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Members in our laboratory:

Rebecca Tallmadge-Ingram  Rebecca Tallmadge Ingram, PhD, Research Associate

I am interested in equine immunogenetic research. This encompasses the   regulation and variation of genes important for effective immune responses. Previously I studied the genomic organization and expression of equine MHC class I genes, the innate antiviral activity of equine APOBEC3 genes, and neutralizing antibody responses during Equine Infectious Anemia Virus infection. In the Bevilaqua Felippe laboratory we have investigated the development of B cells from fetal life through adulthood to better understand developmental patterns and age-related limitations. Current efforts are devoted to distinguishing B cells that predominate in neonatal or adult life, and determining the extent of B cell development in horses with Combined Variable ImmunoDeficiency (CVID).


Ute   Ute Schwab, PhD, Research Associate

 My major interest is in developing in vitro cell culture systems for replacement of experimental   animals. We have recently developed a three dimensional culture system of equine bronchial   epithelium that fully differentiates into ciliary beating and mucus producing cells. This model mimics  the lower airway environment and can be used to study infection mechanisms (e.g. Rhodococcus equi) and perform pharmacological testing.  Currently I am working on developing B cells from hematopoietic stem cells harvested from equine bone marrow.  Such an in vitro system will allow us to analyze the early stages of B cell development, which will ultimately help us to better understand B cell depletion in horses with CVID.

Jennifer Battista  Jennifer Battista, Graduate student in the dual degree DVM/PhD program

I am working to create in vivo and in vitro models in which to study B cell development. The in vivo horse-mouse chimera model involves repopulating the the immune system of an immunodeficient mouse with equine hematopoietic stem cells. This model will especially facilitate my interest in studying of the B1 population of B-cells and learning how these cells might be targeted for a specific immune response. This information may allow for the development of improved therapeutic methods for humorally deficient horses that lack the larger population of B2 cells.


joy picture   Joy Tseng, DVM student

My research interest primarily deals with investigation of the development and diversity of the  equine  immune system with a molecular approach. My previous studies explored the utility of using microsatellite and SNP markers to characterize the Major Histocompatibility Complex molecules in the horse. This experience has provided background knowledge and skills that allow me to participate in other molecular-based studies that explore gene rearrangements and diversity during B cell development, and how the failure of B cell commitment may play a role in horses with CVID.

Nia  Kurnia Khairani, DVM, Postdoctorate, Cornell Conservation Medicine Program

 I have training in wildlife health and conservation medicine with a focus on the Indonesian rhinceroses. I study the rhinoceros health and coordinate field investigation and disease surveillance of livestock in Ujung Kulon National Park, Indonesia. My goal is to better understand disease risks of farming buffalo in that area, and how they impact the health of sympatric Javan rhnoceroses, a critically endangered species. Dr. Khairani works closely with Dr. Robin Radcliffe in the Cornell Conservation Medicine Program, and WWF-Indonesia.



Former Members of the Lab

Peres Badial, DVM, PhD, visiting graduate student

Mary Beth Matychak, BS, Technician

Alexandre Secorum Borges, DVM, PhD, Professor of Medicine, UNESP-Botucatu, Brazil

Cristina de Oliveira Massoco Salles Gomes, DVM, PhD, Professor of Immunology, USP-Sao Paulo

A. MangalaGowri, MVSc, PhD, Associate Professor, Madras Veterinary College, India

Derek Cavatorta, DVM, PhD

Erica Secor, undergraduate Honors Thesis and DVM student

Juan Guerra, undergraduate and DVM student

Diana Ruano, undergraduate Honors Thesis student

Sarah LaMere, research opportunities in Veterinary Medicine student

Kathryn Olszowy, summer student

Jennifer Luna, research opportunities in Veterinary Medicine student

Christine Cocquyt, Havemeyer Summer Fellowship Veterinary Student Program

Katherine Hillebrand, Havemeyer Summer Fellowship Veterinary Student Program

Kristin McLaughlin, Veterinary Investigator Program summer student

Kimberly Such, Veterinary Investigator Program summer student, and the Veterinary Student Fellowship (NIH)

Elizabeth Moore, Veterinary Investigator Program summer student

Katheleen O’Hara, Leadership Program summer student

Heather Rhoden, Leadership Program summer student