MALDI TOF Mass Spectrometry topic of April 24 seminar
Sarah Vitosh-Sillman, DVM in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will present a seminar titled “Proteomic approaches to characterization and identification of porcine enteric coronaviruses using MALDI TOF Mass Spectrometry” on April 24 in VBS 145 at 4 p.m.
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI TOF MS) is an emerging method being utilized by veterinary diagnostic laboratories for rapid identification of bacterial and fungal pathogens, and research has expanded to evaluate this tool for virus identification and detection of clinical biomarkers. MALDI TOF MS has been successfully used to identify human polioviruses and respiratory viruses. Recent emergence of several porcine coronaviruses in U.S. swine populations has underscored the need to enhance detection and surveillance of these agents. To further this goal we are investigating the use of this mass spectrometry technique for identification and differentiation of porcine enteric coronaviruses using porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and transmissible gastroenteritis virus (TGEV). Infected cell culture lysates and gradient purified virus particles were utilized to generate mass spectrum fingerprints in a database for comparison to unknown samples. These methods have the potential to enhance the ability to rapidly detect and identify emerging viruses isolated in clinical specimens.
New equipment at VDC speeds response to animal diseases
New equipment is allowing researchers at the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center to identify potentially deadly bacteria in a matter of minutes — a process that previously took days.
Summer internship openings at Merck Animal Health
Merck Animal Health has two internships open to college students who have completed their sophomore year. Students should be working toward a degree in veterinary science, life science, biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, protein chemistry, microbiology or biotechnology. Detailed information can be found on the Merck website.
Grad students Krishnan and Basavalingappa receive awards
Our congratulations go out to three SVMBS graduate students who recently received awards.
Bharathi Krishnan was presented the Widaman Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award. This award provides a $2,000 stipend and recognizes those of high scholastic merit who are involved in basic research in agriculture. The award is made possible by the Widaman Trust, established in 1975 through a generous gift from Ms. Blanche Widaman.
Bharathi is pursuing a Ph.D. Her specialization is immunology, molecular biology, proteins and in vivo disease models in mice. She is advised by Dr. Jay Reddy.
Rakesh Basavalingappa received the Shear-Miles Agricultural Scholarship and Fellowship. The award provides a $2,000 stipend to graduate students conducting either basic or applied research. The Shear-Miles award was established through a gift from the estate of Dorothy S. Miles as a memorial to both her father and father-in-law, Cornelius Lott Shear and George Miles.
Govardhan Rathnaiah was awarded the Milton E. Mohr Fellowship in the amount of $3,000. The fellowship is named in honor of Milton E. Mohr, who was an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and corporate leader. It is award to those pursuing studies in a number of areas, including Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.
Fellowship Awarded to 52 Veterinary Students
Congratulations to our veterinary students in the Professional Program in Veterinary Medicine. All received a J.J. and Eleanor Ogle Fellowship. The fellowships were presented at the 2016 Distinguished Fellowships and Awards Luncheon held in November.
Pickard named AAAS fellow
Congratulations to Dr. Gary Pickard, professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who has been named fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society. Fellows are selected by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished achievements that advance science or its application.
Dr. Pickard was selected for distinguished contributions to neuroscience, especially for describing neuroanatomical circuitry in the mammalian brain and using viral probes for tracing circuitry within the circadian system.
He is one of five UNL faculty members to receive the honor this year. Honorees will be formally recognized Feb. 18, 2017, at the AAAS annual meeting in Boston.