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Animal Science Graduate Students

Keerthi Bandaru

Keerthi Bandaru

Keerthi Bandaru is a PhD student, and her advisor is Dr. Bledar Bisha. She is from India. She is a Veterinary Graduate and completed a master's in veterinary microbiology and worked on Canine Distemper Virus. Currently working on Foodborne Viruses, analysis of wastewater for Food borne viruses. After her program is finished, she would like to pursue her research in Virology and Immunology and want to be a part in working with emerging diseases. | Email: kbandaru@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


Whitney Brown

Whitney Brown

Whitney Brown 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


Olivia Chase

Olivia Chase

Olivia is a master’s student under the advisement of Dr. Bledar Bisha. Her research is divided into two modules, with the first involving enumeration and quantification of drug-resistant Salmonella enterica in retail food products using digital PCR (dPCR). The second module will involve the same enumeration and quantification of drug-resistant Salmonella enterica using dPCR. After her work here, she hopes to obtain a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. | Email: ochase@uwyo.edu


Jake Gillespie

Jake Gillespie

Jake Gillespie is a masters student working under the advisement of Dr. Cody Gifford and is also the meat judging coach. He is a Texas kid, born and raised in Texas. He graduated from Clarendon college in 2020, then got recruited to attend West Texas A&M as a meat judger. He graduated from West Texas A&M and shortly after was convinced to attend grad school here and coach a team of meat judgers. He loves God, meat judging, his family and basketball. | Email: jgilles6@uwyo.edu


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Aaron Kersh

Aaron Kersh is a master's Student in animal science under the direction of Drs. Whit Stewart and Derek Scasta. In his research he is studying the effects of targeted grazing of sheep on larkspur predominated rangelands and changes of trace mineral composition during various plant phenological stages over the grazing season. After his research is done, he hope to continue in range science as a range animal nutritionist. Aaron is from Cheyenne, Wyoming. |Office AS/MB Rm. 401| Email: akersh2@uwyo.edu.


Michaela Kuzniar

Michaela Kuzniar

Michaela Kuzniar is a masters student working with Dr. Jeremy Block. She is studying the effect of IL-1beta during embryo culture on embryo development following ovum pick-up and pregnancy rates following embryo transfer. After this program she is planning to pursue a PhD in cattle reproductive physiology. Michaela is from Chicago, IL. | Office AS/MS 401 | Email: mkuzniar@uwyo.edu


Dylan Laverell

Dylan Laverell

Dylan Laverell is an M.S. Student under the direction of Dr. Whit Stewart. Dylan master’s project will look at defining Calcium levels in clinical and sub-clinical ewes. Dylan finds fulfillment working in the sheep industry as he meets producers that work to produce sustainable food and fiber. He is from Big Timber, MT. | Email: dlaverel@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| Email: cmarkel1@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


Garrett Nunn

Garret Nunn

Garrett Nunn is a masters student working with Dr. Cody Gifford and Dr. Scott Lake. He is studying the effects of diet in feedlot cattle that have a moderate risk for high altitude induced pulmonary hypertension and right sided heart failure. He will also compare its relation to similar right sided heart failure in feedlot cattle at lower elevations. To try to combat the pulmonary hypertension that occurs at high altitude or high rate of gain feedlot scenarios he will be supplementing a vasodilator, dietary citrulline, to see if there is a favorable decrease in blood pressure within these cattle. There will also be evaluation of how the citrulline impacts feed efficiency, rumen microbiome, and upper respiratory microbial dynamics and carcass quality. Upon completion of this program, Garrett hopes to return to the beef industry at his family ranch and will advocate and push for advancement in high elevation cattle production. | Email: gnunn@uwyo.edu


Sarah Retherford

Sarah Retherford

Sarah Retherford is a first year masters student under the direction of Jeremy Block. Sarah's project look at improving reproductive efficiency in cattle through understanding the role of the seminal plasma microbiome on sperm viability, function, and fertility. After her program is done she hopes to continue in academia or work in the industry. | Office 401 | Email: sretherf@uwyo.edu


Aniket Sharma

Aniket Sharma

Aniket Sharma is a graduate student from India. Microbiologist by background, he is currently working in understanding the antimicrobial resistance trend for bunch of different food-borne pathogens like Campylobacter, Salmonella under the mentorship of Dr. Bledar Bisha. When not in lab he likes to watch movies. Upon completion of his degree, he aims to move in the industrial sector to apply his research in making healthy what we eat! Fun fact: He is a vegetarian scientist working with meat samples! | Email: asharma7@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.


Nikhil Srivastava

Nikhil Srivastava

Nikhil Srivastava is a PhD student in the Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences Program, in Dr James Pru's lab. He is working to understand the complex molecular interactions taking place during pregnancy in mouse. He is from India and is a strong supporter of cultural diversity in the department. He is also a poet and writes regularly on various platforms. | Email: nsrivast@uwyo.edu


Anahita Tajani

Anahita Tajani

Anahita Tajani 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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