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Allen School Leadership Transitions Reflect Growth and Success



Guy Palmer
Dr. Guy Palmer


On July 6, Dr. Guy Palmer announced a major transition marking the growth and development of the Allen School and WSU’s commitment to global health research and education. While saddened by his leaving day-to-day leadership of the Allen School, we are pleased to know that Dr. Palmer’s role in guiding global health efforts at WSU will continue. At right, he describes this new opportunity as Senior Director of Global Health.


    In addition, Dr. Terry McElwain recently stepped down from his position as Allen School Associate Director. Dr. McElwain has played a major role in development of the Allen School East Africa program and in the School’s engagement in efforts to increase global biosafety and biosecurity. Dr. McElwain will continue in an advisory role for program development and, as a full time faculty member, with his work to develop and implement disease surveillance programs around the world. He will work closely with Dr. Tim Baszler as Dr. Baszler takes on the role of Head of Global Health Surveillance in the Allen School (see related story, p. 3).

    Terry McElwain
    Dr. Terry McElwain


    Doug Call
    Dr.Doug Call

    To serve the Allen School during these transitions, Dr. Doug Call has accepted the position of Interim Director. Dr. Call will also continue with his active research program and mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral associates.


      Developing and acting on a broader health vision for WSU and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health is the goal of the recently announced changes in leadership. Improving public health and human opportunity has always been at the core of the Allen School mission, largely focused around the animal-human interface. Our collective efforts both help identify and address major knowledge gaps in global health. Through my service both within the National Academies and the Consortium for Universities in Global Health, I have become increasingly aware of the need to bring the full expertise of the university to bear on needed approaches to improve global health. Allen School faculty have been leaders in taking advantage of the multidisciplinary expertise at WSU. Doug Call’s NSF-funded program in Tanzania is a great example: anthropologists, economists, molecular epidemiologists, and sociologists are all engaged in achieving the specific aims. To accelerate multidisciplinary research, I accepted the position of Senior Director for Global Health at WSU. While my faculty position will remain in the Allen School, the university-wide leadership position will help catalyze new initiatives that bring more of the breadth and depth of scholarship of all WSU academic units and campuses to bear on global health challenges. My commitment, and that of the college and university, to the Allen School will remain without compromise—in contrast, these leadership changes provide us with the structures to move forward into our next growth phase.  

    Research News



    Grants Awarded:


    Dr. Felix Lankester received a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration grant for his project “Integrating community-directed interventions against neglected tropical diseases.” The objective of his project is to determine whether supplementing a school-based mass drug administration (MDA) program aiming to reduce neglected tropical diseases, with a popular mass dog rabies vaccination campaign aiming to eliminate rabies, will result in a synergism that (a) improves coverage and impact of MDA and (b) improves coverage and cost-effective delivery of dog vaccination. Awarded $100k for an 18-month project period.

    Dr. Doug Call was awarded NIH NIAID R21 funding for “Tetracycline resistance: the Achilles’ heel of antibiotic resistance?” $415,250 for a 2-year project period.

    Intramural College of Veterinary Medicine research grants were recently awarded for these projects:

    Dr. Jean Celli: “Inhibition of host secretion by the Brucella effector Protein BspF.”

    Dr. Leigh Knodler: “Transcriptional profiling of cytosolic Salmonella.”

    Dr. Anders Omsland: “Metabolic basis for viability of the coxiella burnetii small cell variant.”

    Dr. Viveka Vadyvaloo: “Investigating the interaction of Yersinia pestis with free-living amoeba from plague foci in Colorado.”



    Congratulations to faculty, staff and students on recent publications:


    Bradel-Tretheway BG, Liu Q, Stone JA, McInally S, Aguilar HC. (2015). Novel Functions of Hendra Virus G N-Glycans and Comparisons to Nipah Virus.Journal of Virology 89(14):7235-47. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00773-15.

    Cunha CW, Taylor KE, Pritchard SM, Delboy MG, Komala Sari T, Aguilar HC, Mossman KL, Nicola AV. (2015). Widely Used Herpes Simplex Virus 1 ICP0 Deletion Mutant Strain dl1403 and Its Derivative Viruses Do Not Express Glycoprotein C Due to a Secondary Mutation in the gC Gene.PLoS One 10(7): e0131129. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0131129.

    Ducken DR, Brown WC, Alperin DC, Brayton KA, Reif KE, Turse JE, Palmer GH, Noh SM. (2015). Subdominant outer membrane antigens in Anaplasma marginal: Conservation, antigenicity and productive capacity using recombinant protein. PLoS One 10(6): e0129309. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0129309

    Harrington TD, Biria S, Tran V, Mohamed A, Mobley D, Orfe L, Call DR, Beyenal H. (2015). The mechanism of neutral red-mediated microbial electrosynthesis in Escherichiacoli: menaquinone reduction. Bioresource Technology 192:689-695. doi: 10.1016/j.biotech.2015.06.037

    James AE and Palmer G. (2015). The role of animal source foods in improving nutrional health in urban informal settlements: Identification of knowledge gaps and implementation barriers. International Journal of Child Health and Nutrition 4:94-102.

    Lone A, Atci E, Renslow R, Beyenal H, Noh S, Fransson B, Abu-Lail N, Park JJ, Gang DR, Call DR. (2015). Colonization of epidermal tissue by Staphylococcusaureus produces localized hypoxia and stimulates secretion of antioxidant and caspase-14 proteins. Infection and Immunity 83(8):3026-3034. doi: 101128/IAI.00175-15

    Long A, Call DR, Cain KD. (2015). Comparison of quantitative PCR and ELISA for detection and quantification of Flavobacteriumpsychrophilum in salmonid broodstock. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 115(2):139-146. doi: 103354/dao02881

    Pendell DL, Marsh TL, Coble KH, Lusk JL, Szmania SC. (2015). Economic assessment of FMDv releases from the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility. PLoS One 10(6): e0129134. doi:10.1371/journalpone.0129134

    Santos-Montanez J, Benavides-Montano JA, Hinz AK, Vadyvaloo V. (2015). Yersinia pseudotuberculosis IP32953 survives and replicates in trophozoites and persists in cysts of Acanthamoeba castellanii. FEMS Microbiology Letters362(13). pii: fnv091. doi: 10.1093/femsle/fnv091

    Vadyvaloo V, Viall AK, Jarrett CO, Hinz AK, Sturdevant DE, Hinnebusch BJ. (2015). Role of the PhoP-PhoQ gene regulatory system in adaptation of Yersinia pestis to environmental stress in the flea digestive tract. Microbiology161:1198-1210. doi:10.1099/mic.0.000082.


    Faculty and Staff News

    Timothy Baszler Dr. Timothy Baszler has joined the Allen School as Head of Global Health Surveillance. Dr. Baszler holds a DVM from Iowa State University and PhD from University of Illinois, and has served as Professor of Microbiology and Pathology  at the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Director and Pathologist with the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab. His research interests include infectious disease diagnosis and surveillance, new test method development and validation, and biomedical laboratory accreditation.

    Mr. Owen Strom has resigned his position as a Research Staff member to pursue an MS in epidemiology at the University of Virginia. 

    Thumbi Mwangi in Kenya

    Dr. Thumbi Mwangi (center, with red name badge) conducted a Statistics in R training at the Center for Global Health Research, Kenya Medical Research Institute this past June. The training was attended by a mix of lab scientists, epidemiologists, graduate fellows, data analysts and WSU students Sarah Eichler, Julia Vanderford and Matt Sammons.

    Dr. Terry McElwain gave an invited keynote address at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and Western Agricultural Economics Association (WAEA) joint meeting in San Francisco, July 27. The title of the talk was “Linking Human and Livestock Health: Evidence from Agro-Pastoral Households in Western Kenya.”

    Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreno convened a Workshop on Paramyxoviruses at the American Society of Virology (ASV), held in London, Ontario, Canada, July 11-15. Oral presentations by members of his lab included:

    • “Novel Functions on Hendra Virus G and Comparsions to Nipah Virus.” Authors: Birgit Bradel-Tretheway, Qian Liu, Jacquelyn A. Stone, Samantha McInally and Hector Aguilar-Carreno
    • “O-Glycans on the Hendra Virus Attachment Glycoprotein Modulate Fusion and Viral Entry.” Authors: Jacquelyn A. Stone, Jeffrey Dabundo and Hector Aguilar-Carreno

    Dr. Aguilar-Carreno was also an Invited Speaker in the ASV Satellite Symposium "Veterinary Virology Club." The title of his talk was “Glycoprotein Team Burglary: Entry of the deadly Zoonotic Nipah Virus”

    Dr. Anders Omsland recently presented two talks:

    • "Chlamydia trachomatis: Metabolic adaptation of a biphasic intracellular parasite." University of Idaho, May 8th 2015.
    • "Metabolic specialization of Chlamydia trachomatis cell forms." ESCCAR – International Congress on Rickettsia and Other Intracellular bacteria, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 15, 2015.
    Drs. Jenni Zambriski and Wes Van Voorhis
    Drs. Jenni Zambriski and Wes Van Voorhis
    Dr. Jenni Zambriski traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, in May as part of her NSF ADVANCE award for women in STEM.  The purpose of the trip was to develop collaborations with her NSF ADVANCE mentor, Dr. Wesley Van Voorhis, at Medicines Malaria Venture. Dr. Van Voorhis is a faculty member at UW. 

    Student and Fellow News

    Two postdocs in the lab of Dr. Doug Call are leaving to pursue their academic careers. Dr. Shannon Mitchell is moving to an Assistant Professor position at the University of Alabama, Mobile, Department of Civil Engineering. Dr. Zhe Zhao has returned to his Associate Professor position at the Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-resources and Ecology, Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Applied Marine Biology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou, China

    Natalie Hurst, studying in the lab of Dr. Jenni Zambriski was awarded the Auvil Undergraduate Research Fellowship. Natalie is a sophomore in the Honors College majoring in Animal Science. She will be studying the impact of confinement housing on the behavior of calves infected with Cryptosporidium. Dr. Zambriski is serving as her Honor's Thesis advisor.

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