Alissa Deming

PhD student
Small Animal Clinical Science
Aquatic Animal Health
Expected year of graduation
Major Advisor
Dr. Jim Wellehan
Office Location
Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory
Lab Location
Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory
SeaWorld and National Marine Mammal Foundation/Navy Marine Mammal Program
Clinical veterinary intern, San Diego, CA, 2013-2014

VCA Emergency Animal Hospital and Referral Center

Clinical veterinary intern, San Diego, CA, 2012-2013

DVM, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine,

Certificate in Aquatic Animal Health, Gainesville, FL, 2012

MS, Biology, Florida Atlantic University,

Thesis: Stress and anti-apoptotic protein expression in green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)

fibropapillomatosis, Boca Raton, FL, 2008

BS, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, Florida Atlantic University,

Certificate in Biotechnology, Boca Raton, FL, 2003
Honors and Awards
The Marine Mammal Center Fellow, 2014
Deke Buesse Aquatic Animal Health Award, 2012

Mark Bloomberg Memorial Scholar, 2011

Weeks Scholar, 2011

William and Clara Strickland Inman Scholar, 2010

Current Research (summary)
My primary research interests are oncogenic viruses and the molecular mechanisms behind oncogenic transformation of host cells. Currently, my dissertation research focuses on a herpesvirus induced urogenital carcinoma in California sea lions. Using next generation sequencing (MiSeq), qPCR, and cell culture we hope to deduce the pathophysiology behind the oncogenic transformation in this disease. Additional areas of interest include molecular diagnostics, viral discovery, clinical aquatic animal medicine, stranding response, rehabilitation, and one health.
Laboratory Experience

-second generation sequencing


-gel electrophoresis/Western blot

-cell culture

Selected Presentations or Publications
Alissa C. Deming, James X. Wellehan, Sam Rivera, April L. Childress, Linda Archer. Development of qPCR assay for Sulawesi tortoise adenovirus 1, Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians 19th Annual Conference, Oakland, California 2012

Alissa C. Deming, Nicole I. Stacy, Brian C. Balmer, Jay C. Sweeney, Deborah A. Fauquier, Randall S. Wells. Urinalysis in free-range bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) from Sarasota Bay, Florida, International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine 42th Annual Conference Atlanta, Georgia 2012

Alissa C. Deming, Michael J. Kinsel, Karen A. Terio, and Kathleen M. Colegrove

Retrospective survey of the histiogenesis, tumor type, and tumor locations of 64 neoplasms in a managed Teleosts population, International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine 42th Annual Conference, Las Vega, Nevada 2011

Alissa C. Deming, Scott P. Terrell, Kenneth X. Conley. Disseminated fusariomycosis in an adult, female bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo). 39th Annual SouthEastern Veterinary Pathology Conference, Tifton, Georgia 2011

Alissa C. Deming, James F.X. Wellehan, Linda Archer, Stephanie Venn-Watson and Hendrik H. Nollens. Investigation of the diversity of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncates) signaling-lymphocyte activation molecule (SLAM), the morbillivirus entry site, International Association of Aquatic Animal Medicine 41th Annual Conference Vancouver, British Columbia 2010

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Boehringer Ingelheim

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


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