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Doubling the Impact: Fellowship Invests in Future Veterinary Scientists


October 4, 2016

Devan Murphy (left) and Katti Horng, students in the Veterinary Scientist Training Program, are award recipients of the prestigious Rosenthal Fellowsh

Devan Murphy (left) and Katti Horng, students in the Veterinary Scientist Training Program, are award recipients of the prestigious Rosenthal Fellowsh

Veterinary scientists serve at the front line of safeguarding public health in a broad range of areas—including fighting cancer, protecting against emerging infectious diseases and securing food safety. Critical to ensuring preparedness is the Veterinary Scientist Training Program (VSTP), designed to train students seeking dual DVM/Ph.D. degrees to become the next generation of veterinary scientists.

Sharing in the school’s commitment to address societal needs is Jerry Rosenthal, member of the Dean’s Leadership Council and former president and CEO of the Monmouth County SPCA in New Jersey. He generously established an endowed fellowship to support students in the VSTP.

"I have seen the impact made by prior VSTP students and wanted to encourage future students pursuing this tract to do so without the added burden of taking on additional financial obligations,” Rosenthal said. “Their focus should be on their research and the advancements they will undoubtedly make to veterinary medicine and beyond."

 

The impact of the Rosenthal Fellowship is doubled by the campus’s Graduate Student Matching Initiative, which provides matching funds for fellowship awards. Financial support is essential to high-achieving students in pursuing their dreams, such as fellowship recipients Katti Horng and Devan Murphy.

Horng’s long-term research goal centers around the role of gut microbiota in chronic disease, ranging from dogs with atopic dermatitis to human patients with HIV infection. She is interested in the impacts of the microbial world and its potential for targeted medical therapy.

“The Rosenthal Fellowship has been an incredible blessing. It's given me new eyes to look not only at science, but also at myself,” Horng said. “This opportunity has encouraged me to dive headfirst into the arduous, very humbling and even more rewarding journey as a clinician scientist."

Murphy is participating in research on glioblastoma in dogs and plans to study pharmacology and develop techniques for better, more precise drug delivery systems. She hopes to pursue a research career to better understand cancer and the cell biology of how tumors develop and metastasize.

“Katti and I are very grateful for the interest that Mr. Rosenthal has taken in supporting our education,” Murphy added. “It feels great knowing that he believes in us and sees that we both have ambitions in veterinary research that will hopefully contribute to better veterinary care.” Last fall, Horng and Murphy enjoyed meeting Rosenthal, who took special interest in learning about their career aspirations.

VSTP students are to able gain valuable training from the school’s world-class faculty and experts in other disciplines across campus, including biomedical, engineering, agricultural and environmental sciences. This trans-disciplinary collaboration offers a unique advantage to developing innovations.

“We have a group of outstanding students. Graduates of the program have gone on to leadership careers in academic veterinary medicine, biomedical research and government service,” said Dr. Xinbin Chen, director of the VSTP.

For information about making a gift to establish a fellowship, please contact the Office of Development at 530-752-7024.