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Ph.D. student receives national award in veterinary pathology

February 25, 2013

By Tara Lanier, 334-844-4546,

Dr. Emily Graff, a Ph.D. student and graduate teaching assistant in the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Pathobiology, has received the Charles and Sharron Capen Fellowship in Veterinary Pathology. The fellowship is one of only one of two supported by private funds from the American College of Veterinary Pathologists/Society for Toxicologic Pathology Coalition.  It is awarded in memory of the late Dr. Charles C. Capen, an ACVP diplomate, past president, and distinguished member. 

Graff received the national award with assistance of the interdepartmental efforts of her mentors, Dr. Robert L. Judd in Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology, and Dr. Beth Spangler in Pathobiology.  Graff is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Judd’s laboratory and a member of the Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program at Auburn University. 

Graff received her D.V.M. from Texas A&M University in 2007 followed by a small animal internship and a residency in clinical pathology at Auburn University. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2011.  Her current research project evaluates cats as an intermediate model of human obesity and disease, specifically in the area of adipose and immune dysregulation. 

Graff will present a platform presentation of her research as a new Coalition Fellow at the next Coalition Scientific Conference on June 15, 2013, in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Emily Graff (center) with Dr. Beth Spangler and Dr. Robert Judd

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