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VA-MD Vet Med is pleased to offer the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program (SVSRP), a biomedical research training opportunity for veterinary students. The SVSRP is sponsored by the following entities:

Students applying to the SVSRP must commit to a continuous 11-week summer program without interruption.

  • The SVSRP application (PDF) is now available. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.
  • Inquiries about the SVSRP should be addressed to Dr. Jessica Crawford at rgsvms@vt.edu.

Deadline

The application deadline for the SVSRP is Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.

Eligibility

  • DVM students in a DVM program at an accredited veterinary medical college will be considered for these scholarships.
  • VA-MD Vet Med student applicants must be first- or third-year students, which is a result of the DVM program's new curriculum. Student applicants from other AVMA-accredited colleges must be first- or second-year students.

Application

The application form (PDF) requests the following personal information:

  • Name and contact information
  • Citizenship and other eligibility questions
  • Career plans and goals
  • Education
  • Research experience (if any)
  • Ranking of areas of interest
  • Research interests

In addition, applicants must submit a CV and two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be from a faculty member at the applicant's veterinary medical college.

Selection criteria

Students are selected by the Advisory and Selection Committee already created for the SVSRP, which includes NIH T35-funded, BIVS-funded, and VMCVM-funded students, based on the likelihood that the student will pursue a career in research. Selection criteria include previous research experience, academic excellence, and references from veterinary medical college faculty.

The committee will make every effort to match the research interests of applicants to those of the mentors.

Contact

For additional information about the program or assistance with the application process, please contact VA-MD Vet Med's Office of Research and Graduate Studies at rgsvms@vt.edu or 540-231-1814.

Mission

The objective of the Summer Veterinary Student Research Program (SVSRP) is to expose veterinary students to research and the diverse opportunities for a biomedical research career. Veterinarians with a biomedical research background are in demand, and this career path provides many opportunities in academic, federal, biotech, and pharmaceutical institutions. To achieve the program's objective, four key success factors have been identified:

  • Close interaction of high-quality students who show an interest in research with enthusiastic, competent scientists as mentors
  • Educational activities that support a fundamental learning experience in biomedical research
  • Exposure to veterinarians in federal governmental agencies, academia (medical and veterinary school), and industry who have chosen to pursue a biomedical research career
    * A distinguishing feature of the program is its close proximity to Washington, D.C., and the presence of VA-MD Vet Med's campus in College Park, Maryland. Summer scholars will be provided with an opportunity to visit DVM scientists working in federal agencies, such as the NIH, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
  • Strong follow-up program ensuring research options for program alumni
  • Breakfast seminar with DVM scientists from federal agencies, pharmaceutical and biotech industry, and medical schools

Funding

  • SVSRP trainees receive a stipend by direct deposit to their designated bank account. Historically, stipends have been equivalent to the amount specified by the annual NIH Ruth Kirschstein National Service Award standard. 
  • Travel, lodging, and meals for the Washington, D.C., trip and the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium are reimbursed.

Tentative timeline

Date Activity
FEBRUARY 5 Deadline for application (PDF) receipt
EARLY MARCH Mentor and trainee meeting
MAY 24-28 Orientation short courses and orientation picnic with mentors, lab members, and trainees
MAY 24 Submit approved summer research project proposal
MAY 31 Travel to Washington, D.C.
JUNE 1-2 Veterinary medicine and public health visits in Washington, D.C.
JUNE 4–JULY 30 Nine-and-a-half weeks of summer research with one-on-one mentor contact, and eight weeks of Friday breakfast seminars
AUGUST 5-6 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium

Week 1: Orientation and picnic

The SVSRP includes an initial one-week orientation with short courses in the following subjects:

  • Biostatistics and Experimental Design: Students obtain a basic understanding of the requirements for the design of studies, the planning and implementation of data collection and organization, approaches for data analysis, how to evaluate the output of such analyses, and critical evaluation of published information. Topics covered include the characteristics of distributions, indicators of central tendency and variability, sampling distributions and probability, regression and techniques of hypothesis testing (parametric and non-parametric uni- and multivariable tests of continuous and categorical variables), and specific learning resources outside of the course.
  • Research Management: This course describes the requirements and procedures for successfully managing a research project and developing a research program. Methods of project planning, monitoring, and reporting are discussed. Also, various forms of research organization structure and research development opportunities are illuminated, within a context of career paths and opportunities, including a brief discussion of intellectual property issues.
  • Scientific Writing: This workshop focuses on helping students avoid the most egregious errors of scientific writing. These errors include improperly organizing the information, not emphasizing the key details, not writing clearly, not making smooth transitions between details, and not selecting persuasive illustrations.
  • Common Experimental Techniques and Methods: This time will be used to describe and, if possible, demonstrate experimental techniques and methods. Mentors with expertise in these techniques will be asked to prepare the demonstrations.
  • General Workshops: Workshops are tailored to the skills and knowledge of each individual cadre and include such topics as presentation skills, poster and PowerPoint design, and keeping a laboratory notebook.
  • Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals: The first hour of this course covers laws, regulations, and guidelines affecting animal care and use; ethical issues; introduction to replacement, reduction, and refinement (referred to as the 3Rs); and methods used to assess availability of alternatives. The second hour covers husbandry requirements for common laboratory animal species, recognizing and controlling variables, recognizing and minimizing pain and distress, and common laboratory animal technical and surgical procedures. The third hour covers animal model criteria, animal model selection, and common animal models.
  • Ethical Conduct of Research and Policy: Instruction in the responsible conduct of research includes three one-hour classes during orientation. Scientists are now increasingly required to go beyond experimental design and factor in ethical, social, and legal responsibilities as they plan and conduct their programs of animal research. We consider the nature of these responsibilities from two perspectives: scientific community and general public. Overall, the course examines the professional values, policies, and procedures emanating from within the scientific community itself that undergird the responsible conduct of research, which include the following areas: research conduct; peer review; authorship; publication; mentoring; conflict of interest; data ownership; record-keeping; environmental health and safety; and policies and guidelines for responsible conduct of research.

The ethical issues involved in the use of research subjects are not covered in this course. Policies and ethical considerations regarding the use of animal subjects are handled during the orientation in a separate short course. Students are provided materials for self-learning about the use of human subjects, but due to time constraints, human studies are not covered in this short course. This short course and the associated research subject material covered is meant to be an overview. A career in research would require further in-depth treatment of these subjects. SVSRP trainees are expected to attend this short course, and readings and exercises are provided in class that require the students to interact with other students and their mentors who are asked to attend, if possible, as part of their mentoring responsibility.

Picnic

A weekend picnic is provided at the end of orientation week to ensure that all participating mentors may meet with trainees and that trainees may make supportive ties among themselves early in the program. Activities in combination with other shared experiences, including orientation, visits in Washington, D.C., and the symposium, aim to create a bond for scholars that continues beyond the end of the summer program and provides further encouragement to pursue a research career upon completion of the DVM program.

Week 2: Trip to Washington, D.C.

A four-day visit to Washington, D.C., which is provided through cooperation with the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine, is designed to accomplish the following:

  1. Expose students to a spectrum of research employment opportunities within governmental facilities, industry, and nongovernmental organizations; and
  2. Guide students to develop an understanding of public policy as it relates to and is influenced by biomedical research and public and animal health.

The Washington, D.C., metropolitan area has the highest concentration of veterinarians working in the public and corporate sectors in the world. Students participating in the program have facilitated visits with multiple veterinarians who are engaged in careers in research in a spectrum of government agencies and corporations. The visits provide students with the opportunity to network with these veterinarians. Students may meet with potential future colleagues and employers at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Coordinated travel is organized to and from Blacksburg, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Weeks 2–11: Summer research

Trainees spend nine-and-a-half weeks in the laboratory implementing a research plan finalized during orientation under close guidance by their assigned mentor.

Weekly seminar

  • An hourlong seminar is held at 8:30 a.m. each Friday during the summer research period.
  • The theme of each year's seminar series is "DVMs in Biomedical Research." Past lectures have been presented by faculty members and DVMs from Merck Pharmaceuticals, the NIH, and medical schools.

Potential mentors: Research areas and contact information

These faculty were selected as potential mentors because they have active research funding (mostly from NIH), as well as substantial experience in mentoring research trainees at the pre- and post-doctoral level. Detailed information about each potential faculty mentor is available through the links provided below. Applicants who wish to discuss their application and research interests may contact these faculty.

Immunology and inflammation

  • Ansar Ahmed, DVM, PhD, associate dean, Research and Graduate Studies; professor of immunology (ansrahmd@vt.edu, 540-231-5649).
    By using relevant animal models for inflammation and autoimmune diseases, the laboratory focus is to investigate: (1) the molecular basis of how pro-inflammatory cytokines are induced and decipher aberrant cell signaling events; (2) why these disorders occur predominantly in females; and (3) the role of microRNAs in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
  • Terry Hrubec, DVM, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Anatomy, Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine; adjunct faculty, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (thrubec@vcom.vt.edu, 540-231-1702).
    Determining the mechanisms regulating embryonic and fetal development to create interventions that can prevent birth defects caused by environmental contaminants in drinking water that may be causing fetal malformations in rodents.
  • Liwu Li, PhD, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech College of Science (lwli@vt.edu, 540-231-1433).
    Molecular and cellular mechanism underlying the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases such as sepsis and atherosclerosis.
  • Xin M. Luo, PhD, associate professor of immunology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (xinluo@vt.edu, 540-231-0977).
    The research interests in the Luo Laboratory are immunological and microbial regulation of autoimmunity and immunodeficiency. On the immunological side, we are interested in the roles of dendritic cells in inflammation; while on the microbial side, we focus on how commensal bacteria in the gut affect the host immune system, and vice versa. We utilize murine models and human patient samples to study various diseases including systemic lupus erythematosus and primary immunodeficiencies.
  • Christopher Reilly, PhD, associate professor and discipline chair of physiology, Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine; adjunct faculty, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (creilly@vcom.vt.edu, 540-231-5345).
    Defining the molecular mechanisms and signal transduction cascades involved in inflammation associated with lupus nerphritis.

Infectious disease

  • Clayton Caswell, PhD, associate professor of bacteriology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (caswellc@vt.edu, 540-231-5591).
    Roles of small regulatory RNAs in the biology of Brucella spp.; mechanism of interactions between bacteria and hosts; common regulatory pathways in related bacteria
  • Nisha Duggal, PhD, assistant professor of molecular and cellular biology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (nduggal@vt.edu, 540-231-6705). 
    Emerging arboviruses; host-virus co-evolution; zika virus sexual transmission; avian innate immunity
  • Kylene Kehn-Hall, PhD, professor of virology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (kkehnhall@vt.edu, 540-231-6705).
    Encephalitic alphaviruses, Rift Valley fever virus, and SARS-CoV-2; identifying critical host factors that are necessary for viral replication and/or pathogenesis; evaluating small molecule inhibitors that target essential host-based events for their therapeutic potential; developing novel diagnostic tools to enable the early detection of viral infections
  • Margie D. Lee, MS, DVM, PhD, professor and department head, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (mlee2@vt.edu, 540-231-4652).
    Molecular epidemiology of food safety pathogens; contribution of extracellular enzymes to microbial virulence; molecular ecology and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance; molecular ecology of intestinal bacterial communities.
  • Tanya LeRoith, DVM, PhD, DACVP–Anatomic Pathology, clinical professor of anatomic pathology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (tleroith@vt.edu, 540-231-7627).
    Immunopathogenesis of viral diseases and how viruses modulate the immune system to cause disease.
  • X.J. Meng, MD, MS, PhD, University Distinguished Professor of Molecular Virology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology; professor of internal medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (xjmeng@vt.edu, 540-231-6912).
    Molecular mechanisms of viral replication and pathogenesis and the development of vaccines against emerging and zoonotic viral diseases, including Hepatitis E.
  • Mohamed Seleem, DVM, MS, PhD, professor of bacteriology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (seleem@vt.edu, 540-231-6705). 
    Develop new antimicrobials and improve delivery of drugs for the treatment of infectious diseases; develop novel methods for early detection and identification of single bacterium/fungus in complex environment.
  • Namalwar Sriranganathan, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, DACVM, professor of bacteriology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (nathans@vt.edu, 540-231-7171).
    Develop alternate treatment strategies by improving the bioavailability of therapeutic agents and by targeting specific cells using block-copolymers and amorphous nanoparticles.
  • James Weger-Lucarelli, PhD, research assistant professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (weger@vt.edu, 540-231-6594).
    Arbovirus Evolution; emerging arboviruses; host and environmental factors involved in virus transmission/evolution.
  • Sharon Witonsky, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, associate professor, Equine Field Service, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (switonsk@vt.edu, 540-231-2773).
    Host immune response to infectious diseases, primarily with the most prevalent zoonotic disease, Brucella.
  • Lijuan Yuan, PhD, professor of virology and immunology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (lyuan@vt.edu, 540-231-5154).
    The interactions among enteric viruses, probiotics, and the host immune system.

Integrative oncology

  • Irving C. Allen, MS, MBA, PhD, associate professor of inflammatory disease, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (icallen@vt.edu, 540-231-7551).
    Cancer immunology; animal models of innate immunity; animal models of allergic disease; host-pathogen interactions
  • Sheryl Coutermarsh-Ott, DVM, PhD, DACVP, veterinary pathologist, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services; adjunct faculty, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (slc2003@vt.edu).
    Tumor immunology; experimental and spontaneously-occurring tumor models; translational animal models; oncologic pathology.
  • Nick Dervisis, DVM, PhD, DACVIM–Oncology, associate professor of medical oncology, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (dervisis@vt.edu). 
    Translational research: modeling of neoplastic processes using spontaneously-arising canine and feline cancers; pharmacogenetics: effect of genetic polymorphic variants at the metabolism and kinetics of anti-cancer agents.
  • Eva Schmelz, PhD, professor, Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (eschmelz@vt.edu, 540-231-3649).

    Role of dietary and endogenous sphingolipids in cancer progression and metastasis: molecular mechanisms.
  • Edward Smith, PhD, professor of comparative genomics, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (esmith@vt.edu, 540-231-6797).
    Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in eukaryotic genomes, including human and different avian species.

Neuropathobiology

  • Paul Morton, PhD, assistant professor of neurodevelopment and neurobiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (pmorton@vt.edu, 540-231-4891).
    Neurodevelopment; neurodevelopmental diseases; congenital heart disease; glia; stem cells; regenerative medicine.
  • John H. Rossmeisl, Jr., DVM, MS, DACVIM–Internal Medicine and Neurology, Dr. and Mrs. Dorsey Taylor Mahin Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences (jrossmei@vt.edu).
    Vascular biology and tumor angiogenesis; primary brain neoplasms; traumatic brain injury; endocrinology.
  • Michelle Theus, PhD, associate professor of molecular and cellular neurobiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (mtheus@vt.edu).
    Stem cell therapies for adult central nervous system repair following traumatic injury.

Population health sciences

  • Andrea S. Bertke, PhD, associate professor of infectious diseases in public health, Department of Population Health Sciences (asbertke@vt.edu, 540-231-2707).
    Pathogenesis, latency, and reactivation of herpes simplex viruses, comparing HSV1 and HSV2; development of antivirals to prevent reactivation; autonomic nervous system pathways; interactions between nociceptors and autonomic neurons.
  • Julia Gohlke, PhD, associate professor of environmental health, Department of Population Health Sciences (jgohlke@vt.edu, 540-231-7880).
    Human health implications of global environmental change, human health risk assessment and communication after large-scale environmental disasters, bioinformatic and alternative model techniques for disseminating the molecular underpinnings of environmental effects on human health, and quantitative methods for estimating interspecies differences in brain development.

Translational and regenerative medicine

  • Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, DACVS, professor of large animal surgery, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences (lad11@vt.edu, 540-231-5234).
    Mesenchymal stem cells and tissue engineering in tendon/wound biology and healing.
  • Jia-Qiang He, PhD, associate professor of stem cell physiology, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology (jiahe@vt.edu, 540-231-2032).
    Controlled cardiac lineage differentiation of embryonic stem cells, iPSCs and adult cardiac stem cells; iPSC reprograming and characterization; Electrophysiological and functional maturity of stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes.
  • Terry Swecker, DVM, PhD, DACVN, professor of production management medicine/clinical nutrition; director, Veterinary Teaching Hospital (cvmwss@vt.edu, 540-231-7375).
    Translational science from lab to clinic.

2020 SVSRP

  • Cara Costanzo, VA-MD Vet Med
    Phylogenetic Analysis and Protein Level Mapping of Mutations in African and European Usutu Virus Strains
  • Rebecca Weiske, VA-MD Vet Med
    The contribution of sympathetic neurons to recurrent disease caused by Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2, in a Guinea Pig model

2019 SVSRP

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  • Ian Anderson, VA-MD Vet Med
    Characterizing the role of fucose in Brucella pathogenesis
  • Kate Bukovec, VA-MD Vet Med
    Effect of human gait modeling in mdx mouse soleus on muscle oxidative stress
  • Catherine Buryn, VA-MD Vet Med
    A Novel Flavivirus Vaccine to Prevent Vertical Transmission of Zika Virus
  • Zach Groff, VA-MD Vet Med
    Effect of Germ-Free Conditions on Radial Glial Progenitor Stem Cells in the Subventricular and Outer Subventricular Zones
  • Taylor James, VA-MD Vet Med
    QAC Resistance Study in Hospitalized Horses
  • Taschua Jeboda, VA-MD Vet Med
    Evaluating the role of miR-183-96-182 miRNA cluster in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Meg Oberer, VA-MD Vet Med
    Creation and characterization of single amino acid variant mutants of Mayaro virus
  • Nicholas Pietrobono, VA-MD Vet Med
    What is the ability of African and European isolates of Usutu virus to infect cells from non-avian species such as bats and rodents?
  • Alex Safian, VA-MD Vet Med
    Impact of Bacillus thuringiensis Cry5B crystal protein on strongylid larvae development
  • Joshua Scharf, VA-MD Vet Med
    Screening of AAV serotype panel for efficient transduction of sensory and autonomic neurons in guinea pigs
  • Yiannis Sotiropoulos, VA-MD Vet Med
    Influence of endothelial cell-specific erythropoietin-producing-hepatocellular carcinoma receptor (Eph) on the blood-brain barrier following traumatic brain injury
  • Kelli Stone, VA-MD Vet Med
    The role of M2-polarized macrophages in canine soft tissue sarcoma progression

2018 SVSRP

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  • Roel Becerra, Purdue University CVM
    A Natural Murine Infection Model to Delineate the Immunobiology and Persistence of Noroviruses
  • Alex Bradshaw, VA-MD Vet Med
    Quantitative Evaluation of the Effects of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSV) on Molecules Associated with T Cell Stimulation
  • Sabrina Callaway, VA-MD Vet Med
    Role of microRNAs in the lupus-gut microbiome axis
  • Stephanie Crawford, VA-MD Vet Med
    Assessment of Zika Virus Persistence in Various Tissues after Subcutaneous and Sexual Transmission
  • Francesca Frere, VA-MD Vet Med
    Susceptibility of Commons U.S. Birds and Mosquitoes to USUV Strains and the Possibility of Cross-Neutralization by WNV or SLEV
  • Elise Hennessy, Auburn University CVM
    Understanding the role of Culex mosquitoes and avian host in the sylvatic transmission of Mayaro virus
  • Shawn Kozlov, VA-MD Vet Med
    Evaluating the Effects of Boiling Histotripsy on Immune Response and Metastasis using a 4TI Breast Tumor Model
  • Mitchell Meyerhoeffer, VA-MD Vet Med
    Investigating the immune response to High Frequency Irreversible Electroporation (H-FIRE) in canine hepatocellular carcinoma
  • Ying Ngo, VA-MD Vet Med
    Synovial Macrophage Response to Bone Marrow Mononuclear Cells in Normal versus Inflamed Equine Joints
  • TJ Quinn, VA-MD Vet Med
    Purification of mouse embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes via metabolic-selection using lactase supplemented medium
  • Taylor Simmons, VA-MD Vet Med
    Dysregulated noncanonical NF-kB signaling is associated with eosinophilic esophagitis and the effect of NIK on eosinophil migration
  • Sierrah Travis, VA-MD Vet Med
    Impact of gut microbiota on the fate of neural stem cells

2017 SVSRP

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  • Kristin Blount, VA-MD Vet Med
    The Effect of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QACs) on Development of IgA Responses
  • Kaya Bryant, Tuskegee University CVM
    Environmental heat exposure among pet dogs in rural and urban counties of the South
  • Meghan Dau, VA-MD Vet Med
    Characterization of genes involved in infection by Brucella abortus by the oral route
  • Glenn Elias, VA-MD Vet Med
    qPCR Detection of Mycobacterium avium subsp. in eggs obtained from Ranged-Reared and Small Backyard Chicken Flocks in the New River Valley of Virginia and the Relationship to Non-Tuberculosis Mycobacterial Disease in Humans
  • Elizabeth Majette, VA-MD Vet Med
    Evaluation of immunogenicity of candidate rotavirus vaccine P-VP8* in gnotobiotic pig model of human rotavirus infection and disease
  • Nick Moore, VA-MD Vet Med
    Using Differences in Gene Expression to Differentiate Histiocytic Sarcoma from Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Andrea Oliver, VA-MD Vet Med
    Meta-Analysis of human patient samples after Traumatic Brain Injury using the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) informatics system
  • Samantha Perry, VA-MD Vet Med
    Expression of Immune Checkpoint Molecules in Canine Histiocytic Disease
  • Chelsea Pollak, VA-MD Vet Med
    Understanding cellular mediators of breast and pancreatic cancer tumor clearance following ablation therapy using high frequency irreversible electroporation (H-FIRE)
  • Evymarie Prado-Sanchez, VA-MD Vet Med
    Characterization of the nikR gene in Brucella abortus
  • Ashley Saver, VA-MD Vet Med
    Assessment of Zika Virus neurotropism and pathogenesis
  • Tracy Wachbrit, VA-MD Vet Med
    Determining the role of single viral capsid mutations in altering the host range and fitness of viruses
  • Caleb Whitfield, VA-MD Vet Med
    Role of CX3CR1 in Pathogenesis of Murine Lupus

2016 SVSRP

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  • Stephanie Folkerts, North Carolina State University CVM
    Isolation of antibiotic-producing bacteria from New River Valley (NRV) soil
  • Kari Hecker, VA-MD Vet Med
    Commercialization of an ELISA for Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale using hemolytic and non-hemolytic isolates
  • Bathilda Lake, VA-MD Vet Med
    Equine PCV, Erythrocyte Potassium and Transferrin Correlations
  • Tyler Lawnichak, VA-MD Vet Med
    Influence of donepezil on the development of Toxoplasma gondii and its potential relationship to Alzheimer’s
  • Melissa Lopez, Tuskegee University CVM
    Characterization of Vascular remodeling in the canine brain following Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Caitlin Mason, VA-MD Vet Med
    Native and Recombinant PD-1, PD-L1, and PD-L2 mRNA Variants for Study of Porcine Circovirus Associated Disease
  • Lauren Page, VA-MD Vet Med
    Efficacy of a New Diagnostic Procedure, the Mini-FLOTAC, in the Diagnosis of Canine Giardia Infection
  • Evymarie Prado-Sanchez, VA-MD Vet Med
    Nickel Homeostasis and Bacterial Pathogenesis: Examining NikR Regulatory System in Brucella abortus
  • Ellen Russell, VA-MD Vet Med
    NLR Inflammasome Recognition of Clostridium difficile
  • Vincent Travella, VA-MD Vet Med
    Control of lupus nephritis by manipulating gut microbiota during active disease

2015 SVSRP

  • Mitch Caudill, VA-MD Vet Med
    Characterization of the putR gene in Brucella abortus
  • Corren Freeman, Tuskagee University CVM
    Exploring the mechanisms of the components interleukin-1
  • Chris Gow, VA-MD Vet Med
    Characterization of Arteriogenesis in Juvenile Mice Following Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Judy Jean, University of Wisconsin CVM
    Use of digital droplet PCR to quantify DNA copy number of hsp90 gene in Aedes aegypti
  • Anna Jiang, VA-MD Vet Med
    Targeting glioblastoma for enhanced oncolysis by Newcastle disease virus
  • Kelsey Jorge, Midwestern University CVM
    Efficacy of butyrylcholinesterase as a topical scavenger agent against the organophosphate paraoxon
  • Caroline Moon, VA-MD Vet Med
    The Effect of common commercial rodent diets on lupus associated epigenetic factors and glomerulonephritis in MRL-lpr mice
  • Sandra Muller, University of Utrecht CVM
    Anatomic regurgitant orifice area (AROA) obtained using 3D-echocardiography as an indicator of severity of mitral regurgitation in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease
  • Erika Olney, Midwestern University CVM
    Evaluation of RNActive®-based rotavirus vaccine in the gnotobiotic pig model of human rotavirus infection
  • Luis Rivero, VA-MD Vet Med
    Beating cardiac aggregate survival in long term culture can be enhanced by alginate-based microencapsulation
  • Deepinder Sidhu, VA-MD Vet Med
    CT-guided brain biopsy using an inexpensive brain phantom and a veterinary specific stereotactic system

2014 SVSRP

  • Camille Brandenburg
    Studying iron transport in Drosophila melanogaster and the effects of iron on insect cells
  • Melissa Brusie
    Expression of miR-181a in immune cells from a mouse model of systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Kristen Hill
    Isolation and identification of antibiotic producing microbes from soil
  • Andrew Jones
    X and Y feline chromosomal DNA probe generation and placental tissue staining for the improved differentiation of maternal and fetal tissue
  • Jasmine Jones
    Characterization of the regulatory response of Brucella abortus to deoxycholate stress
  • Kye Kable
    Caspase-11 attenuates gastrointestinal inflammation and experimental colitis pathogenesis
  • Anna Katogiritis
    Donepezil hydrocholoride inhibits development of tachyzoites of Toxoplasma gondii in human retinal epithelial cell cultures
  • Vincent Michels
    The effect of bacterial depletion on pial collateral development
  • Stephanie Paultre
    A look at the detrimental effects of quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC) on sertoli cells
  • Jason Regalado
    Evaluation of an isothermal DNA amplification assay for Salmonella with applications for food safety
  • Muzzy Sayyid
    Differentiation of male germ cells from murine pluripotent stem cells in vitro
  • Tim Scott
    Investigating the trophic capabilities of equine adipose-derived cells
  • Taylor Stephens
    Effect of high fat diet and endotoxemia on mTOR activiation

2013 SVSRP

  • Jordan Adair
    The Role of EphA4 in Pial Arteriole Collateral Development
  • Camille Brandenburg
    Visualizing the Colocalization of Proteins involved in RNAi using IFA in Aedes aegypti
  • Penelope Burchfiel
    Three-Dimensional Culture of Equine Mesenchymal Stem Cells Mitigates Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Elle Donnini
    Ability of Stromal Vascular Fraction Cells to Induce a Regenerative Response in Tendon Fibroblasts Via Secretion of Soluble Factors
  • John Gil
    All-Trans-Retinoic Acid (atRA) Regulates CpG-mediated Production of Inflammatory Cytokines in Human Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell (pDC) Line CAL-1
  • Madison Jubirt
    Characterization of a Novel Small Regulatory RNA, Bsr7, From Brucella abortus 2308
  • Sarah Peloquin
    The Influence of Simvastatin on Cytokine Responses To Norovirus or P Particle Vaccine in Gnotobiotic Pigs
  • Jonathan Samuelson
    Preconditioning of hCSCs with LPS Enhances Cell Survival through a TLR-4-Mediated Anti-Apoptotic Mechanism
  • Patricia Shanteau
    The Reproductive and Developmental Effects of Ubiquitous Quaternary Ammonia Compounds
  • Vanessa Wallace
    Acute Effects of Multiple Dose Fullerene Exposures in Mice After Intravenous or Intraperitoneal Exposure

2012 SVSRP

  • Stephanie Apple
    Role of Adipose-Derived Adult Stem Cells as Trophic Mediators of Tissue Regeneration
  • Emma Kate Evans
    Fluorescent Labeling of Carboxymethylcellulose Acetate Butyrate (CMCAB) for in vitro and in vivo Uptake Studies
  • Brent Gordon
    Alterations in Plasacytoid Dendritic Cells in the Progression of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
  • Jessica Gould
    The Effect of Environmental Conditions on the Viability of Parascaris equorum Eggs
  • Ellie Kornfeind
    Maternal Nutrition Increases Risk of Metabolic Disease in Mature Offspring
  • Sarah Repsher
    The Role of EphA4 Receptor in Tube Formation of Cultured Primary Endothelial Cells Derived from the Cerebral Vasculature of C57BL/6 Mice
  • Lauren Robinson
    Differential, Tissue-specific Micro-RNA Expression in Lupus and Non-lupus Mice
  • Jennifer Shonts
    Phenotypic Modulation of Porcine Dendric Cells Following in vitro Co-infection with Porcine Circovirus Type 2 and Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus
  • Greg Simonek
    Delineating the Estrogen-mediated effects of megakaryocytes on Mesenchymal Stem Cells
  • Jesse Sugrue
    Household Teratogens and Their Effects on Neural Tube Defects

2011 SVSRP

  • Kathryn Dorsey
    Identifying Regulatory T Cell Epitopes in Porcine Circovirus 2
  • Melani French
    Detrimental Disinfectancts? Neural tube defects in mice exposed to quaternary ammonium compounds
  • Cassandra Martin
    Isoforms of VEGF-A Expressed in the Feline Placenta
  • Savannah McReynolds
    Differential Expression of Lupus-associated microRNAs in Male and Female Autoimmune-prone Mice
  • Elizabeth Mongeon
    Molecular Characteristics of Methicillin Resistance in Staphylococci Isolated from Animals at Three Teaching Hospitals
  • Cyrus Wegbreit
    Cell Cycle Arrest by Newcastle Disease Virus for Tumor Selectivity
  • Jacob Cawley
    Morphological Evaluation of Dysplastic Megakaryocytes in a Mouse Model for Myelodysplastic Syndrome
  • Gabriel Mills
    Isolation of Canine Spermatogonial Stem Cells Using Thy1 (CD90) with Magnetic-activated Cell Sorting
  • Amanda Weakley
    Use of Hair Scores as a Simple Method to Detect Fescue Toxicosis in Cattle

2010 SVSRP

  • Christine Keyserling
    The effects of exogenous sphingosineon clusteringene expression in a mouse model of progressive ovarian cancer
  • Robert Cullen
    Cytokine Measurements to Judge Effects of Maternal Immune Stimulation on Teratogen-Exposed pregnancies
  • Rachael Edwards
    Maternal Alcohol Use on the Immediate and Long Term Health of Offspring
  • Galit Frydman
    A Study of VEGF-A and Vascularization in the Feline Reproductive Tract
  • Dorothy Jones
    Effect of Lactobacillus Acidophilus on Serum Antibody Responses Induced by Rotavirus Vaccine
  • Tara Martin
    A Comparison of the Interactions of PRRSV and PCV2 in vitro
  • Michelle Welton
    Delineation of the Antigen-Activated T-cell Response in the NUP98HOXD13 Mouse Model for Myelodysplastic Syndrome

2009 SVSRP

  • Anastasiya Soper
    Effects of Dietary Leucine on Calpain/Calpastatin and mTOR/p-mTOR Contents in Cardiac Tissues of MDX Mice
  • Carmen Ledesma
    Viability and Efficacy of Chimeric Porcine Circovirus (PVC) Constructs using PSV1 and PCV2 Strains
  • Elizabeth Ferguson
    Evaluation of Murine Skeletal Defects from Maternal Exposure to Tap Water
  • Janice Thomas
    Oxidative Stress, Mitochondrial DNA Variation, and Immune Response in the Domestic Chicken, Gallus gallus
  • Kyle Webb
    Incorporating Viral M2e Proteins as an Adjuvant on Virus Surface
  • Lara Brennecke
    Effect on Fertility in Male Dogs Vaccinated with a GnRH Vaccine containing B-cell Adjuvant
  • Robert Edwards
    Folate Targeted Newcastle Disease Virus for Cancer Therapy

2008 SVSRP

  • Kristin Eden
    Anti-inflammatory Activity of Curcumin in a Murine Model of Autoimmune Glomerulonephritis
  • Ashley Manari
    Exacerbation of Lupus in 36-Week Old SNF1 Mice Prenatally Exposed to TCDD
  • Melanie Burgess
    Ultrastructure of Sensory Neurons in Organophosphate-Induced Delayed Neuropathy (OPIDN)
  • James Corrigan
    Oral Rabies Vaccine Bait Contact at Culverts Evaluated with Tracking Plates
  • Michelle Creame
    rValidation of a Human ELISA Assay to Detect c-Kit Protein in Plasma from Canine Patients with Cutaneous Mast Tumor Cells
  • Michelle Larson
    Does Interlukin-1 Receptor Associated Kinase-1 (IRAK-1) Modulate Differentiation of Alternatively Activated Macrophages that are Dose-dependent Induces by IL-4?
  • Katrina Rower
    Distribution and Histological Evaluation of Intra-peritoneal Administered Nanoparticles
  • Sheryl Coutermarsh-Ott
    Developmental TCDD Exposure Induces Autoimmune Lupus in 36-Week Old C57BL/6 Mice
  • Kimberly Horton
    Oncolytic Efficacy of Recombinant Newcastle Disease Virus against Glioma Cells

2007 SVSRP

  • Cara Cherry
    Characterization of a lipooligosaccharide biosynthesis locus (lob) in Histophilus somni (H. somni)
  • Toshiko Kobayashi
    Prion Knockdown in Differentiating Embryonic Stem Cells
  • Paul Listrani
    5-Aminoimidazole-4-carboxamide ribofuranoside (AICAR) Inhibits Inflammatory Mediator Production in vitro in SNF1 Mice
  • Tannia Clark
    Evaluation of gross/histological lesions in mouse model
  • Laura Owens
    Evaluating Raccoon Activity Zones on Virginia Tech's CampusHeather GrochImmune Consequence of Exposure to Endocrine Destructive Chemicals
  • Javiera Bahamonde
    Heart Developmental Alterations in Gestation Day 17 CD1 Mouse Fetuses of Diabetic Mothers: a Study Using Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Mouse Models