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[Dr. Leyi Wang]

What Is the Coronavirus Spreading Across the Globe?

Jan 24, 2020 / COVID-19

Editor’s note: The first case of a novel strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. The respiratory illness, which can cause pneumonia and other symptoms, was first reported in Wuhan, China, where hundreds have been sickened and at least 18 have died. Leyi Wang, a virologist and professor of veterinary medicine at...

[Dr. Leyi Wang]

Team Finds Bovine Kobuvirus in U.S.

Dec 12, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

A virus that afflicts cattle that was first discovered in Japan in 2003 has made its way to the U.S., researchers report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Bovine kobuvirus is fairly new to science, so its ill effects are not fully understood. It belongs to a family of viruses known as Picornaviridae, which includes...

Feline Face Shape: A Health and Wellness Study

Jun 12, 2019 / General News

Calling All Cat Owners! To thank owners for completing the survey, they will be given an opportunity to submit a photo of their cats to be featured on the website and social media channels of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. (Visit the Facebook photo album to see all the photos we’ve received!)...

[American dog tick]

Help Combat Tick-borne Disease in Illinois with Data

May 14, 2019 / General News

Assist in Data Collection on Ticks The first year (2018) of I-TICK (Illinois Tick Inventory Collaboration Network) was overwhelmingly successful: 70 individual participants and 18 Hubs collected over 900 ticks in 28 counties in Illinois. The program is expanding in 2019, looking for more individuals and organizations willing to participate and assist in data collection...

[Zeeshan Fazal]

Postdoc Part of Study on Little Satellite with Big Benefits

Feb 15, 2019 / Comparative Biosciences News

Antibiotic Resistance in Space Dr. Zeeshan Fazal, a postdoctoral research associate currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Spinella, comparative biosciences, received a commendation for work he participated in while at Stanford University. The Group Achievement Award was presented to the E. coli AntiMicrobial Satellite (EcAMSat) mission team. Their project, which took place on...

[Dr. Leyi Wang with whole-genome sequencers]

Whole-Genome Sequencing Expands Diagnostic Options

Feb 10, 2019 / Diagnostic Updates

Virologist Leyi Wang joined the faculty of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the summer of 2017. Within 18 months, he had brought two whole-genome sequencers—the lab’s first—on board. The combination of Dr. Wang’s expertise and the sequencers’ processing power opens a world of possibility for veterinarians, public health officials, and biomedical researchers, who can now...

[Dr. Sumiti Vinayak]

NIH Grant to Vinayak Seeks to Unlock Secrets of Deadly Cryptosporidium

Feb 10, 2019 / Pathobiology

Work Builds on Earlier Breakthroughs Dr. Sumiti Vinayak has received a two-year, $426, 511 R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a tool that will help researchers everywhere find effective weapons against the protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium has long been a target of investigation, given the suffering it inflicts on people and...

[Dr. Mudalagiriyappa and Dr. Nanjappa]

Mouse Study Suggests a Vaccine Strategy for Immunocompromised Patients

Feb 10, 2019 / Pathobiology

Findings may have broad translational potential A study led by Som Nanjappa at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine identifies a cellular target that may improve efficacy of vaccines designed to protect immunocompromised individuals from potentially deadly opportunistic infections. The study, recently published in the Journal of Immunology, demonstrates, using a mouse model,...

[Dr. Jodi Flaws and graduate student Katie Chiang]

Phthalate May Impair Fertility in Female Mice

Feb 7, 2019 / Comparative Biosciences News

Many Rodent Studies Link Phthalates to Health Problems A phthalate found in many plastic and personal care products may decrease fertility in female mice, a new study found. Researchers at the University of Illinois found that giving female mice oral doses of the phthalate DiNP for 10 days disrupted their reproductive cycles, decreasing their ability...