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2007 Summer Scholars


Name: Amber Cull-Fournier
Mentor: Bryan Bellaire
Project Title: Understanding the interactions between host immune cells and the bacterial pathogen Brucella


Name: Lesha Koch (Eggers)
Mentor: Sinisa Grozdanic
Project Title: Role of neurotrophic growth factors and its signaling pathways in glaucoma


Name:Vanessa Fraseur
Mentor: Jesse Hostetter
Project Title: The ability of recombinant proteins unique to Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis to induce cell medicated immune responses in cattle


Name: Eva Flenckenstein
Mentor: Janke/Ma
Project Title: Essentially all swine influenza virus (SIV) isolates prior to 1998 in the United States were of one subtype, the “classical” H1N1 subtype. Around 1998 the H3N2 SIV subtype emerged.


Name: Jack Hardy
Mentor: Subhashinie Kariyawasam
Project Title: Extra intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) are a specific group of E. coli that causes a diverse spectrum of invasive infections in animals and humans often leading to septicemia and other conditions.


Name: Kendra O’Connor
Mentor: Michael Kimber
Project Title: The aim of this project is to investigate the neuromuscular physiology of parasitic worms; specifically how parasites employ acetylcholine and muscarinic acetylcholine receptors to coordinate locomotion.


Name:  Jordan Bader
Mentor:  Mitchell Palmer
Project Title:  Cytokine mRNA profiles in granulomas of various stages of development from cattle and deer experimentally infected with Mycobacterium bovis


Name:  Svetlina Alexandrova
Mentor:  Greg Phillips
Project Title:  Investigation of reassortment events between a modified live swine influenza vaccine and other swine influenza viruses


Name:  Lorie Painter
Mentor:  Juergen Richt
Project Title:  Investigation of viral reassortment and transmission after coinfection of pigs with two subtypes of swine influenza virus


Name:  Merle Bierman
Mentor:  Ricardo Rosenbusch
Project Title:  The use of calf virulence assay to select transposon mutants of Mycoplasma bovis


Name:  Mara Wendel
Mentor:  Brett Sponseller
Project Title:  Equine infectious anemia virus is a lentivirus that causes recurrent episodes of fever, thrombocytopenia, inappetance, and depression in horses.  Eventually, horses control viremia, appear clinically normal, but remain inapparent carriers.


Name:  Matthew Miller
Mentor:  Qijing Zhang
Project Title:  Thermophilic Campylobacter species including Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli are the most commonly
recognized bacterial causes of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. and other developed countries.  As a foodborne human pathogen of animal origin, Ca


Name:  Stephanie Byers
Mentor:   Claudia Baldwin
Project Title: Where is the Evidence? Efficacy of L-Lysine to Prevent and Treat Feline Herpesvirus-1 Infection


Name:  Jessica Evaniuk
Mentor: Justin Greenlee
Project Title: Where is the Evidence? Efficacy of L-Lysine to Prevent and Treat Feline Herpesvirus-1 Infection


Name:  Carrie Jenkins
Mentor: Claudia Baldwin
Project Title: Environmental and Group Health Risk Factors for Feline Upper Respiratory Disease Complex in Animal Shelters


Name: Dan Taylor
Mentor:  Scott Hurd
Project Title :  Swine subclinical lesions at slaughter and carcass contamination


Name:  Kathryn Vaagen
Mentor: Dusan Palic
Project Title:  Immunomodulatory Effects of Yeast Cell Wall Preparations on Neutrophil Function in Fathead Minnows (Pimephales promelas Rafinesque, 1820)


Name:  Troy Worth
Mentor: Dianna Jordan
Project Title: Characterization of E. coli isolated from nursery pigs with PWD


Name:  Nate Haas
Mentor:  Dianna Jordan
Project Title:  Characterization of Enterotoxigenic E. coliInvolved in Post Weaning Diarrhea in Swine


Name:  Tomika Haller
Mentor: Gary Osweiler
Project Title:  Characterization of Enterotoxigenic E. coliInvolved in Post Weaning Diarrhea in Swine