Research Day

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

Research Day – April 19-23, 2021

Dr. Jonathan Epstein

Pensinger Lecture in Comparative Medicine presenter, Dr. Jonathan Epstein

The college’s annual celebration of research typically occurs as a full-day of in-person activities. Because of current restrictions on in-person gatherings, this year’s event will be held virtually.

Our annual celebration is the time for college researchers including veterinary students, graduate students, trainees, staff, and faculty members to 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.

The annual celebration of research 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, Boehringer Ingelheim, Phi Zeta and the College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Research and Advanced Studies.

Zoetis logo

Boehringer Ingelheim Logo



2021 Presentation Competition Winners

Top Award – $1,000 prize each for support of research-related activities

  • Karen Chiu – The Discovery of DiNP-Degrading Microbes and the Negative Impacts DiNP has on Colon Health in Mice
  • Ye Tian – Hepatocytes Phospholipid Remodeling Sensitizes Insulin Signaling and Improves Systemic Metabolism
  • Helena Zomer – Deletion of Negative Elongating Factor B (Nelf-b) in Sertoli Cells Leads to Sperm Aberrations and Infertility in Mice

Honorable Mention – $500 prize each for support of research-related activities

  • Patrick Barko – Fecal Lipid Metabolites are Correlated with Intestinal Permeability and Serum Concentrations of Microbial Tryptophan Metabolites in Dogs with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency
  • Lindsey Graham – Effect of Single Oral Dose of Topiramate Extended-Release on Intraocular Pressure in Healthy Cats
  • Yee Ming Khaw – Impact of Early Like Trauma on Autoimmune Disease Phenotype and Development via Dysregulated β1 Adrenergic Signaling
  • Srinivasu Mudalagiriyappa – Host Cell Membrane Protein, Sialophorin, is Necessary to Mediate Anti-fungal Immunity by Bolstering CD8+ T-Cell Responses and Could Serve as a Biological Marker of Vaccine-Immunity
  • Royal Shrestha – Perfluorononanoic Acid Impedes Mouse Oocyte Maturation by Inducing Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Oxidative Stress
  • Chia-Ming Su – Activation of NF-kB and Induction of Proinflammatory Cytokine Expressions Mediated by ORF7a Protein of SARS-CoV-2