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 2016 STAR projects. Click on the title of a project below 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
Beswetherick, Kathryn 2019 Dori Borjesson, DVM, MPVM, PhD  VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology The response of my D88-transduced human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells to lipopolysaccharide and interleukin-1b-stimulation in vitro
Bulkeley, Evelyn VSTP Stuart Meyers, DVM, MS, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology The relationship between production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and abnormal sperm morphology in stallions
Calloway, Taylor 2018 Esteban Soto Martinez, DVM, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Genotyping of flavobacterium columnare isolated from wild and captive salmonids in Pacific Northwest US
Capuano, Alyssa  2019 Walter Boyce, DVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Serologic detection of subtype-specific antibodies to influenza A virus in Southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis)
Chan, Jennifer 2019 Rachel Pollard, DVM, PhD - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences; Lynelle Johnson, DVM, MS, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Fluoroscopic determination of thoracic dimensional changes in healthy dogs
Clark, Ella 2018 Frank Verstraete, BVSc, DrMedVet, MMedVet - VM:  Surgical & Radiological Sciences Dental pathology of the American black bear (Ursus americanus”)
Coleman, Denver 2019 Esteban Soto Martinez, DVM, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Effects of temperature in the in vivo susceptibility of white sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus to Veronaea botryosa
Cota,  Jose G. 2018 Derek Cissell, VMD, PhD - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences Biochemical, mechanical and histologic characterization of the equine temporomandibular joint disc
Deng, Catherine 2019 Kevin Keel, DVM, MS, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Environmental-dependent phenotypic changes in Pesudogymonoascus destructans, the etiologic agent of white-nose syndrome and an evaluation of the potential for its adaption to adverse environments
Drumm, Hannah 2018 Lark Coffey, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Conversion to palm oil plantation effects on sylvatic DENV vector and host diversity in Sarawak, Malaysia
England, Margaret G. 2019 Helen Raybould, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology Characterization of the satellite glial cell (SGC) in the extrinsic sensory innervation of the gut in rodent high fat diet-induced obesity (DIO)
Fousse, Samantha VSTP Lark Coffey, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Does re-emerging St. Louis encephalitis virus in California show increased fitness compared to older strains?
Gole, Avanti 2019 Woutrina Smith, DVM, MPVM, PhD - VM: Medicine and Epidemiology Evaluating stress during transportation in captive elephants in Sri Lanka using salivary cortisol samples and behavioral stress indicators
Greiner, Christopher 2018 Boaz Arzi, DVM - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences Biomechanical evaluation of two plating configurations for fixation of a simple transverse caudal mandibular fracture model in cats
Haggblade, Marlene  2019 Woutrina Smith, DVM, MPVM, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Risk Factors and veterinary outcomes for snare-related injuries in endangered mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in Rwanda
Haller, Taryn 2019 Leigh Griffiths, VMB, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Effects of sulfobetaines on residual lipophilic antigenicity of bovine pericardium following antigen removal
Halley, Morgan 2019 Melissa Bain, MS, DVM - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Effect of environmental enrichment on body weight of obese cats
Horng, Katti VSTP Satya Dandekar, PhD -  MED: Microbiology & Immunology Beneficial effects of probiotics on inflamed gut mucosa in the Rhesus macaque model of HIV infection
Hsi, Yung Ying Zoe  2019 Kristin Grimsrud, DVM, Mouse Biology Program Glucose supplementation in hypoglycemic mice following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery
Hsu, Tu Chun (Steven) 2018 Patty Pesavento, DVM, PhD VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology   Transfection and expression of a full-length canine circovirus molecular clone
Jacobs, Sarah 2018 Stuart Meyers, DVM, MS, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology Characterization of epididymal protein secretion and mechanism influencing sperm centrosome maturation
Kane, Naomi 2018 Philip Kass, DVM, MPVM, MS, PhD - VM: Population Health & Reproduction; Edward Feldman, VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Nutritional management of feline hyperthyroidism
Malcolm, Elizabeth 2018 Lance Visser, MS, DVM - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Comparison of radiographic and echocardiographic assessment of left atrial size in dogs with and without left atrial enlargement
McKibben, Kailyn 2019 Christine Fiorello, DVM, PhD - VM: Wildlife Health Center Prevalence of and risk factors for Leptospirosis in the small rodent populations of Nicaragua’s Bosawas Reserve
Moskaluk, Alexandria 2018 Patty Pesavento, DVM, PhD VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology   Correlation of viremia with immunosuppression: Testing of the viral load for human endogenous retrovirus in common variable immune deficiency patients (CVID) 
Munévar, Christian 2018 Glenn Yiu, MD, PhD - MED: Opthalmology Evaluation of retinal anatomy in Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) using histology and in vivo ocular imaging
Murphy, Devan VSTP Kit Lam, MD, PhD - MED: Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine Site-specific ligation of LXY30 tumor-targeting ligand to nivolumab for enhanced check-point blockade 
Ondek, Katelynn 2018 Lillian Cruz-Orengo, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology Experimental autoimmune encephalitis enhances inherent differences in somatosensory and behavioral performance between mouse sexes and strains
Peacott-Ricardos, Kyle 2019 Robert Rebhun, DVM, PhD - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences BMI1 expression and inhibition in canine gliomas
Peterson, Ferrin 2019 John Madigan, MS, DVM - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology; Eric Davis The health, use and abandonment of cart horses in Ethiopia
Phillips, Ashley 2019 Christine Fiorello, DVM, PhD - VM: Wildlife Health Center Administration of aerosolized amphotericin B for treatment of pulmonary aspergillosis in domestic ducks as a model for seabirds
Plank, Monica N. 2019 Martin Smith, EdD, VM: Population Health & Reproduction;  Patricia Conrad, DVM, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology; Amanda Berrian; Jacques Van Rooyen Developing Excellence in One Health Training and Leadership: Impact evaluation of a community educational program designed to improve health at the human-domestic animal-wildlife interface
Powers, Sarah Jane 2019 Shirley Luckhart, MED: Microbiology & Imunology Abscisic acid reduces severity of malaria infection
Radisic, Rebecca 2019 Sean Owens, DVM – VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Determination of sea turtle intra-RBC constituents and the optimal storage media for sea turtle RBCs as part of a pre-transfusion protocol
Sato, Yu 2019 Amir Ardeshir, DVM, MPVM, PhD, CA National Primate Research Center, UC Davis Behavioral temperament of Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) and the association with gut microbiota and their metabolites
Savage, Hannah VSTP Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology The role of CD4+ T cells in the development of Blimp-1+ natural IgM-secreting cells
Schrock, Kelly 2019 Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD - VM: Population Health & Reproduction The molecular etiology of intrahepatic portosystemic shunts in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Shubin, Lynae 2019 Karen Shapiro, DVM, MPVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Toxoplasma gondii and dolphin morbillivirus in New Zealand short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus delphis)
Slabaugh, Taylor 2019 Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM - VM:  Medicine & Epidemiology Frequency and complexity of cardiac arrhythmias in Rhesus macaques with and without subclinical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Stromberg, Stephanie 2019 Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences; Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD - VM: Population Health & Reproduction; David Maggs, BVSc - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences Genotypic and phenotypic characterization of sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) in Dachshunds
Sundaram, Ash VSTP Dori Borjesson, DVM, MPVM, PhD  VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Deciphering the interactions between feline mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and CD8+ T Cells in vitro
Swift, Laura 2019 Ghislaine Dujovne, MS, DVM - VM: Population Health & Reproduction;  Bruce Christensen, MS, DVM - VM: Population Health & Reproduction Randomized comparative trial of methods to clear intrauterine fluid in mare
Telek, Stephanie 2019 Blaine Christiansen, PhD - MED: Orthopedics Bone structure and strength loss at a distant skeletal site following femoral fracture in mice
Velazquez, Eric VSTP AndreasBaumler, PhD - MED: Medical Microbiology & Immunology Mechanism of intestinal inflammation caused by antibiotics
Vig, Savanna 2018 Rebecca Bellone, PhD - VM: Population Health & Reproduction Investigation of a non-synonymous missense mutation in DDB2 as the genetic risk factor for equine squamous cell carcinoma
Walker, Ashley 2019 Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology;  Samantha P. Harris, PhD - MED: Cardiology Ambulatory ECG, heart rate variability, and cardiac stress in cats with subclinical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Whisenant,Katrijn 2019 Peter Ernst,  Monica Guma (both UCSD) Targeting glycolysis reduces inflammation in a murine model of rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease