Graduate Students

Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine

Maiara A Goncalves Ramos

Maiara A Goncalves Ramos

PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • Fungal Skin Diseases in small animals
  • Large Animals Toxicology
  • Veterinary Anatomic Pathology
  • Veterinary Molecular Pathology Diagnostic
  • Veterinary Reproductive Pathology
Grants:
  • Aug 2023 ACTIVE
    Improving the Diagnosis of Cutaneous and Mucocutaneous Oomycosis in FFPE samples and cytological preparations from Dogs, Cats and Horses
    INTL SOC OF VETERINARY DERMATOPATHOLOGY · Co-Investigator
Education:
  • 2014-2015
    Master Degree in Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Animal Pathology
    Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul – Brazil
  • 2009-2014
    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
Neelawala Gedara Roshen N Neelawala

Neelawala Gedara Roshen N Neelawala

PhD Student
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
Accomplishments:
  • Best presentation in Veterinary Public Health
    2019 · Sri Lanka Veterinary Association
  • University Prize for Academic Excellence
    2018 · University of Peradeniya
Certifications:
  • Registered Veterinary Surgeon
    Veterinary Council of Sri Lanka
Education:
  • 2014-2018
    BVSc
    University of Peradeniya
Ahmad Ali

Ahmad Ali

GRADUATE AST-T
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 870-6347
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Rithu Chandran

Rithu Chandran

GRADUATE AST-R
Department: Department of Comparative, Diagnostic & Population Medicine
Phone: (352) 294-4241
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Ayusha Shrestha

Ayusha Shrestha

GRADUATE AST-R
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 294-4241
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Rita Grace Sacharia

Rita Grace Sacharia

GRADUATE AST-T
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 294-4241
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Tiffany Zorotrian

Tiffany Zorotrian

PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (202) 841-8106
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Research Interests:
  • Biochemistry
  • Marine Mammals
  • Veterinary Forensics
Education:
  • 2021-2022
    MSc Wildlife Forensic Science
    University of Florida
  • 2021
    Bachelor of Arts International Relations
    University of Delaware
  • 2009-2011
    AAS Veterinary Technology
    Northern Virginia Community College

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

Ph.D. Candidate
Department: HO-VILLAGE HOUSING PRO-RATED
Phone: (352) 392-2171
Mailing Address:
PO Box 112100
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Physical Address:
Housing and Residence Life
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Vinicius P Lima

Vinicius P Lima

Ph.D. Candidate
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
Patents:
  • Published January 2023
    Self-Destructing Salmonella as Innate Immunity Activator to Improve Food Safety
    #US-2023-0279338
Education:
  • 2011-2016
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    College of Veterinary Medicine, Federal University of Goiás
Dorothea V Megarani

Dorothea V Megarani

Ph.D. Candidate
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

Ph.D. Candidate
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Physical Address:
UNIVERISITY OF FLORIDA
V2-228
2015 SW 16th
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Grants:
  • Sep 2021 – Jan 2024
    RDT-undetectable Malaria in the DR Congo: Epidemiology and Development of Alternatives: DRC Diversity Supplement
    UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL · Other
Education:
  • 2015
    MS in Environmental Health
    University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus
  • 2007
    Bachelor's in Industrial Microbiology
    University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus
Na Sun

Na Sun

Ph.D. Student
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (352) 294-8289
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 Assistant – Teaching
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (352) 294-4163
Physical Address:
Department of Infectious Disease, CVM
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Pumin Sintara

Pumin Sintara

M.S. Student
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (352) 283-2312
Physical Address:
PO Box 110880
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Stephen M Mwalimu

Stephen M Mwalimu

PhD Student
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (352) 756-0893
Mailing Address:
2015 SW 16th Ave
COLLEGE OF VET. MEDICINE UF
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16th Ave
COLLEGE OF VET. MEDICINE UF
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Publications:
Nancy Xia

Nancy Xia

MS Student
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Email: xiay@ufl.edu
Education:
  • 2019-2023
    B.S. Animal Sciences
    Rutgers University — New Brunswick
Wanling Liu

Wanling Liu

GRADUATE AST-R
Department: Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology
Phone: (352) 294-8289
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Kelly A Salute

Kelly A Salute

PhD Student
Department: Small Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 294-4181
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Education:
  • 2019-2023
    Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology and Bachelor of Arts in English
    University of South Florida

Physiological Sciences

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: GR-GRAD SCHOOL OPERATIONS
Phone: (352) 392-6622
Physical Address:
2187 MOWRY RD BLDG 471
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
Qaim Mehdi

Qaim Mehdi

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

Gabbie Robilotto

PhD Student
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
Kirsten N Jaegersen

Kirsten N Jaegersen

GRADUATE AST-T
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 294-4241
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Alexis M Slack

Alexis M Slack

PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608

Large Animal Clinical Sciences (LACS) 

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
David Kiiza

David Kiiza DVM, MS

PhD Candidate
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
  • Health Policy
  • Infectious disease surveillance
  • 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-T
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:
Grants:
  • Oct 2023 ACTIVE
    Effect of injectable trace minerals use at two different times on stress responses to weaning and transportation stress in beef calves
    FL CATTLE ENHANCEMENT BOARD · Co-Investigator
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 DVM, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
Department: Large Animal Clinical 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
Elizabeth Moyer

Elizabeth Moyer DVM

MS:Resident
Department: VM-SURGERY
Phone: (352) 392-2229
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
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) 871-2329
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
Elizabeth Scherbatskoy

Elizabeth Scherbatskoy

GRADUATE AST-T
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 273-9090
Mailing Address:
PO Box 110880
GAINESVILLE FL 32611
Physical Address:
2173 MOWRY RD
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE FL 326112080
Oscar Alejandro Ojeda Rojas

Oscar Alejandro Ojeda Rojas DVM, MS, PhD.

RESIDENT
Department: VM-FOOD ANIMAL SERVICE
Phone: (352) 294-4387
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
Monalisa Sousa Dias Lima

Monalisa Sousa Dias Lima

MS Student
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 709-0433
Physical Address:
PO Box 100136
DERISO HALL
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Modesto Elvir Hernandez

Modesto Elvir Hernandez

MS Student
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 294-4301
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100136
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Research Interests:
  • Embryonic Development
  • Animal Reproductive Biotechnologies
  • Animal Reproductive Physiology
  • Assisted reproduction techniques
  • Biology of reproduction (embryo development, maintenance of pregnancy, and genetic control of reproduction)
Segundo Casaro

Segundo Casaro DVM, MS

PhD Candidate
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

Alireza Rahmani Shahraki

Alireza Rahmani Shahraki

MS Student
Department: Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Phone: (352) 294-4301
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Amber L Bisiau

Amber L Bisiau MPH

PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 294-4241
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608

Bachelors of Science-University of Florida During my undergraduate career, I worked at the UF Large Animal Hospital as a treatment technician and research assistant for the UF Equine Performance Laboratory. Masters of Public Health-University of Florida I moved on to complete a masters degree where I focused on One Health, to thoroughly discover the interconnections between animals, people, and the environment. I participated in toxicology research at the UF Honey Bee Laboratory.

Now I am continuing my education as a PhD student at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine where I will be focusing on pathophysiology caused by ischemia and endotoxemia during equine colic.

Education:
  • 2023
    MHS
    University of Florida

Small Animal Clinical Sciences (SACS)

Leah H Ackerman

Leah H Ackerman

Resident
Department: VM-MEDICINE-ONCOLOGY
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Mailing Address:
2089 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Physical Address:
2089 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Research Interests:
  • Cancer Immunotherapy
  • Chemoresistance Pathways in Cancer
  • Spatial Genomics
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
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
Colleen E Dwyer

Colleen E Dwyer DVM

MS:Resident
Department: VM-OPHTHALMOLOGY
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
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
Physical Address:
2089 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
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 – Feb 2024
    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
John Hanlon

John Hanlon DVM

Resident
Department: VM-SURGERY
Phone: (352) 392-2235
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Accomplishments:
  • Surgeon in Training Award
    2022 · WVOC/VOS
  • Best Surgeon in Training Presentation
    2022 · WVOC/VOS
  • Student Surgery Proficiency Award
    2021 · ACVS
Research Interests:
  • Biomechanics of fractures and fixation
Education:
  • 2021-2022
    Rotating Intern
    The Ohio State University
  • 2017-2021
    DVM
    Washington State University
  • 2013-2017
    BS in Biology
    Montana State 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:
  • Allergies
  • Atopic 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 – Dec 2022
    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
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
Parisa Mazdarani

Parisa Mazdarani

PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Research Interests:
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease
  • Orthopedics
Publications:
Education:
  • 2019-2022
    Researcher
    Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • 2017-2022
    Small Animal Veterinary Surgery and Anesthesiology Residency
    University of Tehran, Iran
  • 2010-2016
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Razi university, Iran
Annellie Miller

Annellie Miller DVM, MPH

Resident
Department: VM-SURGERY
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
Abigail Ortiz

Abigail Ortiz

MS Student
Department: MD-BIOCHEMISTRY-GENERAL
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
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
Yu Sato

Yu Sato

MS:Resident
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Physical Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Eva A Ruzics

Eva A Ruzics

MS:Resident
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 294-4241
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Education:
  • 2022-2023
    Small Animal Rotating Internship
    The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center
  • 2018-2022
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Julia L Engelien

Julia L Engelien

MS:Resident
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 294-4380
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100125
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Accomplishments:
  • Veterinary Cancer Society Bob Rosenthal Senior Student Award
    2022 · University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Phi Zeta Award of Excellence
    2022 · University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Research Interests:
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy
Education:
  • 2022-2023
    Small Animal Rotating Internship
    Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital; Wheat Ridge, CO
  • 2018-2022
    Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine; Gainesville, FL
  • 2014-2018
    Bachelors of Science in Biology
    University of Florida; Gainesville, FL
Jennifer Zamora

Jennifer Zamora

MS: Resident
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 294-4241
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Andre Miranda

Andre Miranda

Biological Scientist I
Department: Department of Physiological Sciences
Phone: (352) 294-4025
Mailing Address:
PO Box 100144
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Marcela De Oliveira Platenik

Marcela De Oliveira Platenik

DVM, PhD Student
Department: VM-RESEARCH / GRADUATE
Phone: (352) 294-4241
Physical Address:
2015 SW 16TH AVE
GAINESVILLE FL 32608
Education:
  • 2003
    DVM
    Universidade Federal Fluminense

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