|Students Complete Summer Research Training Program at OSU’s Veterinary Center|
(Stillwater, Okla., August 9, 2013) – Thirteen students recently completed a 12-week summer research training program at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences with a poster presentation showcasing their work.
Participating in the program were the following students:
Brandon Bassett of Edmond, Okla., studied the effects of hydrogen sulfide on genes in a fish species. An incoming third year veterinary student, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Bassett of Edmond.
Kendra Chillemi of Stillwater studied thoroughbred and sprint breed catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries at Oklahoma racetracks. An incoming third year veterinary student, she is the daughter of Becky Chillemi of Stillwater.
Laura Cyran of Chicopee, Mass., studied the characteristics of Docetaxel, the current first line treatment in castrate resistant prostate cancer. An incoming second year veterinary student, she is the daughter of Anthony and Michelle Cyran of Chicopee.
Tayler Foshee of Mustang, Okla., studied the effect of microRNAs on the replication of the influenza virus. An incoming third year veterinary student, she is the daughter of Lonnie and Connie Daniels of Mustang.
Allison Fuchs of Port Murray, N.J., studied Rickettsia species in Dermacentor variabilis ticks and horses in Oklahoma. An incoming second year veterinary student, she is the daughter of Philip Fuchs of Chatham, N.J., and Patience Armstrong of Port Murray.
Amber Hodges of Umpire, Ark., studied canine heartworm and sensitivities to organophosphorous toxicants. An incoming third year veterinary student, she is the daughter of Stephen Baber of Umpire and Connie Russell of San Angelo, Texas.
Ellen Jackson of Stillwater studied what receptors can protect against cardiac insulin resistance. An incoming second year veterinary student, she is the daughter of Todd and Lois Jackson of Stillwater.
Sarah Keller of New Cumberland, Pa., studied the effect of different sugars in the chicken digestive tract. An incoming second year veterinary student, she is the daughter of Dennis and Susan Shatto of New Cumberland.
Scharlet Kelly of San Diego, Calif., studied the regulation of myocardial glucose transport during diabetes. An incoming third year veterinary student, she is the daughter of David Kelly of Bakersfield, Calif., and Karla Kelly of Escondido, Calif.
Abby McKisson of Edmond, Okla., the only pre-vet student in the program this year, studied the effect of excess sugar and excess lipids on the cardiovascular system in Type 2 Diabetes. Abby will be an incoming sophomore at Southwestern Oklahoma State University majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry with the goal of attending OSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
Erin Rogers of Rowlett, Texas, studied the environmental factors controlling estrous cycling in the giant pouched rat, Cricetomys gambianus. An incoming second year veterinary student, she is the daughter of Steven and Nona Rogers of Rowlett.
Amber Schofield of Oklahoma City, Okla., studied protein expression in influenza virus A. Amber is currently working on her DVM degree and a PhD.
Kacie Woodward of Bedford, Texas, studied the effect of different injectable anesthetic combinations on blood gas values in baboons. An incoming third year veterinary student, she is the daughter of James Woodward of Temple, Texas, and Michelle Smith of Mineola, Texas.
The program is designed to identify talented and highly motivated veterinary students interested in exploring a career in veterinary medical research. Each first or second year student is paired with a basic or clinical research faculty mentor for the summer. The veterinary center collaborates with other OSU departments as well as with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to provide a wide range of research studies to pursue.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to explore the possibility of a research career, along with their professional veterinary training. Although research and graduate training is not for everyone, the program provides a realistic look at what that career path is like. The students have fun along the way, too!” said Chris Ross, DVM, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and one of the faculty directors of the research program.
Participants also receive specific instruction on a number of research-related topics, tour specialized research facilities in the region, and have the opportunity to travel to present their research at a national research meeting in addition to the poster presentation day at the veterinary center.
This program is made possible through competitive grants from the National Institutes of Health, Merial Veterinary Scholars Program, and the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.
Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university. OSU's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is the only veterinary college in Oklahoma. One of 28 veterinary colleges in the United States, it is fully accredited by the Council on Education of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The center's Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital is open to the public and provides routine and specialized care for small and large animals. It also offers 24-hour emergency care and is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association. OSU is preparing students for a brighter future and building a brighter world for all. OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high quality teaching, research and outreach. For more information, visit www.cvhs.okstate.edu or call (405) 744-7000.