Award

Mohammad, Hadia

Mohammad, Hadia

Hadia MohammadMohammad, Hadia

moham698@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.

Paladino, Eliana

Paladino, Eliana

Eliana PaladinoPaladino, Eliana

epaladin@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Animal Science, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2012
D.V.M., Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil, 2007

Adviser
Dr. Julio Alvarez

Patel, Kruthikaben

Patel, Kruthikaben

Kruthikaben PatelPatel, Kruthikaben

patel310@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 PaulPaul, George Omondi

paulx176@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

Research
My research interests are in epidemiology, infectious diseases and modeling. Respiratory diseases are considered the most important cause of mortality and ill-health in both wild and captive non-human primate populations. My PhD research is focused on understanding the dynamics of respiratory pathogens and the human-animal interface with a view to designing diagnostic and control measures. I will use tuberculosis as a case-study and evaluate its epidemiology and optimize diagnostic protocols in semi-captive chimpanzees and baboons in Africa.

Publications
Kimberly L. VanderWaal, Vincent Obanda, George P. Omondi, Brenda McCowan, Hui Wang, Hsieh Fushing, Lynne A. Isbell: The “strength of weak ties” and helminth parasitism in giraffe social networks. Behavioral Ecology 03/2016; 27(4). DOI:10.1093/beheco/arw035

T. Sitt, E..J. Poole, G. Ndambuki, S. Mwaura, T. Njoroge, G.P. Omondi, M. Mutinda, J. Mathenge, G. Prettejohn, W.I. Morrison, P. Toye: Exposure of vaccinated and naive cattle to natural challenge from buffalo-derived Theileria parva. International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 05/2015; 122(2). DOI:10.1016/j.ijppaw.2015.04.006

K. VanderWaal, G.P. Omondi, V. Obanda: Mixed-host aggregations and helminth parasite sharing in an East African wildlife–livestock system. Veter. Parasit. 09/2014; DOI:10.1016/j.vetpar.2014.07.015

V. Obanda, G.P. Omondi, P.I. Chiyo: The Influence of Body Mass Index, Age and Sex on Inflammatory Disease Risk in Semi-Captive Chimpanzees. PLoS ONE 08/2014; 9(8). DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0104602

Awards
Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment &The Life Sciences, 2015-2016

Picasso, Catalina

Picasso, Catalina

Catalina PicassoPicasso, Catalina

picas001@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 2Resende, Talita Pilar

resen023@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.

Shao, Junjie

Shao, Junjie

Junjie ShaoShao, Junjie

jshao@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.

Shepherd, Frances

Shepherd, Frances

Shepherd, FrancesShepherd, Frances

sheph085@umn.edu

Degree
B.S., Microbiology and Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014

Adviser
Dr. Michael Murtaugh

Research
I am researching the epidemiology and antigenic relationships of Rotavirus A in swine populations in the United States.  Our goal is to understand how to design a better vaccine which will more effectively prevent piglet mortality.

Shoyama, Fernanda

Shoyama, Fernanda

Fernanda ShoyamaShoyama, Fernanda

fshoyama@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

Sponheim, Amanda

Sponheim, Amanda

Sponheim, AmandaSponheim, Amanda

nessx317@umn.edu

Degrees
D.V.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2008
B.S., Animal Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004

Adviser
Dr. Maria Pieters

Stoddard, Grant

Stoddard, Grant

Grant StoddardStoddard, Grant

stodd038@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

Sturos, Matthew

Sturos, Matthew

Sturos, MatthewSturos, Matthew

sturo004@umn.edu

Degrees
D.V.M., University of Minnesota, 2012
B.S., Animal Science, University of Minnesota, 2008

Advisers
Dr. Fabio Vannucci & Dr. Stephanie Rossow

Research
My research interests are the transmission, pathogenesis, and prevention of important infectious food animal diseases, currently focusing on Senecavirus A in swine.

Publications
Sturos MJ, Robbins RC, Moreno R, McLamb BL, Rossow SA. (2016) Narasin toxicosis in finishing pigs. J Swine Health Prod. 24(4):205-211

Heinrich D, Sturos M, Smith K, Vernau W, Overmann J. (2016). What’s your diagnosis? Liver aspirate from a cat. Vet Clin Path. 45(3):513-514

Awards
CL Davis Foundation, Student Scholarship Award in Veterinary Pathology 2016
North Central Avian Disease Conference, B.S. Pomeroy Award 2016

Tan, Shaoyuan

Tan, Shaoyuan

Shaoyuan TanTan, Shaoyuan

tanxx606@umn.edu

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

Adviser
Dr. Michael Murtaugh

Research
My project goal is to develop a method for real-time field-based pathogen detection in swine populations. Using PRRSV as the test model, we will adapt and evaluate a portable, hand-held sequencing device, the MinION (Oxford Nanopore), for rapid disease diagnosis.

Awards

Leman China Scholarship, 2015

Valeris, Robert

Valeris, Robert

Valeris, RobertValeris, Robert

valer080@umn.edu

Degrees
M.Sc., Biology, Zulia University, Venezuela, 2007
D.V.M., Zulia University, Venezuela, 2001

Advisers
Dr. Randall Singer & Dr. Maria Pieters

Research
My research seeks to elucidate the ecoepidemiology of Campylobacter jejuni in poultry. One particular interest is the building of a model that can inform on the best interventions to reduce the burden of this zoonotic disease in poultry flocks.

Awards
ICI3D Clinic on Dynamical Approaches to Infectious Disease Data travel award, 2016

 

Wanzala, Sylvia

Wanzala, Sylvia

Sylvia WanzalaWanzala, Sylvia

wanza003@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 TonksWorsley-Tonks, Katherine

worsl001@umn.edu

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

Adviser
Dr. Meggan Craft

Research
The goal of my PhD research is to investigate the transmission of antibiotic-resistant and non-resistant E. Coli between domestic dogs, raccoons, and coyotes in urban and suburban areas.

Publications
Worsley-Tonks K. & Ezenwa V. (2015). Anthelmintic treatment affects behavioural time allocation in a free-ranging ungulate. Animal Behaviour, 108, 47-54.

Worsley-Tonks K., Lance S., Beasley R., Jones K., & Ezenwa V. (2015). Development and characterization of 30 novel microsatellite markers for Grant’s gazelle (Nanger granti). Conservation Genetics Resources, 7(1), 219-221.

Awards
Veterinary medicine graduate student travel award (2017)
ICI3D Clinic on Dynamical Approaches to Infectious Disease Data travel award (2015)
Animal Behavior Society Founders’ Poster Award (2014)

Wynands, Erin

Wynands, Erin

Wynands, Erin

ewynands@umn.edu

Degrees
M.S., Epidemiology, University of Guelph, 2015
B.S., Animal Biology, University of Guelph, 2013

Adviser
Dr. Gerard Cramer

Zhang, Yumeng

Zhang, Yumeng

Yumeng ZhangZhang, Yumeng

zhan4408@umn.edu

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

Adviser
Dr. Louis Mansky

Research
FeLV and MuLV are both retroviruses as HIV. Many cytidine analogues, such as decitabine and gemcitabine, are effective against FeLV and MuLV as to HIV. Our goal is to explore the antiviral activity and mechanism of decitabine and gemcitabine in FeLV and MuLV. Many anti-HIV drugs target reverse transcriptase(RT). Since reverse transcriptase is also important for the HBV life cycle, my other project focuses on figuring out if these anti-HIV compounds targeting RT also work for HBV and studying the antiviral mechanisms.

Publications
Y. Zhang; H. Li; G. Peng; Y. Zhang; X. Gao; S. Xiao; S. Cao; H. Chen; Y. Song “Mutational Analysis of the Functional Sites in Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus Nonstructural Protein 10” J. General Virol. No. JGV-D-14-00066R1 December 5, 2014 doi:10.1099

Z. Yumeng, F. Zhixin, G. Changqin, Z. Wanpo, C. Fu, H. Xueying. “Pathological Diagnosis on Typical Case of Avian Leukemia” Hubei Agricult. Sci. 0439-8114(2012)10-2069-04