Current Students

Ali Abdelnabi

Major Professor: Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: anazmi@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Using genomic approaches to elucidate the mechanisms of molecular and cellular innate immune response of the chicken to Campylobacter jejuni  infection.

Publications:

ˇ     Nazmi, A., J. Zhang, X. Li, C.L. Swaggerty, M.H. Kogut, H. Chiang, Y. Wang, K. Genovese, H. He, V.J. Dirita, I. Pevzner, H. Zhou. July 2012.Transcriptional profiling of innate immune response in broiler ceca following Campylobacter Jejuni infection. 101th Poultry Science Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Oral presentation.

ˇ     Nazmi, A., J. Zhang, X. Li, C.L. Swaggerty, M.H. Kogut, H. Chiang, Y. Wang, K. Genovese, H. He, V.J. Dirita, I. Pevzner, H. Zhou. January 2012. Global gene expression profiles of early cecal response to Campylobacter Jejuni challenge in two genetically distinct broilers lines. 20th Annual Plant and Animal Genome Conference. San Diego, CA. Poster Presentation.

ˇ     Nazmi, A., J. Zhang, X. Li, C.L. Swaggerty, M.H. Kogut, H. Chiang, Y. Wang, K. Genovese, H. He, V.J. Dirita, I. Pevzner, H. Zhou. July 2011. Gene expression profiles of ceca in different broiler lines infected with wild-type and mutant Campylobacter Jejuni. 100th Poultry Science Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Oral presentation.

ˇ     Fathi, M.M., A.H. El-Attar, U.M. Ali, A. Nazmi. 2008. Effect of naked neck gene on carcass composition and immunocompetence in chicken. British Poultry Science 40:103-110.

ˇ     Fathi, M.M., A.H. El-Attar, U.M. A. Nazmi. July 2006. Growth performance and immune response of naked neck and normally feathered genotypes of chicken. 95th Poultry Science Annual Meeting, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Oral presentation.

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Emily Andreini

Major Professor: Dr. James Oltjen

Home department: Department of Animal Science

E-mail address: emandreini@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology UC Davis in progress, M.S. Animal Science- Oklahoma State University; B.S. Animal Science and Agricultural Communications- Oklahoma State University

Research interests: Environmental impacts and management of beef production systems.
Publications: Andreini, E.M., and Place, S.E. 2014. Current approaches of beef cattle systems life cycle assessment: A review. Cattlemen's Beef Board and National Cattlemen's Beef Association; Beef Research White Paper: Sustainability.
 

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Sydney Baker

Major Professor: Dr. Maja Makagon

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: slbaker@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress; S.Sc. Animal Science, Purdue University

Research interests: Behavior and welfare of laying hens, focusing on keel bone damage.

Publications:

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Carmen Banks

Major Professor: Dr. Russ Hovey

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: cmbbanks@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal Science, University of Maryland- 2015

Research interests: Mammary gland development and lactation

Publications:

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Yanina Bogliotti

Major Professor: Dr. Pablo Ross

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: ybogliotti@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Analysis of epigenetic histone marks remodeling during early mammalian development.

Publications: Bogliotti, Yanina, and Pablo Ross. "Mechanisms of histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation remodeling during early mammalian development." Epigenetics. 2012. Sep;7(9):976-81.

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Erin Burns

Major Professors: Dr. Carrie Finno

Home department: School of Veterinary Medicine

E-mail address: enburns@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: PhD Animal Biology in progress UC Davis, B.S. Biology and Equestrian Studies- Rocky Mountain College

Research interests: Equine Genetics. I am currently studying the genetic causes of Equine Neuroaxonal Dystrophy.

Publications:

 

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Carrazco, Angelica

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: acarrazco@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress; Biological Sciences, California State University, Sacramento- 2016

Research interests:

Publications:

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Chew, Stephanie

Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Maga

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: stchew@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress; BS at University of Delaware-2015

Research interests:

Publications:

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Liza Gershony

Major Professor: Dr. Anita Oberbauer

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: lcgershony@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: PhD Animal Biology in progress; MS Universidade Federal Fluminse Brazil- 2013, DVM- Universidade Federal Fluminse Brazil -2008

Research interests:

Publications:

Gershony, L., Penedo, M.C.T., Davis, B.W., Murphy, W.J., Helps, C.R., Lyons, L.A. co-author "Who's behind that mask and cape? The Asian Leopards Cat's Agouti (ASIP) allele affects coat colour phenotype in the Bengal cat breed. Animal Genetics, c.45(6),p.893-897, 2014 

Breitenbuecher, C.; Belanger, J.; Levy, K.; Mundell, P.; 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 and Epidemiology, v.3, 2016

Bastos, B.F., Brener, B., Gershony, L., Willi, L., Labarthe, N., Pereira, C., Mendes-deAlmeida, F. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii (Nicole & Manceaux, 1909) and retroviral status of client-owned pet cats (Felis catus, Linnaeus, 1758) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Journal of the Săo Paulo Institute of Tropical Medicine, v.53(3), p.201-203, 2013

Mendes-de-Almeida, F., Crissiuma A.L, Gershony, L.C., Willi, L.M.V., Paiva, J. P., Guerrero, J., Labarthe, N.V. Characterization of ectoparasites in an urban cat (Felis catus Linnaeus, 1758) population of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Parasitology Research (1987. Internet), v.108, p.1431 - 1435, 2011

Crissiuma, A., Favacho, A., Gershony, L.C., Mendes-de-Almeida, F., Gomes, R., Mares-Guia, A., Rozental, T., Barreira, J., Lemos, E., Labarthe, N. Prevalence of Bartonella species DNA and antibodies in cats (Felis catus) submitted to a spay/neuter program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, v.13, p.149 - 151, 2011

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Cruz, Michelle

Major Professor: Dr. Pablo Ross

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: becruz@ucdavis.edu  

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress; BS UC Davis- 2016

Research interests:

Publications:

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Ana Paula da Silva

Major Professor: Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo

Home department: Population Health and Reproduction

E-mail address: apdasilva@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: PhD Animal Biology UC Davis in progress; M.Sc. Animal Science, Londrina State University (Brazil); specialist Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Londrina State University ( Brazil); DVM Federal University of Parana (Brazil)

Research interests: Chicken resistance to infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) infections

Publications:

Headley, S.A., Bodnar, L., Silva A.P., Alfieri A.F., Gomes, L.A. Okano, W., Alfieri A.A., Canine distemper virus with concomitant infections due to canine herpesvirus-1, canine parvovirus, and canine adenovirus in puppies from southern Brazil. Jacobs Journal of Microbiology and Pathology, 1(2):015, 2015    

Alfieri, A.A., Silva, A.P., Beuttemmuller, E.A., Balbo, L.C., Acesso amplo e rapido: a fundo na eficiencia dos kits de diagnosticos para parvovirus canino (Broad and quick: a background in the efficiency of diagnostic kits for canine parvovirus). Revista Caes e Gatos 185 (31):48-50, 2015.

Silva, A.P., Bodnar, L. Headley, S.A., Alfieri, A.F., Alfieri, A.A., Molecular detection of canine distemper virus (CDV), canine adenorvirus A type 1 and 2 (CAdV-1 and CAdV-2), and canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV-2) in the urine of dogs. Semina: Ciencias Agrarias 25(6), 2539-2543, 2014. 

Headley, S.A., Alfieri, A.A., Fritzen, J.T.T., Garcia, J.L., Weissenbock, H., Silva, A.P., Bodnar, L., Okano, W., Alfieri, A.F., Concomitant canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis, canine parvovirus enteritis, canine infectious tracheobronchitis, and toxoplasmosis in a pup. J Vet Diagn Invest, 25:129-135, 2013.

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Theresa Dabruzzi

Major Professor: Dr. Nann Fangue

Home department: Wildlife, fish and Conservation Biology

E-mail address: tfdabruzzi@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress;  M.S. in Biology and B.S. in Marine Biology, University of West Florida

Research interests: Comparative Ecological Physiology

Publications:

Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Melanie A. Sutton and Wayne A. Bennett. (in press) Evidence for Control of Cutaneous Oxygen Uptake in the Yellow-lipped Sea Krait Laticauda colubrina (Schneider, 1799). Journal of Herpetology

Nann A. Fangue, Martin Wunderly, Theresa F. Dabruzzi, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2014. Asymmetric Thermal Acclimation Responses Allow Sheepshead Minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus, to Cope with Rapidly Changing Temperatures. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 87(6):805–816.

Christopher Pomory, Joni Wright, Theresa Dabruzzi, Donna Howsden, Lois O’Boyle, David Bedic, Whitney Bretana, Lindsey Onjuka, Carly Somerset, and Wayne Bennett. 2014. Density of Diadema antillarum (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) on live coral patch reefs and dead Acropora cervicornis rubble patches near Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas National Park. Caribbean Journal of Science 48:1–8.

Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Ana G. Jimenez, Justin E. Speaks, Sarah R. Stoler, Melanie A. Sutton, Christopher M. Pomory, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2013. Thermal tolerance and metabolic responses of two damselfish species from a hyperthermic rockpool nursery in Dry Tortugas National Park, USA. Caribbean Journal of Science 47:213–219.

Theresa F. Dabruzzi and Wayne A. Bennett. 2013. Hypoxia effects on gill surface area and blood oxygen-carrying capacity of the Atlantic stingray, Dasyatis Sabina. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 701:37–49.

Ian W. Hendy, John Eme, Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Richard V. Nembhard, Simon M. Craig and Wayne A. Bennett. 2013. Dartfish use teredinid tunnels in fallen mangrove wood as a low-tide refuge. Marine Ecology Progress Series 486:237–245

Justin E. Speaks, Carly J. Randall, Ana G. Jimenez, Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Melanie A. Sutton, Christopher M. Pomory, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2012. Temperature tolerance comparisons among juvenile reef fishes from a beachrock nursery in Dry Tortugas National Park. Florida Scientist 75/4.

Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Melanie A. Sutton and Wayne A. Bennett. 2012. Metabolic thermal sensitivity optimizes sea krait amphibious physiology. Herpetologica 68:218–225.

Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Mark L. Wygoda, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2012. Some Like it Hot: Heat Tolerance of the Crab-Eating Frog, Fejervarya cancrivora. Micronesica 43:101–106.

Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Mark L. Wygoda, Joni E. Wright, John Eme, and Wayne A Bennett. 2011. Direct evidence of cutaneous resistance to evaporative water loss in amphibious mudskipper (family Gobiidae) and rockskipper (family Blenniidae) fishes from Pulau Hoga, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 406:125–129.

John Eme, Theresa F. Dabruzzi, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2011. Thermal responses of juvenile squaretail mullet (Liza vaigiensis) and crescent terapon (Terapon jarbua) acclimated at near-lethal temperatures, and the implications for climate change. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 399:35–38.

Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Mark L. Wygoda, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2011. Vive la Résistance! Resisting water loss is an important adaptation to saltwater acclimation of crab-eating frogs. Biodiversity Science 2011/2.

Mark L. Wygoda, Theresa F. Dabruzzi, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2011. Cutaneous Resistance to Evaporative Water Loss in the Crab-eating Frog (Fejervarya cancrivora). Journal of Herpetology 45:417–420.
 

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Vanessa Dahl

Major Professor: Dr. Sue Stover

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

E-mail address: vedahl@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Looking into horse shoe wear patterns on different surfaces as well as the impact of shoes on heel expansion on horse hooves during stance phase.

Publications:

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Brittany (Bjelde) Davis

Major Professors: Dr. Anne Todgham & Dr. Nann Fangue

Home department: Animal Science & Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

E-mail address: bebjelde@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress; M.S. in Biology (conc. Marine Biology), San Francisco State University, B.S. in Biology (conc. Marine Biology & Field Ecology), California State University Stanislaus

Research interests: Ecological-physiology, specifically, understanding how the effects of climate change may impact Antarctic and California fishes.

Publications:

Bjelde, BE and Todgham, AE. 2013. Thermal physiology of the fingered limpet, Lottia digitalis, under immersion and emersion conditions. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 2858-2869.

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Alejandro de la Fuente

Major Professor: Dr. Stuart Meyers/ Dr. Bruce W. Christensen

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

E-mail address: aldelafuente@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S Animal Biology in progress; DVM at Universidad de Concepcion, Chile & Chile & Universidad de Cordoba, Spain. 

Research interests: Reproductive physiology and conservation biology

Publications:   

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Raquel de Mello e Pinho

Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Maga

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: rdpinho@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress, M.S. in Sciences (conc, Anatomy of Domestic and Wild Animals), University of Sao Paulo, B.S. in Physiotherapy, University of Fortaleza Zoology

Research interests: Production of transgenic animal as disease models and epigenetic regulation of gene expression.

Publications:

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Amber Derpinghaus

Major Professor: Dr. Russ Hovey

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: alderpinghaus@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S Animal Biology in progress; BS Animal Science, UC Davis- 2015. 

Research interests: Nutritional Effects on Mammary Gland Biology

  

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Holland Dougherty

Major Professor: Dr. Ermias Kebreab

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: hdougherty@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Modeling sustainable livestock production and the development of decision-making tools, particularly from an international perspective.

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Kathleen Furtado

Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Maga

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: klfurtado@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS Animal Biology in progress; BS Animal Science, UC Davis- 2015. 

Research interests: Characterizing the gut microbiota associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). currently investigating the effects of human lysozyme transgenic goat milk on the microbiota of pigs in an IBD model.

Publications:   

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Hannah Gauthier

Major Professor: Dr. Peter Robinson

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: hgwalker@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS Animal Biology in progress; BS Zoology, Ohio State University 

Research interests: Dairy cattle nutrition and management

Publications:   

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Beth Graham

Major Professor: Dr. Trish Berger

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: bmgraham@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: PhD in Animal Biology in progress

 

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Ellie Harness

Major Professor: Dr. James Murray

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address:  emharness@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: PhD in Animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal Sciences, University of Connecticut 

Research interests: Impact of bacterial association on mammalian stem cell function

Publications:   

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Sadie Hennig

Major Professor: Dr. James Murray

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address:  slhennig@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS in Animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal Sciences, UW- River Falls

Research interests: Embryology, reproductive biology

Publications:   

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Alexa Johnson

Major Professor: Dr. Heidi Rossow

Home department: Population Health and Reproduction- School of Veterinary Medicine, Tulare

E-mail address:  acbjohnson@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS in Animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal Sciences, UC Davis

Research interests: Management of the Equine Hindgut

Publications: Johnson, A.C.B., Reed, K.F., Kebreab, E., Evaluation of nitrogen excretion equations from cattle. Journal of dairy science 99.9 (2016): 7669-7678  

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Kwangwook Kim

Major Professor: Yanhong Liu

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: kwkkim@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S Animal Biology in progress; BS  in Animal Science and Biotechnology, Chungnam National University, Korea -2014

Research interests: Dietary effects on pig health and developing new approach for the industry and to explore the effects functional food components on human health using pig as a model.

Publications:   

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Sarah Klopatek

Major Professor: Dr. James Oltjen

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: klopatek@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: PhD Animal Biology in progress; MS in Animal Science, Texas A&M University-2016,  BS in Animal Science, University of Arizona 2013

Research interests: Beef cattle sustainability with emphasis on greenhouse gas mitigation and ruminant nutrition

Publications:   

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Michaiah Leal

Major Professor: Dr. Anne Todgham

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: mjgleal@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: B.S. in animal Science, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Ph.D Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Stress physiology and disease resistance in farmed fishes

Publications:

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Johnathon Li

Major Professor: Dr. Dietmar Kueltz

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: joli@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: PhD Animal Biology in progress; MS in Animal Biology-2015, B.S Animal Science: emphasis in Aquatic Animals

Research interests: Proteomics, biochemical responses to environmental stress in fish

Publications:   

Population-specific renal proteomes of marine and freshwater three-spined sticklebacks – Journal of Proteomics 2015. Kültz, D., Li, J., Paguio, D., Pham, T., Edisaa, M., Almaas, E.

Population-specific plasma proteomes of marine and freshwater three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus). Proteomics 2015. Kültz, D., Li, J., Zhang, X., Villarreal, F., Pham, T.,  Paguio, D.

Derivation and Osmotolerance Characterization of Three Immortalized Tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) Cell Lines. – Public Library of Science 2014. Gardell, A.M., Qin, Q., Rice, R.H., Li, J.,  Kültz, D. 

Salinity-induced activation of the myo-inositol biosynthesis pathway in tilapia gill epithelium – Journal of Experimental Biology 2013. Sacchi, R., Li, J., Villarreal, F., Gardell, A.M., Kueltz, D.

Quantitative molecular phenotyping of tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) gill remodeling in response to salinity stress Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 2013. Kültz, D., Li, J., Gardell, A.M.,  Sacchi, R.  

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 Ahmed Mahdi

Major Professor: Dr. Pablo Ross

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: akmahdi@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: PhD Animal Biology in progress; DERB in progress

Research interests: CRISPR/Cas9, Interspecies Chimera, and stem cells

Publications:   

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Alice Mathews

Major Professor: Dr. Russ Hovey

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: atmathews@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress; M.S. West Virginia University, B.S. Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Research interests: The relationship between dopamine, prolactin, and lactation in swine. Specifically, the effects of different dopamine antagonists on circulating prolactin, mammary gland development, milk production, and piglet growth performance..

Publications:

A.T. Mathews, O.A. Famodu, M.D. Olfert, P.J. Murray, C.F. Cuff, M.T. Downes, N.J. Haughey, S.E. Colby, P.D. Chantler, I.M. Olfert, and J.W. McFadden. 2017. Efficacy of nutritional interventions to lower circulating ceramides in young adults: FRUVEDomic pilot study. Physiol. Rep. 5: e13329.

A.T. MathewsJ.E. Rico, N.T. Sprenkle, A.L. Lock, and J.W. McFadden. 2016. Increasing palmitic acid intake enhances milk production and prevents glucose-stimulated NEFA disappearance without modifying systemic glucose tolerance in mid-lactation dairy cows. J. Dairy Sci. 99: 1-15.

J.E. Rico, S.S. Samii, A.T. Mathews, J. Lovett, N.J. Haughey, and J.W. McFadden. 2017. Temporal changes in sphingolipids and systemic insulin sensitivity during the transition from gestation to lactation. PLoS ONE 12: e0176787.

J.E. Rico, A.T. MathewsJ. Lovett, N.J. Haughey, and J.W. McFadden. 2016. Palmitic acid feeding increases ceramide supply in association with increased milk yield, circulating nonesterified fatty acids, and adipose tissue responsiveness to a glucose challenge. J. Dairy Sci. 99: 1-14.

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Chris Miller

Major Professor: Dr. Deanne Meyer

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: cmfmiller@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress; B.A. Biology Science, Wellesley College

Research interests: Study ways to use dairy manure as fertilizer without polluting groundwater.

Publications:

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Kimberly Miller

Major Professor: Dr. Trish Berger

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: khmiller@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS in Animal Biology in progress; B.A. Biology Science, Wellesley College

Research interests: Prepubertal regulation of Sertoli cell proliferation

Publications:

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Kelly Mitchell

Major Professor: Dr. Heidi Rossow

Home department: Population Health and Reproduction, Vet Med

E-mail address:: kelmitchell@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: B.S. Animal Science, UC Davis; M.S. Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Ruminant nutrition (Dairy Cattle); Nutritional effects on milk production, fat synthesis, the rumen microbiome and animal health

Publications:

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Maci Mueller

Major Professor: Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: macmueller@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS in Animal Biology in progress; BS in Animal Science, University of Nebraka-Lincoln 2016

Research interests: Animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems

Publications:

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David Myers

Major Professor: Dr. Heidi Rossow

Home department: Population Health and Reproduction- School of Veterinary Medicine, Tulare

E-mail address:: dmyers@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS in Animal Biology in progress; BS in Animal Science, UC Davis- 2015

Research interests: Ruminant nutrition, nutrient absorption and metabolism.

Publications:

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Clayton Neumeier

Major Professor: Dr. Elizabeth Maga

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: cjneumeier@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress

Research interests:

Publications:

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Ashley Niesen

Major Professor: Dr. Heidi Rossow

Home department: Population Health and Reproduction- School of Veterinary Medicine, Tulare

E-mail address:: aniesen@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS in Animal Biology in progress; BS in Human Biology, UC Santa Cruz- 2014

Research interests: Ruminant nutrition, the impact of mitochondrial development on health production in dairy cattle.

Publications:

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Yuki Okatsu

Major Professor: Dr. Peterson Robinson

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address:: yokatsu@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS in Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Forage crop science, ruminant nutrition, silage microbiology. Currently studying impacts of surface density and feed-out speed on the degree of spoilage in corn silage piles.

Publications: Okatsu, Y., Yamagishi, N., Hatate, K., Devkota, B. (2017) “Evaluation of a commercial agarose gel electrophoresis kit (QuickGel SP) for bovine serum protein electrophoresis.” Pol J Vet Sci 20,.3

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Eridia Pacheco

Major Professor: Dr. Jason Watters

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: epacheco@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress, BS Animal Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research interests: : Animal welfare, animal behavior, welfare assessment in zoos

Publications: Pacheco, E., Salak-John, J.L. (2016) Social Status Affects Welfare Metrics of Group-Housed Gestating Sows. J Vet Res Ani busb 1(1):103.

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Maria Palij

Major Professor: Dr. Anita Oberbauer

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: mkpalij@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress, BS Animal Science- University of Maryland, College Park

Research interests: Canine genetics, idiopathic epilepsy in Belgian Tervuren

Publications:

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Insung Park

Major Professor: Dr. Pablo Ross

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: inspark@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress, MS Neurobiology , B.S., Biology

Research interests: : Stem Cells, CRISPR/Cas9, Organogenesis

Publications:

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Erika Paulson

Major Professor: Dr. Pablo Ross

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: eepaulson@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress, BS Zoology- University of California, Santa Barbara 2013

Research interests: : Reproductive biology, epigenetic mechanisms controlling early embryonic development, microRNAs in preimplantation development

Publications:

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Monica Pechanec

Major Professor: Dr. Michael Mienaltowski

Home department: Animal Biology

E-mail address: mpechanec@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress, B.S. in Biology with a focus in Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biotechnology- Brown University

Research interests: Equine tendon regeneration, Bat wing kinetics

Publications:

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Michelle Pepping

Major Professor: Dr. Michael Miller

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address:: mypepping@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS in Animal Biology in progress; BS Biology Sciences, UC Santa Barbara

Research interests: Conservation and management of salmonids focusing on genetics as an efficient method for tracking family success

Publications:

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Carlyn Peterson

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: cbpeterson@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: 

Publications:

Werth, S.J., Peterson, C.B., Schusterman, E.G., Mitloehner, F.M. 2013. Chapter 90: Air: Confined animal facilities and air quality issues. Encyclopedia of Agriculture and Food
Systems.

Alhaddad, H., Gandolfi, B., Grahn, R. A., Rah, H. C., Peterson, C. B., Maggs, D. J., Good, K. L., Pedersen, N. C., Lyons, L. A. 2013. Genome-wide association and linkage analyses
localize a progressive retinal atrophy locus in Persian cats. Mammalian Genome. Manuscript ID MG-OC-14-0020.

Pollard, R. E., Koehne, A. L., Peterson, C. B., Lyons, L. A., Japanese Bobtail: Vertebral morphology and genetic characterization of an established cat breed. Journal of Feline
Medicine and Surgery. JFMS-14-0053.
 

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Jiayi Qu

Major Professor: Dr. James Fadel

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: jyqqu@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal Science-South China Agricultural University-2016

Research interests: Linear programming in animal agriculture

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Ginna Carolina Reyes

Major Professor: Dr. Ermias Kebreab

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: gcreyes@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal Science- National University of Colombia

Research interests: Biology of digestion and post-absorptive use of nutrients in farm animals and its representation through mathematical models

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Charnice Robinson

Major Professor: Dr. Pablo Ross

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: cmcrobinson@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal Science- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign- 2015

Research interests: Reproductive biology, epigenetic mechanisms of gene expression, bovine preimplantation development

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Larken Root

Major Professor: Dr. Dietmar Kueltz

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: ltroot@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: PhD Animal Biology in progress; MS in International Agricultural Development- UC Davis, 2016

Research interests: Aquaculture, Research for Development, Stress Physiology, salinity and temperature tolerance of Tilapia

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Breanna Roque

Major Professor: Dr. Ermias Kebreab

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: bmroque@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. animal Biology in progress; B.S. Agricultural Business, CSU Chico, B.S., Animal Science, CSU Chico

Research interests: Development of environmentally sustainable animal production models. Whole systems approach to reduce waste and emissions, while increasing financial stability in animal production and enhancement of nutrient utilization & determination of immunological effects, in dairy cattle, through alternative feeds.

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Elizabeth Ross

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: eghumphreys@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress, Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal Science

Research interests: Livestock sustainability and mitigation of air quality pollutants from beef and dairy animals

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Jaime Rudd

Major Professor: Dr. Janet Foley

Home department: Medicine and Epidemiology - School of Veterinary Medicine

E-mail address: jlrudd@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress; B.S. Humboldt State University

Research interests: Carnivore ecology & population health; wildlife disease ecology; wildlife management; conservation; human-wildlife dimensions.

Publications:  

Rudd, J., N. Stephenson, D. Clifford, L. Konde, J. Villepique, J. Foley. Utilizing citizen science to document a mange epidemic in western gray squirrels (Sciurus griseus anthonyi) in two communities in California’s San Bernardino Mountains. Wildlife Society Bulletin, in press (2015). 

 

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Tawny Scanlan

Major Professor: Dr. Stuart Meyers

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

E-mail address: tnscanlan@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal Biology minor: Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity UC Davis

Research interests: Reproductive physiology and Conservation biology

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Erica Scott

Major Professor: Dr. Jim Murray

Degrees: PhD in Animal Biology in progress; 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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Moriel Singer-Berk

Major Professor: Dr. Rebecca Bellone

Home department: Population Health and Reproduction: School of Veterinary Medicine

E-mail address: msingerberk@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS in Animal Biology in progress; B.S. Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences- University of Delaware- 2014

Research interests: Genetics/ Animal Science

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Delia Soto

Major Professor: Dr. Trish Berger

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: desoto@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress

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 Simin Tang 

Major Professor: Dr. Trish Berger

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: sitang@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: MS in Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Relationship between WISP2 and Sertoli cell proliferation, effects of activation of nuclear estrogen receptors on WISP2 expression levels

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Grazyne Tresoldi

Major Professor: Dr. Cassandra Tucker

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: gtresoldi@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Dairy cattle welfare.

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Lindsay Upperman

Major Professor: Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: lrupperman@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology in progress; B.S in Animal Science, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Research interests: Currently working on a beef cow & heifer fertility project. I am working with Dr. Brian Kinghorn and his program, Matesel, to appropriately select and mate sires and dams, trying to avoid any deleterious lethal recessive matings. Thus, should improve embryo survival, resulting in earlier pregnancies, and shorter calving intervals. 

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Javier Vazquez Morales

Major Professors: Dr. Trish Berger

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: jivazquez@ucdavis.edu

Degrees:  M.S. Universidad Autonoma De Nuevo Leon; Ph.D. Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Molecules involved in the fertilization process in mammals, and prepuberal regulation of Sertoli Cell proliferation

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Soto-Dominguez, A., Vazquez-Morales, J.I., Romero-Diaz, V.J., Santoyo-Perez, M.E., & Sepulveda-Saavedra, M. (2013). Implanted TC-1 Cells Invade Neighboring Skeletal Muscle Fibers in a Cancer Murine Model. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MORPHOLOGY, 31(2), 520-527

 

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Samantha Werth

Major Professor: Dr. Frank Mitloehner

Home department: Air Quality - Animal Science

E-mail address: sjweth@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S. Animal Biology -2016, UC Davis; PhD Animal Biology in progress

Research interests: Livestock production and sustainability and air quality mitigation, focusing on beef and dairy cattle.

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Brittany Wood

Major Professor: Dr. Maja Makagon/ Dr. R. Blatchford

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: bwood@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: M.S.. Animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal, Poultry and Veterinary Sciences

Research interests: Understanding foraging and feeding behaviors of broiler chickens.

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Kelly Zacanti

Major Professor: Dr. Trish Berger

Home department: Animal Science

E-mail address: kazacanti@ucdavis.edu

Degrees: PhD in Animal Biology in progress, M.S.. Animal Biology in progress; B.S. Animal Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo - 2014

Research interests: Sperm and oocyte interactions.

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