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Eligible Mentors

Name/DegreesDepartmentsResearch Interests
apleyMike Apley, DVM. PhD, DACVCP
mapley@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Clinical Sciences
Dr. Apley's research is focused on food animal pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of veterinary drugs. 
blechaFrank Blecha, MS, PhD
blecha@vet.k-state.edu
University Distinguished Professor
Anatomy & Physiology 
Our laboratory studies the interrelationship of immunology and physiology in animals. this includes evaluation of the regulatory mechanisms involved in innate immunity and in stress - and pathogen-induced immune alterations. 
bradfordBarry Bradford, PhD
bbradfor@k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Animal Science
Mechanisms by which nutrients act as signaling agents, the roles of inflammatory pathways in metabolism and metabolic diseases.
changNatalia Cernicchiaro, DVM MS PhD ncernic@vet.k-state.edu

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Dr. Cernicchiaro research focus is on veterinary epidemiology, food safety, zoonoses and production medicine. Research interests include the application of epidemiological concepts and methods, including multi-level modeling and knowledge synthesis and translation techniques to design, implement and interpret observational and experimental studies pertaining to food safety, zoonoses, arthropod-borne diseases and production medicine. Current research projects include understanding the distribution and determinants of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli non-O157, Salmonella and respiratory disease organisms in cattle and cattle production systems.

changKyeong-Ok Chang, DVM, MS, PhD
kchang@vet.k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology 
The development of therapeutic small molecules against various viruses including noroviruses, influenza virus and rotaviruses within vitro screening system and animal models such as (gnotobiotic) pigs and mice. 
chapesStephen Chapes, PhD
skcbiol@k-state.edu
Professor
Biology
The function of macrophages, inflammatory cells and other white blood cells, their role in infection diseases, and the impact of space flight on these cells.
CohnstaedtLee Cohnstaedt, PhD
Lee.cohnstaedt@ars.usda.gov
Research Entomologist
US Dept of Agriculture
Adjunct Professor/Graduate Faculty
Entomology and Public Health
Dr. Cohnstaedt’s research focuses on mosquito-borne zoonotic pathogens such as Rift Valley fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses. He also studies methods to reduce biting midge (culicoides) transmitted epizootic hemorrhagic disease and bluetongue virus transmission on cervid farms. The lab uses both field and lab projects to determine the best methods to reduce disease transmission by mosquito and biting midge disease vectors. Current projects include novel pathogen and insect surveillance methods to determine when and where to apply newly developed vector control methods. In silica, projects include population genetic and phylogenetic studies on a national scale using a genotyping by sequencing (GBS) approach, combining genetic studies with geographic information systems analysis to associate molecular markers to specific mosquito traits and animal damage.
davisElizabeth Davis, DVM, PhD
Edavis@vet.k-state.edu 
Professor
Clinical Sciences
The primary focus of my research has involved mechanisms of innate immunity in horses. The current series of investigations involves examining the mechanism of immune activation with specific DNA sequences called CpG DNA. We are examining how bacterial DNA induces these responses and which sequences are the most effective at inducing immune activation. The ultimate goal of such investigations will be to use CpG DNA in combination with vaccine antigens so that we can safely and effectively make vaccines more powerful. Investigations will utilize cellular proliferation, cytokine gene expression and molecular cloning and sequencing assays.
sally davisSally Davis, DVM
asally@vet.k-state.edu 
Assistant Professor
Experimental Pathology

I am a veterinary pathologist focused on both independent research projects and supporting the Center of Excellence for Emerging Zoonotic Animal Diseases.  I have active collaborations with multiple NIH investigators.  My research focuses on visualizing host-pathogen interactions for agents including Influenza A virus, Rift Valley Fever Virus and Pneumocystis spp as well as development of in vitro systems that better model aspects of in vivo infections.  This work leverages both traditional pathology and advanced microscopy techniques including multi-label immunofluorescence, electron, confocal and digital microscopy.  I have trained people in immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence and digital microscopy techniques. If you worked with me, you would most likely use one or more of these techniques in your summer research project.

delongRobert DeLong, MS, PhD
robertdelong@vet.k-state.edu 
Associate Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
Our research program centers on studying how nanomaterials effect structure-function and delivery of nucleic acids and proteins. Our main project, "Anti-Cancer RNA Nanoconjugates" is funded by NIH/NCI. We target RNA with novel composite nanoparticles designed to intercede cancer gene expression. 
droletBarbara Drolet, MS, PhD
barbara.drolet
@ars.usda.gov
 
Research Microbiologist, Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit, U.S. Dept of Agriculture; Adjunct Professor/ Graduate Faculty Diagnostic Medicine & PathobiologyDr. Drolet’s research focuses on insect-transmitted diseases of livestock and wildlife, such as bluetongue, epizootic hemorrhagic disease, vesicular stomatitis, and Rift Valley fever viruses. Her research includes developing arboviral immunodiagnostics, conducting animal pathogenesis and vector competence studies, investigating the molecular interactions between arboviruses and their mammalian and insect hosts, and determining the effects of insect vector saliva on mammalian immune responses and arbovirus infection following bite transmission.
faburayBonto Faburay, DVM, PhD
bfaburay@vet.k-state.edu
Research Assistant Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
 My primary research interest is in emerging and zoonotic diseases and includes diagnostics, vaccines, molecular microbiology and molecular epidemiology to develop effective countermeasures. My current research involves a variety of pathogens of zoonotic and agricultural importance such as Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV), Schmallenberg virus (SBV) and prions (scrapie and chronic wasting disease) and focuses on diagnostics, vaccines and molecular virology.  I extensively use recombinant baculovirus expression system as a platform for expression of specific pathogen proteins for use in research in diagnostics and subunit vaccines.
fangYing Fang, MS, PhD
yfang@vet.k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
Dr. Fang has been deeply involved in the study of molecular pathogenesis of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV). Current research program is expending to other viral pathogens. Her research interests have been focused on understanding the basic molecular mechanisms of viral pathogenesis, and applying this knowledge to develop strategies for the diagnoses, prevention and treatment of viral disease. The laboratory has well established technologies and pig model system for vaccine and diagnostic assay development.
flemingSherry Fleming, PhD
sdfleming@k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Biology
Understanding the induction of excessive complement activation in tissue damage.
fongPeying Fong, PhD
pfong@vet.k-state.edu
Assistant Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
Regulation of sodium, chloride and iodide transport by epithelial cells.

hulbertLindsey Hulbert, BS, MS, PhD
lhulbert@k-state.edu

Assistant Professor
Animal Science
Dr. Hulbert's research is focused on the development and validation of automated technologies to monitor health and welfare of domestic animals, understanding the effects of early-life stressors on nutritive and non-nutritive oral behaviors and immunity in calves, improving resilience to stressors and immunocomptence through housing, management, and feeding strategies in calves and pigs, and determining biomarkers of stress and inflammation for predicting and identifying disease.

kimYunjeong Kim
ykim@vet.k-state.edu

Research Assistant Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Kim is interested in the development of therapeutic agents for small animal viral diseases including feline infectious peritonitis and feline calicivirus infection as well as understanding the role of host cellular proteases in viral pathogenesis.

kukanichButch (Stanley) Kukanich, DVM, PhD
skukanic@vet.k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
Evaluation and design of rational drug dosages through the use of pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic studies.
kukanichKatherine Kukanich, DVM, PhD
kstenske@vet.k-state.edu
Assistant Professor
Clinical Sciences
Bacterial sharing between companion animals and their owners, epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance, hospital-acquired infections, and handwashing.
larsonRobert Larson, DVM, PhD
rlarson@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Clinical Sciences
Investigation of the role of disease in beef cattle on production efficiency, evaluation of disease intervention strategies.
lillichJames Lillich, MS, DVM
lillich@vet.k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Clinical Sciences
Dr. Lillich’s laboratory is interested in intestinal epithelial migration related to mechanisms of ulcer formation and healing. We study the effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are a variety of cell signaling pathways using cell lines and native tissues.
maWenjun Ma, MVSc, PhD
wma@vet.k-state.edu
Assistant Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
Viral diseases of animals, with an emphasis on emerging zoonotic viral infections.
marcusDaniel Marcus, MS, PhD
marcus@vet.k-state.edu
University Distinguished Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
The focus of research in the Cellular Biophysics Laboratory is on the ion transport processes utilized by the epithelial cells of the inner ear to produce the fluid composition necessary for normal hearing and balance and on the regulatory mechanisms employed by these cells.
mcgillJodi L. McGill, MS, PhD
jlmcgill@vet.k-state.edu

Assistant Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

My laboratory is interested in the immune response to respiratory pathogens in cattle.  We use a variety of in vitro and in vivo approaches to understand the cellular immune response and how innate immune cells such as gamma delta T cells, macrophages and Natural Killer cells shape the nature of the adaptive immune response during infection.  We currently study the response to several pathogens including bovine respiratory syncytial virus and Mannheimia haemolytica, as well as Mycobacterium bovis, the causative agent of bovine and zoonotic tuberculosis.

mosierDerek Mosier, DVM, PhD
dmosier@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Anatomic Pathology
Infectious diseases of the bovine respiratory system, specificallyMannheimia haemolytica and Mycoplasma bovis.
muschTimothy Musch, PhD
musch@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
The mechanisms associated with the large degree of exercise intolerance that develops in the chronic heart failure (CHF) syndrome. 
nagarajaT.G. Nagaraja, MS, PhD
tnagaraj@vet.k-state.edu
University Distinguished Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
The role of microorganisms in function and dysfunction of the gut, particularly of the rumen, in feedlot cattle fed high-grain diets.
narayananSanjeev Narayanan, MS, PhD
sanjeev@vet.k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
Virulence factors of gastrointestinal bacterial pathogens of veterinary and medical importance (Fusobacterium necrophorum andCitrobacter rodentium).
nguyenThu Annelise Nguyen, PhD, MBA
tnguyen@vet.k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
Cell communication in epithelial colon and breast cancer cells.

pooleDavid Poole, MS, PhD
poole@vet.k-state.edu

Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
Pulmonary gas exchange, O2 transport and muscle microcirculation in health and determining the mechanistic bases for dysfunction in chronic disease (i.e., emphysema, heart failure, diabetes) and also aging. 
renterDavid Renter, DVM, PhD
drenter@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
The application of epidemiologic principles and methods to the study of beef cattle health, performance and food safety.
richtJuergen, Richt, DVM, PhD
jricht@vet.k-state.edu
Regents Distinguished Professor
Diagnostic Medicien & Pathobiology
Emerging zoonotic diseases, in particular influenze, rift valley, and prion diseases.
rowlandRaymond Rowland, MA, PhD
browland@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology
The study of the molecular pathogenesis of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV).
sandersonMichael Sanderson, MS, DVM
sandersn@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

The broad focus of my research is the application of Epidemiologic principles, Analytical Methods, Risk Assessment and Simulation Modeling to disease risk and facilitate decision making in Beef Production systems.  Much of this research has focused on the epidemiology and ecology of beef safety and security particularly related to E. coli O157 and other shiga-toxin producing E. coli.  We also have potential risk assessment and modeling projects in Bovine Respiratory Disease, BVD, and Foot and Mouth Disease.

schermerhornThomas Schermerhorn, VMD
tscherme@vet.k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Clinical Sciences
Comparative glucose metabolism and diabetes.
schultzBruce Schultz, PhD
bschultz@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
Defining the physiological mechanisms of epithelial ion transport in selected tissues and species.
shiJishu Shi, DVM, MS, PhD
jshi@vet.k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
Dr. Jishu Shi’s research programs focus on the development of novel vaccine technologies for animal infectious diseases.  His team is currently evaluating novel adjuvants and strategies for vaccines targeting porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus,Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, swine influenza virus, porcine circovirus, and avian influenza virus.  In addition, his team is also investigating the molecular mechanisms of IL-1beta release from macrophages and the role of IL-1beta in macrophage-cancer stem cell interactions.
tamuraMasaaki Tamura, DVM, PhD
mtamura@vet.k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
Study of a broad range of types of carcinogenesis, with particular emphasis on lung, breast, pancreatic and colon tumorigenesis.
thomsonDan Thomson, MS, DVM, PhD
dthomson@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Clinical Sciences
We will be conducting research on cattle. The research will be food safety studies that will include direct challenge models and natural infection studies. We will also be working with Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex. Lastly, we are developing a web based Spanish/English training site for feedyard workers.
DanaDr. Dana Vanlandingham, MS, PhD
dlvanlan@vet.k-state.edu
Assistant Professor
Virology

My research is focused on viruses transmitted by mosquitoes; the interactions between the virus, mosquito vector, and vertebrate host. Our multidisciplinary research encompasses both basic molecular virology and applied research: novel vaccine development/evaluation, diagnostics, and virus transmission potential in vectors and hosts. Current research projects include: Japanese encephalitis, Rift Valley fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Western equine encephalitis viruses.

VolkovaVictoriya Volkova, DVM, PhD
vv88@vet.k-state.edu
Assistant Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

I research epidemiology and drivers of bacterial antimicrobial resistance. Specific focuses are how the usage of antimicrobials, their pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics affect resistance in the treated pathogen or by-stander commensal bacteria in the treated host; quantifying antimicrobial use for raising farm animals; monitoring of resistance from food safety perspective; and preventing transmission of resistant bacteria between animals and humans. 

wangemannPhiline Wangemann, PhD
wange@vet.k-state.edu
University Distinguished Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
More than 28 million people in the United States are deaf or hard of hearing and about two million are impaired by dizziness or have difficulties with balance. Research in Dr. Wangemann’s laboratory centers around fluid regulation and blood flow control in the inner ear. A detailed understanding of the inner ear is a necessary prerequisite to finding cures for auditory and vestibular disorders in humans and animals.
weissMark Weiss, BS, PhD
Weiss@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
Dr. Weiss' research focus is on stem cell biotechnology. His lab successfully produced various stem cell lines such as rat embryonic stem cells and cells derived from umbilical chord or other tissues with the intent of using this technology to advance cellular therapy and regenerative medicine. His lab is focused upon producing promising cellular therapeutics for regenerative medicine. 
whiteBrad White, MS, DVM
bwhite@vet.k-state.edu
Associate Professor
Clinical Sciences
Preventative and therapeutic options for cattle health, primary area of emphasis in bovine respiratory disease.
wilkersonMelinda Wilkerson, MS, DVM, PhD
wilkersn@vet.k-state.edu
Professor
Anatomy & Physiology
The host immune responses to vaccine antigens and antigens produced by fleas and stable flies, clinical pathology/pathology investigations, and developing flow cytometric assays to detect and monitor clinical conditions in veterinary species.
wilsonWilliam Wilson
william.wilson@ars.usda.gov
Research Microbiologist
USDA-ARS-NPA-Center for Grain & Animal Health Research, Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases

Dr. Wilson’s research focuses on using molecular evolution, biochemical and genomic approaches to understand the interactions of arboviruses with their mammalian and invertebrate hosts. This work has also led to the development of new and novel molecular diagnostic tools. His current research is directed toward developing Rift Valley fever early detection/characterization and countermeasures.

zhuKun Yan Zhu, MS, PhD
kzhu@k-state.edu
Professor
Entomology
Characterization of biochemical and molecular mechanisms, and management of insecticide resistance, toxicogenomic analysis of pesticide effect on target and non-target organisms, studies on mechanisms of action of insecticides.
zurekLudek Zurek, PhD
lzurek@k-state.edu
Professor
Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology (Entomology)
Ecology of antibiotic resistant traits in clinical and non-clinical environments and arthropod-microbial interactions.