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College of Veterinary Medicine

Dustin Aherin
Dustin

 

Degree and School:
B.S. Animal Science-Business Option- Kansas State University
M.S. Animal Science- Kansas State University

Research Field: 
Systems Dynamics Modeling 

Mentor:
Dr. Robert L. Larson and Dr. Robert L. Weaber 

Hometown:
Phillipsburg, KS 

Research Project:
Beef Industry Systems Model

Victoria Ayers
Ayers

Degree and School:
Graduate PhD Pathobiology – DMP Kansas State University

Research Field:
Virology - Arboviruses

Mentor:
Dr. Dana Vanlandingham

Hometown:
Prague, OK 

Research Project:
Spring 2016

Mariana Boscato Menegatmariana

Degree and School:
DVM, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
MSc in Swine Reproduction, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
PhD student, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, Kansas State University

Research Field:
Applied Swine Nutrition

Mentor:
Dr. Steve Dritz

Hometown:
Flores da Cunha, Brazil

Research Project: 

Aurelio C. MurilloAurelia

Degree and School:
PhD, Pathobiology. Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology.
DVM – Universidad de las Americas, Ecuador.
MSc Veterinary Epidemiology - Royal Veterinary College, UK

Research Field: 
Epidemiology

Mentor:
Dr. Michael Sanderson

Hometown:
Quininde, Ecuador

Research Project:
Modelling Foot-and-Mouth Disease introduction and spread in livestock production systems in the U.S.  Started in 2016.

Laura ConstanceLaura

Degree and School:
Kansas State University (KSU), Manhattan, KS(2013-present)
Kansas State University (KSU), Manhattan, KS(2012-present)DVM

North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC(2010-2012)
Master of Physiology,Degree awarded May 2012

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (2010-2012)
Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Minor in Genetics, Degree awarded May 2010

Research Field:
DVM/PhD program; PhD program: Pathobiology

Mentor:
Dr. Megan Niederwerder and Dr. Raymond Rowland

Hometown:
Clyde, NC

Research Project:
Understanding how the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus modified live virus vaccine affects the microbiome of pigs.  Additionally, I am working on variation in clinical signs associated with different isotypes of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus. 

Christian Cook
Christian

 

Degree and School:
BS Oklahoma State University,
MS Texas A&M University
PhD Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Field: 
Virology – Arboviruses

Mentor:
Dr. Dana Vanlandingham 

Hometown:
Fort Worth, TX

Research Project:
Study of arboviruses

Michael DuffDuff

Degree and School:
University of Arizona, 2008, BS in Vet Sci, Minor in Chemistry AND K-State, 2014, MS in Biomedical Sciences AND Current DVM/PHD Student

Research Field:
 Virology (DMP) and Veterinary Medicine (Doctorate)

Mentor:
Dr. Wenjun Ma

Hometown:
Tucson, AZ, USA

Research Project:
1) Surveillance and Characterization of Swine Influenza Viruses from Midwest Swine Herds AND 2) Screening and Characterization of RNA Viruses in Bats from the United States AND 3) Characterization of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus with Influenza B Virus Coinfection in Swine, started in 2015. 

Abaineh EndalewEkong

Degree and School:
PhD, DMP- CVM

Research Field: 
Virology

Mentor:
Dr. Jürgen A. Richt

Hometown:
Gojjam, Ethiopia

Research Project:
Shcmallenberg virus animal model, vaccines, & diagnostics.

Kendra FrasierFrazier

Degree and School:
PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine

Discipline:
Pathobiology, multi-disciplinary

Mentor:
Dr. Michael Sanderson

Hometown and Country:
Dexter, Kansas

Research Project:
Livestock herd contact networks in the U.S. production system and the application of that data to modeling the effects of Foot-and-mouth Disease introduction and spread within and between herds.

Tara Gaire
Tara

 

Degree and School:
B.V.Sc (Purbanchal University,Nepal),
M.V.Sc (Tribhuwan University, Nepal),
PhD (Ongoing, DMP, Kansas State University, USA)

Research Field: 
Epidemiology

Mentor:
Dr. Victoriya Volkova

Hometown:
Nepal

Research Project:
Epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance

Mariana Guerra-Maupome

 Guerra-Maupome

 

Degree and School:
PhD, College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Field:
Veterinary Immunology

Mentor:
Dr. Jodi McGill

Hometown:
Mexico City

Research Project:
Bovine Gamma Delta T cell response to M. bovis infection and vaccination   

Sydney Hancock
Sydney

 

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Katie HopeHope

Degree and School:
BS, DVM – Kansas State University 

Research Field: 
Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology 

Mentor:
Dr. Michael D. Apley

Hometown:
Cunningham, KS

Research Project:
Antimicrobial use metrics in beef cattle feedlots  

Ti Lu

Ti

Degree and School:
BS, Huazhong Agricultural University, China
MS in veterinary microbiology, Huazhong Agricultural University, China

Research Field: 
Pathobiology of swine

Mentor:
Dr. Weiping Zhang

Hometown:
Wenzhou, China

Research Project:
A Broadly Effective Vaccine Against Porcine Post-weaning Diarrhea.  

Savanna Luusavanna

Degree and School:
University of Texas at Austin, BS Medical Laboratory Science (2011-2015)
Kansas State University, DVM and PhD (2015-present)

Research Field:Pathobiology (Oncology)

Mentor:
Dr. T. Annelise Nguyen, PhD

Hometown:
Houston, TX

Research Project:
Studying cell communication in canine mammary carcinoma 

Daniel Maddenmadden

Degree and School:
B.S. in Agriculture - Kansas State University, 2011
DVM - Kansas State University, 2016

Research Field: 
Molecular virology and vaccinology, with a focus on African swine fever virus

Mentor:
Dr. Jürgen A. Richt

Hometown:
Topeka, KS

Research Project:
Innate immune evasion mechanisms of African swine fever virus

Elsie McCoymcCoy

Degree and School:
B.S. in Animal Sciences from Kansas State University; Currently working on a PhD in Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology from Kansas State.

Research Field: 
Beef Cattle Production

Mentor:
Dr. Daniel Thomson

Hometown:
Sabetha, Kansas

Research Project:
The Effects of Liver Abscess Prevalence on Beef Quality in Commercial Finished Cattle 

Chester McDowellmcdowell

Degree and School:
Master of Science, Kansas State University 

Research Field:
Molecular Diagnostics

Mentor:
Dr. Jürgen A. Richt

Hometown:
Corrales, NM USA

Research Project:TBA 

Carine Vier Mirelacarine

Degree and School:
DVM, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
PhD student, Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, Kansas State University

Research Field:
Applied Swine Nutrition 

Mentor:
Dr. Steve Dritz

Hometown:
Dois Irmãos, Brazil

Research Project:

Changin OhOh

Degree and School:
DVM and MS in infectious disease in Konkuk university, South Korea.

Research Field: 
Virology

Mentor:
Dr. Kyeong-ok Chang

Hometown:
Seoul, South Korea

Research Project:
Virus attachment and entry process. Started project Fall 2015

So Lee ParkLee

Degree and School:
DVM/PhD, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine 

Research Field: 
Pathobiology

Mentor:
Dr. Dana Vanlandingham

Hometown:
Seoul, South Korea

Research Project:

Vlad PetrovanPetrovan

Degree and School:
Master in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Bucharest; Bachelor in Biology, University of Bucharest. Now pursuing a PhD in Pathobiology at K-State.

Research Field: 
Animal viruses, molecular biology, Virology.

Mentor:
Dr. Raymond R.R. Rowland

Hometown:
Bucharest, Romania

Research Project:
Developing diagnostic kits and vaccines for African swine fever virus.

Huldah Sang
Sang

 Degree and School:
B.Sc  (Moi University, Kenya)
M.Sc Molecular Life Science (Wageningen, Netherlands)

Research Field: 
Immunology

Mentor:
Dr Waithaka Mwangi

Hometown:
Eldoret, Kenya

Research Project:
Focus on broadly protective Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus vaccine

Neha SangewarSangewar

Degree and School:
B.Tech in Biotechnology- National Institute of Technology Raipur, IndiaMasters in Biotechnology- Texas A&M University, College Station-TX

Research Field:
Immunology, Infectious diseases, Vaccine development

Mentor:
Dr. Waithaka Mwangi

Hometown:
Bhilai, India

Research Project:

Nora Schrag
Nora

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Hannah SegerSeger

Degree and School:
PhD. Kansas State University school of Veterinary Medicine

Research Field: 
Diagnostic medicine and Pathobiology

Mentor:
Dr. Michael Sanderson

Hometown:
Olathe, Kansas

Research Project:
Modeling of E.coli transmission in feedlot cattle. Started project December 2015.

Pengcheng Shangshang

Degree and School:
Ph.D student, College of Veterinary Medicine, DMP

Research Field: 
Virology

Mentor:
Dr. Ying Fang

Hometown:
China

Research Project:
Virus replication and innate immunity responses.

Jorge Simrothshridhar

Degree and School:
Ph.D. – College of Vet. Med. Diagnostic Medicine Pathobiology 

Research Field: 
Feedlot cattle nutrition, welfare, and health 

Mentor:
Dr. Daniel Thomson 

Hometown:
Monterrey, Mexico 

Research Project:
Feedlot cattle facilities; AIP/ARDS in feedlot cattle.
Effect of pulse feeding long-stem roughage on rumen fermentation parameters and rumen health.

MaRyka Smith
Smith

Degree and School:
DVM/PhD Concurrent
Bachelor of Science in Animal Science: Veterinary Medicine Expected 2020
Kansas State University

Research Field: 
Pathobiology

Mentor:
Dr. A. Sally Davis

Hometown:
Hoyt, KS

Research Project:
Characterization of Rift Valley Fever Virus
Binding

Ana StoianAna

Degree and School:
Pursuing a PhD in Pathobiology at K-State;
Master in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Bucharest;
Bachelor in Biochemistry, University of Bucharest

Research Field:
Virology (Swine), Infectious diseases, Molecular Biology

Mentor:
Dr. Raymond R.R. Rowland

Hometown:
Bucharest, Romania

Research Project:
Domains and peptide sequences in CD163 involved in recognition by genotype 2 Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome viruses

Miaomiao WuWu

Degree and School:
PhD student, K-state

Research Field: 
Pathogenic mechanisms of Escherichia coli

Mentor:
Dr. Philip R. Hardwidge

Hometown:
China

Research Project:
Virulence proteins of Type Three Secretion System

Fangfeng YuanYuan

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Congrui Zhu
Zhu

Degree and School:
Bachelor of Agriculture(Nanjing Agriculture University,China),
Master of science (Georgetown University, USA),
PhD in progress (Kansas State University, USA)

Research Field: 
Microbiology

Mentor:
R.Pad Padmanabhan and Dr. Philip R. Hardwidge

Hometown:
Yangzhou, China

Research Project:
Study of human genes involved in A. Hyrophila and Vibrio vulnificus infection.
Type three secretion system of EHEC and EPEC

PhD and DMP/College of Veterinary Medicine