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Published: Mar 10, 2017

Gary Althouse, DVM, PhD, received the New Bolton Center 2016 Robert Whitlock Award, given to the faculty member who has demonstrated the most dedication to the mentoring
of young faculty.

William Beltran, DVM, PhD, spoke at the XVIIth International Symposium on Retinal Degeneration (RD2016) in Kyoto, Japan, on September 23, 2016. His topic was Gene therapy for RHOADRP: Efficient knockdown of rhodopsin expression in a canine model.

Ashley Boyle, DVM, received the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence at the Faculty Research Retreat in June 2016. She also spoke and gave wet labs at the New York State Veterinary Conference at Cornell University in September 2016.

Bernd Driessen, DVM, PhD, traveled last September to the China Agricultural University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital (CAUVTH). He is involved in the hospital’s Cornerstone
Program, a project of the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS), a nonprofit organization affiliated with the Faculty of Science, Technology, and Communication at the University of Luxembourg. ESAVS is offering advanced training in veterinary clinical disciplines in Europe and throughout Asia. The Cornerstone Program’s
primary objective is the advancement of programs in small animal anesthesiology, clinical pathology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care medicine, and surgery. For that
purpose, ESAVS brings together experts in those disciplines who will visit the CAUVTH four to five times, for one week per visit. For some of Driessen’s visits to China, he will be
joined by colleague Chiara Adami, DVM, PhD, from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London, who will share a European perspective on modern veterinary anesthesia services.

Diane Gaertner, DVM, reported that—in the culmination of a multi-year, multi-campus effort—the program for animal care and use at Penn Vet gained accreditation by AAALAC
International, a nonprofit organization that promotes the humane treatment of animals in science through voluntary accreditation and assessment programs. AAALAC assesses
each program against federal regulations and current practices. The evaluation includes the physical environment, husbandry care, veterinary care, and regulatory compliance. A four-person site visit team reviewed Penn Vet’s program at both the Philadelphia and New Bolton Center campuses over a four-day period last March, and Penn Vet received
notification of Full Accreditation for the program last summer. A large group of faculty and staff at both campuses assisted in preparing for the accreditation site visit, including members of University Laboratory Animal Resources and the Office of Animal Welfare. Accreditation by AAALAC reflects the high quality of all aspects of Penn Vet’s program, the
high level of concern for the welfare of research and teaching animals throughout the School, and strong support from the School’s administration and the University.

David Galligan, VMD, Professor of Animal Health Economics, received the Excellence in Teaching Award—given to an outstanding full-time faculty member who has demonstrated
a sincere and high level of interest in performing and advancing instruction in the professional student curriculum at Penn Vet.

Kristin Gardiner, VMD, received third place in the scientific poster competition (Laboratory Investigations category) at the 2016 American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
(AALAS) National Meeting for her research with Gustavo Aguirre, VMD, PhD, entitled Photoreceptor Proliferation and Dysregulation of Cell Cycle Genes in Early Onset Inherited
Retinal Degenerations.

Ronald Harty, PhD, published the following: Han, Z., Sagum, C.A., Bedford, M.T., Sidhu, S.S., Sudol, M., and Harty, R.N. 2016. ITCH E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Interacts with Ebola Virus VP40 to Regulate Budding. J. Virol., 90(20):9163-71. This manuscript was selected as a Spotlight Article by the editors of the Journal of Virology. He also published: Loughran, H.M., Han, Z., Wrobel, J.E., Decker, S.E., Ruthel, G., Freedman, B.D., Harty, R.N., and Reitz, A.B. 2016. Quinoxaline-Based Inhibitors of Ebola and Marburg VP40 Egress. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett., 26(15):3429-35. This manuscript was selected by Elsevier for promotion
through their online communication and news site, Elsevier Connect. The Elsevier Connect article can be viewed at, and
the press release can be found at

Colin Harvey, BVSc, Emeritus Professor of Surgery and Dentistry who retired from Penn Vet in 2013, retired from his “second job” as Executive Secretary of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2016. At the Veterinary Dental Forum in Minneapolis in September, he was awarded the American Veterinary Dental College Presidential Medal for
Stewardship, in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the College, including 15 years as Secretary and Executive Secretary. In addition, last May at the European
Congress for Veterinary Dentistry in Dublin, Ireland, he was awarded Life Diplomate status in the European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC) for his “outstanding contributions to the development of veterinary dentistry in Europe.” He is the first EVDC diplomate to be awarded Life Diplomate status, which is a separate category from Retired status. Harvey is
not yet completely retired from professional pursuits; he is still the Director of the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), the entity that provides a Seal of Acceptance system for veterinary dental products that meet or exceed VOHC’s pre-set standards in retarding accumulation of dental plaque and calculus. In 2017, he will have completed 20 years as the Director of the VOHC.

Christopher Lengner, PhD, spoke at the following invited seminars in 2016: NIH P30 Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases Annual Symposium (September 22), Wistar Institute Program in Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis (September 27), CHOP Developmental Biology Series (October 4), and Fox Chase Cancer Center (November 3). He published the following: Msi RNA-binding proteins control reserve intestinal stem cell quiescence. Yousefi M, Li N, Nakauka-Ddamba A, Wang S, Davidow K, Schoenberger J,
Yu Z, Jensen ST, Kharas MG, Lengner CJ. J Cell Biol. 2016 Oct 31. He also published: Enhancing a Wnt-Telomere Feedback Loop Restores Intestinal Stem Cell Function in a Human Organotypic Model of Dyskeratosis Congenita. Woo DH, Chen Q, Yang TL,
Glineburg MR, Hoge C, Leu NA, Johnson FB, Lengner CJ. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Sep 1. In addition, he published: Heterogeneity in readouts of canonical wnt pathway activity within intestinal crypts. Li N, Yousefi M, Nakauka-Ddamba A, Tobias JW, Jensen ST, Morrisey EE, Lengner CJ. Dev Dyn. 2016 Aug;245(8). Lastly, he published: Mouse Label-Retaining Cells are Molecularly and Functionally Distinct From Reserve Intestinal Stem Cells. Li N, Nakauka-Ddamba A, Tobias J, Jensen ST, Lengner CJ. Gastroenterology. 2016 Aug;151(2).

Kathryn Michel, DVM, spoke with Robert Kushner, MD, last November at the Preventing Obesity in People and Their Pets: A One Health Approach conference in Atlanta, organized by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the CDC. They spoke on the topic of One Health Approaches to Obesity: How do we make it work?

Keiko Miyadera, DVM, PhD, received the first place poster award at the XXII Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research (ISER 2016) held last September in
Tokyo, Japan.

Daniel Morris, DVM, served as the Chair of an international committee that developed guidelines on the diagnosis, therapy, and transmission mitigation of methicillin-resistant
Staphylococci in companion animals. The consensus statement and guidelines document was presented at the World Congress of Veterinary Dermatology in Bordeaux, France, in June 2016, and will be published in the journal Veterinary Dermatology in early 2017.

Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, received the 2016 Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dogs’ Best Friend Award.

Mark Oyama, DVM, was an invited speaker at the quadrennial International Cardiology Veterinary Symposium in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in October 2016. He presented data from his work involving serotonin antagonist drugs to prevent the onset of mitral valve disease in dogs.

Shelley Rankin, PhD, published the following: Bradley CW, Mauldin EA, Morris DO, Rankin SC, Cain CL, Houser T, Grice EA. Longitudinal evaluation of the skin microbiome and microenvironment in healthy and atopic dogs. J Invest Dermatol. 2016 Jun;136(6):1182-90. She also published: Morris DO, Davis M, Palmeiro B, O’Shea K, Rankin SC. Molecular and
epidemiological characterization of canine Pseudomonas otitis using a prospective case-control study design. Vet Dermatol. 2016 Jul 18. doi: 10.1111/vde.12347. [Epub ahead of print]. In addition, Rankin published: Davis MF; Hu B; Carroll K; Bilker WB; Tolomeo P; Cluzet VC; Baron P; Ferguson JM; Morris DO; Rankin SC; Lautenbach E; and Nachamkin I. Comparison of culture-based methods to identify colonization with methicillinresistant and methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus in the context of co-colonization. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2016, 54:1907-1911. She also published the following: Misic A, Cain C, Morris D, Rankin S, Beiting D. Divergent isoprenoid biosynthesis pathways in Staphylococcus species constitute a drug target for treating infections in companion animals. mSphere. 2016 Sep 28;1(5). Lastly, Rankin published: Grigar MK, Cummings KJ, Rodriguez-Rivera LD, Rankin SC, Johns K, Hamer GL, Hamer SA. Salmonella surveillance among Great-tailed Grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus) and other urban bird species in east central Texas. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2016 Nov 9. [Epub ahead of print]. In addition, Rankin and Donna Kelly, DVM, were appointed as co-chairs of the United States Animal
Health Association Committee on Salmonella.

Alexander Reiter, Dr med vet, Dipl. Tzt., spoke about various topics in dentistry and oral surgery at Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry in Philadelphia last June and
September; at the largest European veterinary dental training center in Accesia in Halmstad, Sweden, last June, August, and October; and at the EuroCongress of the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations last June in Vienna, Austria. Last September, he spoke at the New England Regional Veterinary Conference in Portland, Maine; at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) National Patrol Dog Trials in Gloucester Township, New Jersey; and at the Penn Annual Conference in Philadelphia. In addition, he spoke at the Veterinary Dental Forum last October in Minneapolis and at the Conference on Craniomaxillofacial Disorders and Solutions in Humans and Companion Animals last November in Los Angeles. He published the following: Villamizar-Martinez LA, Villegas CM, Gioso MA, Reiter AM, Patricio GC, Pinto AC. Morphologic and morphometric description of the temporomandibular joint in the domestic dog using computed tomography. Journal of Veterinary Dentistry 2016; 33: 75-82. He also published: Villamizar-Martinez LA, Reiter AM, Sanchez MD, Soltero-Rivera MM. Benign cementoblastoma (true cementoma) in a cat. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery Open Reports 2016 (
pdf+html); DOI: 10.1177/2055116915626847. Christopher Rizzo, LVT, VTS (EVN, LAIM), earned a second Veterinary Technician Specialty in Large Animal Internal Medicine in 2016.

Mary A. Robinson, VMD, PhD, was invited by the American College of Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology to present Equine Drug Testing in the 21st Century on June 10, 2016, at the
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum in Denver, Colorado. She was also invited by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association to present Equine Drug Testing in the 21st Century, Pharmacology for Vets, How Do I Estimate a Withdrawal Time, Recent Challenges in Equine Drug Testing: Therapeutic Drugs, Recent Challenges in Equine Drug Testing: Nontherapeutic Drugs, and R & D on ‘Omics Technologies on August 12, 2016, at the 10th Keystone Veterinary Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In  addition, the International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians organizing
committee invited Robinson to present The pharmacokinetics of intravenous versus orally administered glaucine and glaucine-containing plants in the horse and Pharmacokinetics
of the cobalt-containing supplements, Vita 15 and Iron Power, following a multi-dose regimen on October 20, 2016, at the 21st International Conference of Racing Analysts and
Veterinarians in Montevideo, Uruguay. Dr. Fuyu Guan, PhD, a Research Associate Professor in Robinson’s laboratory, was invited to present Toward universal screening for bioactive peptides in biological samples by LC-HRMS. A manuscript by Robinson, Guan, and Lawrence R. Soma, VMD, entitled Confirmatory analysis of etanercept in equine plasma by LC-MS for doping control was accepted for publication in Drug Testing and Analysis on September 7, 2016 (DOI: 10.1002/dta.2091).

Previously, Robinson had given four presentations at the 2014 International Conference of Racing Analysts and Veterinarians in Mauritius: R & D on ‘omics technologies; Cobalt-containing supplements and sweet feed increase equine plasma and/or urine cobalt concentrations; Co-administration of phenylbutazone with methocarbamol decreases
methocarbamol clearance; and Myo-inositol trispyrophosphate (ITPP) did not alter oxygen dissociation from mouse or equine hemoglobin in fresh whole blood. Guan gave two talks at the same conference: Strategy for and approaches to detection and identification of peptide- and protein-based drugs in equine plasma and urine, and LC-MS identification of etanercept (Enbrel®) in equine plasma.

Robinson serves as Director of the Penn Vet Equine Pharmacology Laboratory, promoted from co-director in 2014. In July of that year, the contract for Penn Vet Equine Pharmacology Laboratory Pharmacological and Forensic Research Plan was renewed for 2.75 years with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Also, in April 2014, Robinson became Acting Director of the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory, a state-owned laboratory in West Chester, Pennsylvania, that processes all the samples for drug testing in horse racing in Pennsylvania.

In 2014, Robinson’s group had the following papers accepted: Chen et al. Identification of sample donor by 24-plex STR in a post-race equine plasma containing dexamethasone.
SpringerPlus; Mangal et al. Interleukin-1β inhibits synthesis of 5-lipooxygenase in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated equine whole blood. J Prostaglandins and Other Lipid Mediators; Jiang et al. Selection of reference genes in equine white blood cells for real time PCR normalization following extracorporeal shock wave therapy. American Journal of Molecular Biology; Mangal et al. Inhibitory effect of triamcinolone acetonide on synthesis of inflammatory mediators in the equine. European J of Inflammation; and Robinson et al. Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Dermorphin in the Horse. J Vet Pharm

Deborah Silverstein, DVM, lectured last September at the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium in Grapevine, Texas. In October, she lectured at
the Southern European Veterinary Conference in Granada, Spain.

Gary Smith, DPhil, Professor of Population Biology and Epidemiology, retired June 30, 2016.

Louise Southwood, BVSc, PhD, BSc (Vet), received the House Officer Mentoring Award—given to a faculty member who has demonstrated dedication and compassion in mentoring House Officers.

Charles Vite, DVM, PhD, received an award from Global Genes—the RARE Champions of Hope for Collaborations in Science and Technology—on September 23, 2016. The award was presented in Huntington Beach, California, and recognized collaborative work between Vite and Daniel Ory, MD, Steven Walkley, DVM, PhD, Cristin Davidson, PhD, and several family foundations on developing therapies for a lysosomal storage disease. In addition, last November in Stamford, Connecticut, he received the 2016 Guardian Angel Award from Dana’s Angels Research Trust for research on Niemann Pick Type C disease. Vite spoke at the Zoobiquity Conference: Neurology and Psychiatry course at New York University on October 21. The title of the talk was Seizure Prediction in Humans and Dogs, and he co-presented with Kathryn Davis, MD, Medical Director of the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit at the University of Pennsylvania. He also spoke at the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Advanced Continuing Education course on Neuromuscular Diseases in Las Vegas last December. The title of the talk was Approaches to Clinical

P. Jeremy Wang, MD, PhD, was awarded a Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS/NIH) for his R35
grant entitled Regulation of Meiosis in Mice. The goal of MIRA is to increase the efficiency and efficacy of NIGMS funding by increasing flexibility for investigators to follow new directions as they arise, rather than being bound to specific aims proposed in advance. The award reduces the investigator’s time spent writing and reviewing grant applications, allowing for more time to conduct research.

Brittany Watson, VMD, PhD, spoke last October at the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and also at Animal Grantmakers Conference in Denver. In collaboration with Emily McCobb, DVM, of Tufts University, she co-hosted the first-ever Shelter Medicine Veterinary Educator’s Conference, with a dinner sponsored by Petco.

Appointments and Promotions

Kathryn Wulster, VMD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging (Academic Clinician track)
Klaus Hopster, DMV, Dr med vet, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia – CE track
Elizabeth Arbittier, VMD, Assistant Professor of Equine Field Service – AC track
Meagan Smith, DVM, Assistant Professor Equine Field Service – AC track
Tamara Dobbie, DVM, Associate Professor of Reproduction – AC track


William Currie Douglas (Doug) Hare, a former Associate Professor at Penn Vet, died February 2, 2016, in Ottawa, Canada. He was 91 years old. Hare was born and raised in North Berwick, Scotland, and educated in Edinburgh. He attended Edinburgh Academy and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. He served in the army during World War II and was a POW until his release in 1945. He completed his veterinary degree program in
1950; earned a PhD in the department of veterinary anatomy from the University of Edinburgh in 1953; and worked in the department of anatomy at Ontario Veterinary College from 1954 to 1958. In 1958, Hare joined Penn Vet as an Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy. His studies focused on veterinary cytogenetics. In 1974, he left Penn to return to Canada, where he joined the Animal Disease Research Institute in Ottawa as a senior research scientist. He worked with a team focused on embryo transfer and related research. He was pivotal in pre-sexing the first bovine embryo to survive to term and in investigating risks of disease transmission through embryo transfer. Hare was an instrumental part of the International Embryo Technology Society (IETS), serving as
a member of the IETS import/export committee and chairing a research subcommittee in the 1980s. He also organized the International Embryo Movement Symposium in 1986. Hare retired in 1990 and was appointed in that same year as editor-in-chief of Canadian Veterinary Journal, a position he held until 2008. In 1991, he received the first IETS Distinguished Service Award to recognize his contributions to both the society and the embryo transfer industry. He is survived by his three children: Sara, Simon, and Alastair.


Gustavo Aguirre, VMD, PhD, in collaboration with William Beltran, DVM, PhD, received a $2,722,125 NIH/NEI grant for Translational Research for Retinal Degeneration Therapies. The grant spans from September 2016 through August 2021.

Jorge Alvarez, PhD, received a $637,110 NIH K01 grant for The impact of hedgehog signaling during neuroinflammation. The grant spans from September 2016 through August 2019.

Tracy Bale, PhD, received a $1,761,275 NIH/NIMH R37-MERIT award for Paternal stress epigenetic programming of offspring neurodevelopment. The award spans from August 1, 2015 to May 31, 2025. She also received a $1,193,926 NIH/NIMH R33-MH-104184-03 (from R21) grant for Maternal stress and the vaginal microbiome: impacts on brain development. The grant spans from August 8, 2016, to June 30, 2019.

Ralph Brinster, VMD, PhD, received a $549,474 grant from the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation for Altering the Genes of Farm Animals. The grant spans from January 2017 through December 2019.

Igor Brodsky, PhD, received a $285,823 NIH R21-AI-112713 grant for Dissecting the mechanism of RIPK1 kinase-dependent cell death in control of Yersinia infection. The grant spans from June 6, 2016, to May 31, 2018.

Rumela Chakrabarti, PhD, received a $520,713 NIH/NCI K22 grant for Probing the role of tumor suppressive functions of Elf5 in breast cancer. The grant spans from June 2016 through May 2019. She also received a $40,000 McCabe Fund Pilot Award for Lineage tracing of Dll1, a Notch signaling ligand in triple negative breast cancer. The award spans from July 2016 through June 2017.

Bruce Freedman, VMD, PhD, received a one-year, $600,000 NIH S10 Equipment grant for Building Enhanced Capability for the Penn Vet Multiphoton Core. The grant spans from May 2016 through April 2017.

Hannah Galantino-Homer, VMD, PhD, received a one-year, $25,000 grant from the Animal Health Foundation for Epidermal stress in the pathogenesis and diagnosis of
endocrinopathy-associated laminitis. The grant spans from June 1, 2016, to May 31, 2017. She also received a $84,288 grant from the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation for Endoplasmic reticulum stress and epidermal pathology in supporting limb laminitis.

Urs Giger, Dr med vet, received a one-year, $106,858 grant from the AKC Canine Health Foundation for Genetic Predisposition to Avian Tuberculosis in Miniature Schnauzers and Basset Hounds. The grant spans from May 2016 through April 2017.

De’Broski Herbert, PhD, received a $1,433,358 NIH U01 grant for Trefoil Factor Proteins Regulate Inflammation and Immunity. The grant spans from August 2016 through July

David Holt, BVSc, received a one-year, $96,000 grant from New York University (Tomorrow Foundation) for Stenting to Treat Idiopathic Laryngeal Paralysis in Dogs. The grant spans
from July 2016 through June 2017.

Christopher Hunter, PhD, received a $275,000 NIH R21 grant for Utilizing BATF3-dependent DC to generate vaccine-induced cell mediated immunity. The grant spans from June 25, 2016, to May 31, 2018. He also received a $1,250,000 NIH R01 grant for Impact of early T-bet on CD8 T cell effector responses. The grant spans from June 21, 2016, to May 31, 2021.

Eldin Jasarevic, PhD, received a $114,120 NIH/NIMH F32 grant for Maternal stress and the gut microbiome: impact on neurodevelopment. The grant spans from December 17, 2016,
to November 30, 2018, and is affiliated with the lab of Tracy Bale, PhD.

Erika Krick, VMD, received a $350,000 grant from Petco for the Charitable Care Fund for Pet Cancer Treatment. The grant spans from May 2016 through April 2019.

Mia Krolikoski, PhD candidate, received a one-year, $25,950 American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship for The Effect of Arterial Stiffness on Macrophage Polarization and
Plasticity. The award spans from July 2016 through June 2017 and is affiliated with the lab of Ellen Puré, PhD.

Christopher Lengner, PhD, received a $241,500 NIA R21AG054209 grant for A novel and tractable model to address telomere dysfunction in a human tissue, spanning from August 2016 through March 2018. He is collaborating with F. Bradley Johnson, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Penn’s Perelman School
of Medicine. Lengner described their work as follows: “One cause of human age-related diseases is the dysfunction of the ends of chromosomes, which are called telomeres. We
have discovered a way to treat disease caused by telomere dysfunction in mice, but we don’t yet know if this will work in people. To address this possibility, we will develop a novel
model of telomere dysfunction in human tissues that can be easily studied in the laboratory, and we will test the possibility that the lessons we have learned from our mouse experiments will be applicable in humans. Furthermore, our novel model will enable many future experiments that will identify additional approaches to the treatment of human age-related diseases.” In addition, Lengner received a $900,000 NIH/NIDDK R01 grant for Control of intestinal regeneration by a Msi-mTORC1 signaling axis. The grant spans from May 15, 2016, to April 30, 2020.

James Marx, DVM, PhD, received a $5,000 Summer Fellowship (May 1 to September 30, 2016) from the ASLAP Foundation.

Lisa Murphy, VMD, received a one-year, $126,136 grant from the Department of Agriculture for Maintenance of membership laboratory requirements. The grant spans from May 2016 through April 2017.

Angelica Ortiz, PhD, received a $108,588 NIH/NCI F32-CA-206431 grant for IFNARI down regulation in melanoma cells and stromal cells promotes melanoma progression and
pulmonary metastasis. The grant spans from April 2016 through March 2018 and is affiliated with the lab of Serge Fuchs, PhD, MD.

Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, received a $29,144 grant from the Department of Homeland Security for IAI CAMEL Phase II. The grant spans from May 3, 2016, to March 1, 2018.

Shelley Rankin, PhD, received a one-year, $16,500 grant from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology for A Molecular Bead-Based Assay for Molecular Detection of
Cutaneous Infectious Organisms. The grant spans from July 2016 through June 2017.

Thomas Schaer, VMD, received a $811,165 grant from DePuy Synthes for Evaluation of a bone graft cage in an ovine tibial critical defect model. The grant spans from July 1, 2016, to December 31, 2017.

Phillip Scott, PhD, received a $1,250,000 NIH R01 AI106842 grant for Resident Memory T cells in Leishmaniasis. The grant spans from May 16, 2016, to April 30, 2021.

Karin Sorenmo, DVM, received a $525,000 grant from Petco for the Penn Vet Shelter Canine Mammary Tumor Program. The grant spans from May 2016 through April 2018.

Charles Vite, DVM, PhD, received a $2,164,647 NINDS (NIH) grant for Combination Therapy, Biomarkers, and Imaging in Canine Krabbe Disease. The grant spans from June 2016 through May 2021. In addition, along with Allison Bradbury, PhD, he received a two-year, $125,000 grant from the International Society for Mannosidosis and Related Diseases for AAV gene therapy in the feline model of Mucolipidosis II.

Vite and Bradbury are collaborating with Steven Gray, PhD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. In this study, they will evaluate intravenous AAV
gene therapy in the feline model of ML II in order to collect preclinical data to inform human clinical trials.

P. Jeremy Wang, MD, PhD, received a $1,738,000 NIH/NIGMS R35-MIRA award for Regulation of meiosis in mice. The award spans from May 5, 2016, through April 30, 2021.