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Governor Inslee (left) and Guy Palmer

Public Officials Visit the
Allen Center

Governor Jay Inslee toured the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health in July. He was accompanied by his spouse, Trudi, and the directors of agriculture and commerce, Donald “Bud” Hover and Brian Bonlender. In August, U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers also visited the Allen School. The governor, directors, and the congresswoman learned how our programs protect animal and public health in Washington. Our global mission provides new opportunities for discovery, development, and implementation of new technology. Discussions regarding these opportunities and advances in the school’s mission with U.S. Representatives Susan Delbene, Derek Kilmer, and Adam Smith took place in Washington DC earlier in June.

Allen Center Recognized as

The Allen Center has been formally awarded LEED-Silver certification by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) recognizes the comprehensive approach and implementation of materials and processes to minimize energy use and adverse environmental impact. The accomplishment is particularly noteworthy given the large percentage of the building devoted to BSL2 and BSL3 laboratories, which require higher energy as compared to office and classroom buildings.  

Research News

Antimicrobial resistance meeting in Arusha
Drs. Douglas Call, Terry McElwain and Jenni Zambriski traveled to Kenya in September. They met with collaborators and potential collaborators at the US Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (CDC-KEMRI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in Nairobi and Kisumu. Dr. Call then traveled to Arusha, Tanzania, to host a workshop on antimicrobial resistance for a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The workshop included co-investigators, collaborators and stakeholders from WSU, University of Glasgow, the Royal Veterinary College, Dodoma University, the Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology, the Veterinary Investigation Center, the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute, Sokoine University of Agriculture, and the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute. This meeting was the first opportunity to present data from the first year of field work lead primarily by Dr. Robert Quinlan. The meeting provided a unique opportunity to assess the results and consider how to prioritize efforts for the next field season.

Congratulations to three faculty whose work was published in PLoS Pathogens, a leading journal in infectious diseases: Jean Celli (August), Anders Omsland (September), and Hector Aguilar-Carreño (in press).

Myeni, S, Child R, Ng TW, Kupko JJ, Wehrly TD, Porcella SF, Knodler LA and Celli J (2013) Brucella modulates secretory trafficking via multiple Type IV secretion effector proteins. PLoS Pathogens, 9(8): e1003556

Omsland A, Hackstadt T, Heinzen RA (2013) Bringing Culture to the Uncultured: Coxiella burnetii and Lessons for Obligate Intracellular Bacterial Pathogens. PLoS Pathog 9(9): e1003540. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003540

Liu, Q., Stone, J.A., Bradel-Tretheway, B., Dabundo, J., Benavides Montano, J.A., Santos-Martinez, J., Biering, S.B., Nicola, A.V., Iorio, R.M., Lu, X., and Aguilar, H.C. Unraveling a three-step spatiotemporal mechanism of triggering of receptor-induced virus fusion and entry. PLoS Pathogens. 2013. In Press.

Global Animal Health Pathways Program

The new Global Animal Health Pathway website has launched! Veterinary students and prospective students can find application and curriculum information on the site.

Students Heather Hergert (left) and Kate Stevens were the first to graduate with a veterinary degree and a certificate in global animal health. - Photo by Linda Weiford, WSU News

Meet some of our Pathways students

Student and Fellow News

The Allen School welcomed seven new graduate students and fellow for the fall semester: Geoffrey Grzesiak, Jessica Klein, Deogratius “Deo” Mshanga, Craigen Nes, Sylvia Omulo, Amos Peterson, and Reiko Weigel.

Allison Eavey James, a postdoctoral fellow, has been appointed to the Trainee Advisory Committee of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health.

Kenitra Hammac completed her doctorate under the mentorship of Dr. Kelly Brayton.

Bryce Henderson, an Honors College student mentored by Hector Aguilar,was one of 25 undergraduates to be awarded a research scholarship. 

George Wudiri passed his preliminary doctorate examination with the guidance of his major professor Dr. Anthony Nicola.

George Wudiri, Jackie Stone, and Petronella Hove were awarded first, second, and third place, respectively, for their poster presentations at the college’s 2013 Student Research Symposium.

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Faculty and Staff News

Dr. Douglas Call, molecular epidemiology professor in the Allen School, has been appointed Associate Director for Research and Post-Graduate Education. He was also recognized with the Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence for his research in molecular epidemiology.

Dr. Samuel Thumbi Mwangi has been promoted to research assistant professor.

Dr. Allison Eavey James has been appointed to the Trainee Advisory Committee of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health.

Dr. Guy Palmer has been named to the International Scientific Advisory Board for the Southern Africa Centre for Infectious Diseases Surveillance.

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Welcome New Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jean Celli, associate professor of infectious diseases.  Jean comes to WSU from the National Institutes of Health.  He received his doctorate from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.

Dr. Samuel Thumbi Mwangi, assistant professor.  Thumbi coordinates the Population-based Animal Disease Syndromic Surveillance program in western Kenya.

Dr. Anders Omsland, assistant professor.  Anders completed his postdoctoral training at the national Institutes of Health.

Dr. Jennifer Zambriski, assistant professor.  Jennifer earned a DVM from Tufts University and a doctorate in epidemiology from Cornell University.

Ms. Sara Pepper, grants coordinator.  Sara joins the Allen School from the WSU Office of Grants and Research Development.

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