Alumni

 

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Dr. Gabriela Acetoze

Major Professor: Dr. Heidi Rossow

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology UC Davis 2014 , M.S. Animal Biology UC Davis - 2011, B.S. University of San Paulo-Brazil

Dissertation Title: Evaluation of Liver Mitochondrial functions of Livestock species related to Trace Mineral Supplementation and Residual Feed Intake 

Thesis Title: Fatty Acid Composition of Backfat, Intermuscular, KPH and Tail Fat Depot Sites of Angus Steers finished on Grass or High Grain Diets

Current Position: Dairy Specialist and Account Manager for ADM Alliance Nutrition

E-mail Address: gacetoze@ucdavis.edu

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Dr. Sergio Arispe

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Adams

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology UC Davis, M.S. Texas A&M University-College Station, B.S. Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Dissertation Title: The Effects of Phytoestrogens on Basal and GNRH-induced Gonadortropin secretion from Ovine Pituitary Cells in Culture

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Livestock & Rangeland Field Faculty at Oregon State University (Vita)

E-mail Address: Sergio.Arispe@oregonstate.edu

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Dr. Gina Alvino

Major Professor: Dr. Joy Mench

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology UC Davis 2013 , M.S. Animal Biology UC Davis - 2008, B.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dissertation Title: The use of Astroturf as a Dustbathing Substrate for laying hens in the furnished cage environment

Thesis Title: Assessment of Behavioral Synchrony of Broiler Chickens under Varying Light Intensities

Current Position:

E-mail address: gmalvino@ucdavis.edu

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Jolene Berg

Major Professor: Dr. Deanne Meyer

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2010, B.S. Animal Science - UC Davis

Thesis Title: Preliminary Inventory of 'Salt' Contributions from Dairy Production Facilities in the Central Valley of California

Current Position: Doctoral Student at West Texas A&M University

E-mail address:

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Christina Breitenbuecher

Major Professor: Dr. Anita Oberbauer

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology -2016

E-mail address: cbreiten@ucdavis.edu

Thesis Title: Protein Expression and Genetic Variability of Canine Can f 1 in the Golden and Labrador retriever Service Dogs

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Andrea Brum

Major Professor: Dr. Barry Ball

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2007, B.S. Animal Science at UC Davis

Thesis Title:  Apoptotic-Like Changes in Equine Spermatazoa.

Current Position: Doctoral student at at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

E-mail Address:

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Dr. Michelle Calvo

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress, M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2008, B.S. Biology - Florida International University -2005

Dissertation Title: Effects of Housing Strategies to improve Calf Well-being

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Animal Well-being at University of Oklahoma State University

E-mail Address:

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Dr. Ronaldo Luis Aoki Cerri

Major Professor: Dr. Jose E. P. Santos

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2008, M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2004, DVM Sao Paulo State University-Brazil

MS Thesis Title: Timed Artificial Insemination with Estradiol Cypionate or Insemination at Detected Estrus in High Producing Dairy Cows

Dissertation Title: Endocrine & Nutritional Factors Affecting Fertilization and Early Embryo Development in Dairy Cows

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (Curriculum Vitae)

E-mail Address:

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Michael Chao

Major Professor: Dr. Roberto Sainz

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology UC Davis - 2011, B.S. Animal Science - UC Davis

Thesis Title:  Biological Enhancement of Growth Performance in the Feedlot Steers

Current Position: Doctoral student, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

E-mail Address:

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James Chitwood

Major Professor: Dr. Juan Medrano

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - 2010, B.S. Genetics - UC Davis

Thesis Title:  Maternal Genotypic Influences of Obesity-Related Phenotypes in Mus musculus

Current Position: Junior Specialist, Pablo Ross Laboratory, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis

E-mail Address:

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Nhi Chung

Major Professor: Dr. Pablo Ross

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2013, B.S. University of Science, Vitenam-2008

Thesis Title: Effects of JMJD3 during Bovine Preimplantation Development through regulating Histone 3 Lysine 27 Methylation

Current Position:

E-mail address: ntchung@ucdavis.edu

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Merritt Clark

Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Maga

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - 2013, B.S. Animal Science - UC Davis

Thesis Title:  Assessing Unintended Effects of a Mammary Specific Transgene at the whole animal level in host and non-target animals

Current Position:

E-mail Address: merclark@ucdavis.edu

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Matthew Cohen

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

E-mail address: mdcohen@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology -2016

Thesis Title: Mitigation of Air Quality Silage Emissions

Current Position: Western Health Science, DVM MS

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Dr. Caitlin Cooper

Major Professor: Dr. James Murray

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology- 2013, M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2010, B.S. University of Vermont -2009

Dissertation Title: Effects of Consumption of Milk containing recombinant Human Lactoferrin and Lysozyme on Porcine Immunity in Models of Health and Disease

Current Position: 

E-mail address: ccooper@ucdavis.edu

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Dr. Scott Crosbie

Major Professor: Dr. Holly Ernest, DVM, Ph.D.

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology - 2009, M.S. & B.S. Biological Conservation-Sacramento State University

Dissertation Title: Impact of West Nile on California Corvids with Emphasis on the Yellow-Billed Magpie (pica nuttalli) and Western Scrub-Jay (aphelcoma californica)

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Marci (Jennings) Crosby

Major Professor:  Dr. Janet Roser

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2007, B.S. University of Arkansas

Thesis Title:  The Efficacy of Recombinant Equine Follicle Stimul Hormone (REFSH) to Promote Follicular Growth in CY Mares Using A Follicular Suppression Model.

Current Position: Equine Instructor & Extension Specialist at University of Missouri (Curriculum Vitae)

Awards: 2012 University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award

E-mail Address:

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Dr. Gustavo Durante Cruz

Major Professor: Dr. James Fadel

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology - 2011, M.S. Animal Biology UC Davis - 2008, Post Graduate Certificate in Animal Science-UC Davis, B.S. Sao Paulo State University-Brazil.

MS Thesis Title: Relationships of Residual Feed Intake with Performance, Profitability, Digestibility, and Carcass Traits in Individual and Group Pens

Dissertation Title: Improving the Understanding of Adipocyte Growth and Development in Beef Cattle

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Animal Science Department, UC Davis

E-mail Address:

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Kellie Curtis

Major Professor: Dr. Anita Oberbauer

E-mail address: klcurtis@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology -2015

Thesis Title:  Correlating positivity for zoonotic disease with growth in people and livestock in a community in Eastern Uganda

 Current Position: Team Leader, Veterinarians without Borders; zoonotic disease surveillance, training and testing. Uganda, Africa

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Dr. Victoria Cussen

Major Professor: Dr. Joy Mench

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology-2014, M.S. University of Edinburgh, Scotland-2005, B.S. Washington State University-2003

Dissertation Title: Personality and Cognition in Orange-Winged Amazon Parrots (Amazona Amazonica): Implications for Abnormal Behavior and Welfare

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Davis

E-mail address: vacussen@ucdavis.edu

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Alexa Danner

Major Professor: Dr. Anita Oberbauer

E-mail address: aldanner@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology-2015

Thesis Title: Genome Wide Association Study for Loci Associated with Digital Dermatitis (Foot Warts) and Pododermatitis Circumscripta (Sole Ulcers) in Holstein Cattle

Current Position: DVM Student, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

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Ro-Lan (Laura) Dao

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Adams

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2008, M.S. National Taiwan University, B.S. Chinese Culture University

Thesis Title:  Luteinizing Hormone Secretion from Ovine Gonadatrope Cells:  The Role of Gonadatropin-Releasing Hormone Receptor Dimerization.

Current Position:

E-mail Address:

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Josh Davy

Major Professor: Dr. James Oltjen

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2007, B.S. Chico State University

Thesis Title:  Factors Affecting Yield of Vertically Integrated and Direct Marketed Beef

Current Position: Livestock, Range, and Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Glenn, Colusa, and Tehama Counties

Email address:

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Dr. Rebecca Duerr

Major Professor: Dr. Kirk Klasing

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology-2013, MPVM UC Davis - 2008, D.V.M. UC Davis - 2006, UC Davis; B.S. Marine Biology and Limnology, San Francisco State University -2002.

Dissertation Title: Investigation into Nutritional Condition and Digestive Capabilities of Seabirds during Rehabilitation in California

Current Position:

E-mail address: rsduerr@ucdavis.edu

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Carine Elkhoraibi

Major Professor: Dr. Joy Mench

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology-2014

Thesis Title: Backyard Chickens in the U.S.: A Survey Investigation

Current Position:

E-mail address: celkhoraibi@ucdavis.edu

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Nicole Forsyth

Major Professor:  Dr. Joy A. Mench

Degrees:  M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2007, M.A. Communications - University of Maine 1998, B.A. English - University of Colorado

Thesis Title:  Effects of Cage Size and Enrichment on Three Strains of Laboratory Mice

Current Position:  President & CEO, RedRover

E-mail Address:

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Roberta Franco

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - 2012, B.S. Agronomic Engineering - Sao Paulo University, Brazil

Thesis Title: Effects of Microbial Inoculants on Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds, Oxides of Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide, Ammonia, and Dry Matter Losses in Alfalfa Silage

Current Position:  Doctoral Student in Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry, UC Davis

E-mail Address:

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Lydia Garas

Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Maga

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: lcgaras@ucdavis.edu  

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology 2016

Dissertation Title: Investigating the Effects of Lysozyme Transgenic Goat Milk on E. coli Infection, Malnutrition, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Current Position: Visiting Assistant Professor in Anatomy & Physiology at Whitman College-Walla Walla, WA

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Dr. Rodrigo Jose Gularte Merida

Major Professor: Dr. Juan Medrano

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology - 2011, M.S. Animal Biology-UC Davis - 2006, B.S. Pan-American School of Agriculture-Honduras

MS Thesis Title:  Fine Mapping Distal Mouse Chromosome 2 for Growth and Obesity Traits Using Overlapping Subcongenic Strains

Dissertation Title: Candidate Gene Identification of Growth and Obesity Traits in Congenic and Subcongenic Mice

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, GIGA Research Centre, University of Liege, Belgium

E-mail Address:

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Lisa Goldberg

Major Professor: Dr. Juan Medrano

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2007, B.S. University of New Hampshire

Thesis Title:  Fine Mapping Growth and Obesity Quantitative Trait (QTL) Using Subcongenic Strains of Mouse Chromosome.

Current Position:  Laboratory Manager and Technician, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory: Ecological Genetics & Wildlife Population Health Division

E-mail Address:

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Noe Gomez

Major Professor: Dr. Peter H. Robinson

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: noe.gomez@wsu.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology 2016; B.S. Animal Science (Minor in Biology) 2014- California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Thesis Title: Energy Balance and Progesterone Levels as Reporductive Management Tools for Contemporary Multiparous Dairy Cattle

Current Position: Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University (Pullman)

 

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Brian Greco

Major Professor: Dr. Joy Mench

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: bjgreco@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress; M.S.-Biology, California State University San Marcos; B.S.-Biology/B.A.-Art Studio, University of California, Davis

Research interests: Elucidating the ways in which captivity affects the welfare, behavior, and cognitive capabilities of elephants. 

Publications:

Greco BJ, Brown TK, Andrews JRM, Swaisgood RR, Caine NG (2012)  Social learning in captive African elephants (Loxodonta africana africana) Anim Cogn.  doi: 10.1007/s10071-012-0586-7

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Valerie Guerrero

Major Professor: Dr. Trish Berger

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology-2013, B.S. Animal Science- UC Davis-2008

Thesis Title: Effects of Reduced Estrogen on Maturation of the Accessory Sex Glands in Prepubertal Boars

Current Position: Program Coordinator at City of American Canyon

E-mail address: vdguerrero@ucdavis.edu

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Liran Haller

Major Professor: Dr. Silas Hung

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology-2013

Thesis Title: The Effect of Nutritional Status on Salinity Tolerance in Green Sturgeon (Acipenser Medirostris) Juveniles

Current Position: Aquatic Biologist in San Francisco

E-mail address: lhaller@ucdavis.edu

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Carolyn Hamilton

Major Professor: Dr. Kirk Klasing

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - 2008, B.S. Animal Science - UC Davis

Thesis Title:  Dietary Factors Affecting Iron Storage

Current Position:  Veterinary student at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

E-mail Address:

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Scott Hamilton

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology- UC Davis 2008, B.S. Animal Science and Management-UC Davis

Thesis Title:  Gaseous Emissions, Animal Performance, and Bacterial Population Structure Responses to Dietary Monensin in Lactating Dairy Cows.

Current Position:  Veterinary student at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

E-mail Address:

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Dr. Monna Hess

Major Professor: Dr. Janet Roser

Degrees: Ph.D. Physiology - UC Davis 2003; M.S. Animal Science - UC Davis 1995; B.S. Agriculture - Ohio State University

MS Thesis Title:  The Effects of Age, Season and Fertility on Plasma and Testicular IGF-I Concentration in Stallions

Dissertation Title:  Steroidogenesis in the Equine Testis Throughout Puberty

E-mail Address:

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Dr. Kathryn Holcomb

Major Professor: Dr. Carolyn Stull

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology, M.A. Liberal Arts San Diego State University, B.S. Animal Science, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

Dissertation Title:  Behavioral and Physiological Responses of Domestic Horses to Provision of Shade in a Hot, Sunny Environment

Current Position:  Postdoctoral Scholar, School of Veterinary Medicine, Population Health and Reproduction, UC Davis

E-mail address: keholcomb@ucdavis.edu

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Jennifer Hughes

Major Professor: Dr. Trish Berger

E-mail address: jrhughes@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology-2015

Dissertation Title: Development and Regulation of Apical Blebbing in the Porcine Epididymis.

Current Position: Post Doctoral Trainee, scientific research; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lauren Hylle

Major Professor: Dr. Kathryn Radke

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - 2008, B.S. Animal Science-Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Thesis Title:  Early Bovine Leukemia Virus Infection in Naturally Infected Cows & Experimentally Infected Sheep: An Analysis of Proviral Load, the Presence of Unintegrated Circular Provirus and the Host Antibody.

E-mail Address:

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Kristin (Simpson) Kellett

Major Professor:  Dr. Anita M. Oberbauer

Degrees:  Teaching Credential, Biology and Animal Science -UC Davis 2005,  M.S. Animal Science - UC Davis 2004, B.S. Animal Science - UC Davis

Thesis Title:  Genome Scanning for Hypoadrenocorticism in Standard Poodles Using CTLA-4, AIRE-1, and MHC as Candidate Loci.

Current Position:  Science Teacher, Dixon High School (2006 - present). I teach General Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Agricultural Anatomy & Physiology, and am currently developing an Animal Science course to offer as an elective for our Ag. students in the Fall of 2008.

E-mail Address:

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Katie Klooster

Major Professor: Dr. Stuart Meyers

Home department: Anatomy, Physiology, & Cell Biology - School of Veterinary Medicine

E-mail address: klklooster@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress

Current Position:

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Rachel Kurzbard

Major Professor: Dr. Kirk Klasing

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology-2014

Thesis Title: Effects of Copper and Zinc on Broiler Health and Performance during a subclinical Coccidiosis Challenge

Current Position: Veterinary Student at Western University of Health Sciences, California

E-mail address: grakurzbard@ucdavis.edu

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Dr. Cynthia LeDoux-Bloom

Major Professor: Dr. Michael L. Johnson (Emeriti) and Dr. Serge Doroshov

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology, M.S. Natural Science, San Jose State University/Moss Landing Marine Lab, B.S. Biology, UC Santa Cruz

Dissertation Title: Distribution, Habitat Use, and Movement Patterns of Sub-adult Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis) in the San Francisco Estuary Watershed, California.

Current Position: Staff Scientist (Fisheries) at State of California Dept. of Water Resources

E-mail Address: cledouxbloom@ucdavis.edu

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Seunghyung Lee

Major Professor: Dr. Silas Hung

E-mail address: sshlee@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology -2015

Dissertation Title: Effects of nutritional status on salinity stress responses in white sturgeon 

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Dr. Erin Legacki

Major Professor: Dr. Trish Berger

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology-2014

Dissertation Title: Sertoli Cells: What's Androgrn got to DOW with it?

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at University of California, Davis

E-mail address: ellegacki@ucdavis.edu

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Meaghan Loud

Major Professor: Dr. Janet Roser

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology-2014

Thesis Title: Effects of Recombinant Equine FSH (REFSH) and LH (RELH) in deep anestrous mares under natural photoperiod after treatment, conception, and pregnancy termination

Current Position: Research Assistant, Transgenic Core, Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

E-mail address: mloud@ucdavis.edu

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Kelly Martorana

Major Professor: Dr. Stuart Meyers

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology-2013

Thesis Title: Oxidative Studies in Cryopreserved Mammalian Spermatozoa

Current Position: Embryologist at Coastal Fertility Medical Center

E-mail address: kmartorana@ucdavis.edu

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Tara Meade

Major Professor:  Dr. Ed DePeters

Degrees:  Teaching Credential -UC Davis 2008,  M.S. Animal Science - UC Davis 2008, B.S. Animal Science - UC Davis

Thesis Title:  The Effects of Method of Lipid Supplementation and Physical Form of the Forage On Fatty Acid Composition of Milk Fat.

Current Position:  Agriculture Teacher, Woodland High School.

E-mail Address:

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Dr. Geraldine Meyers-Brown

Major Professor: Dr. Janet Roser

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2010, M.S. Texas Tech University, B.S. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Dissertation Title:  Recombinant Gonadotropins Effect in Stimulating Follicular Development in Both the Transitional and Cyclic Mare.

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Animal Science Department, UC Davis

E-mail Address:

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Asha Miles

Major Professor: Dr. Jim Murray

E-mail address: amiles@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology-2015

Thesis Title: Differential Expression of Antimicrobial Peptides in the Porcine Small Intestine during Microbial Challenge with the Consumption of Lysozyme-Transgenic Goats' Milk

Current Position: PhD student- Teaching and Research; Cornell University

Dr. Sukkrit Nimitkul

Major Professor: Dr. Ernest S. Chang

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology-2014, M.S. Animal Biology, UC Davis - 2009, B.S. Aquaculture, Kasetsart University, Thailand.

Dissertation Title:

MS Thesis Title: Feedback Regulation of Ecdysteroid Analog on Y-Organs of the Green Crab Carcinus Maenas (Crustacea, Decapoda)

Current Position:

E-mail address: snimitkul@ucdavis.edu

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Kelly (Patchett) Pataca

Major Professor: Dr. Janet Roser

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - 2008, B.S. Animal Science-UC Davis

Thesis Title:  The Effects of Recombinant Equine Gonadatropins on Libido, Sperm Output and Endogenous Hormone Production In The Stallion.

Current Position: Nursing Student at Marymount University

E-mail Address:

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Dr. Sarah Place

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology, B.S. Cornell University, A.A.S. Morrisville State College

Dissertation Title: Effects of Monensin on Gasesous Emissions, Microbial populations, and Animal performance of lactating dairy cattle

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Sustainable Beef Cattle Systems at Oklahoma State University

E-mail Address: seplace@ucdavis.edu

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Amanda Plunkett

Major Professor: Dr. Anita Oberbauer

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - 2010, B.S. Animal Science-UC Davis

Thesis Title:  Efficacy of a monovalent Leptospira borgpetersenii serovar Hardjo strain hardjobovis vaccine protocol on measures of fertility in Holstein dairy cattle.

Current Position: Veterinary student at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

E-mail Address:

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Dr. Eranda Rajapaksha

Major Professor: Dr. Cassandra Tucker

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology-2014

Dissertation Title: Effects of Standing Surface Characteristics on Dairy Cow Behavior and Skeletal Muscle Physiology

Current Position: Senior Lecturer at Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies at the University of Peradeniya in Sir Lanka

E-mail address: earajapaksha@ucdavis.edu

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Jamie Randol

Major Professor: Dr. James D. Murray

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: jlrandol@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology

Thesis Title: Evaluation of the Gut Microbiota in Juvenile Rhesus Macaques Suffering from Diarrhea and Supplemented with Human Lysozyme Goat Milk

Current Position: Pursuing PhD in Integrative Genetics and Genomics

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Kristan Reed

Major Professor: Dr. Ermias Kebreab

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: kfreed@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Modeling the sustainability of food systems.

Publications: 

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Ina Rommeck

Major Professor: Dr. Brenda McCowan

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - 2007, B.S. Animal Science-UC Davis

Thesis Title:  The Effects of Four Nursery Rearing Strategies on Behavioral Development of Infant Rhesus Macaques (Macaca Mulatta).

Current Position:  Doctoral student in the Animal Behavior Graduate Group, UC Davis

E-mail Address:

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Dr. Ashley Rowson

Major Professor: Dr. Russ Hovey

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology -2013, B.S. Animal Science, UC Davis

Dissertation Title: Lentivirus-Mediated Transduction and Transformation of Pig Mammary Epithelium in Vitro and in Vivo

Current Position:

E-mail address: arrowson@ucdavis.edu

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Dr. Heloisa Rutigliano

Major Professor: Dr. Thomas Adams

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology - 2010, M.S. Animal Biology - UC Davis 2005, D.V.M. Uiversidade Estadual Paulista "Julio de Mesquita Filho" UNESP, Brazil

MS Thesis Title: Effects of Source of Supplemental Se and Method of Presynchronization on Health, Immune Responses, Reproductive Efficiency, Uterine Health, and Lactation Performance of High Producing Dairy Cows

Dissertation Title:  Using Single Chain Gonadatropins to Enhance Fertility in Sheep

Current Position: Senior Research Associate, Center for Integrated Biosystems, Utah State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

E-mail Address:

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Erica Scott

Major Professor: Dr. Jim Murray

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology- 2013

Thesis Title: The Genetic Mutation causing Cerebellar Abiotrophy in Arabian Horses and How it Manifest itself in the Genes Mutyh and Toei

Current Position: Ph.D. student in Animal Biology Graduate group

E-mail address: eyscott@ucdavis.edu

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Jamie Sherman

Major Professor: Dr. Holly Ernest

Home department: School of Veterinary Medicine: Population, Health, and Reproduction and Veterinary Genetics Laboratory

E-mail address: jrsherman@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress, B.S. Syracuse University - 2010

Research interests: Black bear ecology and population health, wildlife disease ecology; wildlife management

Publications:

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Puneet Sidhu

Major Professor: Dr. Trish Berger

E-mail address: psidhu@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology -2015; B.S. Biology and B.A. French from University of California Irvine, 2012

Thesis Title: Effects of Dexamethasone Treatment of Sertoli Cell Proliferation and Testicular Develpment in Neonatal Boars

Current Position: Veterinary Assistant Banfield Pet Hospital, Concord CA

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Gabrielle Simon

Major Professor: Dr. Cassandra Tucker

E-mail address: gsimon@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology -2015

Thesis Title: Assessing Cow-Calf Welfare

Current Position:  Junior Specialist, UC Davis-Dr. Cassandra Tucker's Research Lab

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Juliann T Skora

Major Professor: Dr. Janet Roser

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology - 2009, B.S. Animal Science - UC Davis

Thesis Title: Localization of the IGF-1 Receptor in the Equine Epididymis

Current Position: Research Assistant, Drexel University College of Medicine, Neurology Department, Philadelphia, PA

E-mail Address:

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Dr. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology -2011, M.S. Animal Biology - 2008, B.S. Animal Science, UC Davis

MS Thesis Title: The Effects of Acidifier Applications in Reducing Emissions from Dairy Corrals 

Dissertation Title:  Assessment and Mitigation of Greenhouse Gasses and Air Emissions from Beef Production

Current Position:  Director of Sustainability Research, Research, Education and Innovation Department, National Cattlemen's Beef Association

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Rachel Toaff-Rosenstein

Major Professor: Dr. Cassandra Tucker

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: rtoaff@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress, VMD University of Pennsylvania, B.Sc Hebrew University - Faculty of Agriculture (Israel)

Research interests: Sickness behavior in the context of Bovine Respiratory Disease (focusing on beef cattle); using behavioral changes as potential method to improves disease detection and animal welfare.

Publications:

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Dr. Monica VanKlompenberg

Major Professor: Dr. Russ Hovey

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology-2013, B.S. Michigan State University - 2008

Dissertation Title: Effects of Late Gestational Hyperprolactinemia in the Porcine Mammary Gland

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow iwith Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend

E-mail address: mkvanklompenberg@ucdavis.edu

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Dr. Giuseppe Vezzoli

Major Professor: Dr. Joy Mench

Degrees: PhD in Animal Biology- 2014

Dissertation Title: Evaluation of the Effects of Lice and Mite Infestation on the Grooming Behavior, Health and Egg Quality of Laying Hens

Current Position: Conducting research and teaching at UC Davis

E-mail Address: gvezzoli@ucdavis.edu

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Dr. Natalie Villani

Major Professor: Dr. Leslie Lyons

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology -2011, B.S. Molecular Biology and Microbiology - University of Central Florida, DVM UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, 2014

Thesis Title: Heritability and Characteristics of Catnip Response in Two Domestic Cat Populations

Current Position:  Neurology Specialty Intern, Animal Specialty Group- Los Angeles, CA

E-mail Address: navillani@ucdavis.edu

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Dr. Qian Wang

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology-2013, B.S. Huazhong Agricultural University of China

Dissertation Title: Nutritional Stratefies to Mitigate Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Cattle Production

Current Position:

E-mail address: asqwang@ucdavis.edu

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Dr. Kristina Weber

Major Professor: Dr. Alison VanEenennaam

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology-2013, B.S. University of California, Los Angeles

Dissertation Title: Genomic Prediction in Practice: Refining a New Selection Tool for Commercial Beef Cattle Producers

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, VMRD Genetics R&D at Zoetis

E-mail address: klweber@ucdavis.edu

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Brian Welly

Major Professor: Dr. Alison VanEenennaam

E-mail address: btwelly@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology-2014

Thesis Title: Genomic Interrogation of the Putative Etiologic Agent of Epizootic Bovine Abortion

Current Position: DVM Student, UC Davis

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Dr. Saumya Wickramasinghe

Major Professor: Dr. Juan Medrano

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology-2012 , M.S. Oklahoma State University, B.V.Sc. Sri Lanka

Dissertation Title: Trancriptome profiling of Bovine Milk with Special Emphasis on Oligosaccharide metabolism genes

Current Position: Senior Lecturer Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

E-mail Address: swickaramsinghe@ucdavis.edu

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Emma Wils-Plotz

Major Professor: Dr. Kirk Klasing

E-mail address: elwilsplotz@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology 2016 ; M.S. Animal Science, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana-2012; B.S. Animal Science, Michigan State University-2010

Dissertation TitleImpact of Immunomodulatory Nutrients on Salmonella Infection of Chicks

Current Position: Nutritionist on the glabal nutrition team, Nestle Purina

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Dr. Minjung Yoon

Major Professor: Dr. Janet Roser

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology - 2010, M.S. Animal Biology - 2006, B.S. Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea - 2004

MS Thesis Title: Single Chain Recombinant Equine Luteinizing Hormone (reLH): Induction of Ovulation in Mares

Dissertation Title:  The Localization and Function of IGF-I in the Stallion Testes

Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Kyungpook National University, Korea

E-mail Address:

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