2022 Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day

The 2022 Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Each year the Epsilon Chapter of the Phi Zeta Honor Society at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine sponsors a Research Emphasis Day to highlight student and faculty research. Participants demonstrate research findings through posters and seminars throughout the day and distinguished speakers are invited to present the two keynote lectures. The event culminates with the annual banquet during which awards for best poster and seminar are presented, and new members are inducted to the honor society. 

Learn more about the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Phi Zeta Honor Society


Printable Schedule (PDF)

8:00:             Opening Statement

                                    Dr. Frank F. Bartol,

                                    Alumni Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies,        

                                     Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

8:15-12:00    MORNING Presentations – Overton Auditorium

                           Moderator (Morning Sessions): Dr. Satyanarayana Pondugula

Veterinary Students

8:15   Hannah Bostick        Application speed and energy level effects of diffuse diode laser irradiation on heat accumulation and stromal collagen coagulation in the equine cornea

8:30   Ava Mullin              Pilot Project on Clinical Characterization of Low-Dose Acetylcholinesterase Inhibition

8:45   Kaitlyn Speights       Quantitative analysis of stress following student palpation per rectum in the mare

9:00   Zach Wriedt            Do Dogs with Chronic Bronchitis Cast NETs?

Graduate Students

9:15   Ferrin Antony          β-catenin inhibition during conjunctival melanoma suppresses tumor progression

9:30   Morgan Brown         The impact of single-dose trazodone administration on endogenous adrenocorticotropic hormone (eACTH) and serum cortisol concentrations in healthy dogs

9:45   Serena Ceriotti        Pulmonary disposition and pharmacokinetics of oral chloramphenicol in adult horses: a pilot study

10:00  Serena Ceriotti        Beta2-adrenergic receptor expression changes with ageing in the equine respiratory tract

10:15                   Break

10:30  Jordan Doss            Albumin Quotient as an Indicator of Blood Brain Barrier Integrity in Cats

10:45  Pankaj Gaonkar       Dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes across the food chain of commercial antibiotic-free poultry farms

11:00  Aliaa Ismail            Evaluation of the Role of Conditionally Replicative Adenovirus on Osteosarcoma Tumor Cell Growth in Vitro

11:15  Shari Kennedy         Seroprevalence of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus in Feral Swine in 17 states

11:30  Steven Kitchens         Use of MinHash Software “Mash” on Salmonella Muenster Whole-Genome Sequences

11:45  Sarah Kooy             Amikacin concentration of the tibiotarsal versus tarsometatarsal joint in horses following intravenous regional limb perfusion

12:00–1:00          POSTER Presentations

1:30-3:30             AFTERNOON Presentations

                             Overton Auditorium

                             Moderator (Afternoon Sessions): Dr. Stuart Price

Graduate Students (continued)

1:30   Sarah Lewis            Influence of trazodone on intradermal histamine reactions in normal dogs

1:45   Annette Lundberg     In vitro activity of fluorescent photobiomodulation therapy on meticillin-susceptible and -resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius and S. aureus

2:00   Rebecca Nance        Differential Gene Expression Analysis of Canine Osteosarcoma from a Precision Medicine Perspective

2:15   Julia Salamat          Sotorasib, a KRAS-G12C inhibitor, may induce chemoresistance by activating human pregnane xenobiotic receptor

2:30   Taylor Yenrick          Developmental Toxicity of Perchloroethylene (PERC) in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

2:45   Huifei Sophia Zheng   How Does Thyroid Hormone Regulate the de novo Cholesterol Synthesis in the Adrenal Gland


3:00   Aime Johnson          Adenoviral Vectored GnRH Contraceptive Vaccine for Cat Population Control

4:00                    KEYNOTE LECTURE-Overton Auditorium


INDUCTION of new Phi Zeta Members
Research Awards Presentations

“Cachexia: Basic Science to Clinical Trials”

Daniel L. Marks, MD, PhD

Senior Associate Dean,
Research Professor,
Pediatric Endocrinology
Ray Hickey Chair for the Director of the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute
Oregon Health & Science University

Daniel L. Marks M.D., Ph.D. received medical and graduate training at the University of Washington, then completed his pediatric residency at the University of Utah, and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at OHSU.  He is currently Senior Associate Dean for Research at OHSU. He is also Professor in Pediatric Endocrinology, Ray Hickey Chair for Pediatric Research, Director of the Papé Family Pediatric Research Institute, and Associate Director of the OHSU MD PhD program. His current investigations are focused on the neuroendocrine control of body weight.  He has a particular interest in the brain mechanisms of disease-associated cachexia, with emphasis on cachexia in cancer patients and children with chronic disease.


Undergraduate Students

Kathryn Edmondson  Comparing Aav9 Delivery Routes in the Treatment of Feline Gm2 Gangliosidosis

Paige Hall               Gene therapy for peripheral disease in feline GM2 gangliosidosis

Su Kim                   Are anti-Müllerian hormone receptor type 2 (AMHR2)-expressing cells responsible for the adrenal gland development?

Ben Maggard           The Sexually Dimorphic Developmental Trajectory of the Mouse Adrenal Gland Transcriptome

Caroline Parrish       Designing the PCR for the STK11 and MSK1 genes in canine mammary cancer

Luke Eller               In vitro genetic modification of canine adenovirus type two

Isabella Shimko-Lofano       

Veterinary Students

Deanna Arnold         The Effects of Chew Toys on Cognitive Welfare in Working Dogs

Heather Gosnell       Qualitative Analysis of Intern Applications and its Relationship to Performance

Startus Hutcherson   Accuracy of canine vertebrae pedicle pin placement using an augmented reality neuronavigational device

Jessica Meier           Effect of the industrial chemical Bisphenol A on endocrine function of the male gonad

Quintan Rossow       Acute Developmental Toxicity of the TCE Metabolite DCVC in Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

Graduate Students

Inass Ahmed           Natural apoptosis-inducing anticancer compounds augment docetaxel chemotherapeutic effect and selectively kill human prostate cancer cells

Wenqi Cao              Blood transcriptome responses to PFOA and GenX treatment in the marsupial biomedical model Monodelphis domestica

Atonu Chakrabortty    Unraveling the Mystery of CAV2 Tropism: Characterization of Canine Adenovirus type 2 Virus Infection

Y Savanie Fernando   Confirming the DHCR24 expression in the inner cortex of adrenal gland using DHCR24 LacZ reporter mice

Deepika Goyal         Primer Design Targeting a Frameshift Mutation in CEACAM24

Natasha Grabau       Effects of sleep on memory, anxiety, and depression-like states in mice

Vander LeKites        Increasing sleep by chemogenetic activation of specific neurons in the Nucleus Accumbens in mice

Xiaolei Ma              Effect of mineral oil as a lubricant to collect feces from cats for microbiome studies

Rachel Smith           Nationwide molecular survey for Dirofilaria immitis and Dirofilaria repens in companion dogs and cats, United States of America

Jyoti Yadav             Antibody Gene Therapy for Rabies Encephalitis

Ying Zhang             Origin of α-satellite repeat arrays from mitochondrial molecular fossils – sequential insertion, expansion, and evolution in the nuclear genome

Yue Zhang              Transcriptome landscape of the canine zonary placenta

Kevin Zhong           H3N2 influenza virus from companion dogs in Alabama, USA

Faculty/Postdoctoral Fellows/Staff

Susan Elrod            Assessment of Chemical and Microbial Stability of a Sedation

Formulation for New World Camelids

Courtney Garrett      Assessing the effect of dosage and injection route on AAV gene therapy in the treatment of feline GM2 gangliosidosis