Students Training in Advanced Research
Most veterinarians apply their problem-solving skills in a clinic with individual animal patients.
Society also needs scientists in the laboratory to help animals by learning about the causes and cures of disease.
To address a shortage of veterinary scientists and encourage students to explore new career paths, the Students Training in Advanced Research program, STAR, supports summer research projects.
Thirty-seven veterinary students are gaining in-depth experience with the methods and goals of research this summer in 10-week research fellowships. The projects take place under the supervision of a faculty mentor.
Some participants engage in clinical studies of pets or wildlife, for example, developing standard protocols for diagnostic testing in California sea lions. In another proposed experiment, a STAR student is measuring and comparing the levels of uric acid and blood pressure in dogs.
Field experiments this year include conducting behavioral assessments of newly-relinquished shelter cats to see how behavior and stress influence adoptability. Another project, connected with improving care of wildlife injured in oil spills, examines how fluids and freshwater caging affects birds during rehabilitation.
Basic or "bench" science projects involve in-depth projects in animal or human health, such as how a virus infects its host and how the body defends itself from pathogens such as influenza; cellular changes in different types of brain tumor models; and analysis of E coli bacteria.
Students work with faculty mentors to develop projects appropriate to faculty expertise, students' interests and the time constraints of a 10-week project. Most projects take place in departments and centers on campus. Several students are traveling abroad to collect their data and familiarize themselves with field study.
As projects near completion, students present oral reports and written scientific summaries in conference sessions and a special STAR poster presentation event fall quarter.
School leaders hope that the exposure to research will persuade a few of the students to consider veterinary research as a career path. The program benefits future practitioners in any case because they develop a greater appreciation for the science behind veterinary practice. Each participant receives a $5500 stipend. Support comes from several sources, including school funds, foundations and corporate sponsors.
The students, mentors and project names are listed below:
|Student's Name||Mentor's Name||Project Title|
|1||Bamberger, Elizabeth||Hedrick, Ron||Immunization of koi (Cyprinus carpio) with cyprinid herpesvirus 1 & 2 to protect against koi herpesvirus|
|2||Branyan, Erin||Lein, Pam||Neuroprotective Role for Neuregulins in Organophosphorus Pesticide (OP)-Induced Neurotoxicity|
|3||Brooks, Roxann||Stott, Jeff||Identification and characterization of antigenic proteins from the etiologic agent of Epizootic Bovine Abortion|
|4||Cummings, Bethany||Havel, Peter||Efficacy and Mechanisms of Diabetes Prevention Following lleal Interposition Surgery in a Novel Rat Model of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus|
|5||Dawson, Emily||Meyers, Stuart||The Protein Kinase A Mediated Pathway in Equine Sperm|
|6||Frankfurter, Greg||Massey, Greg; Ziccardi, Michael||Effect of Fluid Therapy and Fresh Water Caging on Aquatic Bird Electrolyte Concentrations and Hydration Status|
|7||Karmi, Nili||Bannasch, Danika||Correlation of Serum Uric Acid Levels and Blood Pressure Levels in Dogs|
|8||Kwon, Jenny||Jones, James||Does CO Binding of Hemoglobin Affect the Ventilatory Responses to Hyposia, Hypercapnia or both Ventilatory Stimulants?|
|9||Moore, Alexandra||Bain, Melissa||Evaluation of behavioral assessments of newly-relinquished shelter cats and their relation to cortisol levels and adoptability|
|10||Moriarty, Megan||Boyce, Walter||Quantitative ELISA for detection of antibodies to Otodecetes sp. In Catalina Island foxes|
|11||Parsley, Ruth||Tell, Lisa||Pharmokinetic parameters and bioavailability of voriconazole in captive Red-tailed Hawks|
|12||Tomalty, Katharine (Kat)||May, Bernie||Differentiation of fall-run and threatened spring-run Chinook salmon in the Central Valley|
|13||Wang, Helen||Pinkerton, Kent||The vascular effects of tobacco smoke exposure and of soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitor treatment in the spontaneously hypertnesive (SH) rats|
|14||Wirz, Andrew||Conley, Alan; Ball, Barry||The Effects of 5a-dihydroprogesterone on Inducing an Acrosome Reaction in Equine Spermatozoa|
|15||Zacuto, Alyse||Marks, Stanley||Influence of Omeprazole and Cisapride on Gastroesophageal Reflux During Anesthesia in Dogs|
|16||Gunther-Murphy, Catherine||Goldstein, Tracey||Developing Standard Electrocardiogram Protocols in Anesthetized CA Sea Lions|
|17||Raheja, Leah||Yellowley, Clare||Hypoxic regulation of mesenchymal stem cell migration: the role of the Rho family of GTPases|
|18||Richardson, Malcolm||Marks, Stanley||Quantative canine specific ELISA for Clostridium perfringes|
|19||Roegner, Amber||Puschner, Birgit||The Evaluation of the Novel Application of Microscale Co-Culture Techniques as a Rapid Screening Assay for Hepatocellular Toxicity of Microcystin Congeners|
|20||Harmeling, Benjamin||Ernest, Holly||Did genetic diversity decrease following the onset of a high mortality infectious disease in CA endemic birds? West Nile virus and the Yellow-billed Magpie|
|21||Garrick, Melissa||Hoar, Bruce||Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and multiple-locus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis of Escherichia coli O157:H7 isolated from adult beef cattle and sheep|
|22||Terpolilli, Gina||Meyers, Stuart||Influence of Cryopreservation and Capacitation on Acrosomal Exocytosis in Stallions|
|23||Wang, Yenlie||Dickinson, Peter||Expression of the NF2 Gene in Feline Spontaneous Meningiomas|
|24||Gonzalez, Denise||Byrne, Barbara||Environmental factors that enhance the survival and replication of virulent Rhodococcus equi by induction of virulence plasmid gene expression|
|25||Leonard, Brian||Bevins, Charles||Antimicrobial Activity and Chemotactic Properties of k9 Beta-Defensin 103|
|26||Morgan, Jessica||Yellowley, Clare||The Role of Caveole in Osteoblast Mechanotranduction|
|27||Kline, Yvonne||Tell, Lisa||Characterization of Members of the Cytochrome P450 Monooxygenases in Raptors|
|28||Reed, Aimee||Larsen, Scott||Surveillance for Anthropozoonotic Diseases in Free-ranging Ring-tailed Lemurs in Madagascar|
|29||Terry, Christina||Tablin, Fern; Jandrey, Karl||PECAM-1 in Cats with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy|
|30||Alarcón, Christina||Angelastro, James||Apoptosis of PDGF-B-induced glioblastoma stem cells and differentiation of non-neoplastic stem cells following in-vitro activation of d/n-ATF-5|
|31||Badal, Nora||Barry, Peter||Mechanism of RhCMV Infection in Endothelial Cells|
|32||Baxter, Kelly||Chen, Xinbin||Effects of overexpression and knockdown of canine Mdm2 in MDCK cells|
|33||Levine, Jessica||Yilma, Tilahun||In vitro characterization of Andes virus pathogenesis|
|34||Waffarn, Elizabeth||Baumgarth, Nicole||Innate regulation of B-1 cell responses to influenza virus infection|
|35||Wieman, Lani||North, Tom; Sparger, Ellen||The Use of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Integrase Inhibitors for Supression of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus in Vitro|
|36||Riggs, G.G. Comet||Raybould, Helen||Altered glucose-sensing in the small intestine via the sweet tasting receptor pathway in type 2 diabetes|
|37||West, Eric||Lyeth, Bruce||Can inhibition of NAAG peptidase reduce intracellular calcium and increase cell viability in astrocytes in an in vitro traumatic brain injury model?|