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Animal Science Graduate Students

Katherine Agster

Katherine Agster

Katherine Agster is a Masters student working with Dr. Brenda Alexander. In her graduate program, she is studying the effect of a progesterone agonist in the ventral tegmental area and dopaminergic reward pathway of reindeer brains while in rut in relation to herd management. Upon completion of her program, Katherine plans to attend veterinary school. Katherine is from Littleton, CO. | Office: AS/MB 401 | Email: kagster@uwyo.edu


Clara Bouley

Clara Bouley

Clara Bouley is a master's student advised by Dr. Bledar Bisha. Clara is studying the application of viral indicators in microbial source tracking of fecal contamination in Wyoming surface water. She plans to attend medical school following completion of her program. Clara is from Sheridan, WY. | Office: AS/MS Lab 129 | Email: cbouley@uwyo.edu


UW Animal Science graduate student, Codi Jo Broten

Codi Jo Broten

Codi Jo Broten is a final year PhD student working with Dr. Bledar Bisha in the Animal Science Department. Codi Jo is investigating paper-based microfluidic devices (µPADs) as a platform for detection of Listeria monocytogenes. After she completes her program at UW, it is her goal to obtain a career in food safety as a microbiologist in either government, industry, or academia. Codi Jo is from Montesano, WA. | Office: AS/MB Rm. 403 | Email: cbroten@uwyo.edu


Whitney Brown

Whitney Brown

Whitney is a masters student working with Dr. Jeremey Block studying reproductive physiology. She is studying effects of administration of a mycobacterium cell wall fraction (MCWF) prior to mating on reproductive outcomes. Whitney plan to work in applied research. She is from Belleville, Wisconsin. | Office: AS/MS 401| Email:wbrown30@uwyo.edu


Shanan Davey, a graduate student in the UW Animal Science Department

Shanan Davey

Shanan Davey is a Masters student working with Dr. Scott Lake in the Animal Science Department. Shanan is studying high altitude disease in cattle, specifically at the genetic level. Shanan plans to use this in further genetic research, and would like to continue working with producers on improving their cattle herds. Shanan is from Olathe, Colorado. | Office: AS/MB Rm. 401 | sdavey1@uwyo.edu.


Ryan Knuth

Ryan Knuth

Ryan Knuth is a Ph.D. student under the direction of Drs. Hannah Hollinger and Bledar Bisha. In his doctoral program, he is investigating microbial communities in the ewe, lamb, and environment and any relationships with health and performance of both lambs and ewes. Once he completes his program, Ryan hopes to pursue a career in academia to best the American sheep industry and continue his interests in research, teaching, and outreach. Ryan is from Loganville, WI. | Office: AS/MB Rm. 403 | Email: rknuth@uwyo.edu


Chase Markel

Chase Markel

Chase Markel is a Master’s student working with Dr. Cody Gifford and Dr. Hannah Hollinger in the Animal Science department. Chase is studying right-sided heart failure caused by pulmonary hypertension in late finishing phase beef cattle, along with live growth performance and carcass quality. He hopes that his research will lead to advancements in the fed cattle sector, where he eventually would like to establish a career. Chase hopes to contribute to the beef industry in the future by focusing on the utilization of genomic and live performance metrics to increase efficiency in beef herds around the world. | Office AS/MS 401| Emailcmarkel1@uwyo.edu


Alexys McGuire, graduate student in the UW Animal Science Department

Alexys McGuire

Alexys McGuire is a Masters student advised by Dr. Bledar Bisha. She is currently working on a project surrounding the analysis of wastewater for COVID-19, as well as modeling COVID-19 prevalence in wastewater, and looking for COVID-19 variants in wastewater. Alexys hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in genetics and head her own lab, where she can study gene therapy. Alexis is from Akron, CO. | Office: Lab 130 | Email: amcguir9@uwyo.edu.


Courtney Newman

Courtney Newman

Courtney Newman is a first year M.S. Student under the direction of Drs. Whit Stewart and Cody Gifford. Courtney’s project will look at the potential use of blockchain technology in the U.S. Sheep Industry. She hopes her work will help those in the sheep industry begin to understand where they can utilize new technologies and ultimately help the entire sheep industry to continue to grow and progress. Courtney intends on continuing a career in the U.S. Sheep Industry. She is from Fort Collins, Colorado. | Office: AS/MB 401 | Email: cnewman@uwyo.edu


Clara Ritchie

Clara Ritchie

Clara Ritchie is a Masters student working with Dr. Cody Gifford. Her research involves a two part project. Fatty acid profiles were determined from muscles originating from 150 sheep to determine whether fatty acid profiles alone are related to overall sensory performance. In addition to this, a feeding trial is currently being conducted to assess carcass characteristics between high concentrate diets in comparison to lambs fed a grass diet followed by a short high-energy diet in these two management strategies. After she complete her program, she plan to pursue a career in R&D. | Office: AS/MB Rm. 401 | Email: critchie@uwyo.edu


Lauren Shortnacy

Lauren Shortnacy

Lauren Shortnacy is a Masters student working under the guidance of Dr. Steve Paisley (Department of Animal Science) and Dr. Carrie Eberle (Department of Plant Science). With a focus in ruminant nutrition and plant sciences, she is investigating the tropical legume, Crotalaria juncea, and evaluating its potential to serve as a high quality, high yielding alternative to alfalfa in Wyoming crop and livestock production systems. After finishing her degree program, Lauren hopes to pursue a career in the animal nutrition industry or in extension while operating a small scale beef production operation of her own at home. Lauren is from Gadsden, Alabama. | Email: lshortna@uwyo.edu.


Madison Shults, a graduate student in the UW Animal Science Department.

Madison Shults

Madison Shults is a Masters student under the advisement of Dr. Hannah Hollinger. She is working to further study on the ruminant microbiome and its implications on reproduction in beef cattle. Madison intends to be a reproductive physiologist focused on the advancement of applied reproductive technologies. Madison is from Meeker, CO. | Email: mshults1@uwyo.edu.


Anahita Tajani

Anahita Tajani

Anahita is a PhD student and her advisor is Dr. Bledar Bisha. She is working on antimicrobial resistance of some bacteria, such as E.coli and Salmonella, in retail meat. After her program is finished she would like to pursue her research in industry, especially in food safety. Anahita is from Iran. | Office AS/ MB Rm. 401|email:aghorban@uwyo.edu


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