Graduate Students

Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine

Veronique Etienne

Veronique Etienne

PhD Candidate
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 392-1107
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
COLLEGE OF VETERINARY MEDICINE UNIVERSITY O
GAINESVILLE FL 326110001
Maiara A Goncalves Ramos

Maiara A Goncalves Ramos

PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (608) 772-8687
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • Fungal Skin Diseases in small animals
  • Infectious Diseases in large animals
  • Infectious Diseases in small animals
  • Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
  • Veterinary Molecular Pathology Diagnostic
Education:
  • 2015
    Master Degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Animal Pathology
    Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil
  • 2014
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Federal University of Pampa – Brazil
Chaitanya Gottapu

Chaitanya Gottapu

PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 870-8289
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Veterinary graduate and masters holder in the field of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology

Accomplishments:
  • Second place oral presentation
    2019 · National Seminar and IV Convention of Meat Scientists and Technologists
  • Best Poster presentation
    2019 · National Seminar and IV Convention of Meat Scientists and Technologists
  • Awarded with Madhan trophy
    2016 · Society of Animal Physiologists of India
  • Special award for environmental physiology
    2014 · Society of Animal Physiologists of India
Certifications:
  • National eligibility test Qualified
    AGRICULTURAL SCIENTISTS RECRUITMENT RECRUITMENT BOARD
Research Summary:

I am a veterinarian, completed my Master’s in Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology at Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Andhra Pradesh-India. I have completed a research project on “Characterization of MDR Enterococcus species of animal, human and environmental origin with special emphasis on vancomycin resistance”, as a part of my Master’s thesis. I have hands-on experience in Microbiological techniques (isolation and identification of bacteria), Molecular Biology Techniques (DNA Isolation, RNA Isolation, Polymerase chain reaction), Basic immunological techniques, antimicrobial resistance characterization techniques (by PCR and qPCR), Bioinformatics (Genetic Diversity studies by ERIC and REP PCR techniques) and basic statistical techniques (SPSS and basics in R-studio).

Previously worked as a senior research fellow in the project titled “Modelling exposure to biological hazards in the dairy chains of Andhra Pradesh to inform food safety policy”. It was supervised by Javier Guitian and Dr. Tumati Srinivasa Rao (The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and NTR College of veterinary science collaborated on the project.

Education:
  • 2017-2019
    Master of Veterinary Science
    Sri Venkateswara Veterinary university
  • 2012-2017
    D.V.M
    Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University
Megan Horowitz

Megan Horowitz

MS Student
Department: Department of Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine
Phone: (760) 519-3822
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100123
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Education:
  • 2013-2017
    DVM
    University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
Neelawala Gedara Roshen N Neelawala

Neelawala Gedara Roshen N Neelawala

GRADUATE AST-T
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 888-9063
Mailing Address:
College of Veterinary Medicine University of Florida
P.O. Box 100123
Gainesville FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 100123
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Steven B Tillis

Steven B Tillis

PhD Candidate
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Sarah Wahltinez

Sarah Wahltinez

PhD Candidate
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100123
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2075 Camp St Ext
Jamestown CA 14701

Dr. Sarah Wahltinez is a PhD candidate in the Department of Comparative, Diagnostic and Population Medicine. She is mentored by Dr. Nicole Stacy. Sarah has a passion for marine invertebrates, especially sea stars. She hopes to use her veterinary and graduate degrees toward improving our knowledge of marine invertebrate health, disease, medicine, welfare and conservation.

Accomplishments:
  • Certified Aquatic Veterinarian
    2017 · World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association
Research Interests:
  • Animal welfare
  • Sea Star Health and Physiology
  • Sea Star Response to Stressors
Grants:
  • Jun 2020 – Apr 2022
    Using Optimized Histology to Investigate Tissue Responses to Stressors in the Ochre Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus)
    WILDLIFE DISEASE ASSOC WILDLIFE VET SECT · Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    Investigating Biochemical and Cytological Coelomic fluid Responses to Anticipated Climate Change-associated Stressors in the ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus)
    AMER ASSO OF ZOO VETERINARIANS · Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2017-2018
    Rotating Small Animal Internship
    East Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 2013-2017
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine
Mariana B Cavalcanti

Mariana B Cavalcanti

RESIDENT
Department: VM-ANESTHESIOLOGY/PAIN MGT
Phone: (954) 773-6461
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100116
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Ahmad Ali

Ahmad Ali

GRADUATE AST-T
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 294-4241
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Infectious Diseases & Immunology

Alexandra M Burne

Alexandra M Burne

Biological Scientist II
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (352) 294-4071
Mailing Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Pacharapong Khrongsee

Pacharapong Khrongsee

Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (352) 214-5454
Vinicius P Lima

Vinicius P Lima

Ph.D. Student
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (352) 317-9667
Mailing Address:
PO BOX 1110880
GAINESVILLE FL 326110001
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608

Vinicius was awarded a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Universidade Federal de Goiás, Brazil in 2016. Vinicius’ expertise encompasses broad aspects of avian pathology and microbiology, including diagnostics, disease pathogenesis, and treatment. Current research interests focus upon evaluating the efficacy of live recombinant attenuated Salmonella vaccines against priority poultry pathogens. Specifically, Vinicius’ aims to control Campylobacter jejuni, avian pathogenic E. coli, Clostridium perfringens, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella spp.

Accomplishments:
  • Graduate School funding Award
    2019-2023 · University of Florida
  • Latin American/Caribbean Scholarship
    2017-2018 · University of Florida
  • Scientific Initiation Scholarship
    2014-2016 · Universidade Federal de Goiás
Education:
  • 2011-2016
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    College of Veterinary Medicine, Federal University of Goiás
Dorothea V Megarani

Dorothea V Megarani

PhD Student
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (352) 294-4109
Mailing Address:
PO Box 110880
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Education:
  • 2015-2017
    Masters in Public Health
    University of Missouri
  • 2013
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
Nicole M Nazario-Maldonado

Nicole M Nazario-Maldonado

PhD Student
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (787) 376-6818
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1100
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Grants:
  • Sep 2021 ACTIVE
    RDT-undetectable Malaria in the DR Congo: Epidemiology and Development of Alternatives: DRC Diversity Supplement
    UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL · Other
Na Sun

Na Sun

PhD Student
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Mailing Address:
PO Box 110880
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Alaina Keith

Alaina Keith

STU AST – NON-CLERICAL & ADMIN
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (863) 273-8698
Physical Address:
PO Box 110880
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Nimra Khalid

Nimra Khalid

GRADUATE AST-T
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (352) 294-4109
Physical Address:
PO Box 110880
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

Physiological Sciences

Christopher L Souders

Christopher L Souders

Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (321) 626-3127
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100144
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2187 MOWRY RD BLDG 471
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Publications:
Emily Griffin

Emily Griffin

PhD Candidate
Department: Department of Physiological Sciences
Phone: (352) 294-4075
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100144
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Accomplishments:
  • Best in Show
    2022 · Physiological Sciences
  • Best in Show
    2021 · Physiological Sciences
Education:
  • 2018
    Master of Science – Marine Sciences
    Savannah State University
  • 2015
    Bachelor of Science – Natural Resources Biology
    Central Michigan University
Lingsha Ju

Lingsha Ju

PhD Candidate
Department: MD-ANESTHESIOLOGY-GENERAL
Phone: (352) 328-0729
Mailing Address:
1600 SW ARCHER RD
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Grants:
  • Dec 2017 – Nov 2019
    Multigenerational neurobehavioral effects of sevoflurane
    HEERMANN ANESTHESIA FOU, I · Project Manager
Kaylie A Costa

Kaylie A Costa

GRADUATE AST-R
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (205) 965-2691
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Elizabeth Brammer-Robbins

Elizabeth Brammer-Robbins MS

PhD Student
Department: Department of Physiological Sciences
Phone: (352) 392-6622
Mailing Address:
PO Box 115500
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Accomplishments:
  • CVM Block Grant Fellow
    2021-2025 · College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida
  • President
    2021-2022 · Veterinary Graduate Student Association
  • Vice President
    2020-2021 · Veterinary Graduate Student Association
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow
    2019-2024 · National Science Foundation
  • Social Chair
    2019-2020 · Veterinary Graduate Student Association
Research Summary:

I am primarily interested in ecotoxicology and conservation physiology research for the protection of threatened and endangered species.

Education:
  • 2019-2021
    Veterinary Medical Sciences M.S.
    University of Florida
  • 2013-2017
    Animal Science B.S.
    North Carolina State University
Mallory J Llewellyn

Mallory J Llewellyn

PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (206) 683-6718
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100123
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 100123
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Education:
  • 2017
    B.S. Biology, Physiology
    University of Washington
Megan Slovisky

Megan Slovisky

GRADUATE AST-T
Department: Department of Physiological Sciences
Phone: (248) 345-8067
Physical Address:
PO Box 100144
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Qaim Mehdi

Qaim Mehdi

PhD Student
Department: Department of Physiological Sciences
Phone: (352) 740-6144
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Gabriella L Robilotto

Gabriella L Robilotto

GRADUATE AST-T
Department: Department of Physiological Sciences
Phone: (352) 273-7700
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100144
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 100144
GAINESVILLE FL 32610

Large Animal Clinical Sciences (LACS) 

Segundo Casaro

Segundo Casaro DVM, MS

GRADUATE AST-G
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 284-4016
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2030 SHEALY DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611

I completed my DVM degree in 2018 at the University of La Plata College of Veterinary Medicine in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After graduation, I worked for one year as a beef and dairy cattle veterinary practitioner, mostly doing reproductive and nutrition related activities. Then, in June 2019, I had the privilege of being accepted as a Research Scholar in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida under the supervision of Dr. Klibs Galvão. After completing a year as a Research Scholar, I was accepted into the Animal Molecular and Cellular Biology Master of Science graduate program, also under the supervision of Dr. Galvão. I graduated from the master’s program in July 2021. Right upon graduation I was granted the admission to the PhD program in Veterinary Medical Sciences through the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine for Fall term 2021 under the guidance of Dr. Klibs Galvão. Since my arrival at the University of Florida as a Research Scholar, and currently during the PhD program I am working closely with Dr. Galvão aiming to develop a statistical model capable of predicting metritis in dairy cows

An-Chi Cheng

An-Chi Cheng MS

PhD candidate
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 214-0578
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
University of Florida 130 Deriso Hall
Gainesville FL 32608
Research Interests:
  • Molecular Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Education:
  • 2017
    Master of Science in Life Science
    National Taiwan University
Sierra S Chanutin

Sierra S Chanutin DVM

MS: Resident
Department: VM-SURGERY
Phone: (352) 392-2229
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100116
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Education:
  • 2020-2021
    Fellow- Equine Surgery
    Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery
  • 2019-2020
    Intern- Equine Medicine and Surgery
    Texas Equine Hospital
  • 2019
    DVM
    University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Caio C Figueiredo

Caio C Figueiredo DVM, MS, PhD Candidate

GRADUATE AST-R
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2030 SHEALY DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Accomplishments:
  • Best in Show Research Award
    2020 · Phi Zeta, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida
Research Interests:
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Assisted reproduction techniques
  • Biology of reproduction (embryo development, maintenance of pregnancy, and genetic control of reproduction)
  • Biostatistics
  • Dairy production medicine with emphasis on uterine health
  • Precision technology and automated systems
Education:
  • 2019
    MS
    University of Florida
  • 2017
    DVM
    Anhembi Morumbi University
Tomas D Gonzalez

Tomas D Gonzalez DVM

MS: Resident
Department: VM-FOOD ANIMAL SERVICE
Phone: (352) 392-2229
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2030 SHEALY DR GAINESVILLE, FL 32611 ALACHUA US
Gainesville FL 32608
Accomplishments:
  • Best in Show Research Award
    2022 · Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida
Research Interests:
  • Animal Reproductive Biotechnologies
  • Animal Reproductive Physiology
  • Animal welfare
  • Population Medicine
  • Reproductive management in dairy herds and programs for timed artificial insemination
  • preventive Medicine
Education:
  • 2020-2021
    Internship in Food Animal Reproduction and Medicine Service
    University of Florida
  • 2019-2020
    Research Assistant
    University of Florida
  • 2018
    Doctor in Veterinary Medicine
    Universidad Nacional de la Plata
Hongjia He

Hongjia He

PhD Candidate
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 294-2199
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
David Kiiza

David Kiiza DVM, MS

PhD Student
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 273-9884
Mailing Address:
2030 SHEALY DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Physical Address:
Florida
2030 SHEALY DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Research Summary:

Brucellosis in Livestock in Rwanda, Africa Brucellosis is a disease that can cause abortion and reduced milk yield in cattle, as well as fever and chronic fatigue in humans. Socio-economic consequences of Brucella spp. infections include forced unemployment and cost of treatment in infected people, reduced family livestock-related income, as well as interruption of trade in animals and animal products. Vaccination or test-and-slaughter are cost-effective control interventions in high-income countries (e.g., USA). As part of my PhD research, I will assess and compare the costs and benefits of adopting control interventions (vaccination, test-and-slaughter, versus a status-quo scenario) to reduce the burden of brucellosis in livestock in Rwanda; a low-income country with 13 million people and 1.3 million cows. My research will inform policy makers on the socio-economic consequences of acting, or failing to act, on policy options of selected intervention scenarios in livestock populations in Rwanda.

Research Interests:
  • Disease Modeling
  • Epidemiology and public health
  • Health Economics
  • One Health
  • Preventive Veterinary Medicine
  • Risk Assessment
Education:
  • 2021
    PhD Student
    University of Florida, Florida, United States
  • 2015
    Masters in Veterinary Epidemiology
    Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • 2010
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Makerere University, Kampala Uganda
Ameer A Megahed

Ameer A Megahed DVM

GRADUATE AST-R
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 294-4288
Mailing Address:
Bld# 165 / Deriso Hall
2030 Shealy Dr
Gainesville FL 32608
Physical Address:
Bld# 165 / Deriso Hall
Office room# 130
2030 Shealy Dr
Gainesville FL 32608
Publications:
Kimberly D Trolinger-Meadows

Kimberly D Trolinger-Meadows DVM, CERP, CVA, CVMMP

PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Mailing Address:
2015 SW 16th Ave
PO Box 100136
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16th Ave
PO Box 100114
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Accomplishments:
  • 2nd Place, Scientific Abstract
    2018 · American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
Certifications:
  • Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner
    University of Tennessee
  • Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist
    CHI Institute
  • Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner
    Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute
Clinical Interests:
  • Imaging and radiology
  • Nutrition and athletic performance
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Steroid injections – tendon, bursa, joint
Research Interests:
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
Education:
  • 2017-2020
    Resident, Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation
    University of Florida
  • 2016-2017
    Specialty Intern, Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery
    University of Florida
  • 2015-2016
    Intern, Equine Medicine and Surgery
    Louisiana State University
  • 2011-2015
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Tennessee
  • 2001-2005
    Bachelor of Science – Animal Science
    University of Tennessee
Peyton V Svagerko

Peyton V Svagerko BS, MS

PhD Student
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (843) 312-9644
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Education:
  • 2019-2021
    Master's Degree
    Clemson University
  • 2015-2019
    Bachelor's Degree
    Clemson University
Phillip Martins Gondim Peixoto

Phillip Martins Gondim Peixoto DVM, MSc

GRADUATE AST-R
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 294-4301
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • Advanced reproductive techniques
  • Automated technologies optimization
  • Biology of reproduction (embryo development, maintenance of pregnancy, and genetic control of reproduction)
  • Biostatistics
  • Dairy cattle health
  • Judicious use of antibiotics and reproductive hormones
Education:
  • 2020
    MS
    University of Illinois
  • 2015
    DVM
    Universidade Federal de Goias
Federico Cunha

Federico Cunha

PhD Candidate In Animal Molecular & Cellular Biology
Department: AG-ANIMAL SCIENCES
Phone: (352) 392-2186
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100910
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2030 SHEALY DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Publications:
Education:
  • 2016-2020
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
    University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2014-2016
    Masters of Science in Veterinary Medical Sciences
    University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2009-2013
    Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences – Animal Biology
    University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Maria B Ugarte Marin

Maria B Ugarte Marin

MS Student
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 871-4741
Mailing Address:
BOX 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Elizabeth Moyer

Elizabeth Moyer DVM

MS:Resident
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 392-2229
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Oscar Alejandro Ojeda Rojas

Oscar Alejandro Ojeda Rojas DVM, MS, PhD.

GRADUATE AST-T
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (850) 526-1611
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 100126
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • Animal Reproductive Biotechnologies
  • Animal Reproductive Physiology
  • Beef and Dairy Cattle Management and Production
  • Beef and Dairy Herd’s Economic Performance
Education:
  • 2016-2020
    Ph.D. in Animal Sciences
    University of São Paulo, Pirassununga, Brazil
  • 2013-2015
    M.Sc. in Management and Innovation in Animal Industry
    University of São Paulo, Pirassununga, Brazil
  • 2010-2013
    Postgraduate Studies in Cattle Theriogenology
    College of Agricultural Sciences. National University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina.
  • 2001-2006
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Tolima, Ibagué, Tolima, Colombia
Ana Beatriz Montevecchio Bernardino

Ana Beatriz Montevecchio Bernardino DVM MS

PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • Animal Behavior
  • Calves
  • Heat stress
Education:
  • 2020-2021
    Master of Science in Veterinary Clinical Sciences
    University of Florida
  • 2013-2018
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP)
Yasir Razzaq Khan

Yasir Razzaq Khan

GRADUATE AST-R
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 294-4301
Email: khany@ufl.edu
Physical Address:
PO Box 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Madison L Newman

Madison L Newman

MS Student
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (769) 234-6637
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • Biology of reproduction (embryo development, maintenance of pregnancy, and genetic control of reproduction)
Education:
  • 2020-2022
    B.S. Animal and Dairy Sciences
    Mississippi State University

Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SACS)

Victoria H Cicchirillo

Victoria H Cicchirillo DVM

MS: Resident
Department: VM-MEDICINE-ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100116
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Education:
  • 2020-2021
    Medical Oncology Specialty Intern
    University of Florida
  • 2019-2020
    Small Animal Intern
    VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center of Westbury
  • 2019
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Florida
  • 2014
    Bachelors of Science
    University of Florida
Sophie N Eiger

Sophie N Eiger VMD

Resident; MS Student
Department: VM-SURGERY
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100116
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • Axial pattern flaps
  • Near-infrared fluorescence imaging
  • Wound reconstruction
Publications:
Education:
  • 2019-2020
    Surgical Intern
    Veterinary Specialty Hospital
  • 2018-2019
    Small Animal Rotating Intern
    University of Pennsylvania
  • 2014-2018
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (VMD)
    University of Pennsylvania
  • 2010-2014
    Bachelors of Science
    Haverford College
Natalia Gil

Natalia Gil DVM

MS: Resident
Department: VM-DERMATOLOGY
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Grants:
  • Jun 2021 ACTIVE
    The effect of probiotic vs. placebo on the clinical response and cytokine profile in felines with allergic dermatitis: a randomized, double blinded controlled study.
    NESTLE PURINA PETCARE COMPANY · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2019
    DVM
    Colorado State University
Kalie R Marshall Gilbert

Kalie R Marshall Gilbert DVM

MS:Resident
Department: VM-DERMATOLOGY
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100116
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Accomplishments:
  • Dermatology Senior Veterinary Student Award
    2018 · American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology
  • Class of 2018
    2018 · Phi Zeta
  • Junior Service Award
    2017 · Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Grants:
  • Jul 2020 – Jun 2021
    Topical bacteriophage therapy for staphylococcal superficial pyoderma in horses: a proof of concept study
    AMER COL OF VET DERMATOLOGY · Principal Investigator
  • Jun 2020 ACTIVE
    Topical bacteriophage therapy for staphylococcal superficial pyoderma in horses: a pilot study
    AUS AND NZL COLLEGE OF VET SCIENTISTS · Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2018-2019
    Internship
    University of Florida
  • 2014-2018
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    The Ohio State University
  • 2009-2013
    B.S.
    Seton Hall University
Chie Ishii

Chie Ishii

MS: Resident
Department: VM-INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE
Physical Address:
2089 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Research Summary:

Research Interests: Small Animal Nutrition

Education:
  • 2021
    Nutrition Resident
    Small Animal Clinical Sciences
  • 2020-2022
    Masters Program
    University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2007
    DVM
    Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University
Twisha B Jani

Twisha B Jani DVM

Resident
Department: VM-DERMATOLOGY
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Lopa Kher

Lopa Kher DVM, MS

PhD Candidate/ Dermatology Resident
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100126
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Accomplishments:
  • Best-In Show (SACS) Winner
    2022 · University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Clinician-Scientist Fellowship
    2021 · American Kennel Club
  • Clinician-Scientist Fellowship
    2020 · American Kennel Club
  • International Student Achievement Award
    2018 · University of Florida
Clinical Interests:
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
Research Interests:
  • Antimicrobial resistance (AMR or AR)
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Biofilm
  • Biofilms physiologic modeling
  • Staphylococcus pseudintermedius
Grants:
  • Jan 2022 ACTIVE
    Effect of cytokines on S. pseudintermedius in planktonic as well as in biofilm state
    AMER KENNEL CLUB CANINE HLTH FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2021 ACTIVE
    Effect of cytokines on S. pseudintermedius in planktonic as well as in biofilm state
    AMER KENNEL CLUB CANINE HLTH FOU · Principal Investigator
  • Aug 2020 – Jul 2021
    Effect(s) of atopic dermatitis-associated cytokines on Staphylococcus pseudintermedius: an in vitro and ex vivo study
    AMER KENNEL CLUB CANINE HLTH FOU · Co-Investigator
Education:
  • 2019
    Master in Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Dermatology
    University of Florida
  • 2014
    Master of Veterinary Science, Parasitology
    Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University
  • 2012
    Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry
    Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University
Jacob M Morris

Jacob M Morris DVM

Resident, Comparative Ophthalmology
Department: VM-OPHTHALMOLOGY
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100116
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Publications:
Education:
  • 2020-2021
    Small Animal Rotating Internship
    Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital; Denver, CO
  • 2016-2020
    Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine; Knoxville, TN
  • 2011-2015
    Bachelor of Science
    University of Tennessee; Knoxville, TN
Jacqueline Murphy

Jacqueline Murphy DVM, cVMA

RESIDENT
Department: VM-MEDICINE-ONCOLOGY
Mailing Address:
2015 SW 16th Ave
University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
GAINESVILLE FL 32608

Driven veterinary medical oncology resident passionate about making a difference in the lives of people and animals by practicing cutting edge medicine in the field of veterinary medical oncology. I attended Colorado State University for undergraduate and veterinary school. I then completed a small animal rotating internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital and Oncology Internship at North Carolina State University. I am also certified in veterinary medical acupuncture.

Accomplishments:
  • Veterinary Cancer Society Resident Research Grant Recipient
    2020 · University of Florida
  • Judith Ann Nelssen Scholarship
    2017 · Colorado State University
  • Gold Certificate
    2017 · Colorado State University Veterinary Business Management Association
  • Colorado State University Clinical Oncology Student Award
    2017 · Colorado State University
  • Zoetis Vet Student Scholarship Award
    2016 · Colorado State University
  • Merck/AVMF Veterinary Student Scholarship Award
    2016 · Colorado State University
  • The Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarship Award
    2015 · Colorado State University
  • Michael R. Faith Cancer Research Scholarship
    2015 · Colorado State University
  • Hill’s Recognizing Excellence and Kindness Highest Nominee
    2015 · Colorado State University
Research Summary:

Investigating transforming growth factor-beta, PD-L1, GD2S, GD3S, and the role of T regulatory cells in canine histiocytic sarcoma

Research Interests:
  • Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy
  • Comparative Oncology
  • Histiocytic Sarcoma
Grants:
  • Jul 2020 – Dec 2021
    Characterization of Expression and Prognostic Implications of GD2S and GD3S in Canine Histiocytic Sarcoma
    VETERINARY CANCER SOCIETY · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2019
    Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist
    CuraCore Integrative Medicine & Education Center
  • 2018-2019
    Internship – Oncology
    North Carolina State University
  • 2017-2018
    Rotating Internship – Small Animal
    Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital
  • 2013-2017
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Colorado State University
  • 2009-2013
    Bachelor of Science
    Colorado State University
Logan M Scheuermann

Logan M Scheuermann DVM

MS: Resident
Department: VM-SURGERY
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100116
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Grants:
  • Apr 2021 ACTIVE
    Efficacy of Virtual Surgical Planning and 3D-Printed Custom Guides for Reducing and Aligning Diaphyseal Tibial Fractures Stabilized via Minimally Invasive Plate Osteosynthesis in Dogs: A Prospective Clinical Study
    VETERINARY ORTHOPAEDIC SOC · Principal Investigator
Education:
  • 2019-2020
    Small Animal Rotating Intern
    University of Minnesota
  • 2015-2019
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    The Ohio State University
  • 2011-2015
    Bachelor of Science
    The Ohio State Univeristy
Lydia Sixta

Lydia Sixta DVM

RESIDENT
Department: VM-MEDICINE-ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Francesca P Solari

Francesca P Solari DVM

Small Animal Surgery Resident
Department: VM-SURGERY
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100116
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608

Francesca was born and raised in Marin County, CA. She attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for her undergraduate degree, where she received her B.Sc in Animal Science with a minor in Biology in 2016. After obtaining her degree, Francesca left San Luis Obispo to continue her veterinary education at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated from UC Davis in May 2020 with her DVM. Francesca completed a small animal rotating internship at Iowa State University in June 2021. She is now a Master’s Student in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida, and will be starting as a small animal surgical resident at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in July 2022. Her particular interests include surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, interventional radiology, and academia.

Accomplishments:
  • Phi Zeta Honors Society
    2020 · Society of Phi Zeta Lambda Chapter
Certifications:
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
    AAVSB
Research Interests:
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
Education:
  • 2020-2021
    Small Animal Rotating Intern
    Iowa State University
  • 2016-2020
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2012-2016
    Bachelor of Science
    California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Natalie J Worden

Natalie J Worden DVM

MS:Resident
Department: VM-SURGERY
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100116
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Accomplishments:
  • Graduate Student Mentoring Award
    2022 · University of Florida
  • 3 Minute Thesis Competition – Master's Candidate Winner
    2022 · College of Veterinary Medicine Graduate Seminar
Research Interests:
  • Angular Limb Deformity
  • Chronic Pain
  • Lymph Node Mapping
  • Total Hip Replacement
Publications:
Grants:
  • Mar 2022 ACTIVE
    Evaluating accuracy for identification of sentinel lymph nodes in dogs with cutaneous MCT; a comparison between preoperative CT lymphography, intraoperative near-infrared fluorescence imaging, and the standard cytology of the locoregional lymph nodes
    AMER KENNEL CLUB CANINE HLTH FOU · Co-Project Director/Principal Investigator
  • Jan 2022 ACTIVE
    Accuracy of NIRF in detecting SLN for canine cutaneous MCT: A veterinary society of surgical oncology study
    VETERINARY SOCIETY OF SURGICAL ONCOLOGY · Co-Investigator
Education:
  • 2020-2021
    Small Animal Rotating Internship
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 2020
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Cornell University
  • 2016
    Bachelor of Science
    Case Western Reserve University
Keita Kitagawa

Keita Kitagawa

PhD Student, University of Florida
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (517) 918-0695
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Abigail Ortiz

Abigail Ortiz

MS Student
Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 294-8391
Mailing Address:
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
PO Box 100245
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
ARB, R3-171
1200 Newell Dr
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Annellie Miller

Annellie Miller DVM, MPH

MS:Resident
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100103A
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Accomplishments:
  • ACVS Foundation Student Surgery Award
    2021 · University of Florida
Research Interests:
  • Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Foreign Body Obstructions
  • Laryngeal Paralysis
  • Surgical Oncology
Education:
  • 2021-2022
    Small Animal Rotating Internship
    Colorado State University
  • 2017-2021
    Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2017-2021
    Master of Public Health
    University of Florida
  • 2012-2016
    Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science
    Becker College
  • 2012-2016
    Associate Degree of Science in Veterinary Science
    Becker College
John Hanlon

John Hanlon DVM

Resident
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Leah H Ackerman

Leah H Ackerman

MS: Resident
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • CRISPR/Cas13
  • Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Chemoresistance Pathways in Cancer
Education:
  • 2021-2022
    Small Animal Rotating Internship
    University of Pennsylvania
  • 2017-2021
    Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2013-2017
    Bachelors of Science in Psychology
    University of Florida
Colleen E Dwyer

Colleen E Dwyer DVM

MS:Resident
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Education:
  • 2012-2016
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2009-2012
    Bachelor of Science
    University of the Incarnate Word

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