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Sina Safayi

Sina Safayi
Sina Safayi

DVM, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Veterinary Clinical Sciences
(515) 460-4572
1375 LVMC
Expertise / Research Area

"Lactation Physiology", "Histology", "Behaviour Analysis"

Teaching

Mentor

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Mentoring grad students on histology and statistics related to their research projects.

2013-Date

Mentor

Iowa State University, USA

Mentoring undergrad and grad students on behaviour analyses related to their research projects.

2012-Date

Instructor

Clemson University, USA

Teaching “Animal Histology” courses to both undergrad (BioSci 432/433) and grad (BioSci 632/633) students, both lecture and lab sessions.

2012

Mentor

Clemson University, USA

Mentoring undergrad (including one honour) and grad students on histology related to their research projects.

2010-2012

Mentor

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Mentoring grad students on stereology, histology, PCR and statistics related to their research projects.

2010

Co-supervisor

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-supervisor for MSc thesis project “Histological study on the effect of omitting the dry period on mammary gland development during gestation and lactation in dairy goats”.

2007-2008

Co-supervisor

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Co-supervisor for MSc thesis project “Effect of the dry period and parity on changes in mammary cell turnover during gestation and lactation in dairy goats”.

2007-2008

Teaching Assistant (and occasionally Instructor)

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

 “Veterinary Physiology” undergrad course and both theoretical and practical parts of undergrad/grad course “Experimental Animal Nutrition and Physiology”.

2005-2008

Instructor

Iranian Academic Centre for Education, Culture and Research, Shiraz-Branch

2001-2004

Three undergrad courses: “Addiction and Narcotics”, “Medical Morality” and “Parasitology

Education

“Emerging Leaders Academy” (still ongoing)

Iowa State University, USA

2013-2014

 

PhD in Lactation Physiology

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Passed over 60 ECTS courses in addition to concluding a huge research project:

2004-2010

Project title: “Mammary remodelling and metabolic activity in dairy goats: Role of parity, dry period and nutrient supply”

Training/sabbatical periods:

University of Aarhus, Denmark: got trained on “RT-PCR”

University of Arizona, USA: got trained on “Cell Culture”

 

 

 

 

2006

2009

European certificate for ¨Laboratory Animal Science¨ (Category C)

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Certificate accredited by the “Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations” in accordance with the “European Convention (ETS 123)”,

2005

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

Shiraz University, Iran

Project title:Histological study of chordae tendineae of the tricuspid and bicuspid valves in goat and cattle”

1997-2003

Selected Publications

1)    Safayi, S., Jeffery, N. D., Fredericks, D. C., Viljoen, S., Dalm, B. D., Reddy, C.G., Wilson, S., Gillies, G. T., and Howard III, M. A., Biomechanical Performance of an Ovine Model of Intradural Spinal Cord Stimulation. (submitted; Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology; ID: TMET-2014-0016)

2)    Dalm, B. D., Viljoen, S. V., Dahdaleh, N. S., Reddy, C. G., Brennan, T. J., Oya, H., Wilson, S., Safayi, S., Jeffery, N. D., Gillies, G. T., and Howard III, M. A. Revisiting Intradural Spinal Cord Stimulation: An Introduction to a Novel Intradural Spinal Cord Stimulation Device. (submitted; Neurosurgery)

3)    Curry, E., Safayi, S., Meyerson, R., Roth, T.L. Reproductive trends of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) in captivity: a historical analysis. (under revision; Zoo Biology; ID#: ZOO-13-035).

4)    Tracey, A.K., Alcott, C.J., Schleining, J.A., Safayi, S., Zaback; P.C., Reinertson, E.L. 2014. The Effects of Topical Oxygen Therapy on Equine Distal Limb Dermal Wound Healing. (accepted for publication; The Canadian Veterinary Journal; ID#2013-0131)

5)    Oya, H., Safayi, S., Jeffery, N.D. Viljoen, S., Reddy, C.G., Dalm, B.D., Kanwal, J.K., Gillies, G.T. and Howard III, M.A. 2013. Soft-coupling suspension system for an intradural spinal cord stimulator: Biophysical performance characteristics. Journal of Applied Physics; 114 (16), 164701.

6)    Safayi, S., and Nielsen, M. O. 2013. Intravenous Supplementation of Acetate, Glucose or Essential Amino Acids to an Energy and Protein Deficient Diet in Early and Late Lactating Dairy Goats: Effects on Milk Production and Mammary Nutrient Extraction. Small Ruminant Research. 112: 162-173.

7)    Safayi, S., N. Korn, A. Bertram, R. M. Akers, A. V. Capuco, S. L. Pratt, and S. Ellis. 2012. Myoepithelial cell differentiation markers in prepubertal bovine mammary gland: Effect of ovariectomy. J. Dairy Sci. 95(6):2965-2976.

8)    Ellis, S., R. M. Akers, A. V. Capuco, and S. Safayi. 2012. TRIENNIAL LACTATION SYMPOSIUM: Bovine mammary epithelial cell lineages and parenchymal development. Journal of Animal Science 90(5):1666-1673.

9)    Safayi, S., P. K. Theil, V. S. Elbrønd, L. Hou, M. Engbaek, J. V. Norgaard, K. Sejrsen, and M. O. Nielsen. 2010. Mammary Remodelling in Primiparous and Multiparous Dairy Goats During Lactation. J. Dairy Sci. 93(4):1478-1490.

10) Safayi, S., P. K. Theil, L. Hou, M. Engbaek, J. V. Norgaard, K. Sejrsen, and M. O. Nielsen. 2010. Continuous Lactation Effects on Mammary Remodeling During Late Gestation and Lactation in Dairy Goats. J. Dairy Sci. 93(1):203-217.

11) Safayi, S., and M. O. Nielsen. 2009. Continuous lactation effects on mammary extraction rates of nutrients in dairy goats. Ruminant Physiology: Digestion, Metabolism, and Effects of Nutrition on Reproduction and Welfare. Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands. 652-653.

12) Nørgaard JV, Nielsen MO, Theil PK, Sørensen MT, Safayi S, Sejrsen K. 2008. Development of mammary gland of fat sheep submitted to restricted feeding during late pregnancy. Small Ruminant Research. 76:155-165

Leadership

Founder and Interim Chair, Midwest Postdoctoral Forum, USA

2013-Date

Chair of the “International & Diversity” Subcommittee and Member of “Plenary” and “Workshops” Subcommittees (Meetings Committee), National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), USA

Elect-President of Iowa State University Postdoctoral Association (ISUPDA; having about 350 members), Iowa State University, USA

2013-Date

Elect Vice-President / Interim President of Iowa State University Postdoctoral Association, Iowa State University, USA

2012-2013

Elect board member of PhD Study Committee, Graduate School, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2006-2008

Elect board member (and the only representative of PhD students in Denmark) of Students’ Forum (NSF), The Nordic Forestry, Veterinary and Agricultural University Network (NOVA-UN), [Universities of all five] Nordic Countries

2005-2007

Elect board member of PhD Network, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2004-2007

Elect board member of the Iranian Academic Society in Denmark, Denmark

2004-2006

Elect board member of Students’ Scientific Association, School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Iran

1999-2003

Elect board member of Students’ Sports Council (among about 350 students), School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Iran

2001-2002

Elect board member of Students’ Representative Council (among about 350 students), School of Veterinary Medicine, Shiraz University, Iran

1999-2002

Offices Executive Manager and Head of “Shiraz Veterinary School Office”, Iranian Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (IACECR), Fars Province Branch, Iran.

Other responsibilities during my DVM education, Shiraz University, Iran:

Elect Head of “Committee of Performing Graduation Ceremony of Entrance Group 1997 Veterinary Students”

Responsible of Extra-Curricular Programs of “The 3rd National Congress of Hygiene and Diseases of Poultry”

Representative of “The 1st Scientific Seminar of Veterinary Medical Students of Islamic Azad University”

Students’ Affairs Manager at ¨Students’ and Cultural Affairs¨ Vice-Dean’s Office

Secretary of ¨Students’ and Cultural Affairs¨ Vice-Dean’s Office

Head of Transport and Supplies Committee of “The 2nd Iranian Veterinary Surgery & Radiology Symposium”

Editor of “Paliz” Agriculture Students Journal

Communication Manager & Responsible to Carry On Scientific Seminars for Veterinary Students’ Scientific Association

Head of ¨Transport¨ Committee and Member of ¨Secretariat¨ and ¨Wealth¨ and ¨Congress Proceeding¨ Committees of “The 4th Iranian Congress of Veterinary Medical Students”

Editor and Senior Writer of “Ta Farda” & “Ghoghnoos” Veterinary Students Journals

1997-2004

 

1997-2004

Instructor and Head Editor of ¨Veterinary¨ Column, Khabar-e-Jonoob Newspaper

2000-2001

Honors & Awards

“Emerging Leaders Academy” Scholarship

Iowa State Unviersity, USA

Covering the tuition fee for attending the academy’s one year program, Iowa State University, USA.

2013-2014

$650 Travel Award

National Postdoctoral Association, USA

Travel Grant awarded for attending the National Postdcotoral Associaton’s annual meeting in St. Louis, USA.

2014

24,000 DKK (≈ $4,200) Travel Award

“Forvaltningsinstituttet”, Denmark

Sabbatical travel grant awarded for visiting University of Arizona, USA.

2009

16,000 DKK (≈ $2,800) Travel Award

“Dyrlæge Hans Peter Christensens”, Denmark

Sabbatical travel grant awarded for visiting University of Arizona, USA.

2009

Full PhD Education Scholarship

Covering tuition fees and salary for PhD education; awarded by University of Copenhagen, Denmark

2006-2010

“Best Instructor of the Year” Award

Iranian Academic Centre for Education, Culture and Research, Shiraz-Branch

Awarded based on students’ evaluations

2003

The Best Cultural Student Award

Fars Province, Iran

Among the top five students from all universities and educational institutes in the entire province, selected based on cultural and extra-curricular activities

2000

Full DVM Education Scholarship

Shiraz University, Iran

Covering the tuition fees for studying Veterinary Medicine, including 13 semesters in addition to two summer internships and one clinical internship.

1997-2003

Memberships

Member of:

  • National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), USA (since 2013)
  • Ames, IA Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience (SFN), USA (since 2012)
  • Iowa State University Postdoctoral Association, Iowa State University, USA (since 2012)
  • The American Dairy Science Association (ADSA), Federation of Animal Science Societies (FASS) (since 2010)
  • The Alumni Association at the University of Copenhagen (Kubulus) (since 2010)
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (since 2008)
  • Iran Veterinary Council (since 2004)
  • The Alumni Association at Shiraz University (since 2004)

Ad hoc reviewer for: 

  • The Veterinary Journal (since 2014)
  • Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology (since 2014)
  • Livestock Science (since 2012)
  • Journal of Dairy Science (since 2009)
  • Small Ruminant Research (since 2008)