Baker Institute for Animal Health



Training Ground for Scientific Discovery

Fall 2021 - Baker Institute Seminar Series 

Join us in this virtual format as past and present Baker Institute faculty, trainees and visiting lecturers share insights on their specific areas of research. Enjoy learning how their involvement with the Baker Institute at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine influenced their career, and where they are now.

Seminars are held on Tuesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 PM unless specified otherwise. Coordinator for Fall 2021 Baker Institute Seminar Series: Dr. Charles Danko. 
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Date Presenter Format
*11AM - Noon

The Verge - The Center for Vertebrate Genomics (CVG) was created to enhance research and education in vertebrate genetics and functional genomics at Cornell University. As part of that overall goal, the CVG aims to foster research interactions amongst vertebrate geneticists and other faculty. The monthly "Verge" meetings were started to increase awareness among CVG members of the different research programs that currently exist on campus, to share up-to-date information from conferences and the scientific literature, and to encourage interactions between CVG members.

Event info.

Karin Hoelzer, DVM, PhD, Senior Director, Public Health,
Maximus Federal, VA
Title: “Of Microbes and Men - Public Health in Practice

View recorded seminar here

*11AM - noon

The Verge Event info.

Gilad Barshad, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Danko Lab
Title: “The loop of fortune: on the relationship between chromatin loops and transcriptional regulation”

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*via Zoom

Caroline Zeiss, BVSc, Dip ACVP & ACLAM, PhD '99, Professor of Comparative Medicine, Chief of Pathology, Comparative Medicine, Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine
Title: “Rats, Hamsters and COVID-19”


*via Zoom
11/2/21 James N. MacLeod, VMD, PhD, John and Elizabeth Knight Chair, Director of Equine Programs, Professor of Veterinary Science, Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky
Title: “Maturation and Modeling of Equine Proximal Sesamoid Bones”

*Offered in a Hybrid format
*11AM - noon
The Verge Event info.
11/16/21 Amanda De Mestre, DVSc, PhD, MRCVS, PGCAP, FHEA, Reproductive Immunology, The Royal Veterinary College, UK
Title: "Genetic variants underpinning pregnancy loss in the mare" 


*via Zoom
11/23/21 Kyeong-Ok Chang, DVM, MS, PhD, Professor, Virology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University
Title: “Coronavirus 3C-like protease as a therapeutic target“

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*via Zoom
11/30/21 Bettina Wagner, DVM, Professor of Immunology, Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Title: "Mucosal immunity during EHV-1 infection - mechanisms of defense and protection"

*via Zoom
12/21/21 Vimal Selvaraj, Associate Professor, Animal Science, CALS
Title: "On securing the future of livestock production: systems biology driven functional discoveries in ruminant reproduction"

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*via Zoom
12/14/21 The Verge Event info.

Spring 2021 Seminar Series recordings below: 

SpeakerLaura Goodman, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Cornell University, Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences
Title: “Pathogen discovery in a one health context”
View the recorded seminar HERE

SpeakerAnne Avery, DVM, PhD, Director, Clinical Hematopathology Laboratory and Professor, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology. Colorado State University
Title: “Good dogs, bad lymphocytes”
View the recorded seminar HERE

SpeakerSarah Lepage, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph 
Title: “Cartilage tissue engineering for horses: A journey from cell source to osteochondral grafts”
View the recorded seminar HERE

Speaker: Steve Suter, VMD, MS, PhD, DACVIM, Professor of Medical Oncology, Medical Director: Canine Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, North Carolina State University 
Title: "Canine Bone Marrow Transplantation: One Health in Action!"
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Speaker: Floryne Buishand, DVM, PhD, Lecturer, Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery; The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and The Roslin Institute
Title: “Improving the diagnosis, treatment and prognostication of canine and human endocrine cancers”
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SpeakerKelsey Hart, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, Associate Professor, Large Animal Internal Medicine, Director, DVD-PhD Program, University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine
Title"Immune-endocrine interactions in equine infection -- new approaches in neonates and beyond."
View the recorded seminar HERE

Fall 2020 Seminar Series recordings below: 

SpeakerCharles Danko, Robert N. Noyce Assistant Professor in Life Science and Technology, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences. Faculty at Baker Institute for Animal Health
Title: "Transcription as a lens for interpreting genome sequence" 
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Speaker:Rainer Storb, MD, Professor, Head of Transplantation Biology Program Clinical Research Division, Milton B. Rubin Family Endowed Chair, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, “History and Future of Allogeneic Transplantation Driven by Intensive Bench-to-Bedside Research”, & Dr. Ed Sullivan, Bellingham Washington Veterinary Clinic, Washington. Baker Institute 70th Anniversary Seminar, “Bone Marrow Transplantation & Tumor Immunotherapy in humans and dogs” 
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SpeakerRaina Plowright, Associate Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University
Title: "Pathogen spillover: lessons learned from emerging bat viruses." 
View the recorded seminar here: 
Part I
Part II

Speaker: Susan Hafenstein, PhD, Director of the Center for Structural Biology; Huck Chair of Structural Virology; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Penn State College of Medicine
Title: "High resolution cryo EM analysis of human papilloma virus describes capsid flexibility and reveals minor structural protein” 
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Speaker: Sarah Caddy, VetMB, PhD, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow Cambridge Institute for Therapeutic Immunology & Infectious Disease, Senior Research Fellow, Magdalene College
Title: “Unraveling mysterious interactions between viruses and antibodies: Molecular mechanisms and importance in vaccination”
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SpeakerLeslie Lyons, PhD, Gilbreath-McLorn Endowed Professor of Comparative Medicine, Dept. of Vet. Med & Surgery, University of Missouri-Columbia
Title“Precision Medicine and Genomic Resources for Domestic Cats”
View the recorded seminar here