Dr. Matt Allender

Dr. Matt Allender
Lab Director

Dr. Allender is a zoo and wildlife veterinarian that graduated from the University of Illinois in 2004 with his DVM. He went on to complete a MS investigating the health and disease of box turtles and massasauga rattlesnakes prior to completing a residency in Zoological Medicince at the University of Tennessee and Knoxville Zoo. He then joined the faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois and jointly completed a PhD studying the Epidemiology of Ranavirus in free-ranging chelonians. He currently teaches, performs research, and provides clinical service for free-ranging and captive wildlife. College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois Bio Page.

Dr. Laura Adamovicz

Dr. Laura Adamovicz
Wildlife Epidemiology Fellow

Dr. Adamovicz is a 2012 DVM graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the lab in 2015 as a PhD Fellow. Her project assesses the wellness of wildlife indicated by the health of the eastern box turtle, ornate box turtle, and silvery salamander.

Becky Lauer

Dr. Becky Lauer
Wildlife Epidemiology Fellow

Dr. Lauer is a 2014 DVM graduate of Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the lab in 2016 as a PhD Fellow. Her project focuses on  snake fungal disease treatments.

Dana Lindemann

Dr. Dana Lindemann

Dr. Lindemann is a 2012 DVM graduate from Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a 2nd year resident in the Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency program and is pursuing a concurrent MS focusing on disease epidemiology in the Blanding’s turtle in Illinois.

Dr. Tang

Dr. Karisa Tang

Dr. Tang is a 2014 DVM graduate from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is a 1st year resident in the Illinois Zoological and Aquatic Animal Residency program and completing a concurrent MS project on Peruvian pinnipeds.

Jeremy Rayl

Jeremy Rayl

Jeremy is a combined DVM-PhD student. His project looks at the epidemiology and pathogenesis of ranavirus in free-ranging chelonians.

Kelsey Low

Kelsey Low

Kelsey is a graduate student. Her research works to identify disease outbreaks that affect multiple species of herps.

Marta Rzadkowska

Marta Rzadkowska

Marta is a 1st year veterinary student. She is researching disinfection strategies for Snake Fungal Disease.

Kayla Boers

Kayla Boers

Kayla is a 3rd year veterinary student who is involved in numerous projects for the turtle team. She is investigating the role the canine search team has in the transmission of turtle pathogens.

Megan Britton

Megan Britton

Megan is a 2nd year veterinary student that is involved in numerous projects with the lab, focusing on the geographical distribution of snake fungal disease.

Katie Hayward

Katie Hayward

Katie is a 3rd year veterinary student that spent the Summer in Tennessee with the Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization teaching students and collecting samples to test for diseases in reptiles and amphibians.

Erin Newman

Erin Newman

Erin is a 3rd year veterinary student who spent the Summer in the Chicagoland area assessing the health of Blanding’s turtles. Her research focuses on using CT scans to measure body condition in turtles.

Grace Archer

Grace Archer

Grace is a 4th year veterinary student. She studied the epidemiology of co-pathogens in free-ranging box turtles.

Evan Emmel

Evan Emmel

Evan is a 3rd year veterinary student. His research investigates thermography in the health assessment of free-ranging box turtles.

Brittany Willeford

Brittany Willeford

Brittany is a 3rd year veterinary student. She investigated mosquitoes as a potential vector for infectious diseases in free-ranging reptiles and amphibians.

Seema Patel

Seema Patel

Seema is a 3rd year veterinary student. She spent the Summer in Ohio surveying for snake fungal disease.

Jessica Huntington

Jessica Huntington

Jessica is a 3rd year veterinary student. Her research involves blood smears of snakes with snake fungal disease.

Lauren Novak

Lauren Novak

Lauren is a 4th year veterinary student. Her research looked at Mycoplasma prevalance in birds.

Suzette DePersio

Suzette DePersio

Suzette is a 4th year veterinary student. She used CT scans to validate methods of body condition estimates in box turtles.

Suzette DePersio

Claire Butkus

Claire is a 4th year veterinary student. She obtained bone marrow from deceased turtle shells to test for ranavirus.