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Faculty Select Candidates for Students Training in Advanced Research

What's New ImageWhat's New ImageForty veterinary students have been selected to participate in the 2008 Students Training in Advanced Research (STAR) program. STAR participants met at a lunch event Friday, May 2, when they and their mentors received an introduction to the program from two STAR "alumni" and two experienced research mentors. After classes finished in June, the students went through orientation and found their places in a variety of laboratories in the school.

Veterinary students compete for selection into the program and develop their own research projects with faculty mentors. The students work full-time on their projects, which may be basic laboratory research or more clinically-oriented studies, during 10 weeks in the summer. The program familiarizes participants with specialized laboratory skills, library research, ethics and other aspects of biomedical research, including scientific communication. Participants earn a $6,000 fellowship. The funding total of $240,000 this year comes from gifts, sponsorships and training grants

Student projects reflect broad applications of veterinary medicine and science, including companion animal or livestock health, veterinary aspects of human disease and public health, and ecosystem health topics concerning wildlife genetics, infectious disease or environmental contamination.

Kent Lloyd, associate dean of research and graduate education, explains STAR program goals. "We hope to identify and nurture research interests among our students. The STAR initiative offers an important strategy for recruitment of veterinarians considering the research path."

Students appreciate that research ultimately helps all animals, even when a STAR project is small in scope. In 2007, Amanda Irish studied population genetics in red-shouldered hawks. "I did a microcosm of a project," she recalls. "Eventually, the results will be published. If the red-shouldered hawk becomes differentiated [from its Eastern relatives], it will impact [the bird's] conservation in California." Students are encouraged to submit their results for publication. At the end of the session, each student creates a scientific poster to share with peers and professors at scientific meetings and other presentations.

See below for the names of STAR students, their mentors and projects scheduled for Summer 2008:  

Student's Name Mentor's Name Project Title
Leonard, Brian Bevins, Charles; Marks, Stan A Characterization of ß-defensin Expression in Canine Skin and Intestinal Tract
Bird, Brian MacLachlan, N James Acute Induction of Tissue Specific Inflammatory Mediators in Bovines following Foot & Mouth Disease Virus Aerosol Challenge

Wiggans, Kenneth Tomo

Chen, Xinbin The Role of the p53 Pathway in Canine Sarcomas and Osteosarcomas
Kuo, Kendon Kent, Michael The Role of Telomere Associated Proteins in the 3'Telomeric G-Overhang (G-tail) and Telomere Stability
Wieman, Lani North, Tom; Sparger, Ellen The Use of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Integrase Inhibitors for Suppression of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus In Vitro
Cates, Charles Angelastro, James Inducing Selective Apoptosis of Glioblastoma Cell Lines through Transfection of Dominant Negative Activating Transcription Factor-5 Truncated at the Leucine Zipper Polypeptide Sequence
Keating, Theresa Dickinson, Peter Characterization of Stem Cells in Canine Primary Brain Tumors
Wade, Jessica Yellowley, Clare The Role of Lipid Rafts in Osteoblast Mechanotransduction
Trott, Kristin Luckhart, Shirley; Abel, Kristina A Rhesus Macaque Model for Human co-Infection with HIV-1 and Malaria
Cummings, Bethany Havel, Peter Treatment of Type II Diabetes Mellitus by lleal Transposition Surgery in a Novel Diabetic Rat Model
Ochoa, Jennine Baumgarth, Nicole Characterization of the Lymph Node B cell Response to Borrelia burgdorferi
Young, Aisha Raybould, Helen The Role of Diet in Glucose Sensing in the Proximal Gastrointestinal Tract
Bruno, Laura

Bevins, Charles; Baumler, Andreas

Investigations on the Transcriptional Response of Bovine Small Intestinal Crypt Epithelial Cells to Infection with Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium
Reid, Patrick Ilkiw, Jan Investigating the Clinical Use of Gabapentin for Analgesia in Cats
Wyckoff, Chris Ziccardi, Mike Impact of Rehabilitation on Innate Immune Function of Common Murres (Uria aalge)
Colopy, Anika Krubitzer, Leah Cortical and Thalamic Connections of the Primary Somatosensory Area (S1) in the Short-Tailed Opossum 
Lewis, Kristin Wilson, Dennis Environmental Particulate Matter Induced ROS and Endothelial Cell Barrier Dysfunction
Reed, Aimee Goldstein, Tracey; Mazet, Jonna Molecular Identification of a Herpesvirus in Free-Ranging Northern Sea Otters in Alaska
Waffarn, Elizabeth Baumgarth, Nicole The Role of IL-1 in Directing the Antiviral B-1 Cell Response
Karmi, Nili Bannasch, Dannika Identifying the Dalmatian Hyperuricosuria Mutation in non-Dalmatian Breeds
Edwards, Ingrid Klasing, Kirk Role of CD36 in Yolk Resorption in the Egg-laying Chicken
Blum, Alissa Wilson, Dennis Rat Endothelial Progenitor Cell Isolation and Characterization from Peripheral Blood and Bone Marrow
Levine, Jessica Yilma, Tilahun In Vitro Characterization of Andes Virus Pathogenesis
West, Eric Lyeth, Bruce Role of Sodium-Dependent Co-Transporters in Astrocyte Pathology in an in vitro Traumatic Brain Injury Model
Wood, Jason Foster Pesavento, Patricia Junctional Adhesion Molecule and Feline Calicivirus
Colamussi, Lauralea Kapatkin, Amy Kinematic Gait Analysis Differences between Healthy Large and Small Dogs
Ryan, Christopher Stover, Sue Effect of Exercise History on the Humeri of Thoroughbred Racehorses:  A Microscopic Approach
Dodd, Kimberly Pedersen, Niels; Pesavento, Patricia Feline Infectious Peritonitis in Two Populations:  Evaluation of Associated Feline Enteric Coronavirus Strains
Johnson, Elizabeth Stanley, Scott Characterization of Members of the CYP3A Family in Horses
Uhl, Justin Stover, Sue; Kapatkin, Amy Biomechanical Comparison of Canine Radial Fixation using a 3.5mm LCP Cranially vs. a 2.7mm LCP Medially
Wegner, Seth Conley, Alan The Influence of Maternally-Deposited Estradiol on the Sex-Determining Mechanism of Alligator Mississippiensis
Simison, Kelby Pypendop, Bruno Evaluation of Ketamine Used for Analgesia in Surgical Patients
Williams, Crystal  Le Jeune, Sarah Effect of Acupuncture on Heart Rate Variability in Horses
Valentine, Robert Ramsey, Jon Membrane Fatty Acids and Metabolism
Sylvia, Charles Hyde, Dallas Airway Remodeling in Asthma:  Role of VEGF and Immunostimulatory Molecules on Airway Vasculature in Rhesus Monkeys
Woodworth, Sarah Boyce, Walter Determining the Distribution of Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases in the Rural Communities of Kikongo and Kimbuma, Democratic Republic of Congo
Kwiatkowski, Anna Elizabeth Barter, Linda Thermal Threshold Testing to Evaluate the Efficacy of Analgesics in Rabbits
Lam, Lydia Ernest, Holly Development of Genetic Markers to Test the Correlation of Kin Relationships with Disease in Southern Sea Otters
Lieberman, Mia Byrne, Barbara Isolation of Lytic Phage against Streptococcus equi subspecies equi
Jones, Krista Chomel, Bruno Evaluation of Jackals and Hyenas as Hosts for Bartonella Species on the Laikipia Plateau in Kenya