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Student and Fellow News | Fall 2016

Ashley Railey (center) with advisor Dr. Tom Marsh (standing left) and her Serengeti team of survey assistants.
Ashley Railey (center) with advisor Dr. Tom Marsh (standing left) and her Serengeti team of survey assistants.

Ashley Railey, a doctoral student in the Allen School, spent three months in Tanzania collecting data for her research with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded Program for Enhancing the Health and Productivity of Livestock. Her work will assess whether farmers are willing to pay for vaccinations and diagnostic testing for foot-and-mouth disease in cattle. Railey spent six months taking classes at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania before conducting surveys about basic household demographics, livestock movements, and household willingness to pay for disease control methods. She also taught survey participants about the complexity of the disease through visual aids and discussions.

Student and Fellow News | Summer 2016

Jesse Brunner Biology Field Trip to Pond
Keesha Matz

Keesha Matz, an undergraduate microbiology major in the WSU Honors College mentored by Hector Aguilar-Carreño in the Allen School, received honorable mention from the national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. She also received an award for outstanding oral presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).

Sylvia Omulo and Doug Call
Sylvia Omulo (right) with Dr. Douglas Call

Sylvia Omulo, a doctoral student in Dr. Douglas Call’s lab, received an Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia, or EPIC, scholarship to attend Columbia University in June. The scholarship is funded through a grant from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences. Omulo was also awarded the WSU Graduate School’s $1,000 Karen DePauw Leadership Award for 2016-2017. The award is named for former Graduate School dean, Karen P. DePauw, to honor graduate students who exhibit exceptional leadership skills and involvement at WSU.

Student and Fellow News | Spring 2016

DeeAnn Daite and Jose Guizar were recently awarded Boeing Cyber Grant Research Scholarships. Daite is an animal science undergraduate student working in the lab of Jennifer Zambriski on the epidemiology of Cryptosporidium, a parasite that that causes diarrhea. Guizar is a chemical engineering undergraduate student working in the lab of Douglas Call on antibiotic resistance.

Student and Fellow News | Winter 2015-16

Jessica Klein

Jessica Klein, a graduate student in Leigh Knodler’s lab, was one of four students in the College of Veterinary Medicine to receive a Poncin Fellowship award this year. The $24,145 scholarship supports students engaged in biomedical research in Washington State.

Emily Mosites has accepted a postdoctoral position in the National Institutes of Health’s Infectious Diseases and Microbial Immunology Training Program. She will be working with Drs. Guy Palmer and Thumbi Mwangi on analysis of the impact of nutrition and infectious diseases on childhood growth and health in western Kenya.

Student and Fellow News | Spring 2015

Congratulations to Victoria Olsen-Mikitowicz, Barbara Panata, and Melissa Steinmetz of the DVM Class of 2015 who earned professional certificates in global animal health. All three will be joining private veterinary practices immediately after graduation to hone their clinical veterinary skills before returning to global health interests.

Over the summer six newly accepted certificate students conducted their major projects around the world.

Julia Vanderford (’17 DVM) and Sarah Eichler (’17 DVM) worked with Dr. Thumbi Mwangi on aspects of the PBASS program in Kisumu, Kenya.

Trisha Paulos (’17 DVM) and Cassie Eakins (’16 DVM) joined Dr. Felix Lankester to evaluate parasitism in dogs in the rabies program.

Kat Reardon (’17 DVM) will be working in the lab in Pullman with Allen School faculty member Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreño on Nipah virus.

Lance Kidder (’18 DVM) worked in Pullman in Jennifer Zambriski’s lab helping to understand Cryptosporidium infections in calves.

Kelsey Brown (’18 DVM) traveled to Kibera, a part of Nairobi, Kenya, to study antimicrobial resistance under the direction of Dr. Doug Call.

Student and Fellow News | Summer 2015

Congratulations to the Allen School’s 2015 Wiley Research Expo Winners!

Four Allen School graduate students, pictured with their mentors, were recognized in three different research categories.


Svetlana Lockwood and Broschat

Svetlana Lockwood (left) with Dr. Shira Broschat

Administrative and Information Sciences (oral presentation)


Sylvia Omulo and Doug Call

Sylvia Omulo (right) with Dr. Douglas Call

International Research (poster presentation)


Jackie Stone and Hector Aguilar Carreno

Jackie Stone (left) with Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreño

Medical and Life Sciences (poster presentation)


George Wudiri and Anthony Nicola

George Wudiri (left) with Dr. Anthony Nicola

Medical and Life Sciences (oral presentation)

Student and Fellow News | Spring 2015

Congratulations to graduate student Jackie Stone (advisor Hector Aguilar-Carreno) and Carolynn Fitterer (’16 DVM; advisor Gretchen Kaufman) who were awarded first and second place respectively for their posters at the 16th annual College of Veterinary Medicine Student Research Symposium on October 30.

Matt Sammons (’16 DVM) won first place in the 2014 Zoobiquity Conference student poster competition held November 1 in Seattle. Sammons’s poster was titled “One House-One Health approach to childhood growth and development: Identifying and resetting high-risk household gut microbiomes.”  He is a student in the Global Animal Health Professional Certificate Program and is mentored by Dr. Douglas Call.

Student and Fellow News | Fall 2014

Congratulations to doctoral students Quan Liu and Jackie Stone who were each awarded a one-year, $24,780 Poncin Scholarship to study the Nipah virus.  Liu and Stone work with Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno, assistant professor in the Allen School.

Paul Ervin, a graduate student in the School of Economic Sciences, was awarded a $15,000 grant with the United Nations Development Programme.  Ervin, who works with Dr. Jon Yoder, will research the economics consequences of dengue fever in Paraguay.

Student and Fellow News | Summer 2014

Congratulations to Drs. Tomasina Lucia (’14 DVM), Aja Senestraro (’14 DVM), Shawna Wedde (’14 DVM), and Brittany Beavis (’14 DVM), who all earned a DVM from the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and a professional certificate in global animal health from the WSU Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health.

Kudos to Carson Sakamoto (’17 DVM), Matt Sammons (’16 DVM), and Claire Jackson (’17 DVM) who have each been awarded a WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Summer 2014 Research Fellowship! The funds will be used to support their work with Allen School faculty members. Carson will be conducting research with Dr. Jean Celli on Brucella, a bacteria found in cattle that causes the zoonotic disease brucellosis. Matt will be traveling to Kenya to work with Dr. Douglas Call on antimicrobial resistance. Claire will work with Dr. Margaret Davis on E. coli bacterial resistance.

Congratulations to Matt Sammons (’16 DVM) and Carolynn Fitterer (’16 DVM) who were accepted to the Global Animal Health Pathway program! Matt will be conducting research on antimicrobial resistance with Dr. Douglas Call and Carolynn will be working with Dr. Gretchen Kaufman to evaluate the effect of goat health on community health in Indonesia.

Student and Fellow News | Spring 2014

Marie Wrande, a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Leigh Knodler’s lab, was awarded a four year grant from the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS), to study salmonella-derived factors affecting its survival in the cytosol of intestinal epithelial cells, and activation of caspase-4 inflammasome by enteric bacteria. The award supports Dr. Wrande for 16 months training at the Allen School from her home university of Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Neeraj Suthar, student of Dr. Margaret Davis, completed his master’s degree in the immunology and infectious disease graduate program. Neeraj’s project was titled “An individual-based model of transmission of resistant bacteria in a veterinary teaching hospital.”