Combined DVM/PhD Program

Jennifer Prieto, DVM, Ph.D.

Jennifer (Battista) Prieto

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Julia Bevilaqua Felippe
Current Position: Assistant Clinical Professor, Section of Small Animal Medicine, Cornell University

Brief Biography
Jenny grew up in Homer, NY and earned a BS in biological sciences from Cornell University in 2007. She is currently a graduate student in Dr. Julia Bevilaqua Felippe's lab and research interests include equine B-cell development and Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID) in horses. When not in the lab, Jenny enjoys horseback riding and doing agility with her Sheltie Abbi.

PhD, Immunology and Infectious Disease, Cornell University 2015
DVM, Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University 2013
BS, Biological Sciences - Cornell University

Research Interests
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.

Publications and Presentations
poster & seminar presentations

2012    Battista JM, Tallmadge RL, Stokol T, Felippe MJB. Hematopoiesis in the equine fetal liver suggests immune preparedness. 2012 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, New Orleans LA.

2011    Battista JM, Felippe MJB. Making a Horse-Mouse Chimera to Study Equine B1 cells. Infection and Immunology Work in Progress Seminar, Cornell, Ithaca NY.

2010    Tallmadge RL, Such K, Battista JM, Matychak MB, and Felippe MJB. B cell gene regulation during differentiation in common variable immunodeficiency, 2010 First North American Primary Immune Deficiency National Conference, Clinical Immunology Society, Philadelphia, PA.

2008    Battista JM, Tallmadge RL, Felippe MJB. Hematopoieitic stem cells in the equine fetal liver. 2nd Cornell University Stem Cell Symposium, Ithaca, NY.

2008    Tallmadge RL, Battista JM, Matychak MB, Felippe MJB. Isolation and in vitro differentiation of equine hematopoietic stem cells. 2ndCornell University Stem Cell Symposium, Ithaca, NY.