LSU Veterinary School announces Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day Award Recipients

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 9, 2018

 

BATON ROUGE—On February 28, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) hosted its annual Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day—a day established to promote research in schools of veterinary medicine, to recognize research conducted by veterinary students, House Officers (residents and interns), graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty, and to encourage veterinary students to pursue careers in research.

 

Phi Zeta is the national veterinary honor society, which recognizes and furthers scholarship and research in matters pertaining to the welfare and diseases of animals. The importance of this day to the LSU SVM is underlined by the fact that the Veterinary Teaching Hospital is closed except for emergencies to allow all students and House Officers to participate.

 

Phi Zeta Day provides an opportunity for national experts to speak to students on current research in various fields and to present a picture of global veterinary research. This year’s speakers were Lisa Nolan, DVM, MS, PhD, professor and dean of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, and Bruce LeRoy, DVM, PhD, DACVP, senior principal pathologist with Abbvie. Dr. Nolan’s presentation was entitled “ExPEC: A Global ‘One Health’ Pathogen,” and Dr. LeRoy’s presentation was entitled “Investigative Toxicology and Pathology in Drug Discovery and Development.”

 

Veterinary and graduate students, House Officers, faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and staff presented current biomedical research that is relevant to diseases of man and animals. Those posters presented by advanced studies students, professional students and post-doctoral researchers were judged by a panel of scientists for monetary prizes in four categories: (1) Dissertation (PhD) students 2) Basic research for thesis (MS), professional students (DVM students), and house officers (veterinarians pursuing advanced training in veterinary medical specialties); (3) Clinical research for thesis, professional students, and house officers; and 4) Post-doctoral researchers.

 

This year, 17 PhD students submitted posters for the competition. In the undergraduate, veterinary student, MS degree student and House Officer competition, there were 18 posters for consideration in the Basic Research category, 29 in the Clinical Research Category and seven in the Post-Doc Category. One faculty member, one undergraduate student, and two research associates submitted posters in the non-competing category.

 

Veterinary students who participate in the LSU SVM’s Summer Scholars Program enter their research projects for consideration on Phi Zeta Emphasis Day. Each year, veterinary students apply to participate in the Summer Scholars Program, in which they develop research proposals with the guidance of a faculty member and conduct research throughout the summer. The 2017 Summer Scholars Program was funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Merial Veterinary Scholar Program, the Morris Animal Foundation and the Kenneth F. Burns Trust.

 

Winners in the PhD category were as follows.

 

First place went to Farhana Musarrat, BSc, MS, who is a PhD student in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences (PBS). Musarrat is from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and her project was entitled “The Amino-terminus of HSV-1 Glycoprotein K (gK) is Required for gB Binding to Akt, Release of Intracellular Calcium and Fusion of the Viral Envelope with Plasma Membranes.” Her faculty mentor is Konstantin Kousoulas, MS, PhD, professor in PBS, director for the Division of Biotechnology & Molecular Medicine, and associate vice chancellor for LSU Research & Economic Development.

 

Second place went to Nagarjuna Reddy Cheemarla, MS, who is a PhD student in PBS. Cheemarla is from Hyderabad, Telangana, India, and his project was entitled “Prenatal Smoke Exposure Exacerbates Lung Inflammatory Response by Modulating Neutrophil Infiltration to the Lungs after RSV Infection.” His faculty mentor is M. Antonietta Guererro-Plata, MS, PhD, associate professor in PBS.

 

Third place went to Laxman Ghimire, DVM, who is a PhD student in PBS. Dr. Ghimire is from Bardaghat, Nepal, and his project was entitled “NLRP6 Inflammasome Regulates Necroptosis during Staphylococcus aureus-induced Pneumonia.” His faculty mentor is Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD, professor in PBS.

 

Fourth place went to Sagar Paudel, DVM, who is a PhD student in PBS. Dr. Paudel is from Nawalparasi, Nepal, and his project was entitled “CXCL-1/KC Collaborates with CXCL-2/MIP2 to Regulate Neutrophil Granulopoiesis and Recruitment in Pneumococcal Pneumonia.” His faculty mentor is Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD, professor in PBS.

               

Winners in the Basic Research student competition, including Master’s, undergraduate, veterinary students, and interns and residents were as follows.

 

First place went to Kaitlin McBride, an MS student in PBS who was recently accepted to the DVM program at Auburn University. McBride is from Port Neches, Texas, and her project was entitled “Role of Mucin 19 in the Respiratory Tract.” Her faculty mentor is M. Antonietta Guererro-Plata, associate professor in PBS.

 

Second place went to Joseph DeCorte, an undergraduate student at LSU majoring in Mathematics and Biochemistry. DeCorte is from New Orleans, La., and his project was entitled “NLRC4 Inflammasome Triggers Necroptotic Cell Death to Dampen Host Defense in Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus-Induced Pneumonia.” His faculty mentor is Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD, professor in PBS.

 

Third place went to John Le, an undergraduate student at LSU pursuing a BS in Biological Science working in PBS. Le is from Baton Rouge, La., and his project was entitled “NLRP6 Increases Lymphocyte Apoptosis in the Spleen during Polymicrobial Sepsis.” His faculty mentor is Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD, professor in PBS.

 

Fourth place went to Joselyn Knowling, an undergraduate student at LSU pursuing a BS in Biological Science with a minor in Psychology. Knowling is from Bogalusa, La., and his/her project was entitled “The role of NLRP12 in host defense against Legionella pneumophila infection.” His/her faculty mentor is Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD, professor in PBS.

 

Fifth place went to Shannon Hansen, a veterinary student in the Class of 2019, is from Glendale, Ariz., and her project was entitled “Preconception and Prenatal Exposures to E-Cigarette Vapor Decrease Birth Weight and Length in Mice Offspring.” Her faculty mentor was Alexandra Nöel, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences (CBS).

 

Winners in the Clinical Research student competition, including Master’s, undergraduate, veterinary students, and interns and residents were as follows.

 

First and second place went to Angie Lagos-Carvajal, DVM, MSc, anesthesiology resident in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS). Lagos-Carvajal is from Bogotá, Colombia, and her first place project was entitled “Priming Alfaxalone and Alfaxalone-midazolam Co-induction Techniques in Dogs,” and her second place project was entitled “Determination of Midazolam Dose for Co-induction with Low Dose of Alfaxalone in Cats.” Dr. Lagos-Carvajala’s faculty mentor is Patricia Queiroz-Williams, DVM, MS, associate professor of veterinary anesthesiology in VCS.  

 

There was a three-way tie for third place between Dr. Lagos-Carvajala, Tatiane Terumi Negrão Watanabe, DVM, MS, PhD, anatomic pathology resident; and Karla Fraga, a veterinary student in the Class of 2019. Dr. Watanabe is from São Paulo, Brazil, and her project was entitled “Malignant Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor with Transplantation Metastasis in a Horse.“ Dr. Watanabe’s faculty mentor is Ingeborg Langohr, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP, professor in PBS. Fraga is from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her project was entitled “Radiographic Sizing for Canine Meniscal Transplantation.” Fraga’s project mentor was Karanvir Aulakh, MS, BVSc * AH, DACVS, assistant professor of companion animal surgery in VCS. Dr. Lagos-Carvajala’s third-place project was entitled “The Use of Priming Alfaxalone as an Induction Technique in Cats.”

 

Winners in the Post-doctoral category were as follows.

 

First place went to Liliang Jin, MS, PhD, post-doctoral researcher in PBS. Dr. Jin is from of Dongyang, Zhejiang, China, and his project was entitled “MCP-1 plays a critical role in neutrophil function and pyroptosis during Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae.” His faculty mentor is Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD, professor in PBS.

 

Second place went to Katrin Pannhorst, Dr.rer.nat., a post-doctoral researcher in PBS. Dr. Pannhorst is from Hannover, Germany, and her project was entitled “Novel Bovine Herpesvirus Type 1 (BHV-1) Vectored Vaccine against Viral Infections Associated with Bovine Respiratory Disease Complex (BRDC).” Her faculty mentor is Shafiqul Chowdhury, DVM, MS, PhD, professor in PBS.

 

Third place went to Shannon Lenz, MPH, PhD, post-doctoral researcher in PBS. Dr. Lenz is from of Marietta, Ga., and her project was entitled “Efficacy of Short-Term Intermittent Therapy with New Potential Single and Combinatorial Drug Treatments for Leprosy.” Her faculty mentor is Linda Adams, PhD, National Hansen’s Disease Program.

 

Phi Zeta would like to take this opportunity to thank the poster judges: Jay Addison, DVM (LSU SVM 1983), veterinarian; Frank Andrews, DVM, MS, DACVIM, director, Equine Health Studies Program; Michael Behnke, PhD, Assistant Professor, PBS; Diana Coulon, DVM (LSU SVM 2010), veterinarian; Anderson da Cunha, DVM, MS, DACVA, Professor, VCS; Fabio Del Piero, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Professor, PBS; Jon Fletcher, DVM (LSU SVM 2005), DACVIM, Assistant Professor, VCS; Joseph Francis, MVSc, PhD, Professor, CBS; Antonieta Guerrero-Plata, MSc, PhD, Associate Professor, PBS; John Hawke, PhD (LSU SVM 1996), Professor, PBS; Kevin Kleinow, DVM, PhD, Professor, CBS; Charles “Chat” Kleinpeter, DVM (LSU SVM 1978), veterinarian; Ingeborg Langohr, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP, Professor, PBS; Juan Martinez, PhD, Professor, PBS; David McDougal, PhD, Assistant Professor-Research, Pennington Biomedical Research Center; Michelle Osborn, PhD, Assistant Professor, CBS; Sonika Patial, DVM, MS, PhD, Assistant Professor, CBS; Cherie Pucheu-Haston, DVM (LSU SVM 1992), PhD, DACVD, Associate Professor, VCS; Jennifer Sones, DVM (LSU SVM 2008), PhD, DACT, Assistant Professor, VCS; George Strain, PhD, FAVPT, Professor, CBS; Nobuko Wakamatsu Utsuki, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACPV, Associate Professor, PBS; Guoshun Wang, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor, LSU Health Sciences Center (New Orleans); Shaomian Yao, PhD, Associate Professor, CBS; and Masami Yoshimura, MSc, DSc, Associate Professor, CBS.

 

This day would not be possible without the support of Boehringer Ingelheim, Fisher Scientific, Lilly, VWR, and Zoetis.

 

Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day is sponsored by the Tau Chapter of the Society of Phi Zeta, which was established on March 30, 1977, with Dr. C.W. Titkemeyer as Chapter President. Phi Zeta is the abbreviation of the Greek word Philozoi, which means “love of animals.”

 

Photo: Award recipients and mentors at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine’s Phi Zeta Research Awareness Day on February 28 are (from left to right) Dr. Patricia Queiroz-Williams, Dr. Karanvir Aulakh, Shannon Lenz, Karla Fraga, Tatiane Terumi Negrão Watanabe, Dr. Angie Lagos-Carvajal, Katherine McBride, Farhana Mussarat, Shannon Hansen, Joselyn Knowling, Joseph DeCorte, John Le, Liliang Jin, Sagar Paudel, Katrin Pannhorst, Nagarjuna, Laxman Ghimire, Dr. Samithamby Jeyaseelan, Dr. Rhonda Cardin, and Dr. Yogesh Saini.

 

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