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2021 Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day

The 2021 Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day will be held virtually on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

Presentation links are included below and awardees will be announced after all presentations are completed.

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

Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award (voting open 8am-4pm, Wednesday, 11/3/21)

Schedule

8:00:             Opening Statement

Dr. Frank F. Bartol, Alumni Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies,  Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

8:15-11:00    MORNING Presentations

12:00–1:30    POSTER Presentations

1:30-4:00       AFTERNOON Presentations

4:00                   KEYNOTE LECTURE

5:00                INDUCTION AND AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT

INDUCTION of new Phi Zeta Members & Research Awards Presentations

Morning Sessions

8:00:             Opening Statement

Dr. Frank F. Bartol, Alumni Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies,  Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine

8:15-11:00    MORNING Presentations

Moderator (Morning): Dr. Melinda Camus

Veterinary Students

8:15   Jemma Constant      Gene identification for the prevention of colic due to strangulating lipomas

8:30   Emily Flaherty          New Technique for Transcervical Insemination in the Queen

8:45   Heather Gosnell       An evaluation of two chemiluminescent assays for canine progesterone and its clinical implications

9:00   Olivia Lockyear        Distribution of Resistance in a Naïve Chicken Population to Infectious Bronchitis Virus

9:15   Giovanna Panepinto  Gene Therapy for Rabies Encephalitis

9:30   Ashton Pearson        Characterizing Early Maternal Style in a Population of Detection Dogs

Graduate Students

9:45   Taylor Abernathy      Trichloroethylene (TCE) toxicity in zebrafish (Danio rerio): a transgenerational approach

10:00  Subarna Barua        Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in companion dogs and cats, USA

10:15  Lauren Charnock      Effects of corneoconjunctival transposition and posterior lamellar keratoplasty on streak retinoscopy in equine cadaver eyes

10:30  Jordan Doss            Clinical Evaluation of Feline GM1 Gangliosidosis Following Intravenous Gene Therapy

10:45  Troy LoBue             Gaining insight of inherited breast cancer susceptibility through whole genome sequencing

11:00  Sangeet Makhija      Development of anti-IL-5 nanobody to target type2 cytokines in allergic asthma

11:15  Cierla McGuire Sams    Investigating Splice Site Variants in Breast Cancer Cases

11:30  Mariano Mora-Pereira   Effects of equine platelet lysate on ex vivo vasculogenesis

11:45  Lydia Pena              Effect of EDTA and MgCl2 on Adrenocorticotropic Hormone Measurement in Canine Plasma

Keynote Lecturer Bio

Studies of the Obesity Associated with Melanocortin 3 Receptor Insufficiency

Jack A. Yanovski, MD, PhD
Chief, Section on Growth and Obesity
Associate Scientific Director for Translational Medicine
Division of Intramural Research
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health
Hatfield Clinical Research Center

Jack Yanovski is Chief of the Section on Growth and Obesity, and Associate Scientific Director for Translational Medicine in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, one of the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Yanovski obtained his MD and PhD degrees at the University of Pennsylvania, completed residency training in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology at the National Institutes of Health. In response to the growing problem of pediatric obesity in the United States, Dr. Yanovski founded the NIH’s Section on Growth and Obesity. Dr. Yanovski has carried out many clinical studies on the evaluation and treatment of overweight and obesity in children and adults, as well as laboratory investigations of molecular etiologies of obesity.  Dr. Yanovski has authored over 350 published manuscripts, has served as Chair of The Obesity Society’s annual Scientific Meeting, was a member of the expert panel that developed the 2017 Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline on Pediatric Obesity Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention, and, among other awards, has received the Bar-Or Award for Excellence in Pediatric Obesity Research and the Thomas A. Wadden Award for Distinguished Mentorship from The Obesity Society, the NIH Director’s Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Award. He has also received the Public Health Service’s Outstanding Service Medal three times for his studies of obesity.

Poster Presentations

12:00–1:30          POSTER Presentations

Moderator: Dr. Tekla Lee-Fowler

Undergraduate Students

Alyssa Berry           The Role of Anti-Mullerian Hormone Receptor Type 2 in the Adrenal Gland

Paige Hall               Treatment of feline GM1 gangliosidosis by cerebrospinal fluid delivery of adeno-associated viral gene therapy

Madison Hogans       Towards Elucidation of Canine Adenovirus type 2 tropism

Kacey Meyering       The role of DHCR24 in the Adrenal Gland

Sara Pacer              Treatment of feline neurologic disease with intravenous gene therapy

Kevin Zhong           Effect of concurrent and non-concurrent administration of mepivacaine hydrochloride and triamcinolone acetonide on inflamed equine osteochondral and synovial explants in co-culture

Veterinary Students

Hannah Bostick        Using Optical Coherence Tomography to Obtain Optic Never Head Measurements in the Equine Eye

Kaylin Henry           The Influence of Probe Diameter on Articular Cartilage Friction Measurements

Courtney Weaver     Nrf2 Protein Expression & Antioxidant Activity in Anesthetized Hypertensive Female Rats

Graduate Students

Ferrin Antony          Metabolic reprogramming of macrophages by Interleukin-27 during herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV) infection

Samantha Bradley    Regulation of gonadal steroidogenesis in male rats exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)

Emily Brinker          Treatment of Overweight and Obese Cats with the Fibroblast Growth Factor-21 (FGF21) Analog, LY2405319 Results in Decreased Body Weight and Hepatic Liver Lipid Content

Y Savanie Fernando  A Study to Investigate the Organization and Differentiation of the Adrenal Cortex in Chicken

Renlei Ji                 Regulation of melanocortin-3 and -4 receptors by isoforms of MRAP1 and MRAP2

Xiaolei Ma              Whole-genome shotgun metagenomic sequencing revealed distinct gut microbiome signatures of obese cats

Kayleen McCafferty   Loss of Hydroxycarboxylic Acid Receptor 2 (HCA2) Affects Lipid Homeostasis in a Sex-Specific Manner During Prolonged Fasting

Chetan Pundkar       Generation and characterization of anti-IL-17A Nanobody for the treatment of HSV-1 induced corneal immunopathology

Haolong Wang         Environmental dependent heterosis and transgressive gene expression in reciprocal hybrids between the channel and blue catfish

Xiao Xiong              Long-read assembly and annotation of the parasitoid wasp Muscidifurax raptorellus, a biological control agent for filth flies

Jyoti Yadav             Irg1/itaconate metabolic pathway is a crucial determinant of dendritic cells immune-priming function and contributes to resolute allergen-induced airway inflammation

Huifei Zheng           Can adrenocortical cells synthesize cholesterol and use it for steroidogenesis?

Yihang Zhou           Genomic and pathological analyses of a unique case of asymmetric hermaphroditism in a female Labrador retriever

Faculty/Postdoctoral Fellows/Staff

Rachel Knight          Effects of Phthalate Exposures on Androgen Secretion and Regulation in the Male Rat Gonad

James Gillespie        Characterization of the antibody response to CD47-mimicking phage-peptide constructs in a healthy canine model

Afternoon Sessions

1:30-4:00             AFTERNOON Presentations

Moderator (Afternoon): Dr. Kathy Gerken

Graduate Students (continued)

1:30   Hailey Quercia         The health of small flock chickens in the southeast USA

1:45   Claudia Reyner        Encapsulation of Equine Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Poly(ethylene) Glycol Fibrinogen Microspheres

2:00   Damien Ruiz           A Novel Nanobody-Based Agonist Redirected Checkpoint (ARC) Platform for the Treatment of Canine Cancer Patients

2:15   Julia Salamat          Sotorasib, a Clinically Used KRAS-G12C Inhibitor, Induces CYP3A4 and MDR1 gene expression by Activating Human PXR

Faculty/Postdoctoral Fellows/Staff

2:30   Courtney Garrett      Treatment of feline GM1 gangliosidosis by cerebrospinal fluid delivery of AAV9 or AAVrh10

2:45   Merrilee Holland       Echocardiographic changes in the shape and size of the aortic cusps in dogs with systemic hypertension

Graduate Students

3:00    Sophie Boorman      The effect of administration of platelet-rich plasma and

Triamcinolone acetonide in combination on inflamed equine osteochondral and synovial explants in co-culture

4:00 KEYNOTE LECTURE

5:00                     INDUCTION AND AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT

INDUCTION of new Phi Zeta Members & Research Awards Presentations