Student Research Symposium - 2017

The 19th Annual College of Veterinary Medicine
Student and Post-Doctoral Research Symposium
October 26, 2017


The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Student Research Symposium recognizes the efforts of veterinary students, undergraduate students, graduate students, and residents/interns who contribute to the research mission of the college and profession. This year there were 54 posters at the event. First, second and third place awards were given in two categories. The awards were presented by Dean Bryan Slinker.

Category 1 poster awardees: Resident, post-doctoral, and graduate student projects

> 2017 Poster Awardees and Faculty Awards

First: Dr. Fernanda Ginenez, poster title "Equine hepacivirus E2-specific antibodies inhibit CD81 binding in vitro and are associated with protective effects in vivo." Advisor: Dr. Bob Mealey, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.

Fernanda Ginenez First Place Graduate Research Symposium

Second: Nicholas Negretti, poster title "The food-borne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni responds to the bile salt deoxycholate with countermeasures to reactive oxygen species." Advisor: Dr. Mike Konkel, School of Molecular Biosciences.


Third: Jessica Klein, poster title "Controlled activity of the invasion-associated injectisome reveals its intracellular role in defining the cytosolic Salmonella population." Advisor: Dr. Leigh Knodler, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.


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

First: Logan Weyand, poster title “Fatal pneumonia in bighorn sheep lambs: the critical role of carrier ewes.” Advisor: Dr. Tom Besser, Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.


Second: Keesha Matz, poster title “Role of the Nipah Virus Fusion Protein and Glycoprotein on Innate Immune Responses.” Advisors: Dr. Alan Goodman, School of Molecular Biosciences, and Dr. Hector Aguilar, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. 


Third: Lindsey Morey, poster title "Disruption of Cone Photoreceptor Cyclic NucleotideGated Channels in Zebrafish Using CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing." Advisor: Dr. Mike Varnum, Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience.


Two faculty research awards were also presented during the reception:

Congratulations to Dr. Steven Roberts, Assistant Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, 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. Roberts was recognized for his outstanding research productivity focused on genetic alterations in cancer.


The recipient of the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence was Dr. Anthony Nicola, Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. Dr. Nicola was recognized for his longstanding research efforts in herpesvirus pathogenesis with emphasis on the biology of herpesvirus glycoproteins and cell entry. Dr. Nicola gave a very inspirational talk highlighting key elements of his successful career in science.


Thanks to all who participated in this year's symposium. Thank you to Dr. Eric Shelden, chair of the CVM Research Committee, members of the CVM Research Committee, and to the faculty judges who gave of their time to fairly assess all the posters and determine the awardees. Special thanks to college staff members who helped orchestrate the event, especially Michelle Mielke and Kay Brothers. This event is sponsored by the CVM Office of Research and Zoetis Animal Health.

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