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Seven new faculty join the College


Please join us in welcoming seven new faculty to the College of Veterinary Medicine!



Gerlinde van de Walle: Assistant Professor of Viral Pathogenesis, Baker Institute for Animal Health and Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Academic focus: Our laboratory studies the pathogenesis of alphaherpesviruses. We also work on the isolation and characterization of adult stem cells in different companion animals.

Previous positions:
Assistant professor in Stem Cell Biology, Ghent University, Belgium, 2010-2012.
Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Virology, Parasitology & Immunology, Ghent University, Belgium, 2008-2011.
Postdoctoral associate at the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, 2006-2008.
Postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory for Thrombosis Research, University of Leuven, Belgium, 2003-2005

Academic background:
DVM (1999) in small companion animals, Ghent University, Belgium
PhD (2003) in veterinary virology, Ghent University, Belgium

Last book read: The Land of Painted Caves, 6th novel of the Earth’s Children series by Jean M. Auel

Hobbies and interests: Enjoying nature and cooking, especially verrines and foams

Start date: January 1, 2013



Ryane Englar BS ’04, DVM ’08, Instructor, Community Practice Service, Department of Clinical Sciences; AND Cornell University Feline Health Center Consultant

Academic focus: Simulating small animal general practice to give students exposure to and experience working through client interactions and physical examinations; develop lists of differential diagnoses; and create a plan tailored to the individual patient. Teaching within the realm of the Community Practice Service has granted me the opportunity to give back to the students who are the true heart of the profession, in coaching them through some of their 'firsts,' cheering them onward and upward as they experience that first taste of victory, and sharing in their hopes, dreams, fears, and tears shed along the way.

Previous positions:
Associate Veterinarian, Towne & Country Veterinary Hospital, Corning, NY, October 2009 – August 31, 2013
Associate veterinarian, Falls Road Animal Hospital, Baltimore, MD, June 2008 – September 2009

Academic background:
B.S., animal science, Cornell (2004) DVM (2008)
Pursuing ABVP specialty board certification in Canine and Feline Practice

Last book read: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Hobbies and interests: Playing the piano, painting, frequenting Starbucks for caramel lattes with extra caramel, soaking in the sun

Start date: September 1, 2013



Katie Kelly: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

College: Veterinary Medicine

Academic focus: I will be investigating the effect of inflammatory mediators on cardiac function and developing cardio-protective strategies to preserve cardiac function with chronic disease. I also hope to contribute to the cardiac and cardiovascular pathology expertise of the Anatomic Pathology Section.

Previous positions:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins 2012-2013
Field Veterinarian, Maryland Department of Agriculture, 2005-2007
Associate Veterinarian,  Fullerton Animal Hospital, Baltimore, 2003-2006

Academic background:
B.S., biology, Towson University Biology (1999)
D.V.M., North Carolina State University Veterinary Medicine (2003)
Residency in comparative pathology, Johns Hopkins University (2011), DACVP
Ph.D., pathobiology, Johns Hopkins University (2012)

Last book readWild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Hobbies and interests: Cooking, eating, and hiking with my mutt Arthur

Start date: August 15, 2013



veterinarySergiy Libert: Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology, Department of Biomedical  Sciences

Academic focus: I am interested in molecular biology of aging. Advanced age is the biggest risk factor for numerous diseases and disorders, and I believe that an understanding of the basic molecular processes that accompany aging will allow the development of interventions capable of ameliorating age-associated diseases and extending the healthy portion of human lifespans.

Previous positions:

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007-2013

Academic background:

Ph.D., cell and molecular biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Davis (2007)
M.S., physics, Clarkson University, (2003)
B.S., physics, Kiev-Mohyla Academy, (2001)

Last book read: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Hobbies and interests: Swimming and motorcycles

Start date: May 1, 2013




Bethany Cummings: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences

Academic focus: My laboratory studies the etiology and treatment of obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In particular, my laboratory is currently focused on identifying the mechanisms by which bariatric surgeries, such as Roux en Y Gastric Bypass, cause type 2 diabetes resolution by developing and studying rodent models of bariatric surgery. Identification of the major mechanisms underlying surgically-induced improvements of glucose metabolism may allow for the development of novel therapies for managing obesity and treating type-2 diabetes. 

Previous positions:
Assistant Adjunct Professor, University of California, Davis, Department of Molecular Biosciences, March 2013 – August 2013
Assistant Project Biochemist, University of California, Davis; Department of Molecular Biosciences, August 2011 - February 2013

Academic background:

D.V.M. University of California, Davis, (2011)
Ph.D., physiology, University of California, Davis (2009)
B.S., biology, Brandeis University, (2005)
B.A., economics, Brandeis University, (2005)

Hobbies and interests: Enjoying the Finger Lakes, searching for great coffee



Andrew Miller: Anne Groot Sesquicentennial Fellow, Assistant Professor of Pathology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Section of Anatomic Pathology

College: Veterinary Medicine

Academic focus: My laboratory is focused primarily on studying the mechanisms underlying neurologic disease in companion animals utilizing both spontaneously arising disease models and experimental models in a variety of laboratory animal species.   

Previous positions
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, New England Primate Research Center, 2013
Instructor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, New England Primate Research Center, 2010-2013
Research Associate, Harvard Medical School, New England Primate Research Center, 2008-2010

Academic background:
ACVP (American College of Veterinary Pathologists) Board Certified, (2008)
D.V.M., Cornell University, (2005)
B.S. Cum Laude with Distinction in Research, Animal science, Cornell University, (2001) 

Last book read: Life Everlasting: The Animal Way of Death, by Bernd Heinrich

Hobbies and interests: Hiking, gardening, antique furniture restoration, birdwatching, and biking

Start date: October 1, 2013



Joshua Chappie, Assistant Professor and Nancy and Peter Meinig Family Investigator in the Life Sciences, Department of Molecular Medicine

Academic focus: My lab uses a combination of structural biology, biochemistry, and cell biology to dissect how bacterial proteins targeting modified DNA function as defense systems against bacterial-specific viruses. Understanding these defense systems will help in the development of new therapeutic strategies for treating highly virulent strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Previous positions:
Postdoctoral Fellow, Dyda Lab, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH), 2009-2013

Academic background:
B.S./M.S., Biochemistry, Brandeis University (2003)
PhD, Biophysics, The Scripps Research Institute (2009)

Last book read: Doughnut by Tom Holt

Hobbies and interests: Cooking, playing and listening to music, and watching cartoons.

Start date: October 2, 2013



Published September 26, 2013