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  • Thermotolerant vaccines: A game changer?

    The Serengeti Health Initiative (SHI)—co-funded by Washington State University and Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago)—has, since 2003, been controlling rabies through the implementation of annual mass dog rabies vaccination campaigns in remote villages in northern Tanzania.

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  • 25 undergraduates receive awards to conduct research

    WSU disseminated undergraduate research awards to students across campus in support of their projects. SMB research labs were well represented, including:
    • Grace Carrell, Microbiology major, Alan Goodman's lab
    • Zachary Howard, Genetics and Cell Biology major, Alan Goodman's lab
    • Estifanos Kassa, Microbiology major, Rey Carabeo's lab
    • Marina Martin, Biochemistry major (pre-medicine), Alan Goodman's lab
    • Elizabeth Rice-Reynolds, Genetics and Cell Biology major, Michael Griswold's lab
    • Seth Schneider, Genetics and Cell Biology major (STARS Program), Anthony Nicola's lab (Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology)
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  • Research finds possible link between cattle, human disease

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  • 25 undergraduates receive awards to conduct research

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  • Dr. Ilia Karatsoreos has received the Dean's Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award

    The 2016 Dean's Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award has been given to Dr. Ilia Karatsoreos for his research on circadian rhythms, sleep, and stress. 
  • The 18th Annual College of Veterinary Medicine Student and Post-Doctoral Research Symposium

    October 27, 2016

    Winners who are part of the CRB: 
    1. Trainee Seth Schneider (CRB faculty member Anthony Nicola)
    2. Dr. Ilia Karatsoreos

    Category 2 poster awardees: DVM student, undergraduate, and intern projects

    First: Seth Schneider, poster title “Re-purposing an anticancer drug to combat herpes simplex virus infection.” Advisor: Anthony Nicola, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.

    Faculty research award:

    Congratulations to Dr. Ilia Karatsoreos, Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, for being selected as this year’s recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding early career faculty who are already establishing themselves as innovators and leaders in their chosen fields. Dr. Karatsoreos was recognized for his pioneering work on circadian rhythms, sleep, and stress.

    The award was presented by Dean Bryan Slinker.

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  • Rabies vaccine found effective even after warm storage

    A Washington State University-led research team determined rabies vaccines stored at warmer temperatures still protect against the disease in dogs.
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  • Veterinary professor named to international scientific panel

    Don Knowles, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research veterinary medical officer and professor in Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is one of 16 people named to an international scientific advisory panel. Read More
  • Soybean nitrogen breakthrough could help feed the world

    By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

    mechthild-tegederPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University biologist Mechthild Tegeder has developed a way to dramatically increase the yield and quality of soybeans.

    Her greenhouse-grown soybean plants fix twice as much nitrogen from the atmosphere as their natural counterparts, grow larger and produce up to 36 percent more seeds.

    Soybeans grown in WSU greenhouse by Tegeder.

    Tegeder designed a novel way to increase the flow of nitrogen, an essential nutrient, from specialized bacteria in soybean root nodules to the seed-producing organs. She and Amanda Carter, a biological sciences graduate student, found the increased rate of nitrogen transport kicked the plants into overdrive.

    Their work, published recently in Current Biology, is a major breakthrough in the science of improving crop yields. It could eventually help address society’s critical challenge of feeding a growing human population while protecting the environment. See the paper at

    “The biggest implication of our research is that by ramping up the natural nitrogen allocation process we can increase the amount of food we produce without contributing to further agricultural pollution,” Tegeder said. “Eventually we would like to transfer what we have learned to other legumes and plants that humans grow for food.”

    Improving grain yields

    Legumes account for around 30 percent of the world’s agricultural production. They consist of plants like soybeans, alfalfa, peas, beans and lentils, among others.

    Unlike crops that rely on naturally occurring and artificially made nitrogen from the soil, legumes contain rhizobia bacterioids in their root nodules that have the unique capability of converting or “fixing” nitrogen gas from the atmosphere.

    For years, scientists have tried to increase the rate of nitrogen fixation in legumes by altering rhizobia bacterioid function or interactions that take place between the bacterioid and the root nodule cells.

    Tegeder took a different approach: She increased the number of proteins that help move nitrogen from the rhizobia bacteria to the plant’s leaves, seed-producing organs and other areas where it is needed.

    The additional transport proteins sped up the overall export of nitrogen from the root nodules. This initiated a feedback loop that caused the rhizobia to start fixing more atmospheric nitrogen, which the plant then used to produce more seeds.

    “They are bigger, grow faster and generally look better than natural soybean plants,” Tegeder said. “Some evidence we have suggests they might also be highly efficient under stressful conditions like drought.”

    Protecting the environment

    Nitrogen is a macronutrient essential for plant growth. Large amounts of synthetic nitrogen fertilizer are applied around the world to ensure high plant productivity.

    Application is an environmental issue in industrialized countries like the United States because of high energy input, increased greenhouse gas emissions, water pollution and other adverse effects on ecosystems and human health.

    In developing countries, where nitrogen fertilizer is scarce, insufficient plant nitrogen results in low crop yields and limited food supplies.

    Tegeder thinks her soybean-focused research can eventually be applied to varieties of legumes suited for a diverse array of climates. One major benefit of growing legumes such as chickpeas, common beans, peas and soybeans is that they not only can use atmospheric nitrogen for their own growth but also leave residual nitrogen in the soil for subsequent crops.

    Hence, increasing nitrogen fixation could improve overall plant productivity for farmers who grow legumes in both industrial and developing countries while diminishing or eliminating the need for nitrogen fertilizers.

    “Legumes with higher yields have huge implications for agriculture and food production around the world,” Tegeder said. “Our research also has the potential to be transferred to other crop plants that don’t fix nitrogen from the atmosphere but would benefit from being able to uptake nitrogen more efficiently from the soil.”

    Her work is in keeping with WSU’s Grand Challenges, a suite of research initiatives aimed at large societal issues. It is particularly relevant to the challenge of sustainable resources and its theme of supplying food for future generations.

    This work was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (IOS 1021286 and IOS 1457183) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (2010-65115-20382).


    Mechthild Tegeder, WSU School of Biological Sciences, 509-335-7545,

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  • Dr. Emily Pieracci (DVM '09) "Former Richland woman makes difference through CDC"

    Emily Pieracci Dr. Emily Pieracci (DVM '09) "Former Richland woman makes difference through CDC"
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  • Tom Besser received a new USDA grant

    Tom Besser (VMP; Rocky Crate Chair) received a new USDA grant to develop a generalized approach to risk identification with regard to livestock-wildlife interactions and the potential for transmission of infectious disease; this addresses an important area of policy in the West with regard to, for example, Rocky Mountain Sheep-domestic sheep interactions in many parts of the West, including Idaho and Washington. 
  • WSU team offers rabies vaccines in East Africa

    The Paul Allen School for Global Animal Health at WSU is working to eliminate canine rabies worldwide by vaccinating dogs in East Africa.
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  • WSU Eliminate Rabies program reaches 50,000 dog vaccinations

    PULLMAN, Wash. – More than 99 percent of the people infected with rabies get it from the bite of an unvaccinated dog. Washington State University believes it can prevent those infections.

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  • Gene-editing breakthrough could be boon to cattle producers.

     - Fall 2016 Northwest Farm and Ranch by the Lewiston Tribune (Read full issue) Lewiston Tribune
  • Dr. Jaak Panksepp on The science of laughter

    BBC Special on the science of laughter with Dr. Jaak Panksepp
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  • PrIMe research team develops assay for immunosuppressant drug to improve its safe use in dogs and cats

    Mycophenolic acid (MPA) is the active metabolite of the immunosuppressant prodrug mycophenolate mofetil. In this study, we developed and validated a novel ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) method for the rapid quantification of MPA in plasma from dogs, cats and humans. The advantages of this method include: high sensitivity and reproducibility over a wide range of MPA plasma concentrations, small sample volume and easy sample preparation. By combining isocratic conditions with a UHPLC column containing solid core particles, we were able to elute MPA within 3.0 min. The very short chromatographic analysis time makes this method ideal to study the disposition of MPA in large batches of plasma samples and/or monitor plasma drug concentrations, as recommended for patients that require optimized immunosuppression. Read More
  • Probiotics-and-vaccine treatments fight coldwater disease in rainbow trout

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  • Targeted drug makes alcohol guzzling mouse a teetotaler

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  • IPN's David Rossi, Ph.D. Featured in WSU News

    IPN faculty member David Rossi has been featured in the WSU News for his research on alcohol consumption. Read the full article here: Targeted drug makes alcohol guzzling mouse a teetotaler

  • Dr. Sue Stover ('76 DVM) Honored with 2016 AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award

    Dr. Susan Stover Dr. Sue Stover ('76 DVM) honored with 2016 AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award
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