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Compassion Crafts Alumna’s In-Home Hospice Career

Feb 28, 2019 / Alumni News

Dr. Heidi Pulito (DVM ’11) has spent more than six years working in small animal clinics, written a book to help struggling veterinarians, shared tools and techniques at veterinary conferences, and started her own company. Her unique role in this profession shows veterinarians the wide range of opportunities a degree in veterinary medicine opens. Trial...

[chimps copyright: Jane Goodall Inst.; Bill Wallauer

Illinois Part of Gombe Chimp Project

Feb 22, 2019 / In the News

Mongabay (Feb. 22) – The Gombe Ecosystem Health Project was born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. … [Organizers] were soon joined by disease ecologist Thomas Gillespie (now a professor at Emory University) who brought his expertise in infectious diseases among primates to the team. The trio then joined forces with a parallel effort, led by...

[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. Carol Maddox]

Maddox Named Pathobiology Interim Head

Feb 11, 2019 / General News

Search for Full-Time Head Open Now In January, Dr. Carol Maddox took on the role of interim head of the Department of Pathobiology. Dr. Maddox, who joined the college faculty in 2000, is currently a full professor as well as head of the microbiology section of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. ‘Tireless Dedication’ “We are grateful...

[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. 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...

[Judson and Megan in surgery in Costa Rica]

Costa Rica Experience Includes Animals, Food, Friendships

Jan 29, 2019 / Student Blogs

‘lifelong friends’ / ‘felt like … a real veterinarian’ During the final week of winter break this month, two Illinois veterinary students journeyed together to Costa Rica to volunteer for the VIDA IVTC Program. As Megan notes, “Of course, I wish I had had more days for surgery and time after the program to explore...