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Wiley Research Exposition Winners


Allen School students Sylvia Omulo and Jackie Stone, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science student Svetlana Lockwood, and Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology student George Wudiri received 2015 Wiley Research Exposition awards for their work with Allen School associated faculty members. The Wiley Research Expo is held at WSU each spring and provides graduate and professional students across the university an opportunity to showcase their research accomplishments.

  • Svetlana Lockwood won first place oral presentation in Administrative and Information Sciences for her project on “Data Analysis and Modeling in Biological Applications.”
  • Sylvia Omulo won first place poster in International Research for her presentation “40 years of antimicrobial resistance research in Eastern Africa: what can be done better?”
  • Jackie Stone won 2nd place poster in the Medical and Life Sciences for her presentation “O-Glycans in the Nipah Virus Attachment Protein Modulate Fusion.”
  • George Wudiri won first place oral presentation in Medical and Life Sciences with “Cholesterol alters the production of herpes simplex virus-1.”

This year’s event was the most competitive ever hosted, with over 300 initial submissions and over 150 presentations taking place. Award winners will be recognized at the Graduate and Professional Students Association Awards Luncheon on April 24. Congratulations to you all!



Wiley Research Exposition winners and their faculty mentors. On left Sylvia Omulo and mentor Dr. Doug Call; Jackie Stone and mentor Dr. Hector Aguilar-Carreño; (in rear) Dr. Anthony Nicola and his mentee George Wudiri; (in front) Svetlana Lockwood and mentor Dr. Shira Broschat.



Research News



Congratulations to faculty, staff and students on recent publications:


Castaneda-Ortiz EJ, Ueti MW, Camacho-Nuez M, Mosqueda JJ, Mousel MR, Johnson WC, Palmer GH. (2015). Association of Anaplasma marginale strain superinfection with infection prevalence within tropical regions. PLoS One. 10(3):e0120748. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120748.

Crosby F, Brayton KA, Magunda F, Munderloh UG, Kelley K, Barbet AF. (2015). Reduced infectivity for cattle of an outer membrane protein knockout of Anaplasma marginaleAppl Environ Microbiol. doi:10.1128/AEM.03241-14.  Epub: Jan 16, 2015. 81: 2206-2214.

Garner OB, Yun T, Pernet O, Aguilar HC, Park A, Bowden TA, Freiberg AN, Lee B, Baum LG. (2015). Timing of galectin-1 exposure differentially modulates Nipah virus entry and syncytia formation in endothelial cells. J. Virol, 89, 2520-2529. doi: 10.1128/jvi.02435-14.

 SalmonellaKnodler LA. (2015). Salmonella enterica: living a double life in epithelial cellsCurr Opin Microbiol, 23, 23-31. doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2014.10.010. The photo at left, taken by Dr. Knodler, was featured on the cover of the journal issue. 
Confocal microscopy image depicting cytosolic replication of Salmonella. 

Njenga MK, Njagi L, Thumbi SM, Kahariri S, Gitthinji J, Omondi E, Baden A, Murithi M, Paweska J, Ithondeka PM, Ngeiywa KJ, Dungu B, Donadeu M, Munyua PM. (2015). Randomized controlled field trial to assess the immunogenicity and safety of Rift Valley Fever clone 13 vaccine in livestock. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(3): e0003550. doi: 10:1371/journal.pntd.0003550

Thumbi SM, Njenga MK, Marsh TL, Noh S, Otiang E, Munyua P, Ochieng L, Ogola E, Yoder J, Audi A, Montgomery JM, Bigogo G, Breiman RF, Palmer GH, McElwain TF. Linking human health and livestock health: a "one-health" platform for integrated analysis of human health, livestock health, and economic welfare in livestock dependent communities. PLoS One. 10(3):e0120761. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0120761.

Woolhouse MEJ, Thumbi SM, Jennings A, Chase-Topping M, Callaby R, Kiara H . . . Toye PG. (2015). Co-infections determine patterns of mortality in a population exposed to parasite infection. Science Advances, 1(2), e1400026. doi: 10.1126/sciadv.1400026. 


Student and Fellow News

Jinxin Liu won an American Society for Microbiology Student Travel Award to attend the 4
th ASM Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance in Zoonotic Bacteria and Foodborne Pathogens, to be held in Washington, D.C., May 8-11, 2015.

Svetlana Lockwood won a Richard R. and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship awarded by the WSU Graduate School. The award was presented on March 31 at the 2015 Graduate School Evening of Excellence.

George Wudiri received the Russ and Anne Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research, awarded by the WSU Graduate School at the 2015 Graduate School Evening of Excellence.

The Immunology and Infectious Diseases Graduate Student Association (IIDGSA) hosted a successful international-themed spring potluck on March 17.

 Infectious Diseases and Immunology Distinguished Lecture Series


Bruce Beutler, MD
 2011 Nobel Prize Winner
in Medicine and Physiology

April 7, 2015
5:15 pm
CUB Ballroom

Dr. Beutler was awarded the Nobel Prize for his research on the activation of the innate immune system, including discovery of the role of human Toll Like Receptors.

Sponsored by the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, the School of Molecular Biosciences, the NIH Infectious Diseases and Microbial Training Program and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health

Save the Date

Zoonotic and Vector-borne Disease Workshop
September 9, 2015, Ellensburg, WA
Sponsored by the Washington State Department of Health





Faculty and Staff News

Dr. Kelly Brayton was recently appointed as Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Dr. Brayton has several collaborative projects with researchers at the University of Pretoria.

Felix Lankester reports that the field component of a thermo-stability trial of Nobivac® Canine Rabies Vaccine took place in February and March of this year. The project, carried out in central Tanzania near the town of Babati, is looking at whether the vaccine is stable (and effective) following storage outside of the cold chain at a variety of temperatures (up to 37C).  Dr. Lankester and colleagues are now analyzing blood samples of inoculated dogs to determine whether the rabies antibody titres in the dogs vaccinated with doses stored above the cold chain differ from those of dogs vaccinated with cold chain stored vaccine. If it is demonstrated that the vaccine is stable outside of the cold chain, this could have a major impact on the manner in which mass dog rabies vaccination campaigns are conducted in developing countries. For example, it would mean that large batches of vaccine could be stored in remote rural villages (where there is no power and no refrigerators) to be administered to dogs by local rabies coordinators. This could be a game changer in terms of rabies vaccine delivery to remote communities. The project is jointly funded by an intra-mural research award from the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and MSD Animal Health.


Researchers collect a blood sample from a dog in a remote village in Tanzania.

Dr. Thumbi Mwangi’s research on co-infections by parasitic species and corresponding severity of disease was featured in WSU News. The work by Dr. Mwangi and others, published in Science Advances, found that the severity of East Coast Fever, a deadly disease of cattle in Africa, is reduced in the presence of certain parasitic co-infections.  


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