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Department of Veterinary Sciences|College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department Graduate Students - Current Students

berg Jacob Berg, M.S. - Veterinary Sciences
Burns, Wyoming
Project: The Role of Dendritic Cells in Bovine Brucellosis
Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Adamovicz
Project Summary: Jake will be studying and defining the role of the dendritic cell in shaping the protective immune response to Brucella abortus. He will look at how the dendritic cell responds to vaccination or infection and how it helps with T-cell acquired immunity. He will also test for improved vaccine protection by learning how the dendritic cell interacts with T-cells. This will help further define the immune response to B. abortus and ultimately lead to a better understanding of the RB51 vaccine mechanism of action in cattle.

Alexis Dadelahi, Ph.D. - Biomedical Science
Project: Developing a bovidized and cervidized mouse to be utilized as a more accurate model for vaccine challenge experiments.


Melia DeVivo
Melia DeVivo, Ph.D. - Veterinary Sciences
Indiana, Pennsylvania
Project: Epidemiology of chronic wasting disease in mule deer in the endemic area of Wyoming
Advisor: Dr. Todd Cornish
Project Summary: The effects of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) populations are poorly understood.
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David Donley, Ph.D. - Neuroscience
Searcy, Arkansas
Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Fox
Project Summary:
Amanda Dougherty
Amanda Dougherty, Ph.D. - Veterinary Sciences with a Minor in Environment and Natural Resources
Dakota, IL
Project: Immune responses and cytokine mRNA expression in brucellosis infected elk with comparison to a murine model and evaluation of recombinant S19 deletion mutants
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Noah Hull

Noah Hull, Ph.D.
Tarzana, California
Project:   Creation and validation of a molecular assay for brucellosis and implementation of the assay to characterize disease in East Africa.
Advisor: Dr. Brant Schumaker
Project Summary: Brucellosis is an endemic bacterial-disease in Wyoming as well as globally.  It is considered one of the world's most widespread zoonoses and ranks as one of the seven most neglected diseases per the World Health Organization.  There are over 500,000 new human cases of brucellosis annually.  We intend to develop a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay in order to indentify animals infected with Brucella spps.  Upon validation, this moleculary assay will be utilized in East Africa (specifically Tanzania) to characterize the disease there.  In addition, we will conduct an epidemiologic study to identify and quantify risk factors for infection in Tanzania.

Alex Kesterson


Alexandria Kesterson, M.S. - Veterinary Sciences
Nashville, Indiana
Project: Evaluation of the Role of Cell-Mediated Immunity in Efficacy of Experimental Alternate Schedule of Live Attenuated RB51 Vaccine against Brucellosis in Cattle
Advisor: Jeff Adamovicz
Project Summary: Her project is to determine if the current cattle vaccine for Brucella
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Zhen Lu
Zhen Lu, Ph.D. - Neuroscience
Jinchang, China
Project: The effects of selenium supplementation in mouse models of Huntington's disease
Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Fox
Project Summary: Selenium is a trace element nutrient that has critical roles in brain function. Disruption of brain selenium homeostasis is sufficient to cause neurodegeneration. My project is mainly about studying the role of selenium in the mouse model of Huntington’s disease.
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Pradeep Pradeep Neupane, M.S. - Veterinary Sciences
Chitwan, Nepal
Project: : Identification and characterization of Pasteurellaceae and Mycoplasma virulence-associated proteins up-regulated during infection in sheep using in vivo-induced antigen technology
Advisor: Dr. Gerry Andrews
Amy Williams
Amy Williams, M.S. - Veterinary Sciences
Bad Axe, MI
Project: Distribution and Feeding Patterns for Tabinid Flies, the Vector of the Arterial Worms of Sheep and Cervids, Elaeophora schneideri
Advisor: Dr. Brant Schumaker
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