Research excellence acknowledged in virtual Phi Zeta Day ceremony

Research excellence among UF College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, residents, graduate students, postdoctoral associates and D.V.M. students was highlighted in a virtual Phi Zeta Day ceremony, held via Zoom.

Dr. David Pascual, interim associate dean for research and graduate studies, welcomed everyone and provided an overview of the range of scientific accomplishments that would be honored, and Dr. Dana Zimmel, the college’s interim dean, remarked on the event’s significance to the college as a way to acknowledge the many ways college faculty, residents, D.V.M. and graduate students have advanced biomedical research within and outside of the veterinary medical profession.

Awards were presented in a variety of categories.

Overall Excellence:

  • Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence: Dr. Don Bolser
  • FVMA Clinical Investigator Award: Dr. Rob Ossiboff
  • E. Cornelius Young Investigator Award: Dr. Autumn Harris
  • Excellence in Clinical Science Research: Victoria Rocha-Merenda (major professor Dr. Ricardo Chebel)
  • Excellence in Basic Science Research: Preeyanan Sriwanayos (mentor Dr. Tom Waltzek)
  • Excellence in Masters Studies: Pacharapong Khrongsee (mentor Dr. Apichai Tuanyok)
  • Excellence in Doctoral Studies: Aristide Kamla Takoukam (mentors Dr. Bob Bonde and Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd)
  • Charles F. Simpson Memorial Scholarship: Erika Schwarz (mentor Dr. Maureen Long)

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

  • Comparative, Diagnostic and Population Medicine: Steven Tillis (mentored by Dr. Rob Ossiboff)
  • Infectious Diseases and Immunology: Zakia Goodwin (mentored by Dr. David Pascual)
  • Physiological Sciences: Faith Lambert (mentored by Dr. Chris Vulpe)
  • Large Animal Clinical Sciences: Caio Figueiredo (mentored by Rafael Bisinotto)
  • Small Animal Clinical Sciences: Jordan Ayers (mentored by Dr. Rowan Milner)

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

  • Class of 2020: Alexandra Goodman (mentored by Dr. Danielle Stanek)
  • Class of 2021: Corey Fisher (mentored by Dr.  Keijiro Shiomitsu and Dr. Amandine Lejeune)
  • Class of 2022: Heather Lockhart (mentored by Dr. Julie Levy)
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