Gretchen H. Delcambre

PhD Candidate Graduate Student Gretchen Henry and a white horse
Infectious Diseases and Pathology
Expected year of graduation: 2014
Major advisor: Maureen Long
Office: V2-172
Lab: V3-202


  • BS, Chemistry, Louisiana Sate University, 2005
  • DVM, Louisiana Sate University, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • NIH Summer Scholar 2006
  • University of Florida Alumni Fellowship 2009-2011
  • Grinter Fellowship, UF 2009

Research Interests

Like humans, horses are a naturally occuring dead-end host of the mosquito-borne, West Nile Virus. Patients may be clinically asymptomatic, experience West Nile Virus Fever, or suffer from neuroinvasive disease. The neuroinvasive form induces neuron degeneration in the brain and spinal chord and may lead to flaccid paralysis, recumbency, and death. My research investigates the physiologic and immunologic response of the brain during grave West Nile Virus Encephalitis in order to define the pathophysiology of the disease.

Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Veterinary Neuroscience, 2010-2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Veterinary Systems Histology, 2010-2012

Laboratory Experience

  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Atomic Force Microscopy
  • PCR and Real-Time PCR
  • Laboratory Animal handling – Feline, Murine
  • Vector handling – Ricketsia felis infected Ctenocephalides felis (Cat flea)

Selected Publications

  • Reif KE, Stout RW, Henry GC, Foil LD, Macaluso KR. Prevalence and Infection Load Dynamics of Rickettsia felis in Actively Feeding Cat Fleas. PLoS ONE, 2008 3(7): e2805 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002805
  • J.-R. Li, G. C. Henry, J. C. Garno*. Fabrication of Nanopatterned Films of Bovine Serum Albumin and Staphylococcal Protein A Using Latex Particle Lithography. The Analyst, 2006, Feb;131(2):244-50. Epub 2005 Oct 28


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Boehringer Ingelheim

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