BS, Bangalore University; MS, University of Madras
Research focus: Immune response to Staphylococcus pseudintermedius with emphasis
on protein A as an immune evasion factor
Major professor: Dr. Stephen Kania
Manasi is originally
from India and holds a BS degree in biochemistry/genetics/biotechnology and an MS
degree in molecular biology. She worked for a couple of years in a pharmaceutical
company in the Immunology and Bioanalytical Lab. She moved to Knoxville after
getting married and started her PhD in the CEM program. She likes the
program's interdisciplinary nature and the flexibility it offers in terms
of coursework. Manasi says her work has been a wonderful learning experience for her so far: "My
advisor and lab mates are very friendly, and the lab provides a competitive
environment for research." When she is not busy in the bacterial world, she loves spending time with her husband and daughter, shopping, reading, singing,
listening to Indian music, catching up with friends, and cooking.
BS, MS, University of Tennessee
Research focus: Dual-ligand-modified liposomes as targeted drug delivery vehicles in the prevention of vascular disease and surgically-induced restenosis
Major professor: Dr. Deidra Mountain
Trey is originally from Memphis, TN, and has a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and an MS in Kinesiology (exercise physiology). He has
been working as a research associate in the Vascular Research Lab in the Department of Surgery at the University of
Tennessee Medical Center since 2011. The Vascular Research Lab is mainly
concerned with prevention of vascular disease and vascular restenosis in a
surgical injury model. The two main strategies they employ are the
prevention of vascular smooth muscle cell migration and proliferation through
inhibition of MMPs (i.e. siRNA) and the reendothelialization of the
intimal region of the vessel wall (i.e. EGFs).
Trey loves Knoxville and is religious about Tennessee football. He is happily married to Lauren, who is a nurse at Children's Hospital and sorority girl from UT. In 2014, they had a baby girl who Trey says takes up a lot of his time, but is the light of his life. Trey and his family love the Smoky Mountains and are very happy living in this
region, which Trey admits is probably why they have been here so long.
BS, DVM, University of California, Davis
Research focus: Mechanisms of pathogenicity of and novel therapies for Tritrichomonasfoetus
Emily Gould is a California native. Following her graduation from veterinary school in
2012, she completed two small animal private practice internships in Southern
California prior to joining the CEM program
in 2014 for her MS. She is studying the
mechanisms of pathogenicity utilized by Tritrichomonasfoetus (a
parasite affecting the large intestines of purebred and shelter cats), with the
focus of her research centered on developing novel therapies for this disease.
In her spare time, Emily enjoys reading, hiking, camping and exercising. Although
she has only resided in Knoxville for a few short months, Emily feels everyone
here has been extremely friendly and welcoming (both inside and outside the
veterinary school). She also says that Tennessee reminds her of growing up in
Northern California, and is ecstatic to have seasons again!
BA, Purdue University; MS, University of Tennessee
Research focus: Relationship of early-life exposure to the antimicrobial compound triclocarban on developmental outcomes
Major professor: Dr. Jiangang Chen
Rebekah's undergraduate degree is in psychology. She worked as an undergraduate research assistant focusing on the relationship between learning/memory and diet/obesity. She came
to UT in 2010 to complete a master's in nutrition and public
health under the guidance of Dr. Chen. After graduating in
2013, she decided to continue her studies as a Phd student in CEM. She appreciates that the coursework in CEM can be tailored
to the individual student's research interests. Additionally, the professors use
hands-on techniques and are very approachable. The staff is very helpful and friendly, too.
BS, University of Illinois; DVM, University of Tennessee
Research focus: Persistence of Trichomonas
gallinae in simulated bird baths
Kate got her Bachelor's of Science in Fish and Wildlife Conservation
and Chemistry. During her time at Illinois she volunteered at the Wildlife
Medical Clinic in the veterinary hospital there and performed her first
research project on antibiotic susceptibility patterns in bacteria cultured
from wildlife wounds. She then researched northern cardinals and West Nile
virus, high elevation breeding songbirds in Arizona, and worked at CROW
wildlife rehabilitation clinic in Sanibel Island, Florida. She earned her
DVM in 2012.
During her summers in veterinary school she continued to pursue research
through the Center of Excellence in Livestock Diseases and Human Health. Her PhD project
focuses on a protozoan parasite of birds, Trichomonas
gallinae, its persistence in simulated bird baths, and its
molecular epidemiology from different avian hosts across the United States. She is
happily married with two rescued dogs. In her free time she enjoys
Crossfit, running, and crafts.
BA, University of Tennessee; MS, Boston University
Research focus: Epidemiology
of Vaccine-Preventable Disease and Vaccine Attitudes in Tennessee
Major professor: Dr. Paul TerryCorinne entered the CEM program with a research focus in skeletal biology and pathology
because of her background in forensic anthropology, though she is now doing
concentrations in epidemiology and infectious disease. She says she was drawn to the program
because of its interdisciplinary nature and has enjoyed working with and
around both faculty and students with a variety of research foci. When she gets
some downtime, she enjoys going to zoo, reading on her patio, traveling, and playing
DVM, University of Tennessee
Research Focus: Feline lentivirus: Molecular analysis and epidemiology in southern African lions (Pantheraleo)
Major Professor: Dr. Melissa Kennedy
Job Placement: Founder and director of operations, Silent Heroes Foundation. She has worked with a variety of domestic and
wild animals, and has a particular interest in endangered species conservation
and studying disease at the human/domestic animal/wildlife interface. Through
her work in Africa, she recognized a fundamental need
in field work: sustainable supplies for the success of
veterinary and conservation operations. She created Silent Heroes
in 2010 as a way of filling this niche. After
completing a clinical internship in small animal and emergency medicine, Adams
worked briefly in small animal private practice. She is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
(specialties of environmental health, infectious & parasitic diseases, food
safety, epidemiology & biostatistics, & public health administration
& education) and the American College of Veterinary Microbiology
(specialties include virology, bacteriology/mycology, & immunology).
BA, University of Tennessee
Research Focus: Estimating the early postmortem interval in domestic canines
Major Professor: Dr. John New
Job Placement: Special agent/forensic scientist supervisor
for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Knoxville Crime Laboratory assigned
to the DNA/Serology unit. As a DNA/serology analyst, he assists criminal investigations by examining
evidence for the presence of body fluids and then performs tests to determine
the source(s) of that body fluid. He has been with the bureau since
2006 and is also a member of the Violent Crime Response Team.
BS, DVM, University of Tennessee
Research Focus: Mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in veterinary Staphylococcus spp.
Major Professor: Dr. Stephen Kania
Job Placement: Major Chad Black is active in the U.S. Army and is a researcher in the Wound Infection Department of the Bacterial & Rickettsial Disease Division of Walter Reed Army Institute for Research, Silver Spring, MD.
Research Focus: Epidemiology
Job Placement: Biostatistician for the Center for Epidemiological Research at Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, TN, and adjunct lecturer in the UT Department of Public Health.
BS, MS, University of Tennessee
Research Focus: Allelic variation of metabolic genes under nutritional control
Major Professor: Dr. Michael Zemel (retired)
Job Placement: Genetic application specialist for Affymetrix, covering NC, SC, FL, GA and Puerto Rico territory. UTK Affymetrix Core lab part-time.
BVSc, Maharashtra Animal & Fishery Sciences University
MVSc, Indian Veterinary Research Institute
Research Focus: Contribution of microRNAs and Robo4 signaling after herpes simplex virus infection: Role for regulatory mechanisms
Major Professor: Dr. Barry Rouse
Job Placement: Harvard Medical School post-doctoral fellow working on a population of human lymphocytes called killer cells. Killer lymphocytes (more specifically cytotoxic CD8 T cells and natural killer cells) provide protection against intracellular human pathogens and tumors. Dr. Mulik's project involves in-depth understanding about how killer cells destroy pathogens.
"UT provided an excellent atmosphere in research as well as in personal growth. The help and encouragement which I and many others received at all stages of graduate research was truly outstanding. I will always appreciate that. Special mention about my PhD mentor who turned my long
and arduous graduate journey into an exciting adventure." – Sachin Mulik, PhD