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Jennifer Cassano, DVM - Current Student

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Jennifer CassanoJennifer Cassano
Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Lisa Fortier

 

 

 

Brief Biography

Jennifer Cassano grew up in Valley Stream, NY, right next to Queens at the beginning of Long Island.  As an undergraduate, she became interested in adding the idea of becoming a teacher to her dream of being a veterinarian. Her undergraduate research thesis involved a project using genetics, immunology, and virology to analyze equine sarcoid in the laboratory of Dr. Doug Antczak. She applied to the degree program to realize her dream of combining her passions for veterinary medicine, teaching, and research.  After completing her DVM degree in May 2013 she joined Dr. Lisa Fortier’s laboratory with the support of the College’s Graduate Research Assistantship.  This past fall she passed her A-exam and is looking forward to continuing her studies on how macrophages and mesenchymal stem cell’s interact in tissue regeneration.  She is an alumna of the Cornell Veterinary Investigator Program and the Cornell Leadership Program. 

Jennifer enjoys horseback riding, running with her dog Riley, and playing fetch with her toothless cat Tegan. She loves Ithaca, from the gorges to the farmers market, where there is nothing better than breakfast burritos, except perhaps the flatbread pizza.

Education

DVM, Cornell University 2013
BS in Animal Science, Magna Cum Laude, Distinction in Research, Cornell University 2009

Research Interests

Jennifer is currently researching the role of immunology in relation to equine mesenchymal stem cells in the Fortier laboratory.  By using the horse as a model, she is looking how manipulating the immunological environment of stem cells impacts their ability to facilitate healing.

Publications and Presentations

 Schnabel, L. V, Abratte, C. M., Schimenti, J. C., Felippe, M. J. B., Cassano, J. M., Southard, T. L., Cross, J. A Fortier, L. A. 2014. Induced pluripotent stem cells have similar immunogenic and more potent immunomodulatory properties compared with bone marrow-derived stromal cells in vitro. Regen Med, Epub ahead of print.

Tseng CT, Miller D, Cassano J, Bailey E, Antczak DF. 2010. Identification of equine major histocompatibility complex haplotypes using polymorphic microsatellites. Anim Genet 41:150-3.

poster presentations

“Induced pluripotent stem cells have similar immunogenic and more potent immunomodulatory properties compared with bone marrow-derived stromal cells in vitro.” at the International Society for Stem Cell Research Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada (July, 2014)

“GTPase Activating Proteins in Equine Articular Chondrocytes” at the Merck-Merial Veterinary Student Conference at North Carolina State University (Aug, 2009)