Student Accomplishments

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April 2017

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Brittany Davis awarded Best Student Oral Presentation and a Special Contribution Award for Website Development for the AFS

Carlyn Peterson received a 2016-17 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and the Lillie May Richards Fellowship for 2017-18

Theresa Dabruzzi received a 2016-17 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

Jill Hagey awarded the 2017-18 Leland Roy Saxon and Georgia Wood Saxon Fellowship


March 2017

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Kim Miller along with Dr. Trish Berger awarded an American Jersey Cattle Association award for their "Reduced testicular estrogens in Jersey bull calves: hormonal responses to a potential stimulant of Sertoli cell proliferation" proposal

Kaleiah Schiller, incoming student, awarded the 2017-18 McNair Graduate Fellowship


February 2017


Miller, C., Meyer, D Mass balance analyses of nutrients on California dairies to evaluate data quality for regulatory review.

Moraes, L.E., Fadel, J., Hess, M., Resequencing and annotation of the Nostoc punctiforme ATTC 29133 genome: facilitating biofuel and high-value chemical production. DOI: 10.1186/s13568-017-0338-9

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Ginna C. Reyes Rodriguez was awarded the 2016-17 Miguel Velez Fellowship


December 2016


Sundberg, C., Belanger-Sandoval, J., Bannasch, D., Famula, T., Oberbauer, A., Gonadectomy effects on the risk of immune disorders in the dog: a retrospective study. BMC Vet Res DOI: 10.1186/s12917-016-0911-5

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Kelly Mitchell received the Dr. Alexander J. Kutches Memorial Scholarship

Ashley Niesen received the CA ARPAS memorial Fund Scholarship

David Myers awarded the CA ARPAS/LAGE Scholarship

Alexa Johnson awarded the CA ARPAS/LAGE Scholarship

Sarah Klopatek received a Livestock Memorial Research Fund Scholarship


November 2016


Tresoldi, G., Schutz, K.E., Tucker, C.B., Assessing heat load in drylot dairy cattle: Refining on-farm sampling methodology. Journal of Dairy Science


October 2016


Bogliotti, Y., Vilarino, M. Ross, P., Laser-assisted Cytoplasmic Microinjection in Livestock Zygotes. JoVE doi: 10.3791/54465

Scott, E.Y., Penedo, M.C.T., Murray, J.D. and Finno, C.J. (2016). "Defining Trends in Global Gene Expression in Arabian Horses with Cerebellar Abiotrophy". Te Cerebellum : DOI 10.1007/s12311-016-0823-8


Holland Dougherty interviewed by the SoCal Restaurant Show regarding her award of the James Beard National Scholars Award


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Anna Naranjo received the California Strawberry Growers Scholarship award for 2016-17


September 2016


Johnson, A.C.B., Reed, K.F., Kebreab, E., Short communication-Evaluation of nitrogen excretion equations from cattle J. Dairy Sci. 99:1-10

Berryhill, G., Brust-Mascher, I., Huynh, J., Famula, T., Reardon, C., Hovey, R., A Convenient Method for Evaluating Epithelial Cell Proliferation in the Whole Mammary Glands of Female Mice". Endrocine

Darr, C., Cortopassi, G.A., Datta, S., Varner, D.D., Meyers, S., Mitochondrial oxygen consumption is a unique indicator of stallion spermatozoal health and varies with cryopreservation media ScienceDirect


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

The following students received the Henry A., Jastro Research Award for the 2016-17 year- Kevin Bolek, Liza Gershony, Ahmed Mahdi, Erika Paulson, Monica Pechanec, Delia Soto, Grazyne Tresoldi, Marcela Vilarino


August 2016


Toaff-Rosenstein, R., Gershwin, L., Zanella, A., Tucker, C., The sickness response in steers with induced bovine respiratory disease before and after treatment with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. ScienceDirect

Simon, G.E., Hoar, B.R., Tucker, C., Assessing cow-calf welfare. Part 1: Benchmarking beef cow health and behavior, handling; and management, facilities, and producer perspectives. ACSESS doi:10.2527/jas.2016-0308

Simon, G.E., Hoar, B.R., Tucker, C., Assessing cow-calf welfare. Part 2: Risk factors for beef cow health and behavior and stockperson handling. ACSESS doi:10.2527/jas.2016-0309

Darr, C., Varner, D.D., Teague, S., Cortopassi, G.A., Datta, S., Meyers, S., Lactate and Pyruvate Are Major Sources of Energy for Stallion Sperm with Dose Effects on Mitochondrial Function, Motility, and ROS Production BioOne


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Holland Dougherty received a James Beard Foundation National Scholars West award.

Theodore Derksen received the Pacific Egg and Poultry Western Scholarship

Tawny Scanlan received the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) short-term post doctoral Fellowship

Cynthia Fowler received the American Society for Engineering Education-SMART Program award for 2016-17


July 2016


Greco, B., Mench, J., Bonaparte-Saller., M Edidemiological Investigations of North American Zoo Elephant Welfare. PLOS ONE

Abdelnabi, A., Hauck, R., Davis, A., Hildebrand, M., Corbeil, LB., Gallardo, R., Diatoms and diatomaceous earth as novel poultry vaccine adjuvants. Poultry Science doi: 10.3382/ps/pew250

Darr, C., Mortorana, K., Scanlan, T., Meyers, S., The Effect of Low Oxygen During the Early Phases of sperm Freezing in Stallions With Low Progressive Motility: Can We Improve Post-Thaw Motility of Stallion Sperm? ScienceDirect


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Javier Vazquez Morales received a 3 year CONACYT (National Council of Science and Technology from Mexico) fellowship.


May 2016


Lee, S., Hung, S., Fangue, N.A., Haller, L., Verhille, C.E., Zhao, J., Todgham, A., Effects of feed restriction on the upper temperature tolerance and heat shock response in juvenile green and white sturgeon. ScienceDirect


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Brittany (Bjelde) Davis was awarded the California Sea Grant Delta Science Fellowship for her studies of  the impacts of multiple stressors, including climate change and salinity, on the physiologicl performance

and predatory-prey dynamics in native and non-native delta fishes


April 2016


Lee, S., Haller, L., Fadel, J., & Hung, S. Effects of feeding rate on growth performance and nutrient partitioning of young-of-the-year white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus). doi: 10.1111/anu.12255

Davis, B., Miller, N., Flynn, E., Todgham, A., Juvenile Antarctic rockcod (Trematomus bernacchii) are physiologically robust to CO2-acidified seawater.  doi:10.1242 jeb.133173

Breitenbuecher, C., Belanger, J., Fates, V., Gershony, L., Famula, T., Oberbauer, A., Protein expression and genetic variability of canine Can f 1 in Golden and Labrador retriever service dogs. Canine Genetics & Epidemiology


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Vanessa Dahl received the Hohn-Johnson Research Award from the Veterinary Orthopedic Society

Vanessa Dahl award the Vice Chancellors Prize for Best Poster- Do Shoeing Constraints on Hoof Movement Promote Long Toe, Low Heel Hoof Confirmation

Chris Miller received the 2016-17 Lyons Fellowship

Mutian Niu received the 2016-17 Lyons Fellowship

Marcela Vilarino received the 2016-17 Lyons Fellowship


March 2016


Niu, M., Kebreab, E., Effect of dietary crude protein and forage contents on enteric methane emissions and nitrogen excretion from dairy cows simultaneously. Anim. Prod. Sci.

Soto, D., Ross, P., Pluripotent stem cells and livestock genetic engineering. Transgenic Research


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Carlyn Peterson received the 2016-17 Lillie May Richards Fellowship


February 2016


Garas, L.C., Feltrin, C., Hamilton, M.K., Hagey, J.V., Murray, J.D, Bertolini, L.R., Bertolini, M., Raybould, H.E., Maga, E.A., Milk with and without lactoferrin can influence intestinal damage in a pig model of malnutrition. Food Funct. 7:665-678


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Sydney Baker received the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association Student merit Award and the 2016 Western Poultry Scholarships ad Research Foundation PePa Student Poster Presentation Award


January 2016


Davis (Bjelde) B., Todgham, A., Role of sequential low-tide-period conditions on the thermal physiology of summer and winter laboratory-acclimated fingered limpets, Lottia digitailis. Marine Biology

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Michaiah Leal received the Cota Robles Fellowship for 2017-18


December 2015


Lee, S., Haller, Liran., & Hung, S., Effect of Feed Restriction on Salinity Tolerance in White Sturgeon (Acipenser Transmontanus) Comp. Biochem. Physiol Part A


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Madeline Kinsey selected as 2016 California Sea Grant State Fellow


November 2015


Berryhill, G., Trott, J., Hovey, R., Mammary Gland Development-It's Not Just About Estrogen- J Dairy Sci

Bolek, K., Klasing, K., Immunoglobulin Knockout Chickens Lack Detectable Circulating IgA in Response to Keyhole Limpet Hemocyanin Vaccination- FASEB

Tresoldi, G., Weary, D.M., Pinheiro Machado Filho, L.C., con Keyserlingk, M.A.G., Social Licking in Pregnant Dairy Heifers. Animals, 2015


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Noe Gomez awarded the CA ARPAS Memorial fund Scholarship

Tawny Scanlan received the Gates Millennium Scholarship


October 2015


Li, J., Kueltz, D., Pham, T., Population -specific renal proteomes of marine and freshwater three-spined sticklebacks. J Proteomics


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Noe Gomez awarded the CA ARPAS Memorial fund Scholarship

Carlyn Peterson awarded the Alexander J. Kutches Memorial Schloarship


September 2015


Moraes, L., Fadel, J., Kebreab, E., Modeling the trade-off between diet costs and methane emissions: A goal programming approach. J Dairy Sci


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Noe Gomez awarded the Burnand-Partridge Foundation Scholarship Fund for 2015-16

Noe Gomez awarded the University of California, Davis Campus Fee Grant 2015-16

Vanessa Dahl awarded the Center for Equine Health grant 2015-16

Kelly Mitchell awarded the California Dairy Research Foundation (CDRF) Fellowship 2015-16 also funded by Biomin and Stuhr Enterprises



Garas, L., Murray, J., featured on Cornell Alliance for her project on the Lysozyme Goats.


August 2015


Lee, S., Haller, L.Y. Verhille, C., Fadel, N.A., and Hung, S.S.O. Effect of feed restriction on salinity tolerance in white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. Part A 188: 156-167

Cooper, C.A., Maga, E.A., and Murray, J.D. (2015). Production of human lactoferrin and lysozyme in the milk of transgenic dairy animals: Past, present and future. Transgenic Research 24:605-614. DOI 10.1007/s11248-015-9885-5

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Brittany Bjelde awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Yanina Bogliotti awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Kevin Bolek awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Caitlin Donovan awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Liza Crissiuma Gershony awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Noe Gomez awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Jill Hagey awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Johnathon Li awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Delia Soto awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Grazyne Tresoldi awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Marcela Vilarino awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16

Kelly Zacanti awarded the Henry A. Jastro Graduate Research Scholarship Award for 2015-16


June 2015


Giuseppe, V., Mench, J.,Dustbathing behavior: Do ectoparasites matter?,2015.06.001

Giuseppe, V., Mench, J., Relationships between beak condition, preening behavior and ectoparasite infestations levels in laying hens in Poultry Science. Poultry Science 00:01-11

Cussen, V, Mench, J., The Relationship between Personality Dimensions and Resiliency to Environmental Stress in Orange-Winged Amazon Parrots (Amazona amazonica), as Indicated by the Development of Abnormal Behaviors

DOI: 10.13701/journal.pone/0126170

May 2015


Hughes, J., Berger, T., Development of Apical Blebbing in the Boar Epididymis.

Moraes, L., Kebreab, E., Fadel, J., Multivariate and univariate analysis of energy balance data from lactating dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci

Bogliotti, Y., Ross, P., Comparison of different fertilisation media for an in vitro maturation-fertilisation-culture system using flow-cytometrically sorted X chromosome-bearing spermatozoa for bovine embryo production.

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Vanessa Dahl awarded the Center for Equine Health grant

April 2015


Reed, K.F., Moraes, L.E., Casper, D.P., Kebreab, E., (2015) Predicting nitrogen excretion from cattle. J Dairy Sci 98: 3025-3035 10.3168/jds. 2014-8397

Reed, K.F., Moraes, L.E., Fadel, J.G., Casper, D.P., Dijkstra, J., France, J., Kebreab, E., Predicting nitrogen use in dairy cattle: A multivariate Bayesian approach. Animal Production Science. Animal Production Science 54 (12)1918-1926

Katleba, K., Legacki. E., Conley, A., Berger, T., co-author "Steroid regulations of early postnatal development in the corpus epididymidis of pigs" . DOI: 10.1530/JOE-15-0001


March 2015


Legacki, E., Nitta-Odda, B., Berger, T., author "Porcine Sertoli Cell Proliferation after Androgen receptor Inactivation".DOI: 10.1095/biolreprod.114.125716


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Johnathon Li awarded the Hart, Cole, Goss Fellowship (Spring 2015)


February 2015

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Hughes, J., awarded an American Society of Andrology Travel Award




Buell, M., Ross, P., (2015) "cAMP modulation during sheep in vitro oocyte maturation delays progression of meiosis without affecting oocyte parthenogenetic developmental competence"

Haller, L., Lee, S., Hung, S., Fadel, T., (2015) Effect of the Nutritional Status on the Osmoregulation of Green Sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris) in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. Physiology and Biochemical Zoology Vol. 88 No. 1

Gularte-Merida, R., Famula, T., Medrano, J., (2015) coauthor "Overlapping mouse subcongenic strains successfully separate two linked body fat QTL on distal MMU 2"


Fellowships, Awards & Grants

Bogliotti, Y., Ross, P., awarded first place in the International Embryo Transfer Society foundation Graduate Student Research competition which was held in Versailles, France for her work entitled, "Developmental outcomes and

efficiency of two CRISPR/Cas9 microinjection  methods in bovine zygotes