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

Judith Bertran, DVM, Dip. ACVS, MS –– Oncology, Surgery, Lymph Nodes, Mast Cells, Reconstruction
Adam Biedrzycki, BVSc, PhD, DACVS –– Large Animal Surgery, 3D Printing, Orthopedics
Mary B. Brown, PhD –– Mycoplasma Bovis, Mechanosensitive Channel Protein, Evidence for Horizontal Gene Transmission
Thomas Denagamage, BVSc, MS, PhD Subhashinie Kariyawasam Salmonella, Antibicrobial Resistance, Genomics and Transcriptomics
Federico Vilaplana Grosso, LV, DECVDI, DACVR Dr. Leonel Londono, Dr. Aitor Gallastegui Trauma, Computed Tomography, Dog, Outcome/Prognosis
Simone Guerios, DVM, Ms, PhD Kuttichantran Subramaniam ShelterMedicine, Spay/Neuter surgery, Animal Welfare
Subhashinie Kariyawasam, BVSc, PhD, DACVM, DACPV, DACVPM –– Antibiotic Resistance; E. coli, Salmonella, Genomics
Iske Larkin, PhD Dr. Jonathan Cowart Marine Mammal Reproduction, Semen Analysis, Cryopreservation
Wendy Mandese, DVM –– Contamination of free catch urine samples in dogs
Chris Martyniuk, PhD Chris Vulpe, Amara Estrada Canines, Gene-editing, Cardiomyopathy
Chris Martyniuk, PhD Alex Gallagher, Richard Hill, Joe Bisesi Feline, Hyperthyroidism, Dietary Treatments,
Taralyn McCarrel, DVM, DACVS-LA –– Sport Horse Orthopedics and Performance
Domenico Santoro, DVM, MS, Drsc, PhD Stuart Walton oomycetes, Pythium, Lagenidium, Retrospective, Canine
Adam Stern, DVM, Diplomate ACVP Pet food, Composition, Adulteration and Contamination
Sergei Tevosian, MS, PhD Hans Ghayee, DO, Jasenka Zubcevic, PhD, Fatima Smagulova Maternal smoking, epigenetics and microbiota Polyamine inhibitors for treating neuroendocrine cancer
Thomas B. Waltzek, MS, DVM, PhD –– Viruses, Aquatic Animal Health, Diagnostics
Heather Stockdale Walden, PhD –– Zoonotic Parasites, Parasites of Exotic Hosts, Heartworm

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

As part of both the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Academic Health Center, Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to advancing animal, human and environmental health through teaching, research, extension and patient care.


Boehringer Ingelheim

The Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Scholars Program offers DVM students an opportunity to gain exposure in biomedical research.


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