Each spring, the college sets aside a day to celebrate our diverse research activities and to build our research community.

Research Day is Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Research Day features formal presentations as well as a lunchtime poster session, where college researchers including veterinary students, graduate students, trainees, staff, and faculty members present their research progress. A keynote speaker from outside of the college, whose work broadly addresses college research efforts, is selected through a process of nominations and voting.

Dr. Douglas Thamm, 2017 Keynote Speaker

Research Day is also a time to recognize outstanding effort with the presentation of graduate student awards and the initiation of new members into Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine.

Research Day activities are co-sponsored by Zoetis, Phi Zeta and the College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Research and Advanced Studies.

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2017 Itinerary 

8:15 AM Welcome
Peter Constable, Dean
LAC 100

8:20 AM Presentation of Graduate Student Awards
Lois Hoyer, Associate Dean for Research and Advanced Studies
LAC 100

  • Joseph A. Alberts Award, for an outstanding College of Veterinary Medicine graduate student
  • Paul B. Doby Award, for an outstanding College of Veterinary Medicine graduate student who is conducting infectious disease research applicable to food animals
  • Dr. Victor E. O. (Ted) and Carroll J. Valli Award, for an outstanding graduate student in pathology or clinical pathology

Tim Fan, President, Mu Chapter of Phi Zeta

  • Phi Zeta Literary Award — Basic Science
  • Phi Zeta Literary Award — Clinical Applied Science

8:30 AM Phi Zeta Initiation
Tim Fan, President, Mu Chapter of Phi Zeta
LAC 100

8:40 AM Student Lightning Talks
Six student abstracts will be selected by the Research Advisory Committee. Students will have 2 minutes and one Powerpoint slide to present a preview of their poster and attract an audience for the Noon Poster Session. Faculty judges will evaluate the quality of the lightning talk and the poster presentation and award prizes of $500 that can be used toward research-related activities. Three total prizes will be given, with one being a People’s Choice Award. 
LAC 100

8:40 AM      Repurposing Exendin-4 to Restore Mucus Homeostasis in Chronically Diseased Airways Infected by Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Woosuk Choi

8:43 AM      Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus Blocks IRF1-mediated Type III Interferon Production in the Intestinal Epithelial Cells for Innate Immune Evasion
Qingzhan Zhang

8:46 AM       Prenatal Exposure to Di-(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate Impairs Puberty in Female Mice
Saniya Rattan

8:49 AM     Investigating the Pharmacokinetics, Tolerability, and Anti-Cancer Activity of the Novel Drug Isobutyl-Deoxynyboquinone (IB-DNQ) in Feline Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Alycen Lundberg

8:52 AM      Evaluation of in vitro Chemosensitivity of Feline Injection Site-Associated Sarcoma Cell Lines to Carboplatin
Elizabeth Maxwell

8:55 AM      Associations of Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates and Bisphenol A with Measures of Cognitive Function in 7.5-Month-Old Infants Participating in the Illinois Kids Development Study (I-KIDS)
Kelsey Dzwilewski

9:00 AM Pensinger Lecture in Comparative Medicine; Keynote Address
Dr. Douglas Thamm, Barbara Cox Anthony Professor of Oncology
Flint Animal Cancer Center; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Canine Osteosarcoma: The Colorado State University Experience

10:00 AM Coffee Break

10:30 AM-Noon Student Speaker Competition
Six student abstracts will be selected by the Research Advisory Committee. Students will have 12 minutes for their presentation and 3 minutes to answer audience questions. Faculty judges will evaluate the quality of the presentation and three speakers will win $1000 that can be used toward research-related activities. 

10:30 AM Nerve Growth Factor-b Improves Corpus Luteum Function and Enhances Conceptus Development in Cattle
Jamie Stewart

10:45 AM Systematic Optimization of Therapy for Canine Intracranial Neoplasia Using PAC-1, a Novel and Potent Procaspase-3 Activator
Lisa Schlein

11:00 AM Hypoxia-inducible Factor 2 alpha Regulates Uterine Stromal-Epithelial Crosstalk to Facilitate Embryo Invasion During Implantation
Arpita Bhurke

11:15 AM Deciphering Host-Parasite Molecular Networks Mediating Resistance/Susceptibility to Toxoplasma gondii
Chi Yong Kim

11:30 AM Biomechanical Evaluation of a Modified Laryngoplasty Using a Toggle Technique for Equine Arytenoid Cartilage Stabilization
Erica Secor

11:45 PM Chronic Exposure to Dietary Levels of Genistein Affects Fertility and Pregnancy Outcomes in Female Mice
Shreya Patel

Noon-2:00 PM Lunch and Poster Session
Atrium, Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building