Current Graduate Students in Veterinary Medicine

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.

Adamchick, Julie

Adamchick, Julie

Julie AdamchickJulie Adamchick

[email protected] 

Degrees
D.V.M., Cornell University
B.S., Animal Science, Cornell University

Adviser
Dr. Andres Perez

Research
My work is concerned with the sustainability of dairy production systems: the ways that management decisions on dairies impact their ability to achieve long-run goals of both the producer and of society. I will be using systems-modeling tools to study the tradeoffs between economic, environmental, and social priorities associated with specific goals or choices, with an emphasis on cow health and food safety.

Ahlmann, Annette

Ahlmann, Annette

Annette Ahlmann

Annette Ahlmann

[email protected]

Adviser
Dr. Julia Ponder

Degree
D.V.M., University of California Davis
B.S., Biomedical Engineering, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Research
My research is focused on improving animal welfare for wildlife during the rehabilitation process. I examine physiologic measures of stress and behavioral assessments to evaluate stress in wild red-tailed hawks during their rehabilitation. By determining behavioral markers of stress that can be used to identify and mitigate stressful events during their care, it will be possible to improve welfare for these animals.

Awards

  • Don Hunter Scholarship 2020-2021

Anderson, Karly

Anderson, Karly

Karly Anderson Headshot

Karly Anderson 

[email protected]

Degree
B.S. Animal Science, University of Wisconsin - River Falls
 
Adviser
 
Research
My research is focused on animal welfare at the time of euthanasia, specifically I am interested in the captive bolt euthanasia of market weight and breeding swine.  
 
Publications
Anderson, K. N., S. Albers, K. Allen, K. Bishop, C. Huber, A. Kirk, H. Olsen, K. D. Vogel. 2021. Qualifications of cooling effects on basic tissue measurements of cadaver heads from market pigs. Transl. Anim. Sci. doi: 10.1093/tas/txab001
 
Anderson, K., E. Ries, J. Backes, K. Bishop, M. Boll, E. Brantner, B. Hinrichs, A. Kirk, H. Olsen, B. Risius, C. Bildstein, K. Vogel.  2019.  Relationship of captive bolt stunning location with basic tissue measurements and exposed cross-sectional brain area in cadaver heads from market pigs. Transl. Anim. Sci. 3:1405-1409  doi: 10.1093/tas/txz097

Betlach, Alyssa

Betlach, Alyssa

Anderson, AlyssaAlyssa Betlach

[email protected]

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

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)

Angulo, Jose

Angulo, Jose

Jose AnguloJose Angulo

[email protected]

Degree
D.V.M., The Sonora Institute of Technology, Sonora, Mexico

Adviser
Dr. Montserrat Torremorell

Awards
Dr. Alex Hogg Scholarship, American Association of Swine Veterinarians 2018

Beeson, Samantha

Beeson, Samantha

Samantha BeesonSamantha Beeson

 

[email protected]

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

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

Canturri, Albert

Canturri, Albert

Albert CanturriAlbert Cantrri

 
Degrees
D.V.M., Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.
Residency in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
ECVP Diplomate.
 
Advisor
Dr. Maria Pieters.
 
Research
My research focuses on the development of novel molecular diagnostic techniques to better understand Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae pathogenesis, transmission and prevention in swine.
 
Publications 
Muñoz-González S, CanturriA, Pérez-Simó M, Bohórquez JA, Rosell R, Cabezón O, Segalés J, Domingo M, Ganges L. First report of the novel atypical porcine pestivirus in Spain and a retrospective study. Transbound Emerging Diseases. 2017 Dec;64(6):1645-1649
 
Muñoz-González S, Sordo Y, Pérez-Simó M, Suárez M,Canturri A, Rodriguez MP, Frías-Lepoureau MT, Domingo M, Estrada MP, Ganges L. Efficacy of E2 glycoprotein fused to porcine CD154 as a novel chimeric subunit vaccine to prevent classical swine fever virus vertical transmission in pregnant sows. Veterinary Microbiology. 2017 Jun; 205:110-116.
 
Awards
MnDRIVE Graduate Student Professional Development award, 2020-2021

 

Cullen, Jonah

Cullen, Jonah

Jonah CullenJonah Cullen

[email protected]

Degrees
M.S., Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Iowa State University
M.S., Biology, University of Iowa
B.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin Madison

Advisers
Dr. Steven Friedenberg and Dr. Molly McCue

Research
My research is focused on the development and application of bioinformatic tools and analysis workflows in companion animals. Specifically, we are currently working towards generating a tissue- specific expression atlas and improving the physical and functional annotation of the equine genome. Additionally, we are developing a robust and scalable method of genotyping full-length class I and class II MHC genes in dogs using long-read sequencing. 

Awards and Honors
USDA NIFA Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Recipient, 2020

Publications
Herrmann, I., Linder, K.E., Meurs, K.M., Friedenberg, S.G., Cullen, J.N., Olby, N., Bizikova, P. (2021) (accepted). Canine junctional epidermolysis bullosa due to a novel mutation in LAMA3 with severe upper respiratory involvement. Veterinary Dermatology.

Mickelson J.R., Minor K.M., Guo L.T., Friedenberg S.G., Cullen J.N., Ciavarella A., Hambrook, L.E., Breener, K.M., Helmond, S.E., Marks, S.L., Shelton, D.G. (2021). Sarcoglycan A mutation in miniature dachshund dogs causes limb-girdle muscular dystrophy 2D. Skeletal Muscle.

Schaefer, R.J., Cullen, J.N., Manfredi, J., McCue, M. (2020). Functional contexts of adipose of gluteal muscle tissue gene co-expression networks in the domestic horse. Integrative and Comparative Biology, icaa134.

Shelton, G.D., Minor, K.M., Guo, L.T., Friedenberg, S.G., Cullen, J.N., Hord, J.M., Venzke, D., Anderson, M.E., Devereaux, M., Handelman, C., Campbell, K.P., Michelson, J.R. (2021) (under review). Congenital Muscular Dystrophy Type 1D Dystroglycanopathy in a Family of Labrador Retrievers with a LARGE 1 Mutation. Neuromuscular Disorders 11(2).

Deere, Jessica

Deere, Jessica

Jessica Deere and her dog, ChloeJessica Deere

[email protected]

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

Advisers
Dr. Dominic Travis & Dr. Tiffany Wolf

Research
I am interested in using an ecosystem health approach to investigate health dynamics at the human-wildlife interface. My research focuses on the evaluation of fish health and contaminants of emerging concern at sites with different levels of anthropogenic impact across Northeastern Minnesota. I also work 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.

Publications
Deere JR, Schaber KL, Foerster S, Gilby IC, Feldblum JT, VanderWaal K, Wolf TM, Travis DA, Raphael J, Lipende I, Mjungu D, Pusey AE, Lonsdorf EV, Gillespie TR. (2021). Gregariousness is associated with parasite species richness in a community of wild chimpanzees. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. In press.

Deere JR, Streets S, Jankowski MD, Ferrey M, Chenaux-Ibrahim Y, Convertino M, Isaac EJ, Phelps NBD, Primus A, Servadio JL, Singer RS, Travis DA, Moore S, Wolf TM. (2021). A chemical prioritization process: Applications to contaminants of emerging concern in freshwater ecosystems (Phase 1). Science of the Total Environment, 772(146030), 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146030.

Servadio JL, Deere JR, Jankowski MD, Ferrey M, Isaac EJ, Chenaux-Ibrahim Y, Primus A, Convertino M, Phelps NBD, Streets S, Travis DA, Moore S, Wolf TM. (2021). Anthropogenic factors associated with contaminants of emerging concern detected in inland Minnesota lakes (Phase II). Science of the Total Environment, 772(146188), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.146188.

Wolf T.M., Deere JR, Milstein, M.S., et al (2020). Monkey Health is a Team Sport. In: Knauf S, Jones-Engel, L (eds) Neglected Diseases in Monkeys. Springer Nature, Switzerland. pp. 19-40.

Wolf T.M., Deere JR, Lonsdorf EV, et al (2020). Forming, Storming and Norming Your Way Into One Health : The Gombe Case Study. In: Knauf S, Jones-Engel, L (eds) Neglected Diseases in Monkeys. Springer Nature, Switzerland. Pp. 373-382.

Dobbs, Erica

Dobbs, Erica

Erica DobbsErica Dobbs

[email protected]

Degrees

D.V.M., University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
B.S., Genetics, Cell Biology, & Development, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Adviser
Dr. Troy Trumble

Research
I am working on the clinical application of equine gait analysis. My MS thesis focuses on using kinematic and kinetic objective data to assess naturally occurring lameness and the response to diagnostic analgesia.

Escobar Dodero, Joaquin

Escobar Dodero, Joaquin

Joaquin Escobar Dodero

Degree
B.S., Veterinary Medicine, Andres Bello University

Advisers
Dr. Andres Perez and Dr. Amy Kinsley

Research
My research investigates the epidemiological and biogeographical components of aquatic infectious diseases. I am assessing the use of agent-based models to model the transmission of two aquatic infectious pathogens, from both farming and wildlife origins, to (1) elucidate the diseases dynamic, impact, and control methods and (2) to evaluate management strategies that support decision-making aimed to prevent and control the spread of aquatic infectious diseases.

Publications

  • Alvarado-Ryback, M., Toro, F., Escobar-Dodero, J., Kinsley, A., Sepúlveda, M., Capella, J., Soto-Azat, C., Cortés-Hinojosa, G., Zimin-Veselkoff, N., Mardones, F. O. (2020). 50 Years of Cetacean Strandings Reveal a Concerning Rise in Chilean Patagonia. Nature Scientific Report, 10: 9511. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-66484-x
  • Escobar-Dodero, J., Kinsley, A., Perez, A. M., Ibarra, R., Tello, A., Monti G., Mardones, F. O. (2019). Risk factors for infectious pancreatic necrosis virus mortalities affecting farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) in marine farms of southern Chile from 2010 to 2013. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 167: 182–189. doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.04.016
  • Muniesa, A., Escobar-Dodero, J., Silva, N., Henriquez, P., Bustos, P., Perez, A. M., Mardones, F. O. (2019). Effectiveness of alternative disinfectant treatments for inactivating Piscirickettsia salmonis: implications for biosecurity planning in aquaculture. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 167: 196–201. doi:10.1016/j.prevetmed.2018.03.006
  • Escobar, L. E., Escobar-Dodero, J., Phelps, N. B. D. (2018). Modeling the global risk of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus, an infectious disease in fish. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 28: 637–655. doi:10.1007/s11160-018-9524-3
  • Escobar, L. E., Kurath, G., Escobar-Dodero, J., Craft, M. E., Phelps, N. B. D. (2017). Potential distribution of the viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus in the Great Lakes region. Journal of Fish Diseases, 40: 11–28. doi:10.1111/jfd.12490

Awards

  • UMN CVM Travel award 2019
  • ICI3D Clinic on Dynamical Approaches to Infectious Disease Data travel award (2019)

Gilbertson, Marie

Gilbertson, Marie

Gilbertson, MarieMarie Gilbertson

[email protected]

Degrees
D.V.M., University of Minnesota
B.S., Zoology, Colorado State University

Adviser
Dr. Meggan Craft

Research
I am interested in infectious disease transmission dynamics, particularly at the interface of wildlife, domestic animals, and humans. My PhD research is focused on using mathematical models to better understand the dynamics of feline retroviruses in mountain lions.

Publications

Gilbertson, M. L. J., N. M. Fountain-Jones, M. E. Craft. 2018. Incorporating genomic methods into contact networks to reveal new insights into animal behavior and infectious disease dynamics. Behaviour. DOI: 10.1163/1568539X-00003471

VanderWaal K, Gilbertson M, Okanga S, Allan BF, Craft ME. 2017 Seasonality and pathogen transmission in pastoral cattle contact networks. R. Soc. open sci. 4: 170808. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.170808

Gilbertson, M. L. J., S. Carver, S. VandeWoude, K. R. Crooks, M. R. Lappin, and M. E. Craft. 2016. Is pathogen exposure spatially autocorrelated? Patterns of pathogens in puma (Puma concolor) and bobcat (Lynx rufus). Ecosphere 7(11):e01558. 10.1002/ecs2.1558

Brandell, E. E., N. M. Fountain-Jones, M. L. J. Gilbertson, P. C. Cross, D. W. Smith, D. R. Stahler, P. J. Hudson, C. Packer, M. E. Craft. Group density, disease, and season shape territory size and overlap of social carnivores. In press with Journal of Animal Ecology.

Gilbertson, M. L. J., L. A. White, M. E. Craft. 2020. Trade-offs with telemetry-derived contact networks for infectious disease studies in wildlife. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

Gilbertson, M. L. J., M. E. Craft, T. Potter. 2019. Planetary grand challenges: a call for interdisciplinary partnerships. Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies 6(1).

Fitak, R., J. Antonides, E. Baitchman, […] M. L. J. Gilbertson, […] J. Pecon-Slattery. 2019. The expectations and challenges of wildlife disease research in the era of genomics: forecasting with a horizon scan. Journal of Heredity 110(3).

Awards

P.E.O Scholar Award, International Chapter of the P.E.O. (2020)
University of Minnesota Informatics Institute MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship (2020-2021) 
1st Place, Three Minute Thesis, University of Minnesota, University-Wide Competition (2019); YouTube Recording: https://youtu.be/JgAPmClAhrU
1st Place, Science in Seconds, University of Minnesota, St Paul Campus Competition (2019)
People’s Choice Award Winner, Science in Seconds, University of Minnesota, St Paul Campus Competition (2019)
American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians Student Scholarship Award (2019)
Council of Graduate Students Conference Travel Grant, University of Minnesota (2019)  
Academy Pomeroy DVM/PhD Scholarship, Minnesota Veterinary Medical Foundation (2019)
Institute on the Environment Mini-Grant (2017)
ICI3D Clinic on Dynamical Approaches to Infectious Disease Data travel award (2017)
VMED Graduate Student Travel Award (2017)
NIH T32 Comparative Medicine and Pathology Training Fellowship (2017-2020)
UMN CVM Class of 1961 Memorial Scholarship (2017)
UMN CVM General Scholarship (2017)
UMN CVM International Travel Scholarship Award (2017)
UMN CVM Student Council Grant (2016) 
UMN CVM Donna Ant Scholarship (2016)
UMN CVM Cleaver Scholarship (2016)
 

Gunasekera, Umanga

Gunasekera, Umanga

Umanga GunasekeraUmanga Gunasekera

[email protected]

Degrees
M.S., Veterinary Public Health, Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany & Chiangmai University, Thailand
B.V.Sc., University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Adviser
Dr. Kimberly VanderWaal

Areas of research interest
I am interested in using epidemiological and bioinformatic tools to understand the dynamics of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease virus (FMDV) in endemic countries to establish sustainable livestock production. Turnover of lineages and the molecular aspect of the FMDV that leads to persistence outbreak in endemic countries is studied using the data from Vietnam. The spatial and temporal risk factors that cause FMD outbreak at the population level is studied using data from India. Findings from the study will contribute to optimizing FMD control strategies in endemic countries.

Publications
U.C. Gunasekera, A. Sivasothy, N. Wedasingha, S. Thayaparan, et al,. Analyzing the Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak as from 2008 to 2014 in cattle and buffaloes in Sri Lanka, J. of Prevent. Veter. Med., in press.

U.C. Gunasekera, M. Muralithas, and M. Baumann, 2016. Food safety monitoring and surveillance system for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Veterin. J. 63(2B), pp 31-34.

S. Thayaparan, I.D. Robertson, A. Fairuz, L. Suut, U.C. Gunasekera, and M.T. Abdullah, 2015. Seroepidemiological study of leptospirosis among the communities living in periurban areas of Sarawak, Malaysia. Med. J. Malaysia 70 (5), pp 281-287.

U.C. Gunasekera, S. Wickramasinghe, G. Wijesinghe and R.V.J.Rajapakse, 2012. Gastrointestinal parasites of captive primates in the national zoological gardens of Sri Lanka. Taprobanica. J. Asian Biodiversity, ISSN 1800-427X,vol 4 (1), pp 37-40.

U.C. Gunasekera, P.G.A. Pushpakumara, and L.N.A. De Silva, 2013. Endotoxemia in Horses in Sri Lanka - Case Report. Vet Scan Veterin J, 7 (2), pp 73-81.

Presentations (selected)
U.C. Gunasekera, V. Punyapornwithaya, N. Wedasingha, M.P.O. Baumann, and M.G. Doherr. Recent Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks and risk factors identified in Sri Lanka. Joint AITVM-STVM Conference, Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2016.

Gunasekera U.C., Punyapornwithaya V., Wedasingha N., Chaisowwong W., Baumann M.P.O., and Doherr M.G. Identification of Risk Factors for the Recent Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak in Sri Lanka. Global Foot and Mouth Disease Research Alliance, Hanoi, Vietnam, October, 2015.

U.C. Gunasekera, V. Punyapornwithaya, N. Wedasingha, M.P.O. Baumann, and M.G. Doherr. First result from a case control study for the identification of risk factors associated with Foot and Mouth disease in Anuradhapura district of Sri Lanka. The 4th Food Safety and Zoonoses Symposium for Asia Pacific, Chiangmai, Thailand, August 2015.

Awards
The German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) for the Master of Veterinary Public Health Program, 2013-2015.
Travel Award to participate in the AITVM-SVTM Conference in Berlin, Germany, 2016.
Global Foot and Mouth Disease Research Alliance Travel award, 2015.

Hughes, Lauren

Hughes, Lauren

Lauren Hughes headshotLauren Hughes

[email protected]

Degrees
D.V.M., Iowa State University
B.S., Animal Science - Equine, University of Wisconsin River Falls

Adviser
Dr. Molly McCue

Research
My thesis is assesses the potential genetic component of Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID) in horses. This relatively common disease affects the aged horse population and has many current limitations in proper diagnosis and treatment. The goal of this research would be to identify a way to screen horses for potential PPID developmentand intervene at an earlier stage with diagnosis and treatment for better disease control.

Awards

  • ACVIM Advanced Research Training Fellowship, 2020 
  • UMN Graduate Student Travel Award, 2019
  • Comparative Medicine and Pathology T-32 Training Program, Recipient, 2021

Jimenez Lopez, Omar

Jimenez Lopez, Omar

Omar Jimenez Lopez

Omar Jimenez Lopez

[email protected]

Degrees
DVM, Universidad Austral de Chile

Adviser
Dr. Alex Primus 

Research
My research focuses on establishing a baseline of the fish microbiome for the rainbow trout and the Atlantic salmon in two aquaculture systems: flow-through and recirculation aquaculture systems. 

Honors and Awards
26th Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics Scholarship, Recipient, 2021
Data University of Washington Scholarship, Recipient, 2021
University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine's Research Day, Honorable Mention, 2020

Publications
Bueno, I., Verdugo, C., Jimenez-Lopez, O., Alvarez, P.P, Gonzalez-Rocha, G., Lima C. A., … & Singer, R. S. (2020). Role of wastewater treatment plants on environmental abundance of antimicrobial resistance genes in Chilean rivers. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 223(1), 56-64. doi.org/10/1016/j.ijheh.2019.12006.

Jimenez-Lopez, O., Ponder, J., Nault, A., & Bueno, I. (2021). Non–steroidal anti–inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and their effect on Old World Vultures: A scoping review. Journal of Raptor Research. https://doi.org/10.3356/JRR-20-30.

Kipp, Evan

Kipp, Evan

Evan Kipp

Evan Kipp

[email protected]

Adviser
Dr. Peter Larsen

Research
My research focuses on leveraging emerging genomic and molecular tools to improve detection and characterization of tick-borne pathogens to ultimately help better understand the role ticks play in disease transmission. I have been actively working on developing novel strategies, employing realtime metagenomic and field-deployable biosurveillance approaches, to rapidly detect pathogenic agents from field-collected ticks while simultaneously generating genome-spanning sequence data for strain typing and phylogeny generation. The ultimate goal of these research efforts is to better inform public health surveillance efforts across a variety of vector-pathogen systems, and to develop a rapid and streamlined approach for metagenomic pathogen detection from field-collected samples with applications across a variety of field settings.

Awards and Honors
K.V. Nagaraja Tuition Fellowship, Recipient, 2020

Presentations
Fall 2020 Graduate Student Seminar and the 2020 CVM Research Day: Kipp EJ, Shriner K, Lindsey LL, Stone S, Oliver JD, Larsen PA. Rapid field-based detection of tick-borne pathogens. Infographic presented virtually at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Points of Pride Research Day. October 21, 2020. St. Paul, Minnesota.

Kipp EJ, Larsen PA. Developing a field-friendly approach for molecular tick-borne pathogen surveillance. Presentation delivered virtually at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Student Seminar. October 29, 2020. St. Paul, Minnesota.

Publications
Kipp EJ, Lindsey LL, Khoo B, Faulk C, Oliver JD, Larsen PA. Metagenomic detection of tick-borne pathogens using nanopore adaptive sequencing. Manuscript in preparation.

Milstein MS, Shaffer CA, Lindsey LL , Wolf TM, Suse P, Marawanaru E, Kipp EJ, Garwood T, Travis DA, Terio KA, Larsen PA. Integrating indigenous knowledge, ontology, and molecular barcoding to characterize spider monkey (Ateles paniscus) filariasis. bioRxiv. 2020 Oct. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.10.26.354985.

Kipp EJ, de Almeida M, Marcet PL, Bradbury RS, Benedict T, Lin W, Dotson EM, Hergert M. An atypical case of autochthonous cutaneous leishmaniasis associated with naturally infected phlebotomine sand flies in Texas, United States. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2020 Oct: 103(4): 1496-1501. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.20-0107.

Kumar, Rahul

Kumar, Rahul

Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar

[email protected]

Degrees

M.V.Sc., COVS, Gadvasu
B.V.Sc. & A.H., COVSc & AH, Duvasu

Advisers
Dr. Sagar Goyal and Dr. Sunil Mor

Research
Being a veterinary pathologist by training, I have a strong zeal to gain an insight in understanding disease processes and in developing effective methods of disease diagnosis and their control. My research interest is in emerging issues in animal health especially poultry health. My current research seeks to develop highly sensitive and specific molecular assays for early detection of all arthritis reovirus variants circulating in chickens.

Awards and Honors
University of Minnesota's Veterinary Medicine Travel Award, Recipient, 2021
MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Fellowship, Recipient, 2020-21
Pomeroy Legacy Scholarship, Recipient, 2020-21

Publications (most recent)

  1. VK Singh, R Kumar, A Kumarand SK Yadav. Microbiology and histopathology of mandibulofacial abscess in a balb/c mouse. Appl. Biol. Res. 20(2): 218-220; (2018). DOI: 10.5958/0974-4517.2018.00029.0.
  2. VK Singh, R Kumar, A Kumar and SK Yadav. (2018).Concurrent methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Candida ocular infection in a BALB/c mouse: A case report. J. Labor. Anim. Sci. Vol 5 Issue 1. Jan-June (2018).
  3. Rahul Kumar, Rajinder Singh Brar, Harmanjit Singh Banga and Sandip Sodhi. (2018). Biochemical alterations in hypervitaminosis D3 in broiler chicks concomitantly challenged with endotoxin. J. World Poult. Res., 8 (4): 100-104.
  4. V. Sachan, R. Kumar, R. K. Gupta, A. Saxena. (2018). Uterine leiomyoma in a cow –a case report. Indian J. Anim. Hlth. (2018), 57(2): 235-238.
  5. V Sudan, R Kumar, D Shanker and S Paliwal. (2019). First report of molecular characterization and phylogenetic analysis of Sarcocystis tenella from India. Parasitol. Res. Doi.org/10.1007/s00436-019-06282-1.
  6. R Kumar, NK Gangwar, B Sharma and A Tripathi. (2019). Clinicopathological study of ruminal acidosis in small ruminants. Indian J. Small Ruminants 25(1): 75-79. DOI: 10.5958/0973-9718.2019.00001.1.

Li, Chong

Li, Chong

Chong LiChong Li

[email protected]

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

Adviser
Dr. Montserrat Torremorell

Research
My research mainly focuses on swine influenza vaccination, immunity, and virus evolution. I am especially interested in developing the vaccines and vaccination strategy to improve the protection efficacy for pigs against influenza virus and understanding how prior immunity shape the genetic evolution and mutational spectra for swine influenza in pigs by natural transmission. 

Presentations
Genotypic characterization of swine influenza virus reassortants in vaccinated and non-vaccinated pigs. Allen Leman Conference. 09/20/2020

Genotypic characterization of swine influenza virus reassortants in vaccinated and non-vaccinated pigs. CRWAD 2020 meeting. 12/05/2020

Publications
Li, Chong, Marie R. Culhane, Maxim Cheeran, Lucina Galina Pantoja, Micah L. Jansen, Deborah Amodie, Martha A. Mellencamp, and Montserrat Torremorell. "Exploring heterologous prime-boost vaccination approaches to enhance influenza control in pigs." Veterinary research 51, no. 1 (2020): 1-15.

 

Lopez, Gustavo

Lopez, Gustavo

Gustavo LopezGustavo Lopez

[email protected]

Degree
D.V.M., Universidad Central de Venezuela

Adviser
Dr. Montserrat Torremorell

Research
My research is mainly on swine infectious diseases that have an economical impact on commercial systems, currently focusing on Influenza A virus and its transmission dynamics.

Awards
Carlos Pijoan Fellowship 2018
MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Scholarship 2020-21
 

Mahero, Michael

Mahero, Michael

Michael MaheroMichael Mahero

[email protected]

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

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

McDaniel, Yumeng

McDaniel, Yumeng

Yumeng ZhangYumeng McDaniel

[email protected]

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

Adviser
Dr. Louis Mansky

PhD Thesis Research
My doctoral dissertation research has been focused on the comparative analysis of virus-host interactions involved in viral mutagenesis and spread. In particular, my research has involved the study of both retroviruses and hepadnaviruses, and has spanned both cell culture-based experimentation as well as biochemical studies to direct at deciphering molecular mechanisms.

Awards
NIH T32 Institute of Molecular Virology Training Program Fellowship (2020)
The Spring Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program Travel Award (2017) 

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

McDaniel YZ; Patterson SE, Mansky LM.“Distinct dual antiviral mechanism that enhances hepatitis B virus mutagenesis and reduces viral DNA synthesis”.  Antiviral Research.   170 (2019) 104540

McDaniel YZ*, Wang D*, Love RP, Adolph MB, Mohammadzadeh N, Clouser CL, Chelico L, and Mansky LM. Deamination hotspots among APOBEC3 family members are defined by both target site sequence context and ssDNA secondary structure. Nucleic Acids Research. 2020 Jan 16. pii: gkz1164. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkz1164.

Medrano, Miranda

Medrano, Miranda

medrano.jpeg Miranda Medrano

[email protected]

Degrees
B.S Animal Sciences, Cornell University 
MPH, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 
DVM, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 
 
Adviser
Completing laboratory rotations
 
Research
Infectious disease epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance. 

Meneguzzi, Mariana

Meneguzzi, Mariana

Mariana Meneguzzi

Mariana Meneguzzi

[email protected]

Degree
B.S., Veterinary Medicine, Instituto Federal Catarinense

Adviser
Montserrat Torremorell, DVM, PhD and Fabio Vannucci, DVM, PhD, MS

Research
I am interested in swine health with emphasis on bacterial diseases. My research is focus on vitro and in vivo investigation of non-antimicrobial compounds effectiveness to mitigate intestinal lesions caused by Brachyspira hyodysenteriae. 

Awards and Honors
VMED graduate student travel award, 2019, 2020
1st prize for oral presentation, Three Rs & Animal Research Symposium, 2019
Top score for NSERC/industry-funded research award at the Three Rs & Animal Research Symposium, 2019

Presentations
Meneguzzi, M.; Costa, M.O. “Investigation of Actinobacillus suis genomes obtained from clinical cases reveals the emergence of a novel strain”. Annual Meeting – American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV). February 27 - March 2, 2021. Virtual Conference.

Meneguzzi, M.; Groot, N..; Costa, M.O. “Non-antimicrobial prophylactics increase intestinal mucosa survival following enteric bacteria challenge in vitro”. International Pig Veterinary Society. June, 2020. Conference postpone to June 2022. Rio de Janeiro, RJ. Brazil.

Publications
Kich, J. D., Meneguzzi, M. Characterization of salmonellosis outbreaks in swine in Brazil. Swine health and production: updating, innovation and technology. Jaboticabal, São Paulo, Funep, 2020. Format: ePDF. ISBN: 978-65-5671-022-8 PEER-REVIEW JOURNALS

Kich, J. D., Souza, A. I. A., Montes, J., Meneguzzi, M., Costa, E. F., Cordebella, A., Corbellini, L. G., Cardoso, M. (2020). Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica and Yersinia enterocolitica in pig carcasses in Southern Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research. doi: 10.1590/1678-5150-PVB-6628.

Meneguzzi, M.; Costa, M.O. “Investigation of Actinobacillus suis genomes obtained from clinical cases reveals the emergence of a novel strain”. Annual Meeting – American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV). February 27 - March 2, 2021. Virtual Conference.

Meneguzzi, M.; Groot, N..; Costa, M.O. “Non-antimicrobial prophylactics increase intestinal mucosa survival following enteric bacteria challenge in vitro”. International Pig Veterinary Society. June, 2020. Conference postpone to June 2022. Rio de Janeiro, RJ. Brazil.

Milanez Preis, Guilherme

Milanez Preis, Guilherme

Guilherme PreisGuilherme Milanez Preis

[email protected]

Degree
B.S., Veterinary Medicine, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina

Adviser
Dr. Fabio Vannucci

Research
My research is focused on the transmission and pathogenesis of Senecavirus A in swine, as well as the determination of herd-level risk factors associated with the disease. 

Awards and Honors
Morrison Fellowship, Recipient, 2020-2021
MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Fellowship, Recipient, 2021-2022

Presentations
Detection of Senecavirus A and IgG antibodies over time after an outbreak in a breeding herd - Leman Swine Conference Persistent infection and protection against Senecavirus A in pigs previously infected with a homologous and a heterologous isolate - AASV meeting.

Milstein, Marissa

Milstein, Marissa

Marissa MilsteinMarissa Milstein

[email protected] 

Degrees
D.V.M., University of Minnesota
M.A., Biological Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., Anthropology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Adviser
Tiffany Wolf, DVM, PhD
Peter Larsen, PhD

Research
As a veterinarian with a background in anthropology, I am particularly interested in understanding the cultural drivers of emerging infectious disease in wildlife and human populations. I work with and indigenous group called the Waiwai to study zoonotic disease transmission from hunter harvested meat and vector-borne disease transmission, as well as how domestic dogs can serve as sentinels for infectious diseases in the human population. 

Publications (Selected)
Milstein M.S., Shaffer C.A., Gillespie T.R., Terio K.A., Wolf T.M., and Travis D. (In Revision). An Ethnographic Approach to Characterizing Zoonotic Disease Risk from Bushmeat in an Indigenous Reserve in Guyana. Ecohealth. 

Shaffer C.A., Milstein M. S., Yukuma C., Marawanaru E., Suse P., Wolf T.M., Travis D. A. (2018). Integrating ethnography and hunting sustainability modeling for primate conservation in an indigenous reserve in Guyana. Intrnl J Primatol. 39(5): 945-968. 10.1007/s10764-018-0066-2

Shaffer C.A., Milstein M.S., Yukuma C., Marawanaru E., Suse P. (2017). Assessing the sustainability the Waiwai subsistence hunting in Guyana with implications for co-management in Amazonian indigenous reserves. Conservation Biol. 31(5):1119-1131.  DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12891.

Grants and Awards
College of Veterinary Medicine Resident and Graduate Student Research Grants, Recipient, 2020
2018 Honorable Mention, Points of Pride Research Day, College of Veterinary Medicine, UMN
2016 National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration
2016 Veterinary Pioneers in Public Health Grant, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, UMN
2016 Outstanding Research Poster, Global Health Day, UMN
2016 Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences Research Grant, UMN
2016 Walter H. Judd International Graduate and Professional Fellowship, UMN
2016 International Travel Grant, College of Veterinary Medicine, UMN

Montoya Lopez, Julian

Montoya Lopez, Julian

Julian Montoya LopezJulian Montoya Lopez

[email protected]

Adviser
Cesar Corzo

Research
I study Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome (PRRS) epidemiology. I seek a better understanding of epidemiologic features related to measurement of disease (e.g. counts, prevalence, rates and ratios) in near-to-market pigs and the prevalence of economic impact virus in manure pits.

Presentations (selected)

  • Montoya Lopez J, Vilalta C, Sanhueza J, Corzo C. Prevalence of PRRSv, PEDv, PDCoV and TGEv in pig farm manure pits. 101st Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, IL, Dec. 5-8, 2020.

Publications
J. Montoya Lopez; C. Vilalta; J. Sanhueza; C. A. Corzo. Herd prevalence of PRRSv, PEDv, PDCoV and TGEv in pig farm manure pits. Leman swine conference proceedings 2020. 2.

J. Montoya Lopez; M. Kikuti; C. Vilalta; J. Sanhueza; C. A. Corzo. PRRSv farm prevalence in near-to-market-pigs in the United States. Leman swine conference proceedings 2020.

Awards

  • Carlos Pijoan Fellowship 2020-2021

Odland, Carissa

Odland, Carissa

Carissa Odland

[email protected]

Degrees
D.V.M., University of Minnesota
B.S., Animal Science, University of Minnesota
B.S., Biology, College of St. Benedict

Adviser
Dr. Peter Davies

Pamounchainavakul, Nakarin

Pamounchainavakul, Nakarin

Pamounchainavakul, Nakarin

Nakarin Pamounchainavakul

[email protected]

Adviser
Dr. Kimverly VanderWaal

Research
The ultimate goal of my research is to understand transmission dynamics of PRRSV in pigs utilizing viral genetic sequences and epidemiological metadata. To accomplish this, I am integrating both bioformatic and epidemiologic approaches to understand pathogen-host dynamics.

Publications
Aiewsakun, P., Pamornchainavakul, N. & Inchaisri, C. Early origin and global colonisation of foot-and -mouth disease virus. Sci. Rep. (2020). doi:10.1038/s41598-020-72246-6.

Paul, George Omondi

Paul, George Omondi

George Omondi PaulGeorge Omondi Paul

[email protected]

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

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

Pena Mosca, Felipe

Pena Mosca, Felipe

Felipe Pena Mosca

Felipe Pena Mosca

[email protected]

Degrees
MSc. Universidad de la República, Uruguay, 2018
DVM. Universidad de la República, Uruguay 2015 

Advisers
Dr. Luciano Caixeta and Dr. Sandra Godden 

Research
My research looks for a deeper understanding of mastitis epidemiology and new ways to improve udder health in dairy cows. I am currently involved in projects that study bedding management and its impact on udder health, new approaches for mastitis diagnosis and treatment in conventional and organic dairy farms.

Awards
MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Fellowship, Recipient, 2021-2022 
Fulbright Scholarship, 2019
Scholarship for Young Teachers and Researchers, Santander, Uruguay. 2017
Graduate Scholarship ANII (National research and Innovation Agency), Uruguay. 2016
Introduction to research Scholarship ANNII (National Research and Innovation Agency), Uruguay. 2014

Presentations
Peña Mosca F., Godden S,M., Royster E., Crooker B.A., Raynor P., Janni, K. (2021) Management of Recycled Manure Solids Bedding on Midwest Dairy Farms. Part 2 – Relationship Between Processing Method, Bedding Characteristics and Bedding Bacterial Count. NMC 60th Annual Meeting Proceedings.

Peña Mosca F., Dean C., Ray T., Doster E, , Fernandes L., Antunes A., Sharpe K., Feijoo V., Baumann C., Wehri T., Heins B. , Pinedo P. , Machado V., Caixeta L. , Noyes N. (2021). Associations between intramammary infections caused by non-aureus Staphylococci, Streptococcus spp. and Streptococcus-like organisms and Staphylococcus aureus in early lactation on organic dairy cows. NMC 60th Annual Meeting Proceedings

Publications
Dean C., Peña Mosca F., Ray T., Heins B., Pinedo P. , Machado V., Caixeta L. , Noyes N. (2021). What is the Microbiome and Why is it Important for Organic Livestock Production?. eOrganic. http://eorganic.org/node/34373 Published in conference proceedings.

Peña Mosca F., Godden S,M., Royster E., Crooker B.A., Raynor P., Janni, K. (2021) Management of Recycled Manure Solids Bedding on Midwest Dairy Farms. Part 2 – Relationship Between Processing Method, Bedding Characteristics and Bedding Bacterial Count. NMC 60th Annual Meeting Proceedings.

Godden S.M., Peña Mosca F., Royster E., Crooker B.A., Raynor P., Janni, K. (2021) Management of Recycled Manure Solids Bedding on Midwest Dairy Farms. Part 1 – Relationship between processing method, udder health and production, and bedding bacterial counts. NMC 60th Annual Meeting Proceedings.

Peña Mosca F., Dean C., Ray T., Doster E, , Fernandes L., Antunes A., Sharpe K., Feijoo V., Baumann C., Wehri T., Heins B. , Pinedo P. , Machado V., Caixeta L. , Noyes N. (2021). Associations between intramammary infections caused by non-aureus Staphylococci, Streptococcus spp. and Streptococcus-like organisms and Staphylococcus aureus in early lactation on organic dairy cows. NMC 60th Annual Meeting Proceedings.

Godden S.M., Peña Mosca F., Royster E., Crooker B.A., Raynor P., Janni, K. (2021) Investigation of the Relationship Between Method of Processing Recycled Manure Solids Bedding and Udder Health and Production on Midwest Dairy Farms. AABP 53rd Annual conference. 

Rasmussen, Elizabeth

Rasmussen, Elizabeth

Elizabeth Rasmussen

Elizabeth Rasmussen

[email protected]

Degrees
B.S., Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota 

Adviser
Dr. Marie Culhane

Research
“I am interested in avian influenza virus (AIV) and other infectious disease transmission at the wildlife, domestic animal, and human interface. My MS work is focused on exploring the role gull species play in AIV transmission to poultry. I'm currently working on phylogenetic analysis of gull viruses, and am GPS tracking 5 Ring-billed Gulls.”

 

Rodriguez, Zelmar

Rodriguez, Zelmar

Zelmar Rodriguez

[email protected]

Degree
D.V.M., UDELAR Facultad de Veterinaria, Uruguay

Advisers
Dr. Gerard Cramer and Dr. Luciano Caixeta

Research
I work in quantitative epidemiology, veterinary medicine, and clinical research. My research involves the use of advanced statistical modeling approaches such as generalized linear models, survival analysis, correlated residual models, and multilevel modeling analysis to assess peripartum diseases in dairy cattle (i.e., hyperketonemia, mastitis, and lameness), and developing disease control and management strategies.

Presentations
Rodriguez Z, Caixeta LS, Wynands E, Cramer G. Assessment of the interaction between hyperketonemia and early lactation milk yield in Holstein dairy cattle”. 2019 American Association of Bovine Practitioners Conference. St. Louis, Missouri.

Rodriguez Z, Caixeta LS, Wynands E, Cramer G. Is hyperketonemia detrimental for all dairy cows? 2019 American Dairy Science Association Conference. Cincinnati, Ohio.

Rodriguez Z, Caixeta LS, Wynands E, Lukach J, Cramer G. “Evaluation of the occurrence of hyperketonemia in subsequent lactations in dairy cows". 2019 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference, St Paul, Minnesota.

Rodriguez Z, Caixeta LS, Cramer G. Association between peripartum metabolites and development of hoof lesions in dairy cows. 2018 Minnesota Dairy Health Conference, St Paul, Minnesota.

Publications
Z. Rodriguez; E. Wynands; E. Shepley; L. Baumgard; G. Cramer; L.S. Caixeta (2021). Milk yield in the first week postpartum as an effect modifier of the association of hyperketonemia with clinical mastitis, herd removal, and reproductive performance in dairy cattle (under review in the Journal of Dairy Science.

Rodriguez, Z.; Shepley, E.; Ferro, P.P.C.; Moraes, N.L.; M. Antunes, A.; Cramer, G.; Caixeta, L.S. (2021) ”Association of Body Condition Score and Score Change during the Late Dry Period on Temporal Patterns of Beta‑Hydroxybutyrate Concentration and Milk Yield and Composition in Early Lactation of Dairy Cows”. Animals, 11, 1054, doi:10.3390/ani11041054.

Z. Rodriguez; L.S. Caixeta; G. Cramer. (2020) ”Diagnostic accuracy of a bovine specific electronic beta‑hydroxybutyrate handheld meter in fresh blood and stored serum samples.” Veterinary and Animal Science 11, 100159.

Awards
VMED Graduate Program Enhanced Learning Travel Award, 2018
MnDRIVE Global Food Venture Fellowship, 2019-2020 
Minnesota Milk Producers Association Award 2019
Veterinary Medicine Graduate Program Enhanced Learning Travel Award 2018

Schambow, Rachel

Schambow, Rachel

SchambowRachel-5x7-hires.jpg Rachel Schambow

[email protected]

Degrees
B.S. Physiology, University of Wyoming
DVM, University of Wisconsin-Madison
 
Adviser
 
Research
My research area is African Swine Fever epidemiology with a focus on risk analysis and identifying novel tools for early detection and control of the disease.
 
Publications
Schambow RA, Bennett TB, Dopfer D, and JPN Martins. 2021. A retrospective study investigating the association of parity, breed, calving month and year, and previous parity milk yield, and calving interval with twin births in US dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. (104).
 
Schambow RA, Poulsen K, Bolin S, Krahn D, Norby B, Sockett D, and PL Ruegg. 2021. Apparent prevalence of Mycoplasma wenyonii, Candidatus Mycoplasma haemobos, and bovine leukemia virus in Wisconsin and Michigan dairy cattle herds. JDS Communications (2).

Schettino, Daniella

Schettino, Daniella

Daniella Schettino 

[email protected]

Degrees
M.S., Food Safety, University Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil

D.V.M., University Federal de Lavras, Brazil

Adviser
Dr. Andres Perez

Research
My research area is in Veterinary Epidemiology, focused in risk analysis, animal movement network analysis and animal surveillance by applying epidemiological tools in Official Veterinary Services. 

Awards
University of Washington, Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases Scholarship, Recipient, 2020
VMED Graduate Program Enhanced Learning Travel Award, Spring and Fall 2019.
Scholarship for 12th Summer Institute in Statistics and Modeling in Infectious Diseases (SISMID) of the University of Washington - Module 5: Spatial Statistics in Epidemiology and Public Health and Module 9: Contact Network Epidemiology, July 2020.
 
Presentations

Schettino D, VanderWaal K, and Perez AM (2019). Social Network Analysis of Pig Movements and Spatial Characterization of Pig Farms in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Front. Vet. Sci. Conference Abstract: GeoVet 2019. Novel Spatio-temporal approaches in the era of Big Data. doi: 10.3389/conf.fvets.2019.05.00061 (Oral Presentation)

D.N. Schettino, A.M. Perez. Quantitative assessment of the risk for introduction of classical swine fever virus via pig movements into the State of Mato Grosso, Brazil, Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 2019, Minneapolis, USA, 2019 (Poster Session).

D. N. Schettino, J. L. G. van de Ligt, F. Sampedro, A. Perez., G. C. Shurson, and P. E. Urriola, Risk-based preventive control plan for foreign animal viruses carried by feed: The pilot case for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), Global Health Day 2019, April 13th, University of Minnesota, USA, 2019 (Poster Session).

Schettino Daniella N., Abdrakhmanov Sarsenbay K., Beisembayev Kanatzhan K., Korennoy Fedor I., Sultanov Akhmetzhan A., Mukhanbetkaliyev Yersyn Y., Kadyrov Ablaikhan S., Perez Andres M. Risk for African Swine Fever Introduction Into Kazakhstan, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, v.8, 2021. URL=https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fvets.2021.605910 DOI=10.3389/fvets.2021.605910 ISSN=2297-1769 -

 
 

 

Schwartz, Mark

Schwartz, Mark

Mark Schwartz

[email protected]

Adviser
Dr. Maria Pieters

Research 
I am studying production models and the association with changes in performance parameters (growth rate from birth to wean, survivability from birth to wean, growth rate from weaning to end of nursery phase) as well as differences in disease transmission frequency and microbiome diversity between the two populations. The production models aer the conventional model of a litter of pigs being allowed to nurse from the birth sow, with cross fostering as required for litter size equalization compared to a novel model developed which allows pigs from eight to twelve litters to nurse from multiple sows.

Shepherd, Frances

Shepherd, Frances

Shepherd, FrancesFrances Shepherd

[email protected]

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

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.

Slizovskiy, Ilya

Slizovskiy, Ilya

Ilya Slizovskiy

Ilya Slizovskiy

[email protected]

Degrees
D.V.M., Colorado State University
M.P.H., Environmental Health Sciences, Yale University
B.S., Environmental Science & Chemistry, Muhlenberg College

Adviser
Dr. Noelle Noyes

Areas of research interest
I am a veterinarian with a background in public health and epidemiology. My ultimate goal is to advance understanding of the ways in which ecosystems, farm environments, and general agricultural management practices influence occurrence of disease in human and animal populations. To that end, my research interests involve the development of laboratory, computational, and statistical methods necessary to characterize potential risks of mobilization of antimicrobial resistance genes between pathogens at the human-animal interface. Currently, my research projects are being conducted in the U.S., Europe, and Africa.

Awards and Honors
University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Recipient, 2020
USDA FSIS Food Safety and Public Health Fellowship, Recipient, 2020

Presentations
2020 Marini S., Slizovskiy, I., Noyes, N., Boucher C., Prosperi M. Learning antimicrobial resistance through secondary structure of protein variants. International Society for Computational Biology: Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology. July 13-16. Virtual conference (https://www.iscb.org/ismb2020). Abstract No. 147. 2020.

Makau D.N., Slizovskiy, I.B, VanderWaal, K., Obanda, V., Noyes, N.R., Johnson, J.R., Oakes, M., Travis, D., Omondi, G. Drivers of antimicrobial use in pastoral communities in Kenya. Conference of Researcher Workers in Animal Diseases (CRWAD): Section in antimicrobial stewardship in cattle. December 3-7. Virtual Conference. Abstract No.:186 2020.

Slizovskiy, I.B, Settle, J.K., Boucher C., Noyes, N.R. Targeted-enrichment and long read sequencing (TELS) uncovers mobility potential of antibiotic resistance in microbiomes. American Society for Microbiology: Conference on Rapid Applied Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines. December 7-11. Virtual Conference. Abstract No.: 2020-A-70-ASM

Publications
Kaufman, J.H., Terrizzano, I., Nayar, G., Seabolt, E., Agarwal, A., Slizovskiy, I.B., Noyes, N.R. Integrative and Conjugative Elements (ICE) and associated cargo genes within and across hundreds of bacterial genera. Genome Biology. 2021. (In review)

Marini S., Slizovskiy, I.B., Noyes, N., Boucher C., Prosperi M. Learning antimicrobial resistance through secondary structure of protein variants. Front. Genet. 2021. (12) https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2021.564186.

Noyes, N.R., Slizovskiy, I.B., Singer, R.S. Beyond antimicrobial use: A framework for prioritizing antimicrobial resistance interventions. Annu. Rev. Anim. Biosci. 2021.9:313-332.

Slizovskiy, I.B., Settle, J.K., Boucher, C., Noyes, N.R. Targeted-enrichment and longread sequencing (TELS) uncovers mobility potential of antibiotic resistance in microbiomes. Nature biotechnol. 2021 (In review).

Marini S., Das R.A., Oliva, M., Kahveci, T., Slizovskiy, I.B., Noyes, N.R., Boucher, C., Prosperi, M. MetaMetAMR: A metafeature, metamodel approach to classify antimicrobial resistance from high-throughput short-read metagenomics data. Bioinformatics. (In review).

Sponheim, Amanda

Sponheim, Amanda

Sponheim, AmandaAmanda Sponheim

[email protected]

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

Adviser
Dr. Maria Pieters

Research
My research focuses on diagnostic approaches for detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in low and high prevalence scenarios.

Publications
Payne B.; Ness A.; Clark, S. Achromobacter xylosoxidans: Causative Agent of Reproductive Failure in Artificially-Inseminated Sows and Gilts. Journal of Swine Health and Production, 2008. Volume 16, Number 6; 316.

Clark, S.; Ness, A.; Borst, L.; Maddox, C.; Payne, B. Description of growth dynamics of biofilm bacteria found in extended porcine semen. Biology of Reproduction Special Issue. 2007; 44.

Clark, S.; Ness, A.; Baldrighi, J.; Borst, L.; Maddox, C.; Payne, B. Inoculation of culture negative porcine semen with novel biofilm forming bacteria. Reproduction Fertility and Development 20:85.

Presentations (selected)
Sponheim, A.; Fano, E.; Rovira, A.; Pieters, M. 2017. A diagnostic approach to confirm day zero. Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. St. Paul, MN.

Sponheim, A.; Dalquist, L. Sievers, C.; Wetzell, T.; Polson, D.; Fano, E. 2017. Comparison of various sample types for the detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae during the mid-stages of infection. United States Organization for Mycoplasmology. Birmingham, AL.

Sponheim, A.; Morrison, B.; Spronk, G; Wetzell, T. 2016. Mycoplasma Elimination Sampling Protocols. 4.2 At the Meeting with the Morrison Group. St. Paul, MN.

Sponheim, A.; Fano, E.; Polson, D.; Pieters, M. 2016. Is your herd Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae negative? Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. St. Paul, MN.

Fitzgerald, C; Sponheim, A.; Fano, E; Polson, D.; Pieters, M. 2016. Guidelines for detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae in low prevalence scenarios. American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Sponheim, A.; Fano, E.; Polson, D.; Doolittle, K.; Pieters, M. 2015. Influence of pooling on Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae polymerase-chain reaction diagnostic assay results in expected low prevalence scenarios. Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. St. Paul, MN.

Awards
Dr. Alex Hogg Scholarship, American Association of Swine Veterinarians 2018
Leman Fellowship, 2016

Publications
Garcia-Morante B., Maes D., Sibila M., Betlach A.M., Sponheim A., Canturri A., Pieters M. “Improving Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae diagnostic capabilities by harnessing the infection dynamics.” Veterinary Journal. Submitted.

Sponheim A., Munoz-Zanzi C., Fano E., Polson D., Pieters M. “Pooled sample testing for detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae during late infection for application to a herd eradication program.” Preventative Veterinary Medicine. 2021. 189: 105313.

Valeris-Chacin R., Sponheim A., Fano E., Isaacson R.S., Singer R., Nerem J., Leite F.L., Pieters M. “Relationships among fecal, air, oral, and tracheal microbial communities in pigs in a respiratory infection disease model.” Microoranisms. 2021. 9(2): 252.

Betlach A., Fano E., Sponheim A., Valeris-Chacin R., Dalquist L., Singer R., Pieters M. ”Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae genetic variability within swine production flows.” Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. 2020. Volume 84, Number 4: 310-313(4).

Hogan K., Sponheim A., Fano E., Polson D., Cairns J., Pipestone Applied Research. Field applicable technology in the swine industry: SoundTalks® cough monitoring and Remote Insights© movement analysis in a PRRS and IAV-S co-challenge study. American Association of Swine Veterinarians. 2021.

Graham K., Dion K., Glisson K., Nunes-De-Almeida M., Sponheim A., Zhang JQ. Investigating intermittent PRRSV detection in a breeding herd following PRRSV elimination. American Association of Swine Veterinarians. 2021.

Sponheim A., Munoz-Zanzi C., Fano E., Pieters M. Estimation of pool sensitivity for detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae by PCR using deep tracheal catheter field samples. American Association of Swine Veterinarians. 2021.

Weidmayer R., Murray D., Johnson L., Sponheim A., Michels T. Determining incidence and developing a case definition for muscle necrosis and lameness found in high health flow. American Association of Swine Veterinarians. 2021.

Sponheim A., Munoz-Zanzi C., Fano E., Pieters M. Estimation of pool sensitivity for detection of Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae by PCR using deep tracheal catheter field samples. Allen D. Leman Swine Conference Proceedings; 2020; 9.

Sturos, Matthew

Sturos, Matthew

Matthew SturosMatthew Sturos

[email protected]

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

Advisers
Dr. Fabio Vannucci and 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.

Presentations
Saying Hello to our little friend – Streptococcus suis diagnostics (2020). Virtual presentation at: Allan D. Leman Swine Conference. Saint Paul, MN, USA.

Bacterial genotyping – Streptococcus suis examples-UMN VDL Workshop (2020). Virtual presentation at: Allan D. Leman Swine Conference. Saint Paul, MN, USA. 3. FASTA file manipulation and interpretation-UMN VDL Workshop (2020).

Virtual presentation at: Allan D. Leman Swine Conference. Saint Paul, MN, USA.

Campus Presentations: Senecavirus A in piglet processing fluids and intestines (2021).

Virtual presentation at: CVM Graduate Student Seminar Series. University of Minnesota. Saint Paul, MN, USA. Interactive Food Animal Diagnostic Cases (2021).

Virtual presentation at: CVM Production Animal Club Meetings. University of Minnesota. Saint Paul, MN, USA. Interactive Swine Diagnostic Cases (2021).

Virtual Presentation at: CVM Swine Infectious Disease Seminar. University of Minnesota. Saint Paul, MN, USA. Streptococcus suis – a pathologist’s perspective (2020).

Virtual presentation at: Morrison Forum for Advancing Swine Production Medicine. University of Minnesota. Saint Paul, MN, USA. Senecavirus A in swine (2020).

Virtual Three Minute Thesis presentation at: CVM Research Day. University of Minnesota. Saint Paul, MN, USA.

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

Kumar, R., Sturos, M., Porter, R. E., Singh, A., Armién, A. G., Goyal, S. M., & Mor, S. K. (2020). An Outbreak of Fowl Aviadenovirus A–Associated Gizzard Erosion and Ulceration in Captive Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus). Avian Diseases, 65(1), 52-58.

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

Suwongsaksri, Napatsorn

Suwongsaksri, Napatsorn

Napatsorn SuwongsaksriNapatsorn Suwongsaksri

[email protected]

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

Adviser
Dr. Randall Singer

Areas on research interest
I am interested in antimicrobial resistance genes from animal productions especially poultry production. My research focuses on determining an association between antimicrobial resistance patterns and antimicrobial usage within poultry farms in California to develop appropriate antimicrobial stewardship guidelines and best management practices.

Tate, Nicole

Tate, Nicole

Nicole TateNicole Tate

[email protected]

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

Adviser
Dr. Eva Furrow

Research
My current research focuses on discovering the causal genetic variants of urolithiasis in companion animal species. Mainly, I have studied xanthine uroliths (formed due to a loss of function in key enzymes of the purine degradation pathway) in dogs, cats, goats, and river otters. My other current research includes identifying causal variants of cystathioninuria, vitamin D-dependent rickets, and idiopathic hypercalcemia in cats, and hyperoxaluria in dogs. I am also interested in using the newest genetic technologies, along with bioinformatics, to investigate complex traits in animals.

Presentations
Tate NM, Furrow, E, Minor KM, Martinson SA, Larrabee SN, Anttila M, Sleeper MM, and Henthorn P. A potassium channel mutation is associated with sudden cardiac death in juvenile Toy Manchester Terriers. 2017 International Canine and Feline Genetics and Genomics Conference, St. Paul, MN.

Tate NM, Minor KM, Mickelson JR, Petersen KH, Lyons LA, Lulich JP, and Furrow E. Mutations in MOCOS and XDH underlie urolithiasis in companion animal species. 2017 International Canine and Feline Genetics and Genomics Conference, St. Paul, MN.

Tate NM, Beeson SB, McCoy AM, Splan RK, Mickelson JR, McCue, ME. The Search for Genetic Determinants Influencing Standardbred Performance. 2017 Plant and Animal Genetics conference in San Diego, California.

Tate NM, McCoy AM, Beeson SB, Splan RK, Mickelson JR, McCue, ME. The Search for Genetic Determinants Influencing Standardbred Performance. 2016 Excellence in Equine Research Poster Presentation.

Tate NM, Minor KM, Mickelson JR, Peterson KH, Lulich JP, and Furrow E. Three mutations underlying canine xanthine urolithiasis. 2016 University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Points of Pride Research Day. Winner of Best Poster in the Postdoc/Scientist category.

Tate NM, Minor KM, Lyons LA, Mickelson JR, Lulich JP, and Furrow E. Uncovering mutations underlying feline xanthine urolithiasis. 2016 University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Points of Pride Research Day.

Tate NM, Minor KM, Mickelson JR, Peterson KH, Lulich JP, and Furrow E. Diverse mutations underlying canine xanthine urolithiasis. Minnesota Urolith Center Rounds.

Tate NM. Two genetic diseases in Manchester Terriers. Invited speaker at the 2016 American Manchester Terrier Club Nationals in Vallejo, California.

Tate NM, Minor KM, Mickelson JR, Peterson KH, Lulich JP, and Furrow E. Three mutations underlying canine xanthine urolithiasis. 2016 International Society for Animal Genetics Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tate NM, Minor KM, Mickelson JR, Peterson KH, Lulich JP, and Furrow E. Three mutations underlying canine xanthine urolithiasis. 2015 University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Points of Pride Research Day.

Awards
Joanne Schmidt O’Brien/Bee Hanlon Research Fellow, 2017-2018.
USDA-NRSP8 Student Travel Award, 2016.
College of Veterinary Medicine Points of Pride Research Day – Best Postdoc/Scientist Poster, 2016.
International Society of Animal Genetics Travel Bursary, 2016.
Summer Institute of Statistical Genetics Travel Award, 2016

Valeris, Robert

Valeris, Robert

Valeris, RobertRobert Valeris

[email protected]

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

Advisers
Dr. Randall Singer and 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
MnDRIVE Global Food Venture Fellowship, 2017-2018
ICI3D Clinic on Dynamical Approaches to Infectious Disease Data travel award, 2016

 

Wang, Lan

Wang, Lan

Lan Wang

Lan Wang

[email protected]

Adviser
Dr. Montse Torremorell

Degree
M.S., Preventive Veterinary Medicine, China Agricultural University B.S., Veterinary Medicine, Nanjing Agricultural University, China 

Research
My research is the development of novel surveillance methods to enhance our understanding of epidemiology of swine infectious diseases, especially porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and swine influenza virus (IAV-S), and advance the regional control of these diseases.

 

Worsley-Tonks, Katherine

Worsley-Tonks, Katherine

Katherine Worsley TonksKatherine Worsley-Tonks

[email protected]

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

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

Erin WynandsErin Wynands

[email protected]

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

Adviser
Dr. Gerard Cramer

Research
My research is focused on dairy cattle lameness. We are examining the role of fat mobilization during the early period of lactation as a risk factor for hoof lesion development. I am also interested in qualitative research methods and agriculture extension programs.


Publications
Wynands, E. M., S. J. LeBlanc, D. F. Kelton. 2017. Short Communication: The effect of storage conditions and storage duration on milk ELISA results for pregnancy. Journal of Dairy Science. 100 (12): 9781–9786.


Presentations (selected)
Wynands, E. M., G. Cramer. 2018. An evaluation of the relationship between hyperketonemia and pre- and post-calving hoof lesions in dairy cattle. [American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting – Animal Health Division, Knoxville, TN. June 2018]

Wynands, E. M., D. Moe, G. Cramer. 2016. Evaluation of three lameness detection strategies on the odds of cure in dairy cows. [American Dairy Science Association Joint Annual Meeting - Production Division, Salt Lake City, UT. July 2016]

Wynands, E. M., M. von Massow, S. J. LeBlanc, D. F. Kelton. 2016. Economic evaluation of a milk test for pregnancy confirmation in dairy cows. [American Dairy Science Association Joint Annual Meeting - Production Division, Salt Lake City, UT. July 2016]

Wynands, E. M., S. J. LeBlanc, D. F. Kelton. 2015. Pregnancy outcomes based on milk pregnancy-associated glycoprotein levels. [American Dairy Science Association Joint Annual Meeting - presented in the Production Division MSc Oral Contest, Orlando, FL. July 2015]


Awards
William and Deanna Pritchard Award, 2018 - 2019

Yang, Zhen

Yang, Zhen

Zhen YangZhen Yang

[email protected]

Degrees
D.V.M. in progress, University of Minnesota
B.S., Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University

Adviser
Dr. Albert Rovira

Research
My research focuses on epidemiology, genetic and clinical correlations of emerging porcine circovirus type 2 and type 3 in swine herds in the United States. 

Awards
American Assocation of Swine Veterinarians Foundation Scholarship, 2018
Cargill Food Animal Scholarship

Zucko, Dora

Zucko, Dora

Dora ZuckoDora Zucko

Degree
D.V.M., University of Zagreb

Adviser
Dr. Kathleen Boris-Lawrie

Area of research interest
My research is focused on characterising circular RNAs in the field of veterinary medicine, looking into their potential as a future diagnostic and therapeutic tool for companion animals – on one hand utilizing them as biomarkers for canine malignancies and, on the other hand, experimentally navigating their immunogenic properties as immune boosters towards plausible vaccine adjuvants and immunotherapy- an area that to this date remains completely unexplored.