Research targeting the welfare and diseases of animals took center stage November 10 during Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day. Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine veterinary and graduate students, interns, and residents presented their studies and findings in poster and lecture formats.
Matthew Breen, BSc., Ph.D., a worldwide known animal geneticist and a professor of genomics at the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, presented the keynote address “The Domestic Dog – A Genome with Two Tales.”
The banquet featured the induction of new members into the honor society and awards for the poster and platform competitions.
Phi Zeta originated in 1925. From its beginning, it has been the aim of Phi Zeta to stand for constant advancement of the veterinary profession, for higher educational requirements, and for high scholarship.
Auburn’s Epsilon Phi Zeta Chapter hosted the day’s activities. Bernhard Kaltenboeck, D.V.M., Ph.D., serves as chapter president.
NEW MEMBERS OF THE EPSILON CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY OF PHI ZETA
Class of 2011 - Seniors
Best Poster Presentation by a Veterinary Student
Suzanne D. Truesdell “Diagnosing Feline Sandhoff Disease Using PCR and Gel Electrophoresis”
Best Poster Presentation by a Graduate Student
Payal Agarwal “Canine Mammary Tumor Cells: A Model to Investigate Cyclin Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p16/INK4A in Cell Cycle Arrest”
David A. Dunn “Allotopic expression of ATP6 in the mouse as a targeted mtDNA mutation model”
Best Platform Presentation by a Veterinary Student
Brad A. Johnson “Identification of Critical Illness-related Corticosteroid Insufficiency (CIRCI) in adult horses”
Best Platform Presentation by a Graduate Student
Xiulei Mo “Towards Electrostatic PCR and Electronic DNA Microarray: Electric Switching and Hybridization of Surface DNA Probes”
The most popular poster determined by vote of the public for the Peoples’ Choice Award
Dubraska V. Diaz “Microbiological and molecular characterization of coagulase positive Staphylococcus species isolated f from canine clinical specimens”