College of Veterinary Medicine

Summer 2013 – Research Student Scholars & Projects

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Western University College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Research Student Scholars

2013 Summer Veterinary Scholars


  • The Merial Student Scholars:
    • Ainjil Bills (DVM2015)

      Project title: Establish a necessary diagnostic database of thryoroid hormonse levels for the male giant panda

      Mentor: David Kersey

    • Erik Johnson (DVM2015)

      Project title: Generation of Feline induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Novel Therapies and disease Study, Sepcifically Feline Hypertrophy Cardiomyopathy

      Mentor: Jijun Hao

    • Lindsey Jett (DVM2016)

      Project title: Molecular prevalence of vector-borne disease in free-roaming cats from Louisiana

      Mentor: Pedro Diniz

    • Sooah Kang (DVM2015)

      Project title: Conversion of mouse skin fibroblast cells into induced pluripotent cells

      Mentor: Yiling Hong

  • Morris Animal Foundation Student Scholar:
    • Natalie Nguyen (DVM2015)

      Project title: Lead toxicity, acquired from spent lead ammunition, still remains the most significant cause of high mortality rate in California condors

      Mentor: Miguel Saggese

  • Western University Student Summer Research Program funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research – Student scholars:
    • Allisson Marsh (DVM2015)

      Project title: Prevalence of Zoonotic Bartonella spp. in Sick Dogs in the Inland Empire

      Mentor: Pedro Diniz

    • China Corum (DVM2015)

      Project title: Localized Thermography of the Equine Carpus: Radiographic View Comparison, Carpal Flexion, and Shielding of Background Limbs

      Mentor: Joseph Bertone

    • Danielle Demel (DVM2016)

      Project title: Pattern of innervations and communication of the coffin joint and navicular bursa in the equine forelimb

      Mentor: Babak Faramarzi

    • Jonathan Ho (DVM2016)

      Project title: Anatomy of the gecko Rhacodactylus leachianus leachianus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) a comprehensive histological study of organs

      Mentor: Wael Khamas

    • Kevin Barber (DVM2016)

      Project title: Prevalence Study of Infectious Diseases in Suburban farms in Southern California

      Mentor: Malika Kachani ; James Reynolds

    • Rose Tu (DVM2016)

      Project title: Using Episomal Vectors to Generate Canine Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

      Mentor: Jijun Hao

    • Susan Mowatt (DVM2015)

      Project title: Feline Behaviors: Hyperthyroidism Pre and Post Treatment

      Mentor: Victoria Voith

    • Andrew McGee (DVM2016)

      Project title: Development Of A Saliva-Based Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay For Canine Parvovirus Antibodies

      Mentor: Peggy Barr

    • Audrey Keebaugh (DVM2015)

      Project title: Influence of dog size and handler on pressure mat

      Mentor: Dominique Griffon

    • Devin Cunningham (DVM2015)

      Project title: Evaluation of an equation to predict the status of the Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease (CCLD) in Labrador Retrievers

      Mentor: Dominique Griffon

    • Gregory Simonek (DVM2015)

      Project title: Neutralization of Canine Parvo 2c: The comparison of previously infected dogs to vaccinated dogs

      Mentor: Peggy Barr

  • UFAW Student Scholar:
    • Corrie Kerr (DVM2016)

      Project title: The Effects of Access to Shade on the Behavior of Replacement Heifers

      Mentor: Babak Faramarzi

  • American Human Association Student Scholars:
    • Desiree Santoso (DVM2015)

      Project title: Improving the Transition from Shelter to Household through the A.D.O.P.T Initiative

      Mentor: Jose Peralta

    • Mailie Fanning (DVM2015)

      Project title: Ultrastructure and histology of the equine digital cushion and caudal heel

      Mentor: Babak Faramarzi

    • Susan Mowatt (DVM2015)

      Project title: Feasibility Study to Determine Viability of a Foster Program for Senior Citizens to Share Shelter Dogs

      Mentor: Beth Boynton

  • Pomona College SURP Student Scholar:
    • Mitsuko Alexandra Yabe

      Project title: “Snow leopard genomics” project (viability of the Snow Leopard Functional Genomics Initiative (SLFGI) and whether or not it is an effective program)

      Mentor: Peggy Barr

Enquiries should be directed to CVM Research Office cvmresearch@westernu.edu, Ph: 909-469-5557.