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 2014 STAR projects.

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 - VM:  Surgical & Radiological Sciences Dental Pathology of the California Bobcat (Lynx rufus californicus)
Alderink, Tobias Merial Int'l Student - Utrecht Frank Verstraete, BVSc, DrMedVet - VM:  Surgical & Radiological Sciences The Dental Pathology of the Harbor Seal and the Fur Seal
Alwen, Sarah 2017 Sue Stover, DVM, PhD, VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology; Amy Kapatkin, BS, DVM, MS – VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences Biomechanical Evaluation of Condylar Locking Compression Plate Placement for Distal Radial Fractures in Toy-Breed Dogs
Baden, Rachel 2017 Lisa Tell, DVM, Dipl. ABVP & ACZM - VM: Medicine and Epidemiology Plasma and lung tissue pharmacokinetics for adult mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) following single intratracheal exposure of a liposomal amphotericin B suspension
Blaney, Alexandra 2017 Janet Foley, DVM, MS, PhD - VM: Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Prevalence of Rickettsia species in ectoparasites of domestic animals and wildlife in Humboldt County, California
Bone, Rachel 2017 Joseph Groff, VMD, PhD – Associate Veterinarian, Vet Med Teaching Hospital, Aquatic Animal Pathology Pathogenesis of a Herpesvirus in Experimentally Infected Juvenile White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus
Brostoff, Terza VSTP Patty Pesavento, DVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Development of a monoclonal antibody for raccoon polyomavirus large T antigen
Brown, Emily VSTP Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD - VM: Population, Health and Reproduction Genome-wide Association Analysis of Adult-onset Addison's disease in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Budd, Laura 2017 Woutrina Miller, DVM, MPVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology; Anita Varga, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Livestock Medicine Clinician Predictors of milk quality and mastitis prevalence in dromedary camels (Camelus dromedarius) in northern Kenya
Buiatte, Vinicius Int'l Brazil Andreas Baumler, PhD – Medical Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, UCD Mechanisms of Dysbiosis by Attaching and Effacing Pathogens
Demars, Fanny Merial Int'l Student - France David Amaral, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, UCD Reversible, specific and non- invasive inactivation of brain regions in nonhuman primate using Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugg (DREADDs)
Dilley, Kristyn 2017 Clare Yellowley, PhD, VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology; Michelle Steffey, DVM, VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences Espression of sex hormone receptors in canine osteosarcoma
Esdorn, Corinna 2017 Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD -VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology  Role of Follicular Dendritic Cells in the Immune Response to Borrelia burgdorfer
Evans, Lauren 2016 Christopher J. Murphy, DVM, PhD - VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences Functionalization of the Ocular Surface with Lectin-Conjugated Quantum Dots as a Means for Developing Novel Therapeutic Modalities for Dry Eye Disease
Ferris, Rachel 2017 Bruce Christensen, DVM, MS -VM: Population, Health and Reproduction The effect of a phytoestrogen-rich diet on the mare estrous cycle as a model for exotic captive ungulates 
Figueroa, Joel 2017 Edward Schelegle, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology A retrospective, computed tomography image analysis of regional airway responsiveness, and airway closure in histamine challenged Rhesus monkeys 
Fratzke, Alycia 2016 N. James MacLachlan, BVSc, MS, PhD  VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Genetic diversity among contemporary bluetongue viruses isolated from livestock throughout California 
Gates,  Katherine VSTP Leigh Griffiths, VMB, PhD - VM:  Medicine & Epidemiology The effect of antigen removal on lymphocyte responses toward xenogeneic rat heart muscle
Gianopoulos, Athena 2016 Mary Christopher, DVM,  PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Quantitative and qualitative leukocyte abnormalities in dogs with experimental and naturally occurring acute canine monocytic ehrlichiosis 
Hammond, Lori 2017 James Angelastro, PhD - VM: Molecular Biosciences The Development of a His-tag Protein ELISA Assay to Determine the Pharmacokinetics of PenZip dominant/negative ATF5 in Mice
Hawley, Melissa 2017 Helen Raybould, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology Effect of Prebiotic Milk Oligosaccharides on diet-induced obesity
Hsue, Weihow 2016 Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Identification of genetic markers for mitral valve degeneration in whippets
Jones, Julie 2017 Mentor: Swee Teh, MS, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology Chronic Ammonia Exposure Increases Energy Demands in Larval Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacficus)
Kissel, Marguerite 2017 Christine Krueder Johnson, DVM, MPVM, PhD  - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Investigation of zoonotic viral transmission routes in Batwa and Bakiga tribes surrounding the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
Korff, Courtney 2017 Danika Bannasch – DVM, PhD - VM: Population, Health and Reproduction  Genome Wide Association for Chondrodystrophy in the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retreiver
Landman, Rebeccah 2016 Pat Conrad, DVM, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology A Spatial Analysis of Rodent-Borne Zoonoses at the Human-Wildlife-Livestock Interface: Identifying Landscape and Anthropogenic Factors Contributing to Disease Transmission in the Mnisi Study Area, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Laurence, Hannah 2017 Munashe Chigerwe, BVSc, MPH, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Comparison of prevalence of failure of passive transfer of colostral immunoglobulins in calves raised on conventional and organic dairies in California 
Lawton, Samantha 2017 Walter Boyce, DVM, MS, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology  Using MALDI-TOF and 16s RNA sequencing to compare Campylobacter isolates from wild birds and poultry 
Lind, Jenna 2016 Beverly Sturges, DVM, MAS, MS
VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences; Danika Bannasch – DVM, PhD - VM: Population, Health and Reproduction
Genetic Investigation of Vertebral Column Anomalies and Degenerative Disc Disease in the French Bulldog 
London, Kelly 2017 Bruce Christensen, DVM, MS -VM: Population, Health and Reproduction The effects of  oxyrase and coconut water on oxidative damage in equine sperm cryopreservation 
McDonald, Maayan 2017 Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences  Characterization of the Temporomandibular Joint of Cetaceans
Miller, Michelle 2017 Woutrina Miller, DVM, MPVM, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Evaluating Best Management Practices to Improve Milk Quality on Sri Lanka Farms
Nickerson, Eric 2016 Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology Investigation into breed-specific differences in the heritability of subvalvular aortic stenosis of Golden Retrievers, Newfoundlands, and Rottweilers.  
Pietrzyk, Alexandra 2017 Pat Conrad, DVM, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Nutritional Epidemiology in Underserved Communities: A Local and Global Perspective
Pipkin, Kelly 2016 Munashe Chigerwe, BVSc, MPH, PhD - VM: Medicine & Epidemiology  Comparison of metabolism of colostral derived and intravenously administered immunoglobulin G in dairy calves 
Savage, Hannah VSTP Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD -VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology  The Protective Role of B1a and B1b Cells in Influenza Infection
Sheldon, Julie 2016 Walter Boyce, DVM, MS, PhD - VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology Comparison of Total Leukocyte Counting Methods in Wild Galapagos Tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra) 
Shin, Jinho 2016 Kent Pinkerton, PhD - VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology An Animal Model of Adult-Onset Allergic Asthma
Shull, Olivia  2016 Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD, VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences; Christopher Murphy, DVM, PhD
VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences
Phenotype and genotype of corneal endothelial dystrophy in the German Shorthaired Pointers
Sloan, Caroline 2016 Carlos Rodriguez, DVM, PhD, VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences Improving survival in canine hemangiosarcoma: can tetrathiomolybdate increase sensitivity to doxorubicin? 
Stewart, Kathleen Kansas State Student - 2017 Christopher Murphy, DVM, PhD VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences; Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD, VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences The genetics of keratoconjunctivitis sicca in West Highland White Terriers
Vicario, Carolina 2016 Pat Conrad, DVM, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology; Bruno Chomel, DrSc, DVM, MS, PhD, VM:  Population, Health and Reproduction Rodent populations, their ectoparasites, and implications for arthropod-borne zoonoses in and around the Mnisi Community, South Africa
Whitmer, Emily 2017 Michael Ziccardi, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Director, Oiled Wildlife Care Network The physical effects of chemically dispersed oil on common murres (Uria aalge). 
Yu, Jennifer 2016 Bruce Christensen, DVM, MS -VM: Population, Health and Reproduction Early Pregnancy Detection in Domestic Mares: Finding Novel Biomarkers of Pregnancy Using GC-MS