K-State Veterinary Research Scholars Program

 

Kansas State University
Potential Mentor Table

Name/Degree(s)

 

Research Interest

Blecha, Frank, MS, PhD
blecha@vet.k-state.edu

University Distinguished Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Frank Blecha

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.

Bradford, Barry, PhD
bbradfor@ksu.edu

Associate Professor

Animal Science

Dr. 

Barry Bradford

Mechanisms by which nutrients act as signaling agents, the roles of inflammatory pathways in metabolism and metabolic diseases.

Brown, Susan, PhD
sjbrown@ksu.edu

University Distinguished Professor

Biology

Dr. Susan Brown

Utilizing forward and reverse genetics in combination with molecular biology to compare and contrast the different developmental strategies of beetles and fruitflies.

Chang, Kyeong-Ok, DVM, MS, PhD
kchang@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Kyeong-Ok Chang

The development of therapeutic small molecules against various viruses including noroviruses, influenza virus and rotaviruses with in vitro screening system and animal models such as (gnotobiotic) pigs and mice.

Chapes, Stephen, PhD
skcbiol@ksu.edu

Professor

Biology

Dr. Stephen Chapes

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.

Davis, Elizabeth, DVM, PhD
Edavis@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Clinical Sciences

Dr. Beth Davis

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.

Fang, Ying, MS, PhD
yfang@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor of Molecular Virology

Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

Dr. Ying Fang

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.

Fleming, Sherry, PhD
sdflemin@ksu.edu

Associate Professor

Biology

Dr. Sherry Fleming

Understanding the induction of excessive complement activation in tissue damage.

Fong, Peying, PhD
pfong@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Peying Fong

Regulation of sodium, chloride and iodide transport by epithelial cells.

Gehring, Ronette, MMedVet
rgehring@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Ronette Gehring

Dr Gehring’s research interests are in pharmaco- and toxicokinetics, which is the study of the dynamic behavior of chemicals in biological systems. This sub-discipline of pharmacology uses mathematical models to describe the processes of uptake, distribution, metabolism and excretion. These processes determine a chemical’s concentration at sites of action, and therefore the intensity and duration of its beneficial and toxic effects. Current projects include predicting human exposure to chemicals through milk and optimizing antimicrobial dosage regimens to minimize resistance development. I am also interested in the kinetics of bioactive compounds from medicinal and toxic plants.

Richard A. Hesse, MS, PhD
dhesse@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Director of Diagnostic Virology

Dr. Richard A. HesseAs Director of Diagnostic Virology, I have the opportunity to isolate, identify and characterize emerging and re-emerging viral disease agents. Establishing ties with fellow scientists is integral to conducting research directed toward understanding the pathogenesis of diseases and developing innovative tools for rapid diagnosis. Additional collaboration with field veterinarians, producers and researchers fosters the development of efficacious vaccines, management control strategies and scientific publications.

Kenney, Michael, PhD
kenny@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Mike 

Kenny

Dr. Kenney’s research is focused on determining how pathophysiological states (including immune stress and heart failure) and aging alter sympathetic nerve regulation.

 

Kim, Yunjeong, DVM, PhD
ykim@vet.k-state.edu

Research Assistant Professor,

Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

Dr. Yunjeong Kim

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.

 

 

Kukanich, Butch (Stanley), DVM, PhD
skukanic@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Butch Kukanich

Evaluation and design of rational drug dosages through the use of pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic, and pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic studies.

Kukanich, Katherine, DVM, PhD
kstenske@vet.k-state.edu

Assistant Professor

Clinical Sciences

Dr. Kate KuKanich

Bacterial sharing between companion animals and their owners, epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance, hospital-acquired infections, and handwashing.

Larson, Robert, DVM, PhD
rlarson@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Clinical Sciences

Dr. Robert Larson

Investigation of the role of disease in beef cattle on production efficiency, evaluation of disease intervention strategies.

Lillich, James, MS, DVM
lillich@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Jim Lillich

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.

Ma, Wenjun, MVSc, PhD
wma@vet.k-state.edu

Assistant Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Wenjun Ma

Viral diseases of animals, with an emphasis on emerging zoonotic viral infections.

Marcus, Daniel, MS, PhD
marcus@vet.k-state.edu

University Distinguished Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Daniel Marcus

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.

Michel, Kristin, PhD
kmichel@ksu.edu

Associate Professor

Biology

Kristin Michel

The innate immune system of mosquitoes and how it relates to the malaria parasites these insects transmit.

To find out more about our research, please visit www.ksu.edu/michellab.

Mosier, Derek, DVM, Phd
dmosier@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Anatomic Pathology

Dr. Derek Mosier

Infectious diseases of the bovine respiratory system, specifically Mannheimia haemolytica and Mycoplasma bovis.

 

Musch, Timothy, PhD
musch@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Tim Musch

The mechanisms associated with the large degree of exercise intolerance that develops in the chronic heart failure (CHF) syndrome. 

Nagaraja, T.G., MS, PhD
tnagaraj@vet.k-state.edu

University Distinguished Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. T.G. Nagaraja

The role of microorganisms in function and dysfunction of the gut, particularly of the rumen, in feedlot cattle fed high-grain diets.

Narayanan, Sanjeev, MS, PhD
sanjeev@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Sanjeev Narayanan

Virulence factors of gastrointestinal bacterial pathogens of veterinary and medical importance (Fusobacterium necrophorum and Citrobacter rodentium).

Nguyen, Thu Annelise, PhD, MBA
tnguyen@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Annelise Nguyen

Cell communication in epithelial colon and breast cancer cells.

Park, Yoonseong, MS, PhD
ypark@ksu.edu

Associate Professor

Entomology

Dr. Yoonseong Park

The neurobiology-behavior-evolution of Arthropod signaling peptides and their receptors.

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

Professor

Anatomy & Phsyiology

Dr. David Poole

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. 

Renter, David, DVM, PhD
drenter@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. David Renter

The application of epidemiologic principles and methods to the study of beef cattle health, performance and food safety.

Richt, Juergen, DVM, PhD
jricht@vet.k-state.edu

Regents Distinguished Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Juergen Richt

Emerging zoonotic diseases, in particular influenze, rift valley, and prion diseases.

Rowland, Raymond, MA, PhD
browland@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Raymond Rowland

The study of the molecular pathogenesis of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV).

Sanderson, Michael, MS, DVM
sandersn@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Michael Sanderson
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.  This summer we will be working to evaluate the epidemiology and ecology of targeted generic E. coli in the environment and in calves.  Our goal is to use this generic E. coli as a surrogate for E. coli O157 in field modeling studies.

Schermerhorn, Thomas, VMD
tscherme@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Clinical Sciences

Dr. Tom Schermerhorn

Comparative glucose metabolism and diabetes.

Schultz, Bruce, PhD
bschultz@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Bruce Schultz

Defining the physiological mechanisms of epithelial ion transport in selected tissues and species. 

Shi, Jishu, DVM, MS, PhD
jshi@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Jishu Shi

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.

Tamura, Masaaki, DVM, PhD
mtamura@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Masaaki Tamura

Study of a broad range of types of carcinogenesis, with particular emphasis on lung, breast, pancreatic and colon tumorigenesis.

Thomson, Dan, MS, DVM, PhD
dthomson@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Clinical Sciences

Dr. Dan Thomson

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.

 

Wang, Weiqun (George), PhD
wwang@ksu.edu

Professor

Human Nutrition

Dr. Weiqun Wang

 

Wangemann, Philine, PhD
wange@vet.k-state.edu

Distinguished Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Philine Wangemann

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.

Weiss, Mark L., PhD
Weiss@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Anatomy & Physiology

Dr. Daniel Marcus

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 cord 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. For example, mesenchymal stromal cells have been tested in a variety of rodent preclinical disease models including neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, heart disease such as myocardial infarction, and cancer

White, Brad, MS, DVM
bwhite@vet.k-state.edu

Associate Professor

Clinical Sciences

Dr. Brad White

Preventative and therapeutic options for cattle health, primary area of emphasis in bovine respiratory disease.

Wilkerson, Melinda, MS, DVM, PhD
wilkersn@vet.k-state.edu

Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. Melinda Wilkerson

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.

Wilson, William, PhD
william.wilson@ars.usda.gov

Research Microbiologist
USDA-ARS-NPA-Center for Grain & Animal Health Research,
Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases

Dr. William Wilson

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.

Zhu, Kun Yan, MS, PhD
kzhu@ksu.edu

Professor

Entomology

Dr. Kun Yan Zhu

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.

Zurek, Ludek, PhD
lzurek@ksu.edu

Associate Professor

Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology (Entomology)

Dr. Ludek Zurek

Ecology of antibiotic resistant traits in clinical and non-clinical environments and arthropod-microbial interactions.