Florida Veterinary Scholars Program
Summer 2021

The Florida Veterinary Scholars Program provides an opportunity for veterinary students to engage in hypothesis-driven research over a 10-12 week period. For UF students, this happens between the 1st and 2nd years.  The mission is to expose veterinary students to career opportunities in biomedical research.  This may include Industry (drug development, testing, marketing), Government (CDC, NIH, USDA) and Academia.

2021 Faculty Mentors and Research Interests

FACULTYRESEARCH INTERESTSABSTRACT
Judith Bertran, DVM, Dip. ACVS, MSOncology, Surgery, Lymph Nodes, Mast Cells, ReconstructionAccuracy of computed tomography contrast enhancement in detecting lymph node metastasis for canine apocrine gland anal sac adenocarcinoma
Adam Biedrzycki, BVSc, PhD, DACVSLarge Animal Surgery, 3D Printing, OrthopedicsAccuracy of Orthopaedic Implant Contouring using a 3D Printed Template from Radiographs
Mary B. Brown, PhDMycoplasma Bovis, Mechanosensitive Channel Protein, Evidence for Horizontal Gene Transmission
Thomas Denagamage, BVSc, MS, PhD
(joint faculty: Subhashinie Kariyawasam)
Salmonella, Antibicrobial Resistance, Genomics and TranscriptomicsCharacterization of ESBL-encoding Salmonella plasmids
Federico Vilaplana Grosso, LV, DECVDI, DACVR
(joint faculty: Dr. Leonel Londono, Dr. Aitor Gallastegui)
Trauma, Computed Tomography, Dog, Outcome/PrognosisWhole-body computed tomographic findings in dogs with trauma
Simone Guerios, DVM, Ms, PhD
(joint faculty: Kuttichantran Subramaniam)
Shelter Medicine, Spay/Neuter surgery, Animal WelfareRisk factors associated with mammary tumors in shelter dogs
Subhashinie Kariyawasam, BVSc, PhD, DACVM, DACPV, DACVPMAntibiotic Resistance; E. coli, Salmonella, GenomicsThe role of invG in Salmonella enterica adherence to and invasion of human intestinal epithelial cells
Iske Larkin, PhD
(joint faculty: Dr. Jonathan Cowart)
Marine Mammal Reproduction, Semen Analysis, CryopreservationEffect of liquid storage and cryopreservation on the morphometry of spermatozoa in the West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus)
Wendy Mandese, DVMContamination of free catch urine samples in dogsUrinalysis and Urine Culture Results of Free-Catch Samples in Dogs
Chris Martyniuk, PhD
(joint faculty: Chris Vulpe, Amara Estrada)
Canines, Gene-editing, CardiomyopathyFunctional characterization of CRISPR-gene editing methods in canine fibroblasts
Chris Martyniuk, PhD
(joint faculty: Alex Gallagher, Richard Hill, Joe Bisesi)
Feline, Hyperthyroidism, Dietary TreatmentsInvestigation of dietary treatments in a primary hyperthyroid feline cell line
Taralyn McCarrel, DVM, DACVS-LASport Horse Orthopedics and Performance
Domenico Santoro, DVM, MS, Drsc, PhD
(joint faculty: Stuart Walton)
oomycetes, Pythium, Lagenidium, Retrospective, CanineEvaluation of clinical, treatment and prognosis aspects of canine pythiosis over a 10-years period: a retrospective study
Adam Stern, DVM, Diplomate ACVPPet food, Composition, Adulteration and ContaminationMoisture analysis of canned dog food: how accurate is the label on the can?
Sergei Tevosian, MS, PhD
(joint faculty: Hans Ghayee, DO, Jasenka Zubcevic, PhD, Fatima Smagulova)
Maternal smoking, epigenetics and microbiota Polyamine inhibitors for treating neuroendocrine cancerThe role the gut-microbiome-brain axis in cardiovascular disease following prenatal exposure to nicotine
Thomas B. Waltzek, MS, DVM, PhDViruses, Aquatic Animal Health, Diagnostics
Heather Stockdale Walden, PhDZoonotic Parasites, Parasites of Exotic Hosts, HeartwormAngiostrongylus cantonensis in Cuban tree frogs in Florida

2021 Program Director:

  • Heather Walden, Ph.D. (Comparative, Diagnostic and Population Medicine): Director

2021 FSVP Board Members:


With thanks to our sponsor(s):

  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Morris Animal Foundation
  • Florida Veterinary Medical Association
  • PetSmart Charities
  • Blue Buffalo
  • Fear Free

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