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November 2013

Cheesy Goodness: Microbiology Alum Honored

When Rick Barz graduated from CSU in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in microbiology, Barz thought he would do laboratory research at a hospital. That is, until he learned of a microbiology job at a family-owned cheese business in Denver.  

Barz was soon working for Leprino Foods, Co., a mozzarella maker poised to take the world by storm. 37 years later, Leprino is now the largest mozzarella producer in the world. Barz has developed more than 20 patented technologies that gave the company economic and manufacturing advantages.

Because of his tremendous success, Barz was recognized by the CSU Alumni Association on Oct. 10 as the 2013 Honor Alumnus for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Read the full story at Today @ Colorado State.


CSU Researcher and Biopharmaceutical Company Seek TB Treatment

Dr. Ian Orme, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology is collaborating with Colorado-based biopharmaceutical GlobeImmune to create a new type of immunotherapeutic vaccine designed to prevent and treat tuberculosis.

The four-year research project is supported with $4 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Orme hopes the new therapeutic vaccines an be used to treat active tuberculosis infections. Read the full story at Today @ Colorado State.

October 2013

Dr. Slayden Seeking Antibiotics to Counter Bioterrorism with $13.5 Million Award

Dr. Ric Slayden is working with researchers at a pharmaceutical company, Cal-Berkeley to find treatments for deadly bacteria.

Slayden and his colleagues have received a $13.5 million grant from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, an arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, to discover drugs that can effectively treat soldiers infected by lethal bacteria. The researchers hope their project will lead to discovery of antibiotics with wide application for military and civilian populations. Read the full story at Today @ Colorado State.

September 2013

Dr. Cole receives 2013 CVMA Outstanding Faculty Award

Dr. Patricia Cole, was awarded the 2013 CVMA Outstanding Faculty Award for her selfless contributions and support for her students. She is known as a gifted instructor among students and colleagues, carrying the title of veterinarian with pride and encouraging her students to do the same.

Cole claims to have as much fun teaching students as they have learning from her. “I feel privileged to play my part through my work at CSU,” she says. “I have taught pathology to more than 3,000 veterinary students, helping them prepare for their careers. And in my work as a pathologist, I can help animals by providing diagnostic services that help other veterinarians do their work.” Read the full story here.

September 2013


Dr. Suchman receives Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award

Dr. Erica Suchman has received the 2014 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

The award honors educators for outstanding teaching of microbiology to undergraduate students and for encouraging them to subsequent achievement. Dr. Suchman will be presented the award at the ASM General Meeting Awards banquest and dinner on Sunday, May 18, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.

August 2013


AKC Awards Fellowship to MIP Veterinary Resident

Dr. Dan Regan has been selected as CSU's recipient of the AKC Clinician-Scientist Fellowship on the basis of his outstanding credentials and exciting research involving novel myeloid cell targeted therapeutics for prevention of tumor metastasis and for amplification of tumor vaccine immunity. Dan is completing his research in Dr. Steven Dow's Laboratory.

July 2013

Microbiology Undergrads Earn Highest Honors at the 2013 Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase

Keifer Walsh, a recent microbiology graduate, received the award at for his research project probing aspects of degenerative brain disease. Victoria Frank, a senior in microbiology, received the award for her project reviewing research literature that led her to an analysis titled, "Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response to the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Outbreak in the United States".

To learn more, read the entire Today@Colostate article, "Undergrads claim top honors for research into public health and degenerative brain disease"

June 2013

MIP Researchers Launch Novel Investigation into Tuberculosis Transmission and Infection

MIP Researchers in the Mycobacteria Research Laboratories are launching the most realistic study ever conducted into how transmission of the tuberculosis pathogen triggers infectious disease. The study is expected to yield new insights into a disease that attacks the lungs and kills some 1.5 million people worldwide each year. The research is being funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

To learn more, read the entire Today@Colostate article, "Researchers launch novel investigation into tuberculosis transmission and infection"


May 2013


MIP Faculty Member earns "Boettcher Investigator" Title

Dr. Bradley Borlee has received the Boettcher Foundation Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program Investigator Award. The program supports early career investigators whose research have a direct impact on human health. The grants are intended to fund translational research that advances the understanding, treatment and prevention of human disease. Dr. Borlee will now carry the prestigious title of "Boettcher Investigator".

May 2013


MIP Faculty Member Recognized for Research Impact

Dr. John Belisle received the Scholarship Impact Award, bestowed by the Office of the Vice President for Research, at the 2013 Celebrate! Colorado State awards reception.

The University's highest award for accomplishment in research, the Scholarship Impact Award recognizes faculty whose scholarship has had a major impact nationally and/or internationally.

Dr. Belisle's research focuses on the physiology of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis and immune system response,and then uses that information to find new ways to treat, diagnose and prevent the disease. He directs the National Institutes of Health’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research, where experts collaborate on infectious disease research.

May 2013

MIP Staff Member Earns College Accolades

Cathy Griffin, Office Manager for the Pathology Facility, was awarded the 2013 College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Outstanding Employee Service Award at the College Spring Faculty and Staff Meeting.


March 2013

MIP Professor Emeritus Earns Teaching Award

Dr. Mary Anna Thrall, MIP Professor Emeritus, and current Head of the Dept of Pathobiology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, received the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges 2012 Distinguished Teacher Award. The award is the most prestigious national teaching award in veterinary medicine. She is recognized for her dedication to education, teaching excellence, and contributions to advancing the veterinary profession. "Dr. Thrall joins an elite group of prior recipients whose passion for education and dedication in the classroom and laboratory are an inspiration for their students and colleagues," said Dr. Deborah Kochevar, President of the AAVMC.


February 2013


MIP Research Well-Presented at the
2013 Cell & Molecular Biology Annual Symposium

This year's Cell & Molecular Biology / Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Neurosciences / Biochemistry & Molecular Biology / Microbiology, Immunology & Pathology Research Symposium was held on February 22nd in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. MIP students, postdocs, and faculty were among the top awardees.

Kelly Resmer of Dr. Dean Crick's Laboratory, earned Honorable Mention in the Postdoctoral Fellow category.

Charles Hoxmeier of Dr. Karen Dobos' Laboratory and Milena Veselinovic of Dr. Ramesh Akkina's Laboratory both earned High Honors in the Graduate Student category.

Deanna Dailey, Anatomic Pathology Resident/PhD Student, Jordan Steel of Dr. Brian Geiss's Laboratory, Luisa Nieto of Dr. Karen Dobos' Laboratory, Ashley Neff of Dr. Carol Wilusz's Laboratory, and Claire Birkenhauer of Dr. Joel Rovnak's Laboratory, all won Honorable Mention in the Graduate Student category.

February 2013


New Director of Laboratory Animal Resources

Dr. Bill Farland, CSU Vice President for Research, has named Dr. Lon Kendall the new Director of Laboratory Animal Resources (LAR) at Colorado State University after conducting a nationwide search. Kendall, Assistant Professor in Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, has served as the Interim Director of LAR for the past year, overseeing the animal facilities that serve investigators involved with in infectious disease, oncology, reproductive biology, exercise physiology, agricultural sciences and other disciplines.

January 2013

MIP Students Earn Top Awards

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences held their 14th Annual Research Day on January 26, 2013. There were 97 posters and 45 oral presentations at this year's event. Ashley Neff, of the Wilusz Laboratory, received 3rd Place for her Poster Presentation titled, "Differential regulation of mRNA stability in human induced pluripotent stem cells" and Christy Wyckoff, of the VandeWoude Laboratory, received 1st Place for her Poster Presentation titled, "Bioassay detection of chronic wasting disease prions in soil".


December 2012


Dr. Beaty Receives Prestigious Award

Dr. Barry Beaty received the Richard Moreland Taylor Award from the American Committee on Arthropod-Borne Viruses at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene meeting in Atlanta in December. Dr. Beaty shared the award with C.J. Peters. The Richard M. Taylor Award is given every three years to a person who has made outstanding contributions to arbovirology throughout his or her career.

October 2012


Dr. Ramesh Akkina Recognized as Distinguished Research Alumnus

Dr. Ramesh Akkina received the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine Distinguished Research Alumnus Award on October 10 at the Points of Pride Research Day. Dr. Akkina received this honor for his contributions to the advancement of biomedical sciences and veterinary medicine. The annual Points of Pride Research Day event honors those who spend so much of their time performing research that improves the health of animals and humans.

July 2012


Dr. Edward Hoover Honored with National Research Award

Dr. Edward Hoover will receive the prestigious Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges' 2012 Merial-AAVMC Excellence in Research Award on Aug. 4.

For more than 30 years, Hoover has been an innovator in his field of pathology and the study of infectious diseases such as feline leukemia and chronic wasting disease. The university has honored his career with the title of University Distinguished Professor – one of only a dozen at CSU at any one time.

Research in the Hoover laboratory led to development of the first successful and most widely used FeLV vaccine, now used to immunize cats worldwide against leukemia-causing virus. In addition to studying prevention of the disease, Hoover also examined how to identify at-risk cats and how the disease is transmitted to improve understanding of managing diseases in populations.

More recently, his research has focused on prions or misfolded proteins that cause such diseases as chronic wasting disease and how the diseases are transmitted among deer, moose and elk – research that could further understanding of Alzheimer's and other human diseases. He is developing and evaluating more sensitive tests for chronic wasting disease – including the potential to test for infection in live animals, animal products and the environment. Hoover's laboratory is also working on a vaccine for CWD. This work is funded by Denver-based Morris Animal Foundation and by the National Institutes of Health.

Read the entire CSU News Release

July 2012

Dr. Tawfik Aboellail selected for the 2012 Samuel W. Thompson Lectureship Award

Attendees of the 2012 C.L. Davis Pathology Training Course selected Dr. Aboellail for the award based on the excellenct lectures he presented during the course. Attendees consisted of residents and graduate students from all over the United States, the US Army, and Europe. Dr. Aboellail will officially receive his award at the Foundation's annual reception at the ACVP meeting in Seattle this December.

June 2012

MIP and UNC Researchers Developing Drug to Combat West Nile, Dengue and Yellow Fever

MIP Researcher, Dr. Brian Geiss, and Dr. Susan Keenan from the University of Northern Colorado are developing a drug that may be able to stop replication of West Nile, dengue and yellow fever viruses that continue to plague two-thirds of the world's population with no clinically useful antiviral drugs available. Learn more about how the drug binds to a protein critical for viral replication

May 2012 

AIV Young Scientist

Dr. Kristy Pabilonia, received a Young Scientist Award for her presentation entitled, "Avian Influenza Virus in Domestic Ducks in West Java, Indonesia" at the 8th International Avian Influenza Symposium.

The 8th International Symposium on Avian Influenza took place at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK from 1 - 4 April 2012. The conference was hosted by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency. The purpose of AHVLA is to help safeguard animal health and welfare and public health, protect the economy and enhance food security through research, surveillance and inspection.



May 2012


Microbiology Undergraduate Researcher Receives ASM Fellowship

Jessica Haugen, Microbiology Major working in Dr. Randy Basaraba's Laboratory, received a highly competitive 2012 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Jessica will receive a $2500 stipend for her summer research work, and up to $1000 for travel to the 2013 ASM General Meeting in Denver, Colorado.


March 2012

Dr. Mark Zabel selected for Pfizer Award

Dr. Mark Zabel, Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology has been selected by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Research Council as this year's recipient of the Pfizer Award for Veterinary Research Excellence. The purpose of this award is to foster innovative research that furthers the scientific advancement of the Veterinary profession.

Dr. Zabel, whose research area is immunobiology of prion disease, will be the featured speaker at the 2013 CVMBS Research Day Symposium to be held in late January next year.


March 2012

Dr. Edward Hoover Elected to the AAM Fellowship

Dr. Edward Hoover, professor in the department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Fellows of the Academy are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. The criteria for election to Fellowship are scientific excellence, originality, and leadership; high ethical standards; and scholarly and creative achievement.

This year, 80 microbiologists have been elected to the Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. There are over 2,000 Fellows representing all subspecialties of microbiology, including basic and applied research, teaching, public health, industry, and government service.



March 2012

Justin Lee Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Justin Lee, DVM/PhD graduate student in the VandeWoude Lab, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. The Fulbright Scholar Program is the US government's flagship international exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of US and other countries. Fulbright Scholars are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential.

Justin's Project, "Development of a Genetic Management Plan for the Endangered Buffon Macaw", will take him to the country of Ecuador. Less than 100 individuals of the Guayaquil subspecies of the Buffon Macaw remain in the wild. At least fifty additional individuals are in captivity. In order to conserve the remaining genetic diversity within this subspecies, which is essential for its future survival, Justin will characterize the genetic diversity among captive individuals and use this information to better inform onging captive breeding and reintroduction strategies.



February 2012

Trainees Earn Top Awards

The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences held their 13th Annual Research Day on January 28, 2012. There were 88 posters and 36 oral presentations at this year's event. Alexa Dickson of the Carol Wilusz Laboratory, received 1st Place for her Basic Oral Presentation entitled, "CELF1-mediated mRNA decay regulates protein secretion and myogenesis and may be impaired in myotonic dystrophy". Brendan Podell of the Randall Basaraba Laboratory, received 2nd Place for his Basic Oral Presentation entitled, "Alterations in the immunopathogenesis of tuberculosis associated with dietary-induced formation of advanced glycation end products". Britta Wood of the Sue VandeWoude Laboratory, received 3rd Place for her Poster Presentation entitled, "Development of microsphere immunoassays for the detection of domestic cat antibodies"


November 2011

MIP Researchers Discover Potential New Target for Treatments

Dr. Mary Jackson and her Laboratory have discovered an enzyme that is critical to the survival and replication of the bacterial pathogen that causes tuberculosis.

The enzyme may become a key target for new drugs that could halt the manifestation of tuberculosis and potentially cut the current treatment strategy of multiple antibiotics given daily for at least six months. The enzyme is an especially important discovery because it is present in both replicating and non-replicating strains of the bacteria, including resistant strains. That's key because non-replicating bacteria are much more difficult to kill with antibiotics, which is one reason treatments for tuberculosis are so long-lasting.

Read the entire Today at Colorado State Article



October 2011

DLAB Director Honored with National Award from AAVLD

Dr. Barbara Powers, Director of the Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories, is the 2011 recipient of the E.P. Pope Award, the highest honor awarded by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.

Dr. Powers has dedicated her entire academic career to Colorado State University, starting as an Assistant Professor and eventually becoming a Full Professor and, in 1998, Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories. She has served on nearly 50 graduate committees and has dedicated herself to advancing the field of veterinary pathology through teaching, research and outreach.
Read the entire CVMBS E-Insight Article


October 2011

Research Looks at Test to Identify Chronic Wasting Disease in Wildlife


A Colorado State University study is developing and evaluating a more sensitive test for chronic wasting disease – including the potential to test for infection in live animals, animal products, and the environment – through a project funded by Denver-based Morris Animal Foundation.
The disease, which affects deer, moose and elk and is related to similar diseases in cattle and sheep, is a primary concern for hunters and wildlife ranchers and now affects wildlife in 19 states, two Canadian provinces and one Asian country.
Currently, CWD can only be identified either by testing brain after an animal is deceased or by surgical sampling and testing lymphatic tissues. While researchers don't know exactly how CWD is passed from animal to animal, CSU scientists discovered that body fluids such as saliva, blood, urine and feces harbor infectious prions. Animals can then be exposed by direct contact with an infected animal or by contact with a contaminated environment.
The test is being researched in collaboration with Dr. Byron Caughey at the National Institutes of Health's Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Mont. Dr. Caughey's laboratory developed the strategy for the study. Dr. Edward Hoover, Dr. Caughey and colleagues will focus first on determining if their proposed test detects prions in body fluids with greater sensitivity, accuracy and faster output than is currently possible.
Read the entire CVMBS E-Insight Article.

October 2011 

MIP Research Team Finds Deadly Bacteria Becoming Resistant in New Way


A team of Colorado State University researchers let by Dr. Herbert Schweizer has co-directed a study that found that the organism that causes melioidosis -- and which is considered at top biothreat for potential use in an act of terrorism -- can become resistant to the antibiotic most commonly used to treat it by mutating in a way scientists have never seen before. The study holds important clues for treating melioidosis and for future studies that may help unlock the strategies bacteria use to become resistant to antibiotics.
Melioidosis is a deadly disease if not treated quickly and with the right antibiotic, usually ceftazidime. It is caused by the bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei. The bacterium is considered a top biothreat for potential use in an act of terrorism.
Typically, bacteria have been known to mutate or change to become resistant to antibiotics by making a small but effective change in their DNA. Researchers on this project discovered that Burkholderia pseudomallei completely discarded an entire section of DNA to develop resistance to a key antibiotic. This research was prompted when doctors began to notice that a significant number of cases treated with the standard antibiotic ceftazidime did not improve.
Read the entire CVMBS E-Insight Article


September 2011

MIP Pathologists and the "Halls of Truth"


When Travis and Tesla Dougherty, of Firestone, suspected their beloved family dogs had been poisoned in their own back yard, and a local animal hospital couldn't give them any answers, they took the case to Colorado's only Veterinary Diagnostic Lab.
Denver's Channel 7 News told the Dougherty's story in the broadcast, "Colorado's 'Pet CSI' Investigates, Solves Crimes Against Animals". MIP professors Gary Mason and Barbara Powers were highlighted in the story where they described the important investigative work they conduct within the Diagnostic Medicine Center's "Halls of Truth".


June 2011

Dr. Quackenbush Honored as Distinguished Alumnus


Dr. Sandra Quackenbush has received the SUNY Delhi Alumni Association's highest honor, the Alumni of Distinction Award. Dr. Quackenbush received this honor for her dedicated, continued and outstanding contributions to the biomedical field, as well as to the community. Read the entire SUNY Delhi News Release.


May 2011

Celebrate! Colorado State Honors Dr. Jenny Taylor for Instructional Innovation


Dr. Jenny Taylor received the Provost's N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation at this year's Celebrate CSU Awards Ceremony held on April 26.
This award is presented to a University faculty member in recognition of the use of technology to further or significantly encourage instructional innovation.
Dr. Taylor was nominated for the award because of her proactive approach in finding new tools to supplement lecture courses. She was the first faculty member to use annotation on lecture slides and also the person who took the initiative to research the use of audio recordings of the lecture slides using Camtasia software. The audio is associated with the slides so that students can both view the slides and hear the lecture using CSU iTunes. Because of her success with these new teaching techniques, other faculty have now followed suit and are using the same techniques in their courses.


April 2011

Microbiology Undergraduate Researchers Receive ASM Fellowships


Microbiology Major Alex Emch, and Biochemistry Major, Colleen Lanza are receipients of the 2011 ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowships. Alex works in the Wilusz Laboratory and will receive a $4000 stipend for his summer research work along with $1000 for travel to the 2012 ASM General Meeting in San Francisco. Colleen works in Dr. Randy Basaraba's Laboratory and will receive a $3000 stipend and up to $500 for travel to the 2012 ASM Meeting.


March 2011

MIP Trainees Lead at CVMBS Research Day


The College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences held their 12th Annual Research Day on March 5, 2011. There were over 200 attendees and 105 abstracts presented. Christy Wyckoff, MIP graduate student in the Mark Zabel laboratory won First Place for her Oral Presentation entitled, "Development of a Novel Detection Assay for Chronic Wasting Disease Prions in Soil". Fumihiko Sagawa, MIP graduate student in the Wilusz Laboratory won First Place for his Poster Presentation entitled, "Deposition of the oncoprotein nucleophosmin on mRNAs influences poly(A) tail length and mRNA export"


January 2011

New Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education


On January 12, 2011, Dean Lance Perryman announced that Dr. Sue VandeWoude had accepted his offer to serve as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education effective July 1, 2011
Dr. VandeWoude, currently Director of Laboratory Animal Resources, brings a wealth of programmatic experience to the position and will serve as a key member of the college administrative team.


December 2010

MIP Postdoc Receives $100,000 Fellowship Research Grant


Dr. Alexa Dickson from the Wilusz2 Laboratory has received a Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Grant.
Alexa's research is titled, "The role of mRNA stability in myotonic dystrophy".
The MDF, a patient advocacy organization, created this program to encourage and support postdoctoral researchers and to stimulate basic research in the management, treatment and cure of myotonic dystrophy (DM). This multi-systemic disease is considered the most common form of adult-onset muscular dystrophy, affecting approximately 1:8000 people worldwide.


November 2010

Dr. Patrick Brennan Recognized by Trinity College, Dublin for his Lifetime Achievements


On November 5, CSU University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Patrick Brennan, received an Honor Alumni Award for lifetime achievement from the institution where he received his PhD degree, Trinity College, Dublin University. He was one of only 4 recipients of the award.
The outstanding quality of Patrick Brennan's research, together with his personal dedication to the elimination of leprosy and tuberculosis, is recognized throughout the world.
You can learn more about Dr. Brennan's Laboratory on the Leprosy program website.

June 2010

Infectious Diseases Studied Among Bobcats, Mountain Lions, and Domestic Cats in Boulder


Dr. Sue VandeWoude is collaborating with other CSU researchers to study how often bobcats, mountain lions, and domestic cats bump into eac other in Boulder.
The scientists are looking for trends between disease dynamics and urban fragmentation among feline species in high-density places such as Los Angeles and Boulder compared to more rural areas. Ultimately, they hope to understand the relationship between urbanization and the prevalence of disease transmission within and between cat species.
Read the entire CSU News Release




June 2010

MIP Professor's Book a Finalist


Dr. Gerald Callahan's book, Between XX and XY: Intersexuality and the Myth of Two Sexes is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.
In his book, Dr. Callahan explores the concept of two separate and distinct sexes (male and female) as a social parameter rather than a biological one. He elucidates an understanding of sex and gender variability based not only on chromosomal structure, but genetic disorders and anatomical structures in intersex individuals who are neither male nor female. This is Dr. Callahan's fourth book, following other publications including Faith, Madness and Spontaneous Combustion; Infection: The Uninvited Universe;and River Odyssey: A Story of the Colorado Plateau.


April 2010

Dr. Erica Suchman Named University Distinguished Teaching Scholar


Dr. Erica Suchman has been named a Colorado State University Distinguished Teaching Scholar. Known for being a tough and innovative teacher on campus and for her involvement in professional organization and on-campus programs that enhance learning for students, Dr. Suchman has previously been recognized many times including receiving CSU's Provost's N. Preston Davis Award for Instructional Innovation and the Best Teacher Award from the Colorado State University Alumni Association. She was also inductee into the George H. Glover Distinguished Contemporary Faculty Gallery for her contributions to undergraduate instruction.
Read the entire CSU News Release.

April 2010

Student Wildlife Research Garners Fellowship from Morris Animal Foundation

Justin Lee, 3rd year DVM/PhD student in the VandeWoude Lab received a Fellowship Training Grant from the Morris Animal Foundation. This award will support his PhD training involving investigations of host-pathogen dynamics and factors in cross-species transmission in wild felids. The goal of the MAF Fellowship Training Grant Program is to provide salary support for training opportunities for biomedical scientists (veterinarian and/or PhD) committed to a career in companion animal and/or wildlife research.

April 2010

Microbiology Undergraduate Receives National Science Foundation Award

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Microbiology major, Alex Griffith, received the National Science Foundation Award for his work in the VandeWoude Lab on developing diagnostic tests for detection of Feline Leukemia Virus in nondomestic felids. The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the NSF.







April 2010

Three CSU Microbiology Majors Receive American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowships


Microbiology Majors Erin Breland, Ian Mcmillan, Rebecca Timmons are receipients of the 2010 ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowships. The fellowships provide a summer stipend along with a two-year ASM membership and up to $1000 travel to the 2011 ASM General Meeting. The ASM gives out ~25 of these fellowships nationwide – thus it's truly an impressive feat that MIP undergraduates were able to garner 3 of them! Erin and Ian's research this summer will be conducted in the Schweizer lab under the direction of RoxAnn Karkhoff-Schweizer. Rebecca's research will be conducted in the Wilusz Lab under the direction of Alan Godwin and Jeffrey Wilusz.

February 2010

James Linden, Professor Emeritus, Works with AgriHouse to Bring Organic Biopesticide to Market


Dr. Linden and Dr. Ken Knutson, associate professor emeritus of the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture department, have helped develop a new eco-friendly EPA-registered biopesticide that can protect pine trees from bark beetles – a major threat in Colorado and across Western states.
Dr. Linden and Dr. Knutson worked with AgriHouse to develop Organic Disease Control, a patented formula that increases the sap produced by pine trees. The increase in sap resin boosts tree resistance to the pine beetles by reducing their ability to lay eggs in pine trees. AgriHouse is actively marketing ODC. Homeowners can apply ODC for less than $1 per tree. The results of the initial case study with the U.S. Forest Service in Louisiana revealed a positive response within 45 days of the first application of ODC to the ground area under pine trees branches.
"We've developed an environmentally friendly product that we believe will begin to address the pine-beetle epidemic across Colorado", Linden said. "The 2008 U.S. Forest Service Study showed the elevated sap output using ODC has the potential to reduce about 37 percent of the pine beetle eggs in treated trees".
Read the entire CSU news release.


January 2010

Dr. Anne Lenaerts Featured as a Top Woman Innovator in the Tuberculosis Research Field

Stop TB Partnership - World TB Day - March 24, 2010

Dr. Anne Lenaerts' profile is currently featured on the Stop TB Partnership website as part of the Global Plan to Stop TB. Dr. Lenearts is profiled as part of this year's campaign to focus on individuals around the world who have found new ways to stop TB and can serve as an inspiration to others. The site describes Dr. Lenaerts' tuberculosis research, her work with the Mycobacteria Research Laboratory and her progress with finding new drugs that are effective against TB.


October 2009

Dr. Torsten Eckstein Launches Diagnostic Lab to Help Battle Costly Cattle Diseases


Eckstein Diagnos-tics is looking to help pinpoint a disease in cattle that costs dairy farmers millions of dollars each year.
With an $80,000 small business innovation research, or SBIR, phase one grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Eckstein is focusing on two diseases: Johne's disease and Crohn's disease.
Eckstein is working with local dairy farmers to advance his research in the field of Johne's disease, which is a contagious bacterial disease of the intestinal tract of animals such as cattle. The disease, which can infect an entire herd, costs dairy farmers millions of dollars a year in losses.


October 2009

Discoveries of Flaws in Tuberculosis Research System Earns Colorado State University Professor an Award for Innovation


Dr. Diane Ordway received a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health
Diane Ordway's discovery of how tuberculosis is studied in laboratory settings across the world may not realistically model many human infections has earned her a New Innovator Award from National Institutes of Health.
The award comes with a $1.5 million grant over five years. Ordway discovered that laboratory strains of tuberculosis used in research programs do not invoke the same response in hosts as current strains of tuberculosis that infect most of the people in the world. Many of these strains of high virulence are resistant to multiple drugs - called MDR-TB strains that are commonly seen in humans - belong to the W-Beijing family of the bacteria that causes the disease.
Read the CSU News Release.


September 2009

Student's Study of Fluorescent Viruses Within Mosquitoes Garners Fellowship


The American Society for Microbiology selected Christopher Lehmann, a microbiology major, as a recipient of an ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Lehmann's research focuses on how mosquito-transmitted viruses invade and emerge from cells within the mosquito's body, then travel through the mosquito and ultimately flow through saliva into a host through a mosquito bite.
Lehmann is using a gene from the jellyfish which makes a protein that is fluorescent. He has spliced that green fluorescent gene into a mosquito-transmitted virus. Lehmann studies the glowing virus in real time under a microscope with ultraviolet light as it bursts out of mosquito cells and travels through the mosquito's body.
Check out the Today@Colorado State article.


September 2009

Colorado State University Dedicates New Diagnostic Medicine Center


The new Diagnostic Medicine Center will help Colorado combat animal diseases that could pose a threat to the health and well-being of communities statewide.
The new building is adjacent to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. It will better enable the university to help monitor the health of animals and wildlife in the state and research new approaches to disease intervention and prevention. It will also serve as a cutting-edge training ground for veterinary students at one of the nation's top-ranked programs.
"The Diagnostic Medicine Center at Colorado State couldn't have been built without the strong support of our state leaders who recognized the value of a facility such as this for monitoring, detecting and preventing diseases that can have a widespread impact on our state's economy," said Colorado State President Tony Frank. "We are proud to partner with the state in providing these essential services to the people of Colorado."


July 2009

Foreign Mosquitoes Invading United States Presenting New Health Threats Tracked by CSU


Being a stowaway is risky, but people don't often think of stowaways posing a risk to the health of an entire nation. But since 1986, Chester Moore, a professor at Colorado State University has quietly kept a database of incidents of the worst kind of stowaways -- mosquitoes -- in an effort to ensure that new diseases don't become a threat to the United States.
The database monitors invasions of mosquitoes, often the result of the tiny insect stowing away on imported goods. It may not sound like a significant job until one considers the perspective that mosquitoes infect one billion people and countless animals around the globe each year with diseases and cause millions of deaths. There are more than 3,000 varieties of mosquitoes in the world. Only about 150 of them are native to the United States, yet only a few species carry and transmit certain infectious diseases, and an invasion of non-native mosquitoes can open up a new population to an infectious disease that hasn't been established in that area or country before.


May 2009

$100,000 Grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Vaccine research key to preventing spread of infectious diseases, improving global health

MIP has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for an initial year of research. The grant will support an innovative global health research project to develop a vaccine system that attacks the saliva of sand flies to prevent them from spreading infectious diseases like leishmaniasis.
The project, led by William Wheat, Richard Titus and John Spencer, is one of 81 grants announced by the Gates Foundation in the second funding round of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to help scientists around the world explore bold and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries. The grants were provided to scientists in 17 countries on six continents.
Read the Today@Colorado State article.

November 2008

Research Helps Identify New Bacterium Causing Rare Form of Leprosy

A new species of bacterium that causes leprosy has been identified through intensive genetic analysis of a pair of lethal infections, a research team reports in the December issue of the American Journal of Clinical Pathology.
MIP researcher John Spencer became involved in the discovery in 2007, when a man showed up in a Phoenix health clinic covered with lesions and experiencing sensory loss in his feet. His doctors were mystified as to whether his condition might be caused by a bacterial infection, an autoimmune disease, or a type of cancer. His tissues began to break down, his organs began to fail and, after two weeks in the intensive care unit, the man died. His doctors suspected the man, who was originally from Mexico, died of complications from an aggressive, and often fatal, rare form of leprosy called diffuse lepromatous leprosy with Lucio's phenomenon.
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