Michelle Abraham, BVMS, was appointed Assistant Professor of Clinical Large Animal Emergency and Critical Care.
Kimberly Agnello, DVM, was promoted to Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery.
Gustavo Aguirre, VMD, PhD, received the Dorothy Harrison Eustis Humanitarian Award at the 90th Anniversary Gala of the Seeing Eye Inc.
Maia Aitken, DVM, was appointed Assistant Professor of Clinical Large Animal Emergency and Critical Care.
Gary Althouse, DVM, PhD, was appointed to Associate Dean of Sustainable Agriculture and Veterinary Practices. He also gave an invited talk on mycotoxicosis and its control in boars at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual Meeting in March 2019 in Orlando, Florida.
Montserrat Anguera, PhD, was promoted to Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences.
Matt Atherton, BVSc, PhD, presented an invited talk entitled Unleashing Anticancer T Cells: Is Strength in Numbers Enough? at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s Science of Veterinary Oncology meeting in Las Vegas in April 2019. The talk described next generation cancer immunotherapy trials being performed at Penn Vet, including vaccination and CAR T cell-based approaches for companion animals.
Ashley Boyle, DVM, spoke on Viability Detection of Streptococcus equi: The Serologic Response to a Modified Live Intranasal Vaccine at the Havemeyer Foundation Workshop Getting to Grips with Strangles and Other Streptococcal Diseases, in Reykjavik, Iceland, May 2–5, 2019. In addition, she was the co-chair of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in Phoenix, Arizona. She was the author of chapters on Streptococcus equi, vaccinations, and purulent nasal discharge as well as the editor of the infectious disease section in Hinchcliff K and Lavoie JP (eds.), Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Equine, 3rd edition. And she was the author of the chapter on Streptococcus equi (strangles), in Smith, BP, Large Animal Internal Medicine, 6th edition.
Samuel Chacko, BVSc, PhD, was reappointed as a chartered member of the NIDDK-D Study Section. He is an emeritus professor in the Department of Pathobiology.
Rumela Chakrabarti, PhD, published Snahlata Singh, Emily Elenio, Adrian N. Leu, Rose-Anne Romano, Andrew Vaughan, Jennifer DeRiso, Kameswaran Surendran, and Rumela Chakrabarti, A New Elf5CreERT2 BAC Transgenic Mouse Model for Tracing Elf5 Cell Lineages in Adult Tissues, FEBS Letters, April 2019. She also published Snahlata Singh and Rumela Chakrabarti, Consequences of EMT-Driven Changes in the Immune Microenvironment of Breast Cancer and Therapeutic Response of Cancer Cells, J Clin Med, May 2019.
Molly Church, DVM, PhD, and Koranda Walsh, VMD, with financial support from the dean’s office and the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, hosted elementary students from West Philadelphia for the six-week This Is How We “Role” summer school program. The program connects children from backgrounds historically underrepresented in veterinary medicine with veterinary students from Penn Vet. Children are introduced to anatomy, internal medicine, and parasitology.
Barbara Dallap Schaer, VMD, was promoted to Professor of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.
Bernd Driessen, DVM, PhD, works at the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS) as course master for the Asian program in Small Animal (SA) Anesthesia and Analgesia, including two weeklong courses per year in Shanghai. He is also ESAVS course director for a four-module SA Anesthesia and Analgesia certificate program for European veterinary technicians. Driessen is heading an SA and Equine Anesthesia and Analgesia certificate program administered by Narkovet Consulting and Ethos Veterinary Health/VetBloom in collaboration with Cornell University, Manor College, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, and Pferdeklinik Leichlingen. He is joined by a team of over twenty leaders in the fields of anesthesia, analgesia, and emergency/critical care from four continents who serve as co-lecturers in the North American, European, and Asian programs and share his vision of promoting and advancing the anesthesia and analgesia care that animals deserve. Driessen has also been invited by the Chinese Agricultural University and Veterinary Medical Association to join a task force of international consultants to help form a Chinese Board of Veterinary Specialization.
Oliver Garden, BVetMed, PhD, was inducted into the College of Physicians of Philadelphia as a Fellow.
Anna Gelzer, DrMedVet, PhD, was promoted to Professor of Cardiology.
Karina Guziewicz, PhD, presented at the 2019 Investing in Cures Summit in Cary, North Carolina. She also made two presentations at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Vancouver: Safety and Long-Term Efficacy of AAV2-BEST1 Gene Augmentation Therapy in Canine Model of Best Vitelliform Macular Dystrophies and Exploring Controversial Issues in BEST1-Related Retinal Disease: Lessons from Canine Model of Best Disease. In addition, she was reappointed as Research Assistant Professor.
Rebecka Hess, DVM, MSCE, received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Class of 2020 Award for Excellence in Teaching, Philadelphia Campus. She published JD Anderson, DA Rondeau, RS Hess, Lispro Insulin and Electrolyte Supplementation for Treatment of Diabetic Ketoacidosis in Cats, J Vet Intern Med, 2019;1-9. https://doi.org/10.1111/jvim.15518. She also published MJ Lechner and RS Hess, The Utility of Serum, Plasma, and Whole Blood Glucose Measurement on a Point-of-Care Glucometer: A Prospective Study of 152 Samples from Dogs and 111 Samples from Cats, in press, American Journal of Veterinary Research, 2019. She also published SV Cai, TR Famula, AM Oberbauer, RS Hess, Heritability and Complex Segregation Analysis of Diabetes Mellitus in American Eskimo Dogs, in press, J Vet Intern Med, 2019.
Samuel Hurcombe, BVMS, MS, was appointed Associate Professor of Large Animal Emergency and Critical Care.
Amy Johnson, DVM, was promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine and Neurology.
Allison Kyler, LVT, completed and passed all phases of the Certification of Canine Rehabilitation Program through the University of Tennessee. She is now certified in canine rehabilitation, CCRP.
Meryl Littman, VMD, spoke about the similarities and differences between leptospirosis and Lyme nephritis at the American College of Internal Veterinary Medicine (ACVIM) National Forum in Phoenix in June.
Carolina López, PhD, published Sun Y, Kim EJ, Felt SA, Taylor LJ, Agarwal D, Grant GR, and López CB, A Specific Sequence in the Genome of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Regulates the Generation of Copy-Back Defective Viral Genomes [Preprint: bioRxiv 349001], PloS Pathog 15(4): e1007707. doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1007707. She also published López CB, Unexpected Lessons from the Neglected: How Defective Viral Genomes Became Important Again, Research Matters, PLoS Pathog, 15(1):e1007450. doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1007450. She also published Genoyer, E, and López, CB, The Impact of Defective Viruses on Infection and Immunity, Ann. Rev. Virol, May 13, 2019. doi: 10.1146/annurev-virology-092818-015652. PMID: 31082310. And she published Vignuzzi M and López CB, Defective Viral Genomes Are Key Drivers of the Virus-Host Interaction, Nature Microbiology, Jun 3, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-019-0465-y. PMID:31160826.
Olivia Lorello, VMD, PhD, was appointed Assistant Professor of Clinical Field Service.
James Marx, DVM, PhD, was promoted to Associate Professor of Laboratory Animal Science.
Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, was designated as the Paul A. James and Charles A. Gilmore Endowed Chair Professor.
Keiko Miyadera, DVM, PhD, was invited to give a talk on Recent Advances in Inherited Ocular Diseases in Animals at the Canine and Feline Genetics Forum at the University of Tokyo in March 2019.
Daniel Morris, DVM, MPH, published Radwanski NE, Morris DO, Boston RC, Cerundolo R, Lee KW, Longitudinal Evaluation of Immunological Responses to Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy in Horses with IgE Associated Dermatological Disease, A Pilot Study, Vet Dermatol 2019;30(3):255-e78.
Ariel Mosenco, DVM, was promoted to Professor of Clinical Medicine.
Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, was promoted to Professor of Working Dog Sciences and Sports Medicine. She received the International Canine Sports Medicine Symposium Mark Bloomberg Award. In addition, she published Lyons B, Ateca L, Otto CM, Clinicopathologic Abnormalities Associated with Increased Animal Triage Trauma Score in Feline Bite Wound Patients: 43 cases (1998-2009), JVECC 2019; 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1111/vec.12831. She also published Goucher TK, Hartzell AM, Seales TS, Anmuth AS, Zanghi BM, Otto CM, Skin Turgor and Capillary Refill Time as Predictors of Dehydration in Exercising Dogs, Am J Vet Res 2019;80:123–128.
Thomas Parsons, VMD, PhD, was promoted to Professor of Swine Production Medicine.
Laurel Redding, VMD, PhD, published LE Redding, S Cole, Pet Owner Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward the Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Companion Animals, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 2019, 254 (5): 626-635. She also published LE Redding, S Lavigne, H Aceto, R Nolen-Walston, Characterization of Antimicrobial Prescription Frequency and Diversity in a Large Animal Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, Prev Vet Med, 2019, 168:66-74.
Alexander Reiter, DrMedVet, DiplTzt, gave lectures and tutored laboratories to veterinarians and veterinary technicians at the British Veterinary Dental Association Scientific Meeting in Birmingham, United Kingdom; the Congress of the Austrian Society of Veterinary Dentistry in Innsbruck, Austria; and the European Veterinary Dental Forum in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Pascale Salah, DVM, was promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Comprehensive Cancer Care.
Dieter Schifferli, DrMedVet, PhD, published Rakov AV, Mastriani E, Liu SL, Schifferli DM, Association of Salmonella Virulence Factor Alleles with Intestinal and Invasive Serovars, BMC Genomics. 2019 May 28;20(1):429. doi: 10.1186/ s12864-019-5809-8. PubMed PMID: 31138114; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6540521. He also published Pan H, Zhou X, Chai W, Paudyal N, Li S, Zhou X, Zhou K, Wu Q, Wu B, Li G, Rajkovic A, Fang W, Rankin SC, Li Y, Xu X, Schifferli DM, Yue M, Diversified Sources for Human Infections by Salmonella Enterica Serovar Newport, Transbound Emerg Dis, 2019 Mar;66(2):1044-1048. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13099. Epub 2019 Jan 7. PubMed PMID: 30548172; NIHMSID:NIHMS1032122.
Patricia Sertich, VMD, chaired the 2019 American College of Theriogenologists (ACT) Certifying Examining Committee, which hosted the ACT Certifying Examining Committee retreat at the Allam House, New Bolton Center, January 7–11, 2019. Retreat participants included Drs. Joann Randall (Woodstock, Illinois), Ahmed Tibary (Washington State University), Julie Cecere (Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine), Vice Chairman Brian Whitlock (University of Tennessee), Jack Smith (Mississippi State University), and Reed Holyoak (Oklahoma State University). New Bolton Center staff member Tyler Harold provided IT assistance and Dee Crandall and Margy Lindem facilitated reference library support.
Deborah Silverstein, DVM, lectured at VetCo in Warsaw, Poland, March 2–3, 2019.
Gary Smith, MA(Oxon), MA(Cantab), D. Phil, PGCE, Emeritus Professor of Population Biology and Epidemiology, spoke about Agroterrorism: The Changing Context and the Crystal Ball Problem at the four meetings of the first annual Pennsylvania Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council Conference, held in Philadelphia, State College, Reading, and Pittsburgh. The conference was jointly organized by the Department of Justice Offices of the US Attorneys, the Office of Homeland Security (Pennsylvania), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Louise Southwood Parente, BVSc, PhD, was promoted to Professor of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.
Boris Striepen, PhD, had numerous speaking engagements between January and June 2019, including the Dean’s Visiting Distinguished Lecturer series, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; NIH Emerging Diseases Meeting, Hanoi, Vietnam; Cell Pathology Seminar, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; Gordon Research Conference on Tropical Infectious Diseases, Galveston, Texas; Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Microbiology Meeting, Orlando; Department of
Microbiology, University of Chicago; Department of Microbiology, New York University School of Medicine; Penn Vet Research Retreat, New Bolton Center; Keynote, BIOCEV, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic; and the 7th International Giardia & Cryptosporidium Conference, Rouen, France. In addition, he published Baragaña B, et al, Lysyl-tRNA Synthetase as a Drug Target in Malaria and Cryptosporidiosis, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2019 Apr 2;116(14):7015-7020.
Corinne Sweeney, DVM, is the new chairwoman of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI). The RCI is composed of the governmental regulators of horse and greyhound racing in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Trinidad-Tobago, and the Equestrian Club of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Regina Turner, VMD, PhD, was promoted to Professor of Reproduction.
Charles Vite, DVM, PhD, spoke at the Gordon Conference on Lysosomal Storage Disease in Galveston Texas, Ara Parseghian Medical Research Conference in Tucson, the ACVIM meeting in Phoenix, and the International Niemann Pick Disease Alliance in Lyon, France. He also reports that Lovelace Biomedical has teamed with the National Referral Center for Animals Models of Human Genetic Disease (RCAM) at Penn Vet, as well as with Jackson Laboratory, Exemplar Genetics, and Iontox to win a new $17 million contract with the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences to better understand and study diseases and treatments for rare and neglected diseases. The combined capabilities of the team members represent some of the best talent in the world to help the NIH in creating or characterizing novel disease models to address unmet needs. Rare diseases have been difficult to fight without proper pharmacological resources, indicates Dr. Jake McDonald, Principal Investigator of the overall contract. The discoveries that come from this contract will help advance new therapeutics and create new resources to better understand the natural history of these rare diseases. Vite also caught a really big fish last weekend. Really big.
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, and Chelsea Reinhard, DVM, MPH, spoke on Evidence Based Decision Making and Strategic Planning: Powerful Tools for Increasing Your Impact in May 2019 at the Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania’s First Annual Conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Jorge Alvarez, PhD, received a $150,000 ITMAT Pilot Grant for T Cell Based Therapy to Target B Cells within the Central Nervous System. The grant spans from February 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. He also received a $90,000 grant from EMD Serono for Defining the Role of Anti-B Cell Therapies in Meningeal Inflammation. The grant spans from February 4, 2019 to February 3, 2020.
William Beltran, DVM, PhD, received a $380,918 grant from the Foundation for Fighting Blindness–Canada for Preclinical Evaluation of an iPSC-Derived Photoreceptor Therapeutic in Canine Model of Retinitis Pigmentosa. The grant spans from January 9, 2019 to December 31, 2020. He received another grant for $250,000 from the foundation for RV-20/20- Development of a Neogenin Based-Strategy to Prevent Photoreceptor Degeneration. The grant spans from July 1, 2019 to July 31, 2022.
Andres Blanco, PhD, received a $100,000 grant from the Leukemia Research Foundation for Dual Targeting of LSD1 and KAT6A to Induce Therapeutic Differentiation in AML. The grant spans from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020. He also received a $573,844 NIH/NCI K22 grant for The Role of the Histone Chaperone Chaf1b in Sustaining the Hoxa9-Driven AML Differentiation Block. The grant spans from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2021.
Igor Brodsky, PhD, received a $10,089 grant from the Mark Foundation for Rational Design of Novel Combination Immunotherapies: Enhancing the Cytotoxic Activity of Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells Using the SMAC Mimetic Birinapant. The grant spans from February 4, 2019 to August 31, 2020.
Christine Cain, DVM, received a $41,192 grant from the Companion Animal Research Fund for Fosmidomycin for Treatment of Canine Otitis Extern. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.
Rumela Chakrabarti, PhD, received a $792,000 grant from the American Cancer Society for DLL1 Mediated Notch Signaling in Tamoxifen Resistance of Breast Cancer. The grant spans from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023. She also received a five year $1,250,000 R01 grant from the NIH-NCI.
Molly Church, VMD, PhD, received a $79,600 grant from the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation for a Comparative Brain Tumor Consortium (CBTC) Meningioma Pathology Study to identify prognostic and therapeutic biomarkers for canine patients and will generate uniformity in diagnosis across institutions. A grading and classification scheme will be developed for canine meningioma to help define prognostic outcome and prospectively integrate tumor morphology, immune cell infiltrate, and epigenetic profiles with genomic data obtained from a robust collection of canine tumors. The grant spans from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020. Her collaborators are Amy LeBlanc, DVM, National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute/Center for Cancer Research/Comparative Oncology Program, and Andrew Miller, DVM, Cornell University.
Dana Clarke, VMD, received a $26,552 grant from the Companion Animal Research Fund for Incidence of Pharyngeal Collapse and Effect of Corrective Upper Airway Surgery in Symptomatic Brachycephalic Dogs. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.
Raimon Duran-Struuck, DVM, PhD, received a $45,000 PICAB pilot grant for Development of Clinically Relevant Swine Tumor Model through Genetic Modification of Porcine Lymphohematopoietic Cancers. The grant spans from March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.
Bruce Freedman, VMD, PhD, received a $275,000 NIH/AI R21 grant for Novel Mechanisms of c-Rel Dependent Thymic Regulatory T Cell Development. The grant spans from June 21, 2019 to May 31, 2021.
Anna Gelzer, PhD, DrMedVet, received a $20,552 grant from the Companion Animal Research Fund for Determination of Anti-Arrhythmic Efficacy of Sotalol and Amiodarone in Boxers with ARVC by Electrophysiologic Testing, Electroanatomic Mapping, and Novel ECG Monitoring. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.
Karina Guziewicz, PhD, received a $556,715 grant from Iveric Bio, Inc. for Gene Therapy for BEST1-Associated Macular Dystrophies—Projects 1–3. The grant spans from January 30, 2019 to January 28, 2021. She also received a $522,204 grant from Iveric Bio, Inc. for Gene Therapy for BEST1-Associated Macular Dystrophies (4 Workstreams/Sub-Projects). The grant spans from February 12, 2019 to March 3, 2021. And she received a $150,000 NEI-NIH grant for The Role of a Novel Scaffold Protein in Mediating RPE Phagocytosis of Photoreceptor Outer Segment. The grant spans from March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2021.
Ronald Harty, PhD, received a $196,932 grant from Intervir LLC/Welcome Trust for Development of Host-Oriented Therapeutics Against Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.
De’Broski Herbert, PhD, received a $150,000 grant from NIH for Using Transgenic Parasitic Nematodes to Investigate Type 2 Immunity. The grant spans from January 15, 2019 to December 31, 2020. His collaborator is James Lok, PhD.
Christopher Hunter, PhD, received a $275,000 NIH R21 grant for Novel Role of DC1 in Vaccine Induced CD8 T cell Responses. The grant spans January 4, 2019 to December 31, 2020. His collaborator is David Christian, PhD. He received another $275,000 NIH R21 grant for The Role of Endothelial and T Cells during Infection of the Vascular Compartment. The grant spans from January 8, 2019 to December 31, 2020. His collaborator is Christoph Konradt, PhD. And he received a $69,650 grant from Surface Oncology for Role of Anti IL-27p28 Antibody during Toxoplasmosis. The grant spans from March 19, 2019 to September 19, 2020.
Anna Kashina, PhD, received a $522,269 NIH/NINDS grant for Role of Arginylation in Prevention of Alpha Synuclein Driven Neurodegeneration. The grant spans from April 15, 2019 to March 31, 2024.
Jennifer Lenz, DVM, received a $74,303 grant from the Companion Animal Research Fund for Defining the Efficacy and Elucidating the Immunomodulatory Role of Alkylating Chemotherapeutics for Canine T-cell Lymphoma. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.
James Lok, PhD, received a $1,250,000 NIH grant for Insulin-Like Signaling in Parasitic Nematode Development. The grant spans from November 9, 2018 to October 31, 2023. He also received a $50,000 grant from the University Research Foundation for Regulatable CRISPR/Cas9 Mutagenesis in Parasitic Nematodes. The grant spans from March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.
James Marx, DVM, PhD, received a $2,500 grant from the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners Foundation for its Summer Fellowship Program, held from June 1 to August 31, 2019.
Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD, received a $134,189 grant from the Abramson Cancer Center for the Sarcoma Trichloroethylene Project. The grant spans from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2020.
Michael May, PhD, received a $20,000 grant from the University Research Foundation for the VMD Symposium. The grant spans March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020.
Keiko Miyadera, DVM, PhD, received a $99,303 grant from the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation for Characterization of Retinal Phenotypes and Their Association with RPGRIP1 and Modifiers in English Springer Spaniels. The grant spans from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021.
Daniel Morris, DVM, MPH, received a $1,229,455 R01HD097692 NICHD grant as a subaward with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for Clinical Trial of a Disinfectant Intervention in Therapy Dogs to Combat Hospital-Associated Pathogens and Promote Sustainability of Animal-Assisted Visitation Programs. The grant spans from October 2018 to June 2023. His collaborators are James Serpell, PhD, Daniel Beiting, PhD, and Laurel Redding, VMD, PhD. He also received a $97,000 grant from Boehringer Ingelheim for Randomized Clinical Trial to Assess the Utility of Feline Interleukin-2 as an Adjuvant to Allergen Vaccines for the Treatment of Feline Atopic Dermatitis. The grant spans from February 2019 to December 2021. His collaborators are Christine Cain, DVM, Kathryn Rook, VMD, and Dermatology residents. He also received a $4,583 grant from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) for Longitudinal Evaluation of the Atopic Feline Clinical and Immunological Response to Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy: A Randomized Clinical Trial. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. His collaborator is Peter Canning, DVM. And he received a $9,950 grant from the ACVD for Clinical Trial to Assess the Utility of Serological and Skin Prick Allergen Testing for Cutaneous Food Sensitivity in Cats. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. His collaborator is Bailey Brame, DVM.
Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, received a $10,475 grant from Jefferson University for Investigation into the Use of Volatile Organic Compounds to Identify Recurrence of Sinonasal Inverted Papilloma. She will be testing the ability of dogs to detect this disease in laboratory samples collected from affected individuals. The grant spans from June 2019 to May 2020. She is affiliated with the Monell Chemical Senses Center. Her collaborator is Dr. George Preti. She also received a $9,945 grant from Virox for Testing Nose Blindness Associated with Cleaning Compounds. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.
Dipti Pitta, BVSc, PhD, received a one-year, $15,000 grant from the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy for Promoting Energy Conservation on Farm: Thinking about Waste as a Gold Mine Instead of a Headache. She is affiliated with the Agricultural Systems and Microbial Genomics Laboratory. Her collaborator is Dr. Veronica Shabtai.
Jennifer Punt, VMD, PhD, received a $24,715 grant from the Center for Undergrad Research and Fellowships for Team Grants for Interdisciplinary Activities. The grant spans from May 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019.
Ellen Puré, PhD, received a $75,759 NIH/NHLBI subaward grant for Atherosclerosis, Prostaglandin Inhibition, and Checkpoint Blockade. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to November 30, 2022. She also received a $127,311 NIH P01 grant for Extending Chimeric Antigen (CAR) T Cell Therapy to Thoracic Cancers. The grant spans from September 14, 2018 to August 31, 2023. She also received a $1,449,836 grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals for a Boehringer Collaborative Research Agreement. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021. And she received a $925,925 grant from Tmunity Therapeutics for Pre-Clinical Development of FAP CAR. The grant spans from December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2021.
Laurel Redding, VMD, PhD, received a $34,096 grant from the University Research Foundation for Veterinarian Perspectives on Antimicrobial Stewardship Metrics. The grant spans from March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2020. She also received a $9,500 Firestone Research Grant for Switching It Up: Understanding the Reasons for Polypharmacy in Antibiotic Prescribing. The grant spans from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
Virginia B. Reef, DVM, was awarded honorary cardiology Diplomate status by the American College of Internal Medicine Cardiology subspecialty at their annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, this past June.
Kotaro Sasaki, PhD, MD, received a $600,000 grant from Open Philanthropy. The grant spans from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022.
Dieter Schifferli, PhD, DrMedVet, received a $275,000 NIH R21 grant for Outer Membrane Vesicle Production by Salmonella PhoPQ and Inflammasome Activation. The grant spans from 2/5/19—1/31/21. His collaborator is Igor Brodsky, PhD.
Phillip Scott, PhD, received a $2,249,075 NIH R01 grant for Skin Microbiome Contributions to the Pathogenesis of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis. The grant spans from March 4, 2019 to February 29, 2024. His collaborator is Elizabeth Grice, PhD.
Deborah Silverstein, DVM, received a $38,548 grant from North Carolina State University for The Effect of Tranexamic Acid on Hyperfibrinolysis in the Dog Following Trauma. The grant spans from January 1, 2018 to May 23, 2019.
Karin Sorenmo, DVM, received a $9,737 grant from the Greater Good Organization for High Serum Estrogen Promotes Restrictive Collagen Signatures in the Tumor Microenvironment in Canine Mammary Carcinoma. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020. Her collaborator is Susan Volk, VMD, PhD.
Boris Striepen, PhD, received a $1,250,000 NIH R01 grant for Genetic Analysis of Cryptosporidium. The grant spans from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2024.
Oriol Sunyer, PhD, received a $982,795 NIH R01 grant for Primordially Conserved Principles Governing Mucosal Immune Responses to Pathogens and Microbiota. The grant spans from March 4, 2019 to December 31, 2022. He also received a $275,000 NIH grant for Unearthing Phagocytic IgM+ Plasma Cells and Their Previously Unrecognized Roles in Innate and Adaptive Immunity. The grant spans from December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2020.
Andrew Vaughan, PhD, received a $200,000 grant from the Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation for Angiogenesis and Vasculogenesis in Lung Regeneration After Influenza. The grant spans from December 31, 2018 to December 31, 2020.
Charles Vite, PhD, received a $111,506 grant from Biomarin Pharmaceutical for Biomarker Development in Canine MPSIIIA. The grant spans from January 14, 2019 to January 13, 2022. He also received a $2,336,040 NIH Referral CTR grant for Animal Models of Human Genetic Disease. The grant spans from January 18, 2019 to December 31, 2023. He also received a $490,000 NIH P40 grant (direct costs per year) for the National Referral Center for Animal Models of Human Genetic Disease (RCAM), which consists of breeding colonies of more than forty models of human genetic diseases, including many with CNS diseases such as dogs with globoid cell leukodystrophy and mucopolysaccharidoses, and cats with Niemann-Pick disease type C1 and alpha-mannosidosis. The grant spans from January 1, 2018 to September 30, 2023. His collaborators are John Wolfe, VMD, PhD, Margret Casal, DVM, PhD, and Paula Henthorn, PhD. He also received a $75,000 grant from the University of Notre Dame, through its Ara Parseghian Medical Research Fund and Michael, Marcia and Christa Parseghian Endowment for Excellence in Niemann-Pick Type C, for Improving Extracerebellar Npc1 Disease Using Intravenous 2-Hydroxypropylbeta-Cyclodextrin.
Susan Volk, VMD, PhD, received a $150,648 grant from the AKC Canine Health Foundation for Tumor-Permissive Collagen Signatures in Canine Mammary Gland Tumors: Development of Prognostic Markers and Targeted Therapies for Improved Outcomes. The grant spans from March 1, 2018 to February 29, 2020.
Daljit Vudathala, PhD, received a $10,940 grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Influence of Hemolysis on Nutritional Mineral Analysis of Bovine and Equine Serum. The grant spans from January 1, 2019 to September 30, 2019. She also received a $34,700 grant from Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for Histopathology and Analysis of Anatoxin-a Using LCMS in Channel Catfish. The grant spanned from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. She also received a $9,250 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for Method Development for Bromethalin Analysis in Biological Samples. The grant spanned from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. And she received a $8,510 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for Method Development for Trace Analysis of Avermectins and Related Animal Drugs in Compost. The grant spanned from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Vudathala is affiliated with Lisa Murphy’s lab.
Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, received a $1,144,675 grant from the WaterShed Animal Fund to implement a comprehensive veterinary shelter medicine initiative. The intended impact of this program is to inspire and support careers in shelter medicine, facilitate connections between veterinarians and shelters, and promote community collaboration. Penn Vet's Shelter Medicine Program will engage with peer institutions and other animal welfare organizations, leveraging scientific and social support to advance to the field.
John Wolfe, VMD, PhD, received a $1,004,205 NIH/NS grant for Translational Studies on Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF)-Directed Gene Therapy for Global Neurometabolic Brain. The grant spans from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024.