STAR Student Project Titles

As part of the STAR program students must submit a one page summary and a poster.

Below are the titles of the 2015 STAR projects. Click on the title of a project to view the poster (.pdf).

For more information, please contact Sue Kanoho at svmstarprogram@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-6612.

Student's Name Class of Mentor Project Title
Aghashani, Armeti 2017 Frank Verstraete, BVSc, DrMedVet, MMedVet - VM:  Surgical & Radiological Sciences Dental Pathology of the California Mountain Lion (Puma concolor californica)
Barnes, Julie 2018 - (Univ. of Tennessee) Bruce Christensen, DVM, MS - VM:  Population, Health & Reproduction Reproductive assessment of fluphenazine on domestic stallions
Biesbrock, Anna 2018 Patty Pesavento, DVM, PhD VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology   In vitro investigation of raccoon polyomavirus large tumor antigen interaction
with p53 and pRb in transiently transfected HEK293T cells
Blumenshine, Cody 2018 Beatriz Martinez Lopez, DVM, MPVM, PhD - VM: Medicine and Epidemiology Evaluation of the domestic-wildlife interface, in Murchison Falls National Park, in the Nwoya district of Northern Uganda in relation with African Swine Fever (ASF)
Brady, Rachel 2017 Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD –
 VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences
Advanced in vivo imaging of spontaneous chronic corneal epithelial defects (SCCEDs) in Boxers
Brostoff, Terza VSTP Patty Pesavento, DVM, PhD VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology   Raccoon polyomavirus large tumor antigen interactions with host cellular proteins
Buatois, Audrey 2018 Woutrina Smith, DVM, MPVM, PhD VM: Medicine and Epidemiology County fair epidemiological study of zoonotic pathogens (Salmonella spp. and Campylobacter spp.) shed by youth-owned livestock
Bulkeley, Evelyn VSTP Dori Borjesson, DVM, MPVM, PhD  VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Immunohistochemical comparison of human and feline chronic oral inflammatory lesions
Calloway, Taylor 2018 Woutrina Smith, DVM, MPVM, PhD - VM: Medicine and Epidemiology Assessment of lying behavior in the Asian elephant calf living in a short-term transit facility with the use of data loggers
Chong, Eric 2017 Kent Pinkerton, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology The lung pathobiology of exposure to source-oriented particulate matter (PM) from the Central Valley of California in balb/c mice
Cohn, Andrew 2018 Brian Murphy, DVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Development of a quantitative assay for efficacy against Feline Coronavirus (FECV) in tissue culture
Cupka, Justin 2017 Kevin Keel, DVM, MS, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Determining the cause of chytridiomycosis lesion distribution using an explant model
DeLucia, Travis 2017 Carlos Rodriguez, DVM, PhD, DACVIM - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences Pharmacological and biological effects of gemcitabine (dFdC) in a canine transitional cell carcinoma cell line
Figueroa, Joel 2017 Ed Schelegle, MS, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology Soluble antioxidant modulation of ozone induced responses and uptake kinetics during exercise
Fousse, Samantha VSTP Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM - VM:  Medicine & Epidemiology;  Joanne Paul-Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACZM - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Genetic Polymorphisms in the Cholesterol Transport Pathway of Psittacines
Horng, Katti VSTP Stan Marks, BVSc, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Novel Use of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) for Management of Dogs with Atopic Dermatitis
Hsieh, Emmelyn 2018 Sonja Dieterich, PhD, DABR UC Davis Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine Detection of radiotherapy setup errors using PerFRACTION software
Imig, Katherine 2018 Michelle Hawkins, BS, VMD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology The effect of inspiratory gas flow rate on the occurrence of post-intubation tracheal stenosis in birds
Lauletta, Jaquelyn 2017 Pat Conrad, DVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Effect of Environmental Exposure and Storage on Steroid Hormone Levels in Fecal Samples from African Elephants in Etosha National Park, Namibia
Lawton, Samantha 2017 Pat Conrad, DVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Prevalence and distribution of gastrointestinal parasites in Mongolian livestock and domestic dogs
Leland, Adriana 2018 David Maggs, BVSc  - VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine; Christopher Reilly, MAS, DVM –VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Assessing Ocular Surface Health, Innervation, and Tear Film Dynamics of Normal Cats and Those with Naturally Occurring Feline Herpesvirus Infection
Levin, Aaron 2018 Woutrina Smith,   DVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology  Diseases with zoonotic potential of wild toque macaques (Macaca sinica) in Sri Lanka"
Loranc, Crystal 2017 Duane Robinson, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVS VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences Determine changing antimicrobial susceptibility patterns in bacterial populations from orthopedic patients at the UC Davis VMTH
Maynard, Michael 2017 Amy Kapatkin, DVM, MS - VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine; Sue Stover, DVM, PhD, VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology The influence of gastrocnemius muscle tension and tarsal joint flexion on cranial tibial translation during limb loading in cranial cruciate ligament-intact and deficient canine stifles
McEnroe, Ethan 2018 Sarah le Jeune,  CVA, Cert. Vet. Chiro, DVM – VM:  Surgical & Radiological Sciences Evaluation of changes in skin temperature of the spine of rodeo bucking bulls using infrared thermography.
Mikoni, Nicole 2017 Lisa Tell, DVM, DABVP & DACZM VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine; Robert Poppenga – DVM, PhD - VM: California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab Biomarkers of the Avian world: measuring baseline heavy metal concentrations in feathers and tissues from Anna’s Hummingbirds (Calypte anna)
Morgan, Erica 2017 Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
 VM: Medicine and Epidemiology
Identification of genetic markers for ventricular septal defects in Arabian horses using a high density SNP-array and a genome-wide association analysis
Moskaluk, Alexandra 2018 Bruno Chomel, DrSc, DVM, MS, PhD  VM: Population Health and Reproduction Detection and Characterization of Bartonella spp. in bat ectoparasites
Murray, Caroline 2018 Lisa Miller, BS, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology Developmental Regulation of Airway Epithelial Receptors Involved in Host Defense
Ng, Geena 2018 Fern Tablin, VMD, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology In vitro characterization of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) in canine neutrophils: a pilot study
Ondek, Katelynn 2018 Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology "Borrelia burgdorferi Infection Affects Local and Systemic Complement C4  Levels in Wild Type Mice."  
Ou, Tingwei 2017 Matt Mellema, DVM, PhD - VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences Evaluation of a novel purine-sensing assay for severity staging of sleep apnea in brachycephalic dogs
Pooch, Ashley 2018 Niels Pedersen, DVM, PhD -VM: Medicine and Epidemiology English Bulldogs: A Breed In Trouble
Royalty, Diane 2017 Jon Ramsey, PhD  VM: Molecular Biosciences Dietary Carbohydrate Intake and Mitochondrial Content in Mice
Ruehl, Mackenzie 2018 Christina Sigurdson, DVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis & Department of Pathology, UC San Diego Pro-inflammatory cytokine expression in AA amyloidosis in island foxes
Savage, Hannah VSTP Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Understanding the B1 cell response during influenza infection
Sundaram, Ayswarya (Ash) 2018 Xinbin Chen, BVM, PhD, VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences The Role of p21 in Epithelial Cell Proliferation, Migration and Morphogenesis 
Symmes, Kelly 2018 Lark Coffey, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Evolution of West Nile Virus across time and space
Thompson, Christina 2018 Laurel Gershwin, DVM, PhD, VM:  Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Equine Allergic Reactions to Non-Target Antigens in the West Nile Virus Vaccine
Velazquez, Eric VSTP Andreas Bäumler, PhD – Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine Protective role of short-chain fatty acids during gut inflammation
von Stade, Devin 2017 Sean Owens, DVM – VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology The potential of tablet based digital-microscopy as a telemedicine platform for remote cytology and disease surveillance
Von Zup, Melissa 2018 Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD, VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine; Mary Lassaline, DVM, PhD, MA, DACVO, VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences Effect of brimonidine and brimonidine-timolol on intraocular pressure in normal equine eyes
Wang, Ellen 2017 Amir Ardeshir, DVM, MPVM, PhD, CA National Primate Research Center, UC Davis Evaluation of gut microbial community changes following synbiotic treatment of idiopathic chronic diarrhea in macaques
Yang, Victoria 2018 Munashe Chigerwe, BVSc, MPH, PhD, VM: Medicine and Epidemiology The Effect of Intravenous Plasma Transfusion on Granulocyte and Monocyte Activity in Neonatal Calves with Failure of Passive Immunity"