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College of Veterinary Medicine

Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology

PhD Students


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

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. 

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

Sydney Hancock
Sydney

 

Degree and School:

Research Field: 

Mentor:

Hometown:

Research Project:

Deepak KumarKumar

Degree and School:
DVM (G.B.Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India)
MS, Veterinary Public Health (G.B.Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India)

Research Field: 
Rotavirus immunity in swine
Viral Phylogenetics

Mentor:
Dr. Douglas Marthaler

Hometown:
Rishikesh, India

Research Project:
Development of G and P genotype-specific ELISAs to detect neutralizing immune response against Rotavirus in sows and passive immunity in piglets

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 

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:

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:

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.

Joseph R. Smith
Smith

Degree and School:
PhD Student

Research Field: 

Mentor:
Dr. Chanran Ganta

Hometown:

Research Project:

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. Mike Sanderson

Hometown:
Hoyt, KS

Research Project:
Epidemiology, TBD

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

Fangfeng YuanYuan

Degree and School:

Research Field:

Mentor:

Hometown:

Research Project: 

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