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 most recent summer STAR projects. Click on the title of a project below to view the poster (.pdf).

For more information, please contact Jennifer Gouine at svmstarprogram@ucdavis.edu or 530-752-6612.

Student's Name Class of Mentor Project Title
Nicole Cady 2020 Gerald Barry, PhD – School of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin Characterization of Antimicrobial Resistant E. coli in Rehabilitated Irish Seals and their Enclosures
Christina Chang 2021 Melissa Bauman, PhD - SOM: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine Novel Animal Model of Maternal Autoantibody Related (MAR) Autism
Hilvy Cheung 2021 Karl Jandrey, DVM, MAS, DACVECC – Associate Dean - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine The effect of cryopoor plasma addition to adsorbed plasma to correct prothrombin time: an in vitro study
Jon Cohen 2021 William Vernau, DVSc, PhD – VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine Mesenteric lymph node cytology in cats for diagnosing small cell granular lymphocyte intestinal lymphoma
Jenn Cossaboon VSTP Tracey Goldstein, PhD – VM: Wildlife Health Center, School of Veterinary Medicine Contributing effect of organochlorine contaminant exposure in Atlantic common bottlenose dolphin deaths during the recent morbillivirus outbreak along the US Atlantic coast
Amanda Crofton 2021 Josh Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology) – VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Identification of genetic markers for familial subvalvular aortic stenosis in Rottweilers
Rowena de Joya 2020 Karen Vernau, DVM, MAS - VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine The effects of temperature variation on physical contact between kittens and growth rate in orphaned neonatal kittens housed in the same incubator
Emma Devereux 2021 Pat Conrad, DVM, PhD – Associate Dean – VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine The Power of Poop: Evaluating Gut Microbiome as a Noninvasive Indicator of Animal Health
Stephanie Fuetsch 2021 Kristin Grimsrud, DVM, PhD – VM: Mouse Biology Program Meloxicam sustained release injection site reactions in male and female mice
Chase Garcia 2021 Peter Havel, DVM, PhD - VM: Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Soluble Epoxide Hydrolase Inhibitors May Delay Diabetes Onset in the UC Davis Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Rat Model
Morgan Geller 2021 Clare Yellowley, PhD – VM: Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine Angiopoietin-like 4 expression during osteogenesis in canine stem cells
Giuliana Gianino 2020 Carrie Finno, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Large Animal) – VM: Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine Genetic Investigation of Equine Occipitoatlantoaxial Malformation in Four Foals
Katie Griffin 2021 Kent Leach, PhD – Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering An Evaluation of Integrin and Cadherin Expression within Mesenchymal Stem Cell Spheroids
Kari Hancock 2021 Rebecca Bellone, PhD – VM: Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine Investigation of Genetic Risk Factors for Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the Equine Eye
Janine Hertzka 2020 Kent Pinkerton, PhD – Pediatrics, School of Medicine The Cardiovascular Effects of Tobacco Exposure in a Rat Model of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Caelin Hommel 2021 Ronald Li, DVM, PhD, VM: Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Surface expression of high mobility group box-1 in lipopolysaccharide-activated canine platelets
Becky Horn 2020 Amir Kol, DVM, PhD, VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine The Role of Exocrine Pancreatic Inflammation in the Pathogenesis of Canine Diabetes Mellitus
Sara Huebner 2021 Heather Knych, DVM, PhD, DACVP – VM:  Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Efficacy of a Human TNF-alpha Inhibitor in Horses, a Preliminary Study
Alison Jeffrey 2021 Kirsten Gilardi, DVM, DACZM – VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Optimization of non-invasive diagnostic techniques for detection of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) and African elephants (Loxodonta africana)
Mary Kaufman 2020 Esteban Soto, DVM, PhD – VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Intravenous contrast enhanced computed tomography: dosing and pharmacokinetics in Cyprinus carpio
Rowena Kuang 2020 Amir Kol, DVM, PhD – VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine Differentiation of Canine Embryonic Stem Cells to Insulin Producing Cells
Kim Maciejczyk 2021 Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD – VM: Population Health & Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine PCR Genotyping of a Novel FGF4 Retrogene in Pit Bull Terriers and Mixed Breed Dogs Affected by Disc Disease
Devan Murphy VSTP John Albeck, PhD – Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, College of Biological Sciences Decoding ERK Regulation of the Cell Cycle To Direct Rational Combinatorial Therapy
Andrew Oates 2020 Peter Ernst, DVM, PhD – VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine Reduced Expression of AP Endonuclease-1 Impairs Fetal Development and Leads to Embryonic Loss
Anna Parker 2021 Christine Kreuder Johnson, VMD, MPVM, PhD – VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Distribution of the neurotoxin domoic acid (DA) among various tissues and bodily fluids of naturally-exposed, DA-positive southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis)
Stephanie Ryan 2021 Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD – VM: Population Health & Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine The Role of ERBB4 Polymorphisms in Golden Retriever Longevity and Cancer Occurrence
Laurel Saldinger 2020 Dori Borjesson, DVM, PhD – VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells as a potential therapy for equine recurrent uveitis
Kimberley Sannajust 2021 Sara Thomasy, DVM, PhD – VM:  Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Concentration-Dependent Effects of Graphene Oxide Engineered Nanomaterials on Corneal Epithelial and Fibroblast Cell Viability and Proliferation
Penny Sidhu 2020 Karen Vernau, DVM, MAS – VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine The effects of temperature, relative humidity, and noctural and diurnal feedings on growth, feed intake, and health in orphaned neonatal kittens
Maegha Singh 2021 Derek Cissell, VMD, PhD – VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Detecting Early Cartilage Degradation by Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in a Bovine Ex Vivo Mechanical Injury Model
Krupa Swaminathan 2021 Chris Murphy, DVM, PhD – SOM: Eye Center, UC Davis Health System Evaluation of the Precorneal Tear Film in Normal Rabbits Using the ICP Ocular Surface Analyzer
Danielle Tran 2021 Derek Cissell, VMD, PhD – VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Effects of cells and proteins on cerebrospinal fluid MRI FLAIR signal
Phoebe Weaver 2021 Lynelle Johnson, DVM, MS, PhD – VM: Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Determination of Famciclovir Concentrations in Compounded Formulations
Caitlyn Wilson 2021 Woutrina Smith, DVM, MPVM, PhD – VM: Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Brucella infection risk factors for livestock and humans in south-central Tanzania
Tatiana Wolf 2020 Brian Murphy, DVM, PhD – VM: Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine Reducing Feline Immunodeficiency Viral Loads Using CRISPR: A Proof of Concept
Nina Yanagisawa 2021 Frank Verstraete, DrMedVet – VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine Dental Pathology of the Kit Fox (Vulpes macrotis)
Lydia Yu 2020 Josh Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Cardiology) – VM: Medicine & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine Diphenhydramine does not reduce infusion-related ventricular arrhythmias in dogs treated with doxorubicin
Yingxi Zhang 2021 Xinbin Chen, BVSc, MS, PhD – VM: Surgical & Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine The Role of p53 Tumor Suppressor in Canine Kidney Tubulogenesis and Tumorigenesis