STAR Student Project Titles

As part of the STAR program students must submit a one page summary and present a poster of their research findings at the end of the summer STAR TG.

Below are the titles of the most recent summer STAR projects. Click on the title of a project below to view the poster (.pdf).

For more information, please contact Christine Munsterman at svmstarprogram@ucdavis.edu or 530-754-7746.

Student's Name Class of Mentor Project Title
Charles Artiles 2020 David Guzman, L.V., MS, Dipl ECZM, Dipl ACZM-  VM:  Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Computed tomographic findings of clinical dental disease in domestic rabbits
Alisa Berg 2020 Woutrina Smith,  DVM, MPVM, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine South African wildlife species-specific differences in Rift Valley fever virus seroprevalence
Joanne Bettada 2019 Derek Cissell, VMD, PhD - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Magnetic resonance imaging: Optimal cartilage visualization of equine distal interphalangeal joint cartilage?
Evelyn Bulkeley VSTP Stuart Meyers, DVM, MS, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine Mitochondrial oxygen consumption as an indicator of spermatozoal health for chilled storage of stallion sperm
Maggie Chang 2020 Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD, DACVO, VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine The influence of engineered nanomaterials on keratocyte-fibroblast-myofibroblast transformation in the cornea stroma
Sophie Charlton 2020 Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD  VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Prevalence of and risk factors for bovine tuberculosis in cattle in the Ruaha and Kilombero River Valley ecosystems of south-central Tanzania
Yeonji Cho 2020 Mentor:  Carrie Finno, DVM, Diplo ACVIM, PhD - VM: Population, Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine  Investigation of coding variants in CYP4F2 in equine Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (eNAD)-affected horses
Denver Coleman 2019 Karl Jandrey, DVM, VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Behavioral changes due to neurologic effects of mercury on Pacific Harbor Seals Phoca vitulina richardii along the California coast
Kelly Davidson 2020 Richard Pereira, BVSc, PhD VM: Population, Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine Antimicrobial resistance trends in northern California dairy cattle Salmonella isolates, 2002-2016
Veronica Edwards 2019 Amir Kol, DVM, PhD - VM: Pathology,  Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD Regenerative Medicine;  Nucharin Songasen, DVM, PhD,  Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute  Maturation rates of oocytes and glucose metabolism rates of small antral follicles cultured in 2,4-dinitrophenol in canines
Grace England VSTP Helen Raybould, PhD – VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology,  School of Veterinary Medicine Role of butyrate in restoring satiety signaling in rodent model of high-fat (HF) diet-induced obesity
Janny Evenhuis 2020 Frank Verstraete, DrMedVet, BVSc,  MMedVet - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine “Dental pathology of the Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
Claudia Ferreira 2020 Munashe Chigerwe, BVSc, MPH, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Evaluation of the wound healing process of dairy calves using thermographic examination: primary closure vs second intention healing model
Sarah Fingerhood 2019 Laurel Gershwin, DVM, PhD -VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology,  School of Veterinary Medicine Detection of Cyclooxygenase-2 expression in lungs of calves infected with bRSV and treated with ibuprofen
Samantha Fousse VSTP Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, Diplo. ACVIM – VM: Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Genetic determinants of atrial fibrillation in Irish Wolfhounds
Lindsey Garcia 2020 Joanne Paul Murphy, DVM, DACZM, DACAW, VM:  Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine; Jamie M. Douglas, DVM, MS, VM:  Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Implications of fecal corticosterone on welfare of Orange-Winged Amazons (Amazona amazonica) during social pairing
Katherine Gates VSTP Leigh Griffiths, DSAS, DACVIM (cardio), VetMD, MRCVS, PhD, Mayo Clinic The road to better biomaterials
Croix Griffin 2019 Richard Levenson, MD, FCAP – Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center Novel acridine orange staining protocol and microscopy with UV surface excitation allows for rapid histological assessment of canine cutaneous mast cell tumors
Sasha Hazelton 2019 Andrea Fascetti, VMD, PhD – VM:  Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Assessing plasma zinc concentrations as a reflection of zinc status in aging Rhesus Macaques
Patrick Huang 2020 Kevin Woolard, DVM, PhD – VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine The role of disseminated tumor cells in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme
Casie Lee 2020 Lisa Tell, DVM, DABVP & DACZM VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine; Rachel Vannette, PhD, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis Characterizing microbial load and composition in hummingbird feeders: implications for best practice
Miriam Lee 2020 Lisa Tell, DVM, DABVP & DACZM VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Prevalence of Haemoproteus spp. infections in blood samples from Allen’s hummingbirds (Selasphorus sasin)
Connor Long 2020 Aijun Wang, PhD SOM:  Department of Surgery, UC Davis Medical Center  Characterizing canine placental stem cells for the treatment of neurological disease
Kailyn McKibben 2019 Christine Fiorello, DVM, Dipl. ACZM, PhD Wildlife Health Center, School of Veterinary Medicine Comparison of treatment protocols for Cyathostoma microspiculum in naturally infected double-crested cormorants
Devan Murphy VSTP Bruce Draper, PhD, Molecular & Cellular Biology, College of Biological Sciences, UC Davis  Over-activation of the Fgf signaling pathway in the early zebrafish gonad will lead to ovarian tumor phenotype
Andrew Oates 2020 Patty Pesavento,   DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine High prevalence of Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 in oronasal tissues of domestic cats
Alice O’Byrne 2019 Karen Shapiro, DVM, MPVM, PhD VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine Molecular epidemiology of Sarcocystis neurona from land to sea:  Detection and genotyping analysis in opossums and marine mammals from western Washington - University College Dublin visiting student
Katelynn Ondek VSTP Gene Gurkoff, PhD SOM: Neurological Surgery, School of Medicine A new rodent model of repeat mild traumatic brain injury in adolescents
Tamsen Polley 2020 Patty Pesavento,   DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVP - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine;  Julia Beatty, BSc, BVetMed, Phd, FANZCVSc –University of Sydney, Australia Investigating an etiologic role for Felis catus gammaherpesvirus 1 in high grade, large cell lymphoma
Rebecca Radisic 2019 Sean Owens, DVM,  VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine Establishing circulating red cell volume and plasma volume reference intervals for Loggerhead and Green sea turtles
Kavi Rude 2020 Melanie Gareau, PhD, VM:  Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology,  School of Veterinary Medicine GI pathophysiology following early life environmental exposure to PCBs in neonatal mice
Sarah Saad 2019 Sonja Dieterich, PhD, SOM Radiation Oncology, School of Medicine; Katherine Hansen, DVM, VM:  Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine   Using EPID in vivo dosimetry to quantify treatment delivery accuracy in canine head and neck tumors
Laurel Saldinger 2020 Dori Borjesson, DVM, MPVM, PHD VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine Equine mesenchymal stem cell interactions with CD4+ T cells
Hannah Savage VSTP Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology,  School of Veterinary Medicine  Uncovering the true phenotype of pathogen-reactive innate-like B cells
Kelly Schrock 2019 Sue Stover, DVM, PhD, VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine  The association between pre-existing lesions on proximal sesamoid bone and catastrophic proximal sesamoid bone fracture in racehorses
Lynae Shubin 2019 Gerald Barry, MS, PhD, Veterinary Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Ireland; Barbara Byrne, DVM, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine  Survey of Antimicrobial Resistance and Influenza A virus in Irish Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina)
Daniel Sintov 2019 Lance Visser, DVM, MS VM: Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Evaluation of two-dimensional echocardiography-derived tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion in conscious healthy dogs
Shannon Smith 2020 David Mills, MS, PhD, Food Science and Technology; Viticulture & Enology, UC Davis; Saumya Wickramasinghe, BVSc, MS, PhD, Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka Characterizing the Asian elephant microbiome
Kellie Snider 2020 Luke Wittenburg, DVM, DACVCP, PhD, VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Canine osteosarcoma as a model for investigating the therapeutic potential of miR-34a prodrug in humans
Stephanie Stromberg 2019 Danika Bannasch, DVM, MPVM, PhD, VM: VM: Population, Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine;  Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD, DACVO, VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Evaluation of the MHC class II as a candidate for sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) in Dachshunds
Kelly Symmes 2018 Lark Coffey, PhD  VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine Virulence of re-emerging St. Louis Encephalitis Virus in California
Gauthier Terrade 2020 Mentor: Chris Miller, DVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine Development of less invasive functional assessments of malignant hyperthermia (MH) genotypes - visiting student from Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, France
Eric Velazquez VSTP Andreas Bäumler, PhD SOM: Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine Mouse vendor-dependent variation in gut microbiota determines susceptibility to Salmonella infection
Zhe (Alice) Wang 2020 Glenn Yiu, MD, PhD, SOM:  Ophthalmology & Vision Science, UC Davis Eye Center Evaluation of biocompatibility of a novel sustained ocular drug delivery system in Rhesus Macaques using optical coherence tomography
Nicole Yang 2019 Eric Johnson, DVM, SVM:  Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of prostatic carcinoma in the canine