Phi Zeta Day highlights best of science at UFCVM

Research excellence among faculty, residents, graduate students, postdoctoral associates and D.V.M. students was highlighted in a series of competitions held April 19-20 at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine during traditional Phi Zeta Day activities.

Dr. Amanda Martinot

Dr. Amanda Martinot provided the keynote address.

Dr. Amanda Martinot provided the keynote address, with a presentation on “Developing TB vaccines: Pitfalls and Progress.” Martinot, a 2003 graduate of the UF CVM’s D.V.M. program, also holds M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees and is a board-certified veterinary pathologist. She currently is an instructor in medicine at Harvard, and a researcher at the Dan Barouch Laboratory and the Center for Virology and Vaccine Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

In addition to the poster competition and the oral research presentations, which focused on specific projects, awards were given for overall excellence to several faculty and graduate students. Photos of all of our winners are available on Facebook for viewing here. And the winners were:

Overall Excellence:

  • Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence: Dr. Jose Ignacio Aguirre
  • FVMA Clinical Investigator Award: Dr. Caryn Plummer
  • C.E. Cornelius Young Investigator Award: Dr. Jasenka Zubcevic
  • Excellence in Clinical Science Research: Dhani Prakaso (major professor Dr. Maureen Long)
  • Excellence in Basic Science Research: Rola Zeidan (major professor Dr. Chris Vulpe)
  • Excellence in Masters Studies: Valentine Verpaalen (major professor Dr. Brad Case)
  • Excellence in Doctoral Studies: M. (Nick) Musselwhite (major professor Dr. Don Bolser)
  • Charles F. Simpson Memorial Scholarship: Anje Bauck (major professor Dr. David Freeman)
Dr. Stacey Fox and others

Dr. Stacey Fox, Molly Martony and Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd are shown discussing Dr. Fox’s poster during the Phi Zeta Day poster competition. (Photo by Sarah Carey)

Poster Competition & Categories:

DVM Students

  • 1st Place: Corey Fisher
  • 2nd Place: Catherine Seeds
  • 3rd Place: Darby Toth

Graduate Students/Residents

  • 1st Place: C. Montalbano
  • 2nd Place: Molly Martony
  • 3rd Place: Bradley Bishop

Postdoctoral Associates

  • 1st Place: Thais Rodrigues
  • 2nd Place: Mohammad Shamin Ahasan
  • 3rd Place: Galaxia Cortes-Hinojosa

Oral Research Presentation Competition: Graduate Student “Best in Show”

  • 1st Place: Erika Schwarz (major professor Dr. Maureen Long)
  • 2nd Place: George Elane (major professor Dr. Adam Biedrzycki)
  • Department Winner, Physiological Sciences: Maite De Maria Mulet (major professor Dr. Nancy Denslow)
  • Department Winner, Small Animal Clinical Sciences: Christina de Armond (major professor Dr. Stan Kim)
  • Department Winner, Infectious Diseases and Immunology: Minghao Gong (major professor Dr. Mansour Mohamadzadeh)

Oral Research Presentation Competition: D.V.M. Student “Top Dog”

  • 1st Place: Caroline Reckelhoff: Class of 2020
  • 2nd Place: Nicole Furst: Class of 2019
  • Class Winner: Leah Ackerman: Class of  2021
  • Class Winner: Leor Shuflita: Chass of 2022
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