LSU Veterinary School awards new recipients of the Hannelore and Johannes Storz Travel Award
This award provides financial support to graduate studies students interested in presenting research at scientific meetings and conferences.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2017
BATON ROUGE—The Department of Pathobiological Sciences (PBS) at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) congratulates Ryan Aver, Laxman Ghimire, Sagar Paudel and Cassan Pulaski as the recipients of the Hannelore and Johannes Storz Travel Award, which provides financial support to PBS graduate students to participate at scientific meetings. The award program was launched in July 2015 as part of the Hannelore and Johannes Storz Graduate Student Excellence Fund thanks to a generous endowment from the Storz family.
Ryan H. Avery, from Syracuse, N.Y., will attend the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, November 5-9, 2017, hosted in Baltimore, Md., where he will present his work entitled, “Comparison of Kato-Katz, Mini-FLOTAC, and Multi-Parallel Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction Techniques for Detection of Soil-Transmitted Helminths in Feira de Santana, Brazil.” Ryan is pursuing his PhD, and his faculty adviser is also John Malone, DVM, PhD, professor in Pathobiological Sciences.
Laxman Ghimire, from Bardaghat, Nepal, also attended the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference, May 19 – 24, 2017, in Washington, DC, where he presented his work entitled, “NLRP6 Inflammasome Negatively Regulates Pulmonary Host Defense against Staphylococcus aureus.” Laxman is pursuing his PhD, and his faculty advisor is Samithamby Jeyaseelan, PhD, professor in Pathobiological Sciences.
Sagar Paudel, from Sunwal, Nepal, attended the 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference, May 19 – 24, 2017, in Washington, DC, where he presented his work entitled, “Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Exploits NLRC4 Inflammasome to Dampen Pulmonary Host Defenses.” Sagar is pursuing his PhD, and his faculty advisor is Samithamby Jeyaseelan, DVM, PhD, professor in PBS.
Cassan Pulaski, from Mandeville, La., attended the 26th International Conference of the World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, September 4 – 8, 2017, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she presented her work entitled, “Heartworm Preventive Drug ‘Lack of Effectiveness’ Claims Submitted to the FDA: An Analysis of reports, 2004 – 2015.” Her faculty adviser is John Malone, DVM, PhD, professor of Veterinary Parasitology in PBS. Dr. Pulaski received her DVM from the LSU SVM in 2013 and is currently pursuing her PhD.
Ingeborg M. Langohr, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP, professor in PBS, is the current Chair of the PBS Graduate Program Committee.
Caption: Dr. Cassan Pulaski (LSU SVM 2013), Ryan Avery, Sagar Paudel and Laxman Ghimire, recipients of the 2017 Hannelore and Johannes Storz Travel Awards.
About Dr. Johannes Storz
Johannes Storz, DVM, PhD, former head of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology (now PBS), was an accomplished scientist who, among other distinctions, was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for his groundbreaking work on Chlamydia. Dr. Storz worked at the LSU SVM for 19 years, and during his tenure, he developed a vaccine for bovine respiratory tract disease.
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