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Faculty and Projects


All faculty at the University of Pennsylvania are potential mentors. Faculty who have mentored students in the past ten years are listed below.

Funded Projects from the Past 10 Years

  • 2016
    • Student:  Zack Beresin    
      Title of Project: To determine the prevalence and distribution of livestock-associated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) in milk filters obtained from bulk milk tanks on Pennsylvania dairy farms
      Mentor: Shelly Rankin
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Ashley Cherry
      Title of Project: Volatile Signals of Lipopolysaccharide‐Induced Inflammation
      Mentor: Bruce Kimball/Gary Beauchamp
      Department: Other

      Student:  William Chung
      Title of Project: Mapping Interaction Domain of MEIOB and SPATA22 Background
      Mentor: Jeremy Wang
      Department:  Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Megan Clark
      Title of Project: Studying cytotoxic T cell effector function in response to changes in metabolism, and the implications of T cell metabolism in cutaneous leishmaniasis
      Mentor: Phillip Scott
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sophie Eiger
      Title of Project: Defining Stromal Progression in Canine Mammary Tumors Using Fibroblast Activation Protein
      Mentor: Ellen Puré
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Daniel Adams
      Title of Project: Determining the Effects of Smac Mimetic Drugs on Vascular Endothelial Cells
      Mentor: Michael May
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Ariel Aguiar
      Title of Project: Does the mosquito immune system limit infection by canine heartworm?
      Mentor: Michael Provelones
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Kendra Asklof
      Title of Project: Defining the protective role of RIPK3 and programmed necrosis in Immune defense against pathogenic Yersinia Infection
      Mentor: Igor Brodsky
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Caitlin Banducci
      Title of Project: Impact of Paternal and Maternal Preconception Stress on Offspring Neurodevelopment and Stress Response
      Mentor: Tracy Bale
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Jonah Binstock
      Title of Project: The role of type III collagen in the fibrotic response: therapeutic strategies to engineer regenerative and tumor microenvironments
      Mentor: Susan Volk
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Megan Clark
      Title of Project: Characterization and optimization of ex-vivo T cell expansion for re-directed T cell therapy
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Steven Hanes
      Title of Project: Induction of X-reactivation in B cells through deletion of the long noncoding RNA Xist
      Mentor: Monserrat Anguera
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Allison Hayes
      Title of Project: Identifying the mechanism(s) of perinatal growth hormone imprinting of adult CYP2C11
      Mentor: Bernard Shapiro
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Emily Knebel
      Title of Project: Comparison of Bacterial Isolates Using Expanded Quantitative Urine Culture Techniques in Cats with and without Feline Idiopathic Cystitis (FIC)
      Mentor: Shelly Rankin
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Megan Lin
      Title of Project: Nature, progression and mechanisms of vertebral bone pathology in mucopolysaccharidosis VII dogs from birth to skeletal maturity
      Mentor: Lachlan Smith
      Department: Neurosurgery & Orthopaedic Surgery

      Student:  George McClung
      Title of Project: Evaluation of the chondrogenic potential of equine synovial-derived mesenchymal stem cells (SD-MSC) compared to bone-marrow derived MSCs (BM-MSC)
      Mentor: Dean Richardson
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Megan McGeehan
      Title of Project: Characterization of tertiary lymphoid organs in a natural model of Multiple Sclerosis
      Mentor: Jorge Alvarez
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Rebecca Meltzer
      Title of Project: Investigating the Role of NDR Kinase in Retina Development
      Mentor: Frank Luca
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Jonathan Nagel
      Title of Project: Molecular Characterization of the Dog Erythrocyte Antigen 1 Protein and Gene
      Mentor: Urs Giger
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Emma Price
      Title of Project: Characterization of the Role of Type I and Type III Interferons in Acute and Chronic Disease States
      Mentor: Carolina Lopez
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Katherine Pruett
      Title of Project: Examining the relationship between affective state and social rank in group-housed gestating sows
      Mentor: Thomas Parsons
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Meghan Ramos
      Title of Project: Biosensing of Biofilms
      Mentor: Cynthia Otto    
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Taylor Ross
      Title of Project: Investigating the Role of Delta-Like Ligand 1 in Breast Cancer Metastasis
      Mentor: Rumela Chakrabarti
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Jenna Schoenberger
      Title of Project: Effects of Calorie Restriction on Radiation Resistance of Reserve Intestinal Stem Cells
      Mentor: Christopher Lengner
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Sarah Wronski
      Title of Project: Host-Oriented Inhibitors of Lassa Fever Virus Budding
      Mentor: Ronald Harty    
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine
  • 2015
    • Student: Jonathan Ferrari
      Title of Project: Evaluation of RNA transfected, alpha-folate receptor re-directed T cells for the treatment of dogs with metastatic osteosarcoma
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Martina Jackson
      Title of Project: Mitochondrial Retrograde Signaling-Induced Transcription Reprogramming in Canine Osteosarcoma Tumor model.
      Mentor: Narayan Avadhani
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Yukwah Kwok
      Title of Project:  Investigation of the immune response of the mosquito the Aedes aegypti to infection by dog heartworm Dirofilaria immitis
      Mentor: Michael Povelones
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Emma LeBlanc
      Title of Project: The Role of Cyp1 Enzymes and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Smoke-Induced Osteoporosis
      Mentor: Narayan Avadhani
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  George McClung
      Title of Project: Generation of canine induced pluripotent stem cells and their directed differentiation into hepatocytes for use in drug metabolism studies
      Mentor:  Chris J. Lengner
      Department: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Casey McMahon
      Title of Project: Age Related Changes in Spatial and Non-Spatial Auditory Cognition
      Mentor: Yale Cohen
      Department: HUP-Otorhinolaryngology

      Student:  Morgan Porter
      Title of Project: Characterization of Canine Cystinuria: Solubility, Metabolic and Molecular Studies
      Mentor: Urs Giger
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Meghan Ramos
      Title of Project: Biosensing of Biofims in a Periprosthetic Joint Infection Model Using  Trained Medical Detection Dogs
      Mentor: Cindy Otto
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Brittany Sembler
      Title of Project: Understanding the Role of Brain AVR1 in Lipid Metabolism and Behavior
      Mentor: Dan Rader
      Department: Pharmacology

      Student:  Kathryn Short
      Title of Project: Re-directed T-cell therapy in canine B Cell lymphoma
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Hanah Suh
      Title of Project: Skull and temporomandibular joint abnormalities associated with ectodermal dysplasia in dogs and demonstration of improvement after treatment using a recombinant protein
      Mentor: Margaret Casal
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Janysha Taylor
      Title of Project: qPCR studies of keratin isoform gene expression in tissue from control and laminitic horses.
      Mentor: Hannah Galantino-Homer
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:  Nicole White
      Title of Project: Ebola and Pigs: Susceptibility of Swine Cells to Entry and Exit of Ebola Virus.
      Mentor: Ronald Harty
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Talia Wong
      Title of Project: Defining the role of vascular endothelial cell-intrinsic noncanonical NF-κB in Toxoplasma gondii infection
      Mentor: Christopher Hunter
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine
  • 2014
    • Student: Beatriz Blanco
      Title of Project:
      Re-directed T cell therapy in dogs with B cell lymphoma
      Mentor:
      Nicola Mason
      Department:
      Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:
      Sarah Colmer
      Title of Project:
      Changes in keratin isoform expressionin relation to equine laminitis
      Mentor:
      Hannah Galantino-Homer
      Department:
      Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Kristen Conniff
      Title of Project: Measuring Affective State in Heritage Breed Swine via Cognitive Bias Tests
      Mentor: Thomas Parsons
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Alexandra Crooks
      Title of Project: Investigating a Role for Neuronal PTP1B in Anxiety
      Mentor: Kendra Bence
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Alex (Drew) DeLong
      Title of Project: The Role of COX-2 in Aged Fracture Healing and Implication for the Therapeutics
      Mentor: Jaimo Ahn
      Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

      Student: Jonathan Ferrari
      Title of Project: Evaluating the efficiacy and toxicity of vincristine and vinblastine use in the MOPP chemotherapy rescue protocol as treatment for dogs with relasped lymphoma
      Mentor: Erika Krick
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Raisa Glabman
      Title of Project: Role of the α4β1 integrin in B1 cell migration during psoriasis-like inflammation II
      Mentor: Gudrun Debes
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: EmmaRose Joffe
      Title of Project: Canine Olfactory Detection of Ovarian Cancer
      Mentor: Cindy Otto
      Department:
      Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Clint Kuban
      Title of Project: Biochemical comparison of saliva samples identified by Diabetic Alert Dogs as hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic, and normoglycemic
      Mentor: Cindy Otto
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Resa McLellan
      Title of Project: A cell-intrinsic role for HIF-1a in metastatic lung colonization of undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma
      Mentor: M. Celeste Simon
      Department: Cell and Molecular Biology

      Student: Ashley Power
      Title of Project: The role of type III collagen in breast cancer local recurrence
      Mentor: Susan Volk
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Roger Rengert
      Title of Project: Functional analysis of p63-interacting proteins in regulation of the proliferative potentional of epidermal stem cells
      Mentor: Makoto Senoo
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Juliane Sangimino
      Title of Project: Spatial distribution of Staphylococcus schleiferi isolates from companion animals at Ryan Hospital
      Mentor: Shelly Rankin
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Brittany Sembler
      Title of Project: Effects of Fatty Acids on Oxidative Stress in Mouse Models of Alzheimer’s Disease
      Mentor: Paul Axelsen
      Department: Pharmacology

      Student:
      Emily Shea
      Title of Project: Neuropathological Correlates Between Niemann-Pick Type C Disease and Aging in Cats
      Mentor: Charles Vite
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:
      Nathaniel Sotyuo
      Title of Project: Characterizing the role of sphingolipids as novel targets of chronic stress coping mechanisms
      Mentor: Seema Bhatnagar
      Department: Anesthesia, (CHOP)

      Student: Kerrie Tiedemann
      Title of Project: Tenotomy versus Tenodesis Using an Animal Model for Rotator Cuff Repairs
      Mentor: Louis Soslowsky
      Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

      Student: Amanda Watkins
      Title of Project: Celluar and molecular changes associated with laminitis osteopathology
      Mentor: Julie Engiles & Kurt Hankenson
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jennifer West
      Title of Project: Assessment of histopathologic CNS disease in canine Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I and comparison to antemortem 3D echo planar spectroscopic imaging data
      Mentor: Charles Vite
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Ilana Yablonovich
      Title of Project: Development and Validation of a Point-of-Care Multiplex LAMP Assay for the Simultaneous Detection of Salmonella, and Antibiotic Resistance Genes
      Mentor: Shelly Rankin
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine
  • 2013
    • Student: Lisa Brody
      Title of Project: Evaluation of the effects of acid ceramidase, ceramide, and reactive oxygen species on the motility, viability, membrane integrity, and life span of extended and fresh canine semen
      Mentor: Margret Casal
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Chelsea Del Alcazar
      Title of Project: Mechanisms of delayed bone formation in the spines of Mucopolysaccharidosis VII dogs
      Mentor: Lachlan Smith
      Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

      Student: Alex (Drew) DeLong
      Title of Project: Effect of Return to Overuse Activity Following an Isolated Supraspinatus Tendon Tear on Adjacent Intact Tendons and Glenoid Cartilage in a Rat Model
      Mentor: Louis Soslowsky
      Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

      Student: Kelly Giffear
      Title of Project: Determination of the Hormonal Imprinter of the Hepatic P450 System
      Mentor: Bernard H. Shapiro
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sam Gilbert
      Title of Project: Characterizing the expression of Thrombospondins in the healthy and laminitic equine foot
      Mentor: Kurt Hankenson
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Ashley Klein
      Title of Project: Effects of Distrupting Schistosome Multidrug Transporters on Parasite Egg Production and Physiology
      Mentor: Robert Greenberg
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Julie Lee
      Title of Project: Evaluating the efficacy of lentiviral, adenoassociated viral, and retroviral vector-mediated therapeutic gene transfer in mucopolysaccharidosis I, VI, and VII to compare with the clinical and biochemical effects of gene therapy with anti-inflammatory drug therapy
      Mentor: Mark Haskins
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Risa Stacey Lisle
      Title of Project: In vivo localization of Schwann cell components involved with proliferation, vesicle trafficking and membrane dynamics during peripheral nerve degeneration
      Mentor: Michael Granato
      Department: Neuroscience

      Student: Katelyn MacGillivray
      Title of Project: Regulation of NFAT and NF-kB transcriptional Activity by Ca2+ Signals in Lymphocytes
      Mentor: Bruce Freedman
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Andrea Moffitt
      Title of Project: Phenotypic characterization of muscle-specific nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt) knockout mice – A model of progeroid NAD+ metabolism dysfunction
      Mentor: Joseph Baur
      Department: Physiology

      Student: Marc Myers
      Title of Project: Evaluating Intramembranous Ossification in a Standardized Murine Defect Model
      Mentor: Kurt Hankenson
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Scott Pandya
      Title of Project: The Role of PIF1 and FEN1 in Preserving Beta Cell Function
      Mentor: Brett Kaufman
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Scott Petesch
      Title of Project: Assessment of the use of online PBL modules for student learning in clinical veterinary neurology and neuroanatomy
      Mentor: Charles Vite
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Klaudia Polak
      Title of Project: Characterization of the Dog Erythrocyte Antigen (DEA) 1
      Mentor: Urs Giger
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Amanda Samuels
      Title of Project: Investigating the Role of Microtubules and Molecular Motors in Ebola Virus Budding
      Mentor: Ronald Harty
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sarah Schoenhut
      Title of Project: Characterization of the Role of Chronic Stress and Social Isolation during Puberty on Prefrontal Cortex Development
      Mentor: Tracy Bale
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Julie Soohoo
      Title of Project: Targeting PAK4 for the Treatment of p63-related Epithelial Tumors
      Mentor: Makoto Senoo
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Anne Staudenmaier
      Title of Project: Immune response in the common raccoon, Procyon lotor, to modified live canine distemper and feline panleukopenia vaccines
      Mentor: Erica Miller
      Department: Other

      Student: Rebecca Stevens
      Title of Project: Clinical Advancement of RNA-transfected CD40-B cell vaccine technology for cancer therapy
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

  • 2012
    • Student: Michelle Acierno
      Title of Project: Differentiation of DEA 1 expression on canine erythrocytes: Analysis of genetic and temporal effects on antigen levels by tube, strip, and flow cytometry techniques
      Mentor: Urs Giger
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Robyn Allen
      Title of Project: Mitochondrial DNA as a Determinant of Outcomes after Heart Attack and a Possible Target for Improving Reperfusion Therapy
      Mentor: Brett Kaufman
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary medicine

      Student: Elizabeth Golden (nee Boush)
      Title of Project: The role of wound healing macrophages in the resolution of leishmaniasis
      Mentor: Phil Scott
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Stephen Cole
      Title of Project: Allelic substitutions of host-specific adhesins of Salmonella
      Mentor: Dieter Schifferli
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Chelsea del Alcazar
      Title of Project: Characterization of spinal lesions in the canine model of Mucopolysaccharidosis VII
      Mentor: Mark Haskins
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Kreig Embriano
      Title of Project: Alteration of the Hematopoietic Niche in Perlecan Hypomorphic Mice
      Mentor: Olena Jacenko
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Kristin Gardiner
      Title of Project: Determination of the Mechanisms of Early Retinal Degeneration in the Canine Models erd, XLPRA2, and rcd1
      Mentor: Gustavo Aguirre
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sam Gilbert
      Title of Project: PennHIP Hands-Free Device
      Mentor: Gail Smith
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Lauren Harris
      Title of Project: The Role of Type III Collagen in Post-Injury Renal Fibrosis
      Mentor: Susan Volk
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Rebecca King
      Title of Project: Host-Oriented Therapeutics to Inhibit Budding and Spread of Arenaviruses
      Mentor: Ronald Harty
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Britt Levy
      Title of Project: The Molecular Characterization of Congenital Follicular Parakeratosis in the Labrador Retriever Dog
      Mentor: Margret Casal
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Austin Luskin
      Title of Project: The Evolution of Original Antigenic Sin in Lyme Disease
      Mentor: Dustin Brisson
      Department: Biology

      Student: Bridget Lyons
      Title of Project: Development of a point-of-care isothermal nucleic acid amplification assay for the rapid diagnosis of bacteremia in septic dogs and cats
      Mentor: Shelly Rankin
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Katelyn MacGillivray
      Title of Project: Regulation of NFAT and NF-kB transcriptional Activity by Ca2+ Signals in Lymphocytes
      Mentor: Bruce Freedman
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Andrea Moffitt
      Title of Project: The effects of liver-specific nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt) overexpression in transgenic mice with respect to NAD+ concentration and protection from high-fat diet
      Mentor: Joseph Baur
      Department: Physiology

      Student: Marc Myers
      Title of Project: Evaluating Hypoxia in Ischemic Tibial Fractures
      Mentor: Kurt Hankenson
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Shannon Palermo
      Title of Project: Prehydration Requirements of Working Dogs
      Mentor: Cynthia Otto
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Diana Richerson
      Title of Project: The Role of Smac Mimetic Compounds in the Regulation of the Classical NFkB Activation
      Mentor: Michael May
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Peri Rosenstein
      Title of Project: Multispecies transmission dynamics of the raccoon rabies ecotype in Pennsylvania
      Mentor: Gary Smith
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: John Sopronyi
      Title of Project: Characterization of the Role of Placental Leptin Signaling on Long-term Neurobehavioral Function
      Mentor: Tracy Bale
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

  • 2011
    • Student: Nadia Azam
      Title of Project: Evaluation of Neuropeptide Expression in Feline Hypothalami and Correlation with Body Weight and Fed Status
      Mentor: Kendra Bence and Erika Krick
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Benoit Clerc-Renaud
      Title of Project: Antiviral Activity of Innate Immune Protein Viperin on Filovirus Assembly/Budding
      Mentor: Ronald Harty
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Suzanne DiNello
      Title of Project: The Effect of AICAR (5-amino-4-imidazolecarboxamide riboside) on AMP-activated Protein Kinase in Equine Red Blood Cells and Skeletal Muscle Cells
      Mentor: Mary Robinson
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Hope Douglas
      Title of Project: The use of PARP1 inhibitors for the prevention of intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury in horses with colic
      Mentor: Louise Southwood
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Lauren Duffee
      Title of Project: The Role of Nitric Oxide in Laminitis
      Mentor: Hannah Galantino-Homer
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Kristin Lee Gardiner
      Title of Project: Photoreceptor cell proliferation in canine early retinal degeneration models
      Mentor: Gustavo Aguirre
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Hadley Gleason
      Title of Project: Demonstrating a Role for Collagen 3 in Murine Fracture Repair
      Mentor: Susan Volk
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Su Li
      Title of Project: Neuropathologic studies of brain in a feline model of Niemann-Pick type C disease
      Mentor: Charles Vite
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Richard Lyons
      Title of Project: Isolation and Characterization of an EBV-Related Herpesvirus From Dogs with B Cell Lymphoma
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Anna Nomura
      Title of Project: Elucidation of the Molecular Basis of Lethal Acrodermatitis in Bull Terriers
      Mentor: Margaret Casal
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Annie Oh
      Title of Project: Molecular Mechanisms of CNTF-Induced Photoreceptor Deconstruction
      Mentor: Andreas Komaromy
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Thomas Parmentier
      Title of Project: Research project in the field of gene therapy for the neurogenetic disease, using a animal model of human disease.
      Mentor: John Wolfe
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Carolyn Powell
      Title of Project: The role of corticotropin releasing factor receptor-1 (CRFR1) in the dorsal raphe nucleus on stress responsivity
      Mentor: Tracy Bale
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Diana Richerson
      Title of Project: The Role of Smac Mimetic Compounds in the Regulation of the Classical and Non-canonical NFkB Pathways
      Mentor: Michael May
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Tiffany L. Sikalas
      Title of Project: Evaluation of a Cardiovascular Function in Canine Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I and VII Heterozygotes
      Mentor: Margaret Sleeper
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Kristine Stellato
      Title of Project: Signs or no signs – to what degree are wild Mid-Atlantic birds carrying anticoagulant rodenticides?
      Mentor: Lisa Murphy
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Joel Takacs
      Title of Project: Regulation of osteoblast differentation by Jagged-1 Notch signaling
      Mentor: Kurt Hankenson
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Marjorie van Saun
      Title of Project: Assessments of Fluid Therapy and Body Temperature Monitoring for Establishing Humane Endpoints in Rodent Models of Infectious Disease
      Mentor: F. Claire Hankenson
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Bryan Vorbach
      Title of Project: Efficacy of Bacterial LPS, Peptidoglycan and ß-glucan as Immunostimulants for fish mucosal surfaces
      Mentor: Oriol Sunyer
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Claire Wiley
      Title of Project: Genome-wide Association Study of PLE/PLN (Protein-losing Enteropathy/Nephropathy) in Soft-coated Wheaten Terriers
      Mentor: Paula Henthorn
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Ashley Nikki Wright
      Title of Project: Isolation and characterization of a canine derived Single Chain Variable Fragment that binds canine CD20.
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

  • 2010
    • Student: Morgan Agnew
      Title of Project: The Use of Exogenous Oxytocin to Prolong Corpora Luteal Function and Suppress Estrous Behavior in Mars During the Natural Breeding Season
      Mentor: Dirk Vanderwall
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sandra Bostic
      Title of Project: Role of Jagged-1 in Fracture Healing
      Mentor: Kurt Hankenson
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Nancy Callori
      Title of Project: Adherence of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus to Equine Corneocytes
      Mentor: Shelly Rankin and Dan Morris
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Natalie Fickel
      Title of Project: Establishing Perlecan Hypomorphic Mice as a Unique Model for Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head
      Mentor: Olena Jacenko
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Lauren Hakkinen
      Title of Project: Rescue of Sex-Specific Prenatal Stress Programming by Anti-Inflammatory Treatment
      Mentor: Tracy Bale
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Megan A. Hays
      Title of Project: The Role of Wnt11 in Mesenchymal Stem Cell Differentiation
      Mentor: Kurt Hankenson
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Kaitlyn Hellner-Burris
      Title of Project: Maternal High Fat Diet on Offspring Macronutrient Choice Preferences
      Mentor: Tracy Bale
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Shannon Kerrigan
      Title of Project: The Effect of Substance P on Cellular Responses Induced by HIV Viral Proteins in U373MG Astrocytoma Cells
      Mentor: Steven D. Douglas
      Department: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, School of Medicine

      Student: Russ Lapierre
      Title of Project: Assessment of Heart Rate Variability for Prognostic Value Relating to Underlying Physical Stress and Decreased Performance in Thoroughbred Race Horses
      Mentor: Meg Sleeper
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jessica W. Lee
      Title of Project: Biochemical and Molecular Characterization of Cystinuria in Irish Terriers and Miniature Pinschers
      Mentor: Urs Giger
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: John Litterine-Kaufman
      Title of Project: Understanding Mitochondrial DNA Damage During Myocardial Infarction of the Heart
      Mentor: Brett Kaufman
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sarah Mainardi
      Title of Project: Selective Culture of Equine Corneal Epidermal Stem Cells
      Mentor: Hannah Galantino-Homer
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Diane McDonald
      Title of Project: Osteolysis and Lamellar Wedge Formation in Chronic Laminitis
      Mentor: Hannah Galantino-Homer
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Erin McGowan
      Title of Project: Evaluation of Ex Vivo Expansion Techniques to Generate Functional, Immunosuppressive Regulatory T Cells for Use in Clinical Transportation Medicine
      Mentor: Nicola Mason and Lily Aronson
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Travis Seymour
      Title of Project: Defining a Role for Collagen 3 in the Tumor Microenvironment
      Mentor: Susan Volk
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sarah Ward
      Title of Project: Effect of 2-Hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin on Neuropathology in a Feline Model of Neimann-Pick Type C Disease
      Mentor: Charles Vite
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jacqueline Wilhemy
      Title of Project: Development of BiMC and bead-based AlphaScreen assays for the investigation of HSV fusion and glycoprotein-receptor interactions
      Mentor: Roselyn J. Eisenberg
      Department: Department of Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Schuyler Winstead
      Title of Project: Development of the Canine Short Wavelength-Sensitive Cone Electroretinogram
      Mentor: Andras Komaromy
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Adam Yoskowitz
      Title of Project: The Effect of Up-regulating Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase-3 in Healthy and Diseased Equine Articular Cartilage
      Mentor: Dean Richardson
      Department: Clincial Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

  • 2009
    • Student: Ellison Aldrich
      Title of Project: Tissue Oxemia Influences Mesenchymal Stem Cell Fate During Fracture Healing in Thrombospondin-2 Null Mice
      Mentor: Kurt Hankenson
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Breanna Caltagarone
      Title of Project: Determination of the Distribution and Binding Characteristics of 1-Aminoanthracene in Caenorhabditis elegans in vivo
      Mentor: Roderic Eckenhoff
      Department: Anesthesiology and Critical Care, School of Medicine

      Student: Sarah Cannizzo
      Title of Project: Evaluation of Ex Vivo Expansion Techniques to Generate Fictional, Immnosuppressive Regulatory T Cells for Use in Clinical Transplantation Medicine
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Rachel Cassoff
      Title of Project: Vibrio Anguillarum EmpA Metalloprotease and Its Ability to Degrade Complement Components and Immunoglobulins in Rainbow Trout
      Mentor: Oriol Sunyer
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Caitlin Dow
      Title of Project: The Role of Gammaherpesvirus in the Etiology of Canine Lymphoma and Predictor of Response to Immunotherapy
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Angela Fusello
      Title of Project: Characterization of the DNA Damage Response Pathway in Canine Lymphoma and Assessment of PARP1 Inhibitors as Novel Chemotherapeutic Agents
      Mentor: Craig Bassing
      Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine

      Student: Monique Garcia
      Title of Project: Development of a Flicker Electroretinography Protocol for the Analysis of Rod- and Cone-Mediated Retinal Responses in Dogs
      Mentor: Andras Komaromy
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jose Luis Guevara
      Title of Project: Clinical Implementation and Analysis of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor and Tissue Growth Factor Beta-3 Enriched, Stem Cell-Seeded, Nanofiber-Based Tissue Engineered Scaffolds for Meniscus Repair in Large Animal Model
      Mentor: Robert Mauck
      Department: Bioengineering, School of Medicine

      Student: Joanelle Hernandez-Lopez
      Title of Project: The Role of Chemokine Receptor CXCR4 in Lymphocyte Exit from Skin
      Mentor: Gudrun Debes
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Elizabeth Higgins
      Title of Project: Characterization of the Cytotoxic Activities of Vibrio Anguillarum Vah1 and RtxA Proteases Against Fish Immune Cells
      Mentor: Oriol Sunyer
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Travis Laver
      Title of Project: miRNA Binding Site Conservation and Loss in Neuroblastoma
      Mentor: Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko
      Department: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

      Student: Fiona Lee
      Title of Project: Effects of Social Buffering on REM Sleep in Fear Conditioned and Fear Sensitized Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) Rats Paired with Wistar (WIS) Rats
      Mentor: Adrian Morrison
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sarah Lehman
      Title of Project: Genetic Analysis of Muscle-Type Phosphofructokinase Deficiency in Two European Dog Breeds: Identifying Novel Mutations and Producing Reliable Genetic Tests
      Mentor: Urs Giger
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Erin McGowan
      Title of Project: Host and Viral Interactions in a Novel Model of Simian Immunodeficiency
      Mentor: James Hoxie
      Department: Medicine, School of Medicine

      Student: Johanna Murray
      Title of Project: Characterization of Isl-1 and Arx During Enteroendocrine Cell Development
      Mentor: Catherine May
      Department: Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine

      Student: Karuna Patil
      Title of Project: Instrumenting the Ovine Lumbar Motion Segment for Evaluation of In Vivo Spine Biomechanics
      Mentor: Thomas Schaer
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sarah Peters
      Title of Project: Phylodynamics of Disease Invasion: Modeling the Movement of Salmonella Infections Between Dairy Cattle Herds
      Mentor: Gary Smith
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Victoria Shekk
      Title of Project: The Use of Immunohistochemistry and Flow Cytometry to Detect and Purify Equine Laminar Epithelial Stem Cells
      Mentor: Hannah Galantino-Homer
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Kristina Simone
      Title of Project: Characterization of an Organotypic In Vitro Model of Light-Induced Retinal Degeneration
      Mentor: William Beltran
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Christopher Torre
      Title of Project: Examining the Molecular Mechanism of TSP2 Activity in the Primary Murine MSCs
      Mentor: Kurt Hankenson
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sarah Ward
      Title of Project: Clinical and Electrophysiological Measures of Outcome Following Experimental Treatment of Feline Niemann-Pick Type C Disease (NPC)
      Mentor: Charles Vite
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jonathan Wood
      Title of Project: Identifying the Molecular Basis for Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia
      Mentor: Paula Henthorn
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

  • 2008
    • Student: Rachel Baek
      Title of Project: Functional Immunology of Hematopoietic Embryonic Stem Cells
      Mentor: John McLaughlin
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Caroline Cantner
      Title of Project: Molecular Characterization of Ichthyosis in the American Bulldog
      Mentor: Margaret Casal
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Denise Chang
      Title of Project: Evaluation of Novel Alloantibody and Autoantibody Diagnostics to Predict Blood Incompatibilities Prior to and Post Transfusion in Dogs
      Mentor: Urs Giger
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Ann Elizabeth Cooper
      Title of Project: Mapping of Cone Photoreceptors in the Canine Retina
      Mentor: Andras Komaromy
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Heather Fowler
      Title of Project: The Effect of Global Warming on the Distribution of Plasmodium relictum in the Hawiian Islands
      Mentor: Gary Smith
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Botlon Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jessica Fragola
      Title of Project: Characteristics of Membrane Fusion of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus via Gn and Gc Glycoproteins
      Mentor: Robert Doms
      Department: Microbiology, School of Medicine

      Student: Jennifer Frohlich
      Title of Project: Demonstration of an Oct4-Granulin Signaling Axis Regulating Trophoblast Stem Cells
      Mentor: George Gerton
      Department: OB/GYN, School of Medicine

      Student: Maureen Carolyn Gates
      Title of Project: The Influence of Prophylactic Medications on Endoparasite Prevalence in Companion Animals: A Time Series Analysis of Cases from a Veterinary Teaching Hospital Between 1984 and 2007
      Mentor: Tom Nolan
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Moira Kelleher
      Title of Project: Characterization of NF-?B Activity and the Effects of Its Inhibition by NEMO Binding Domain Peptide in Canine Cancer Cells
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Alexander Koenigstein
      Title of Project: Mechanism of Mitochondrial Respiratory Stress Induced Osteoclast Differentiation
      Mentor: Narayan Avadhani
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Melissa Lewis
      Title of Project: Pathotropic Migration of Endogenous Neural Progenitor Cells
      Mentor: Charles Vite
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Amanda McCullough
      Title of Project: Analysis of the Effects of Lead and/or Mercury Toxicity in Avian Species
      Mentor: Lisa Murphy
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Alexandra O'Keefe
      Title of Project: Characterization of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes from Canine and Feline E. coli Isolates Associated with Urinary Tract Infections
      Mentor: Dieter Schifferli
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Bradley Rosato
      Title of Project: Canine Myocardial Oxidative Stress Under Normal, Anesthetized and Cardiomyopathic Conditions
      Mentor: Meg Sleeper and Narayan Avadhania
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Carrie Lynn Santare
      Title of Project: Volumetric Carbon Dioxide to Determine the Efficacy of Chest Compressions During Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
      Mentor: Manuel Boller
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Carolyn Santore
      Title of Project: Determining the Effects of Selective Inhibition of NF-?B Signaling on Atherosclerosis In Vivo
      Mentor: Michael May
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Erin Scott
      Title of Project: Characterization of Photoreceptor Loss and Inner Retinal Remodeling in a Canine Model of Cone-Rod Dystrophy
      Mentor: William Beltran
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Abigail Shearin
      Title of Project: Molecular Basis of Canine Cystinuria
      Mentor: Paula Henthorn
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Kelly Slattery
      Title of Project: Evaluation and Validation of a Method for Microcirculatory Image in a Porcine Cardiac Arrest Model
      Mentor: Manuel Boller
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: David Vafek
      Title of Project: Cause of Death in Myocytes Due to Exposure to Hypoxic Conditions
      Mentor: Cindy Otto
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Cory Waxman
      Title of Project: In Vitro Maturation of Canine, Feline, Ovine and Human Ovarian Follicles
      Mentor: Christos Coutifaris
      Department: OB/GYN, School of Medicine

      Student: Ashley Yanchik
      Title of Project: Meiotic Rescue of ß-Thalassemia
      Mentor: John McLaughlin
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

  • 2007
    • Student: Aimee Colbath
      Title of Project: Geographic Risk Factors for Escherichia coli Infection in Cattle in Pennsylvania and New York State
      Mentor: Gary Smith
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Heather Fowler
      Title of Project: Characterization of Novel Type 1 and II Transforming Growth Factor-Beta Receptors in Schistosoma mansoni
      Mentor:Ed Pearce
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Maureen Gates
      Title of Project: Analyzing the Spread of West Nile Virus Through Mosquito Vectors: A Meta-Analysis
      Mentor: Raymond Boston
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Randi Gold
      Title of Project: Pathophysiology of Canine Hip Dysplasia: Does Capsular Fibrosis Serve as Biological Compensation for Hip Laxity and Osteoarthritis
      Mentor: Gail Smith
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Michael Jennings
      Title of Project: Optimization and Clinical Implementation of Stem Cell-Seeded Nanofiber-Based Tissue Engineered Constructs for Meniscus Repair
      Mentor: Robert Mauck
      Department: Orthopaedic Surgery, Medicine

      Student: Melissa Lewis
      Title of Project: Characterization of Cerebrocortical Dysfunction in Feline Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) Disease
      Mentor:Charles Vite
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Peter Midgley
      Title of Project: A Mathematical Model for the Transmission Dynamics and Control of Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) Infection in Wild Ethiopian Wolves (Canis simensis)
      Mentor: Gary Smith
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jamie Minnella
      Title of Project: Development and Assessment of a Real-Time PCR Assay for Rapid Detection of Salmonella in Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Settings
      Mentor: Shelley Rankin
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Michelle Nelson
      Title of Project: Yersinia pestis Virulence Protein Purification and Experimental Mutant Production
      Mentor: Dieter Schifferli
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Brianne O'Loughlin
      Title of Project: Cross Species Comparison of Congenital Heart Defects Involving the Genes Edg2 and MAPK1
      Mentor: Sulagna Saitta
      Department: Pediatrics, Medicine

      Student: Laura Pell
      Title of Project: Generation of Canine Single Chain Fragment Variable Antibody Libraries for the Identification and Targeting of Tumor-Associated Antigens in the Dog
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Miriam Sadek
      Title of Project: Mitochondrial Respiratory Stress Induced Tumor Invasion Through Activation of a Novel NF?B Pathway
      Mentor: Narayan Avadhani
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Abigail Shearin
      Title of Project: Cystinuria in Dogs
      Mentor: Paula Henthorn
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Marissa Sue
      Title of Project: Positive Serodiagnosis for Toxoplasma gondii and Leptospira spp. And its Correlation to Serum Biochemical Parameters in Medium and Large Carnivores of Emas National Park, Brazil
      Mentor: Karen Rosenthal
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Nancy Hyun Joo Sung
      Title of Project: Identification of Correlations Between Canine Behavioral Traits and Specific Health Problems
      Mentor: James Serpell
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Samuel Tucker
      Title of Project: Innervation of the Canine Intervertebral Disc: An Immunohistochemical Study
      Mentor: Thomas Schaer
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Melissa Vetter
      Title of Project: L1 Retrotransportation in a Transgenic Rat Model
      Mentor: Haig Kazazian
      Department: Genetics, Medicine

      Student: Andrea Weissman
      Title of Project: A Time Interval Study of the Effect of Intermittent Hypoxia on Nitrate and Nitrite Concentrations in Drosophila melanogaster
      Mentor: Cindy Otto
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

  • 2006
    • Student: Lisa Berman
      Title of Project: Characterization of the Role of Intestinal Epithelial Cells in the Regulation of CD4+T Helper Cell Responses Following Gut Nematode Infection.
      Mentor: David Artis
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Megan Brace
      Title of Project: Multi-Drug Resistant Slmonella Newport in Equine Colic Patients: Can Outcomes and Cluster Analysis Aid in the Development of Better Infection Control and Therapeutic Strategies.
      Mentor: Helen Aceto
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Cara Catanese
      Title of Project: Studies on Binding and Invasive Properties of Yersinia pestis Autotransporters.
      Mentor: Dieter Schifferli
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jennifer Dietz
      Title of Project: Longevity of Motility of Spermand Bacteria Present in Equine Semen Stored in Semen Extender Containing Pipercillin.
      Mentor: Patricia Sertich, Charles Benson
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine and Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Carrie Ellis
      Title of Project: Expression and Identification of Yersinia pestis Surface Proteins for Future Vaccine Development Against Plague
      Mentor: Dieter Schifferli
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jennie Kim
      Title of Project: The Effects of L-NAME and Hypoxia on Drosophila Melanogaster.
      Mentor: Cindy Otto
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Melissa King
      Title of Project: An Analysis of the Oral Rabies Vaccination (ORV) Program in New York State.
      Mentor: Gary Smith
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Diana Knight
      Title of Project: Assessing the Effects of Cued Fear Conditioning and the Role of the Amygdala in REM Sleep Patterns of Male S-D Rats.
      Mentor: Adrian Morrison
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Catherine Kusiak
      Title of Project: Lysosomal Storage Diseases: An Evaluation of Cardiovascular Function.
      Mentor: Meg Sleeper, Mark Haskins
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Simon Long
      Title of Project: The Functional Role of the Membrane Glycoprotein and Small Envelope Protein in the Mouse Hepatitis Virus.
      Mentor: Susan Weiss
      Department: Microbiology, Medicine

      Student: Katherine McKeown
      Title of Project: Utilizing cDNA Subtraction to Examine the Effects of MacroH2A Deletion in a Colony of Knockout Mice.
      Mentor: John Pehrson
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Catherine Morrow
      Title of Project: Factor XI Deficiency in Kerry Blue Terriers: Frequency and Impact of SINE Insertion.
      Mentor: Urs Giger
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Diana Niculescu
      Title of Project: Gene Expression in Cone Photoreceptors of Normal Dogs with Achromatopsia.
      Mentor: Andras Komaromy
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sharon Parker
      Title of Project: Meloxicam Use in Avian Rehabilitation: Dosage Requirements and Efficacy, as Compared to Aspirin and Butorphanol.
      Mentor: Erica Miller, Lisa Murphy
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine, and Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Maria Raymond
      Title of Project: Effects of Co-Engagement of Toll-Like Receptors (TLRs) and Complement Receptors.
      Mentor: Oriol Sunyer
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Michael Reese
      Title of Project: Assessment of Cryocapacitation and Its Relation to Fertility of Frozen Bovine Sperm.
      Mentor: Ina Dobrinski
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Brigid Reilly
      Title of Project: Use of a Novel Yeast Two-Hybrid System to Identify Homotypic and Heterotypic Interactions of Herpes Simplex Virus Glycoproteins.
      Mentor: Roselyn Eisenberg, Gary Cohen
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student:
      Title of Project: Cell fate of Notochordal Cells During Late Embryonic and Postnatal Life in Rodent Model.
      Mentor: Tom Schaer
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Miriam Sadek
      Title of Project: Role of Mitochondrial Stress Signaling in the Pancreatic Tumor Invasion.
      Mentor: Narayan Avadhani, Gopa Biswas
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Lindsay Thalheim
      Title of Project: Transcriptional Regulation of the Intra-S-Phase Regulator of CDC7 in Human Myeloid Leukemic Cells: A New Downstream Target of the C-Myb Protooncogene.
      Mentor: Alan Gewirtz
      Department: Hematology-Oncology, Medicine

      Student: Amanda Theodore
      Title of Project: The Role of Regulatory T Cell Function in Leishmania mexicana Infection.
      Mentor: Phil Scott
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Rachel Toaff-Rosenstein
      Title of Project: Evaluation of the Insulin Gene and DLA-DRB2 Alleles as Genetic Markers for Diabetes Mellitus in Samoyed and Australian Terrier Dogs.
      Mentor: Rebecka Hess, Paula Henthorn
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Angharad Knight Waite
      Title of Project: Molecular Cloning of Canine OX40L and Functional Evaluation of its Co-Stimulatory Effects on Canine T Cell Subsets.
      Mentor: Nicola Mason
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Connie Yeh
      Title of Project: Functional Study of the Insulin Receptor Kinase IRK-1 from Strongyloides stercoralis Using Caenorhabditis elegans as a Genetic Surrogate.
      Mentor: James Lok
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

  • 2005
    • Student: Donniel Astor
      Title of Project: Induction of the Unfolded Protein Response in Flies with Long-Term Intermittent Hypoxia
      Mentor: Cindy Otto
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia , Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Lisa Berman
      Title of Project: Characterization of the Novel Canine and Feline Erythrocyte Antigens Dal and Mik
      Mentor: Urs Giger
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Megan Brace
      Title of Project: A Mathematical Model for the Transmission Dynamics and Control of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Wild Chimpanzees (Pan Troglodytes)
      Mentor: Gary Smith
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Amy Brazil
      Title of Project: Impact of Stress and Dietary High Fat on Learning and Memory
      Mentor: Tracy Bale
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Janik Gasiorowski
      Title of Project: Electrotransfer of Plasmid DNA in the Equine Flexor Tendon
      Mentor: Dean Richardson
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Kelly Giunta
      Title of Project: Generation and Characterization of Equine Embryonic Stem Cell Lines
      Mentor: John McLaughlin
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Ryan Gorman
      Title of Project: Development of Real-Time 16S rRNA Gene Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay to Diagnose Septic Peritonitis
      Mentor: Shelley Rankin
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Asal Homayouni
      Title of Project: The Role of TSR Proteins in Myc-Overexpressed Cells of Mouse Colon Cancer
      Mentor: Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Tyler Hotaling
      Title of Project: Molecular Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus Strains from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware Heifers Before, During and After Co-Mingling
      Mentor: Shelley Rankin, Charles Benson, Mike Kristula
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Ann Klocke
      Title of Project: Molecular and Cellular Regulation of Boar Sperm Motility
      Mentor: Regina Turner
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jennifer Magilton
      Title of Project: Effect of PaO2 Oscillations on the Correlation of Non-Invasive Measurements of SpO2 with Direct Measurements of PaO2 in Mechanically Ventilated Patients
      Mentor: Rebecca Syring
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Isaac Maxmen
      Title of Project: Identification and Typing of the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in the Canine Model
      Mentor: Margaret Casal
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Emily Miedel
      Title of Project: Role of Astrocytes in Resistance to Toxoplasic Encephalitis
      Mentor: Chris Hunter
      Department: Pathobiology, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Jennifer Scheidt
      Title of Project: Characterization and Identification of the Disease-Causing Mutation of Lupoid Dermatosis in the German Shorthaired Pointer
      Mentor: Margaret Casal
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Lindsay Thalheim
      Title of Project: Myb Modulation of CDC7 Expression in Hematopoietic Cells
      Mentor: Alan Gewirtz
      Department: Medicine and Pathology, Medicine

      Student: LeAndra Thompson
      Title of Project: The Effects of Cytoplasmic Dynein Disruption on the De-Stabilization of the Mammalian Neuromuscular Junction
      Mentor: Erika Holzbaur
      Department: Physiology, Medicine

      Student: Tracy Zeldis
      Title of Project: Defining the Effects of Specific NEMO Mutations on Pro-Inflammatory NF-?B Activation
      Mentor: Michael May
      Department: Animal Biology, Veterinary Medicine

  • 2004
    • Student: Jeffrey Burdick
      Title of Project: Reparative vs. Regenerative Tendon Healing in an Animal Model.
      Mentor: Louis J. Soslowsky
      Department: Bioengineering, School of Medicine

      Student: Cynthia Clendenin
      Title of Project: Identification of Genes Causing Lupoid Dermatosis in the German Shorthaired Pointer.
      Mentors: Paula Henthorn, Margaret Casal
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Modesty Dallmeyer
      Title of Project: Improving Sow Fertility Through Novel Semen Extender Components.
      Mentor: Ina Dobrinski
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Eva Furrow
      Title of Project: How Does Vincristine Cause Neuropathy in Normal and Mutant Mice?
      Mentor: Christiane Massicotte
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Rachael Joseph
      Title of Project: The Role of B-Cell Transcription Factors, EBF and Pax5, in the Spontaneous Transformation of B lymphoma Cells to Myeloid Cells In Vitro.
      Mentor: Michael Atchison
      Department: Animal Biology, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Lyndsey Larson
      Title of Project: Mitochondrial Targeting of Amyloid Protein in Feline Islet Amyloidosis.
      Mentor: Narayan Avadhani
      Department: Animal Biology, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Maureen Luschini
      Title of Project: Do Cats HarborBorrelia burgdorferi and Is Its Presence linked to Lyme Disease Pathology?
      Mentor: Thomas Nolan
      Department: Pathobiology, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Grace Anne Mengel
      Title of Project: Is There a Role for T-type Calcium Channels in Sperm Motility?
      Mentor: Regina Turner
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Craig Meredith
      Title of Project: Changes in Primary Hemostasis and Clot Formation in Dogs Treated with Cycooxygenase Inhibitors with Varying Isoenzyme Selectivity.
      Mentors: Cynthia Otto, Beth Callan, Benjamin Brainard
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Catalina Montealagre
      Title of Project: Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Levels and Activity in Conjunction with Multifrequency Bioimpendance Analysis in Critically Ill Dogs.
      Mentor: Cynthia Otto
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Heidi L. Reesnick
      Title of Project: Detection of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin (rhEPO) and Analysis of Performance Indices Following rhEPO Administration in Racehorses.
      Mentor: Eric Birks
      Department: Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Scott Roberts
      Title of Project: Identification of Leukocidin Genes in Stphylococcus schleiferi Subspecies coagulans by Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction.
      Mentor: Shelley Rankin
      Department: Pathobiology, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Sara Rybolt
      Title of Project: Pharmacokinetic Study of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs in Rehabilitation Birds.
      Mentor: Robert Poppenga
      Department: Pathobiology, New Bolton Center, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Heather Simon
      Title of Project: The In Vitro Effects of Shape on Elution Characteristics from Gentamicin-Impregnated PMMA.
      Mentors: Amy Kapatkin, Karen Rosenthal, Avery Bennett, Robert Poppenga
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Rebecca Spivack
      Title of Project: Effects of Cyclical Lung recruitment and Pa O2 Oscillations on Multiple Organ Dysfunction.
      Mentors: Rebecca Syring, Cynthia Otto
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Kirsten Steele
      Title of Project: Mechanisms of the Anti-Tumor Effect of Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) in Pre-Clinical Models.
      Mentor: Douglas Fraker
      Department: Surgical Oncology, School of Medicine

      Student: Heather Wall
      Title of Project: Modafinil and msrA Expression in Drosophila.
      Mentor: Joan Hendricks
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine

      Student: Koranda Wallace
      Title of Project: Immunohistochemical Investigation of Laminin 5 and Other Basement Membrane Zone Proteins in a Litter of Labrador Retrievers with Inherited Epidermolysis Bullosa.
      Mentor: Margaret Casal
      Department: Clinical Studies, Philadelphia, Veterinary Medicine