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2020 Veterinary Research Scholars

VRSP scholars at the 2020 poster session

Program for Poster Presentation session (held July 28, 2020)

Allison 

Scholar: Molly Allison, KSUCVM Class of 2023

Mentor: Brian Geisbrecht, PhD

VRSP Project: Studies on the Host Selectivity of the Staphylococcal Innate Immune Evasion Protein, SPIN.

Research Presentations:

  • Allison M, Mishra N, Geisbrecht BV. Studies on the host selectivity of the Staphylococcal innate immune evasion protein, SPIN. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Bieberly 

Scholar: Zack Bieberly, KSUCVM Class of 2022

Mentor: Dr. Maria Jugan, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

VRSP Project: Glucagon-like peptide-2 concentrations in the blood of healthy cats

Research Presentations:

  • Bieberly Z, Freilich L, Jugan M. Effect of proteinase inhibition on glucagon-like peptide-2 concentrations in blood samples from healthy cats. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Butterfield 

Scholar: Maddie Butterfield, KSUCVM Class of 2023

Mentor: Dr. Juergen Richt, DVM, PhD

VRSP Project: Investigation of Novel Genetic Quasi-Species in SARS-CoV-2

Research Presentations:

  • Butterfield M, Meekins D, McDowell C, Richt JA. Investigation of virus evolution in SARS-CoV-2 clinical samples from experimentally infected cats. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Carruth 

Scholar: Ariel Carruth, KSUCVM Class of 2023

Mentor: Dr. Katie Reif, MSPH, PhD

VRSP Project: Identifying Cytauxzoon felis infections through detection and evaluation of immunodominant C. felis antigens.

Research Presentations:

  • Carruth A, Wikander Y, Reichard M, Hardwidge P, Reif K. Identifying Cytauxzoon felis infections through detection and evaluation of immunodominant felis antigens. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Favreau 

Scholar: Laura Favreau, KSUCVM Class of 2023

Mentor: Dr. Kim Kirkpatrick, PhD

VRSP Project: Verification of chemogenetic surgery placement in rats 

Research Presentations:

  • Favreau L, Panfil K, Smith T, Kirkpatrick K. A proper place for DREADD: Verification of chemogenetic surgery in rats. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Fox 

Scholar: Breanna Fox, KSUCVM Class of 2022

Mentor: Dr. Jessica Meekins, DVM, MS, DACVO

VRSP Project: Retrospective investigation of time to failure of prophylactic topical timolol therapy in dogs with primary glaucoma

Research Presentations:

  • Fox B, Meekins J. Time to failure of prophylactic topical timolol therapy in dogs with primary angle closure glaucoma. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Harris 

Scholar: Shanice Harris, KSUCVM Class of 2023

Mentor: Dr. Berlin Londono-Renteria, PhD

VRSP Project: Hybrid IgG antibody response to Aedes aegypti salivary proteins.

Research Presentations:

  • Harris S, Londono-Renteria B. Human neuron infection with Zika virus and hybrid IgG antibody response to Aedes aegypti salivary proteins. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Herd 

Scholar: Lauren Herd, KSUCVM Class of 2023

Mentor: Dr. Katie Reif, MSPH, PhD

VRSP Project: Efficacy of antimicrobials to protect against clinical anaplasmosis in immunosuppressed cattle

Research Presentations:

  • Herd LK, Flowers MR, Reppert EJ, Reif KE. Efficacy of chlortetracycline to protect against clinical anaplasmosis in transiently immunosuppressed cattle. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Komp 

Scholar: Marissa Komp, KSUCVM Class of 2023

Mentor: Dr. Chieko Azuma, DVM, PhD, DACVR

VRSP Project: Pain assessment and activity tracking in dogs undergoing radiation therapy.

Research Presentations:

  • Komp MS, Hsu WW, Azuma C. A pilot study of pain assessment and activity tracking in dogs undergoing radiation therapy. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
McCall 

Scholar: Jayden McCall, KSUCVM Class of 2023

Mentor: Dr. Waithaka Mwangi, PhD

VRSP Project: Safety and tolerability of African Swine Fever Virus subunit vaccine candidates in commercial pigs

Research Presentations:

  • McCall J, Yao J, Mallen K, Mwangi W. Safety and tolerability of African Swine Fever Virus subunit vaccine candidates in commercial pigs. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Roubicek 

Scholar: Cierra Roubicek, Class of 2023

Mentor: Dr. Raghu Amachawadi, BVSc, MS, PhD

VRSP Project: Evaluation of antimicrobial activities of phytophenols to control liver abscesses in feedlot cattle 

Research Presentations:

  • Roubicek C, Amachawadi RG, Salih H, Wang J, Li Y, Nagaraja TG. Evaluation of antimicrobial activities of phytophenols against pathogens that cause liver abscesses in feedlot cattle. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Wang 

Scholar: Zixuan Wang, KSUCVM Class of 2023

MentorsDr. Punit Prakash, PhD, Dr. Maggie Highland, DVM, PhD, DACVP, and Dr. Charan Ganta, BVSc, PhD

VRSP Project: Histopathologic and immunohistochemical analysis of acute microwave thermal ablation zones in lung and liver

Research Presentations:

  • Wang Z, Highland MA, Prakash P, Ganta CK. Histopathologic and immunohistochemical analysis of acute microwave thermal ablation zones in lung and liver. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Wenger 

Scholar: Martha (MJ) Wenger, KSUCVM Class of 2023

Mentor: Dr. Brian Herrin, DVM, PhD

VRSP Project: Using tick movement as a novel approach to document the sublethal effects of acaricides.

Research Presentations:

  • Wenger MJ, Reif K, Herrin B. Sublethal effects on motility seen in Amblyoma americanum treated with lotilaner (Credelio®). Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Wise 

Scholar: Payton Wise, KSUCVM Class of 2023

Mentor: Dr. Abbie Viscardi, PhD

VRSP Project: Evaluating the efficacy of IV administration of flunixin meglumine or oral meloxicam at reducing post-surgical pain in sheep.

Research Presentations:

  • Wise PE, Kleinenz MD, Reppert EJ, Daniell H, Curtis A, Martin M, Coetzee JF, Viscardi AV. Evaluating the efficacy of IV administration of flunixin meglumine or oral meloxicam at reducing post-surgical pain in sheep. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.
Zabiegala 

Scholar: Alex Zabiegala, KSUCVM Class of 2022

Mentor: Dr. KC Chang, DVM, MS, PhD

VRSP Project: Coronavirus through time and species: analysis of coronaviruses in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Research Presentations:

  • Zabiegala A, Kim Y, Chang KC. Coronaviruses through time and species: analysis of coronaviruses in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic. Presented as a poster at the KSU VRSP Poster Session, Manhattan KS, July 2020, and at the National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, (virtual due to COVID), Aug 2020.