Graduate Program News

Nicole Tate receives two outstanding poster awards

Nicole Tate, advised by Dr Eva Furrow, was awarded one of two outstanding poster awards at the 10th international conference on Canine and Feline Genetics and Genomics, May 16 - 29 in Bern Switzerland. The title of her poster was "Performance of Variant Pathogenicity Prediction Methods in Veterinary Species.

Kaushi KananakegeCongratulations to our newest PhD graduate, Kaushi Kanankege

Her PhD thesis “The use of spatiotemporal analytical tools to inform decisions and policy in One Health scenarios” was successfully defended.  Kaushi is now a postdoc in the Veterinary Population Medicine department.

Kruthika Patel successfully defended her Master's thesis

Patel's thesis is titled, "Molecular epidmiology of Staphlyococcus aureus isolated from bulk tank milk from U.S. dairy herds."  She is employed a research associate at Dairy Experts Inc., Tulare, CA. Dairy Experts Inc. is a consulting company started by our CVM alum, Alfonso Lago. Congratulations Kruthika.


The following students have successfully completed their preliminary examinations and are PhD candidates: Michael Mahero (Advisors: Dominic Travis and Katey Pelican) and George Paul Omondi (Advisor: Dominic Travis).

Saint Paul Campus Science in Seconds: October 15, 2018 

Graduate Students doing science on Saint Paul Campus

Graduate Students Named MnDRIVE Global Food Fellows

Veterinary Medicine PhD students Shivdeep Hayer and Frances Shepherd have been named MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Fellows. These one-year awards seek to support and broaden the training of graduate students conducting research in the areas of food systems, safety, and security.

shivdeep hayerShivdeep Hayer is a veterinarian from Punjab, India.  He is interested in the spread of antibiotic resistance in bacterial species prevalent in animal production systems, particularly in Minnesota.  Specifically, he is studying the genomic basis for cephalosporin and fluoroquinolone resistance in E. coli isolates from swine farms.  His overall goals as a scientist include improving public health by producing safer food and informing on agricultural policy.  Shivdeep is advised by Dr. Andres Perez.


frances shepherdFrances Shepherd earned her B.S. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin.  She is working to prevent piglet mortality caused by infections with Rotavirus A.  She seeks to understand the antigenic relationships between virus isolates in order to create a more effective vaccine.  When her studies are completed, Frances will enter the DVM program at the University of Minnesota to compliment her research training.  Frances is advised by Dr. Michael Murtaugh.

2018 Commencement

The CVM held commencement on Saturday, May 5th at Northrop Auditorium. Seven PhD and two MS graduates participated in the ceremony. Congratulations, graduates!

Kate Barry, Graduate Programs Assistant, Liang Guo, Elizabeth Groth, Irene Bueno Padilla, Junjie Shao, Fernando Lopes Liete, Haiguang Wang, Amy Kinsley, and Lisa Hubinger, Graduate Programs CoordinatorLeft to right: Kate Barry (Graduate Programs Assistant), Liang Guo, Elizabeth Groth, Irene Bueno Padilla, Junjie Shao, Fernando Lopes Liete, Haiguang Wang, Amy Kinsley, and Lisa Hubinger (Graduate Programs Coordinator)