College of Veterinary Medicine » » faculty UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA Mon, 23 Nov 2015 19:12:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mary Leissinger Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:43:57 +0000 Clinical Assistant ProfessorLeissinger

Department of Physiological Sciences
Box 100144
Gainesville, FL 32610-0103
Office: VS 114
Fax: 352-392-5145


  • Clinical Pathology Residency and Master of Science, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2011-2014
  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Rotating Internship, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, 2010-2011
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2006-2010
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Louisiana State University, 2002-2006
  • Exchange Student, University of Nottingham, UK, 2005

Honors and Awards

  • CL Davis Award 2014
  • 3rd place oral presentation. The role of MCP-1 in Staphylococcus aureus infection in the murine lung. LSU Graduate Research Symposium, Baton Rouge LA, 2013
  • Outstanding Student Award Year IV 2010
  • Internal Medicine Certificate of Excellence 2010
  • Oncology Certificate of Excellence 2010
  • Clinical Pathology Award of Excellence 2010
  • Dean’s Honors List 2006-2010
  • Salsbury Scholarship 2008
  • Invisible Fence Scholarship 2007

Research Interests

Clinical chemistry, Coagulation

Selected Research Publications

  • Leissinger M, Brandao J, Wakamatsu N, Le Roux A, Rich G, Gaunt S. Pulmonary histiocytic sarcoma in a rabbit. Vet Clin Pathol. 2013; 42: 364-367.
  • Leissinger M, Pescosolido K, Royal A, What is your diagnosis? Equine transtracheal wash fluid. Vet Clin Pathol. 2013; 42: 529-530.
  • Brandão J, Woods S, Fowlkes N, Leissinger M et al. Disseminated histoplasmosis (Histoplasma capsulatum) in a pet rabbit: case report and review of the literature. J VET Diagn Invest. 2014; 26: 158-162.
  • Leissinger M, Kulkarni R, Zemans R, Downey G, Jeyaseelan S. Investigating the role of NOD-Like receptors in bacterial lung infection. AM J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014. 189:1461-8.
  • Leissinger MK, Garber JB, Fowlkes N, Grooters AM, Royal AB, Gaunt SD. Mycobacterium fortuitum lipoid pneumonia in a dog. Vet Pathol. Prepublished April 30, 2014 DOI:10.1177/0300985814531497.
  • Leissinger M, Walton S, Fletcher J, Gaunt S. What is your diagnosis? Blood smear from a cat. Vet Clin Pathol. 2014;46: 465-6.
  • Leissinger M, Del Piero F, Kawabata A, Dedeaux A, Gaunt S. Pathology in Practice. JAVMA. In Press.
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Sarah Beatty Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:15:31 +0000 Clinical Assistant ProfessorBeattySarah

Department of Physiological Sciences
Box 100103
Gainesville, FL 32610-0103
Office: 352-294-4031
Fax: 352-392-2938


  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, 2014
  • Residency, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, University of Florida, 2011-14
  • DVM, Salutatorian, Certificate: Food Animal Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2011
  • BS, Cum Laude, Animal Biology Major, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • 2013: CL Davis Foundation Student Scholarship Award, given to a veterinary pathology resident from a university who has demonstrated superior scholarship and diagnostic skills
  • 2013: Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day: Best Resident Poster
  • 2011: Dr. Clyde and Lydia Spears Scholarship, awarded for performance in Food Animal Medicine
  • 2010-11: Elizabeth Fuschetto Memorial Scholarship, awarded to top 2 ranking individuals
  • 2010: Inducted into Phi Zeta Honor Society
  • 2010: American Association of Bovine Practitioners- Foundation – Pfizer Animal Health Scholarship
  • 2010: Joseph and Sophie Witten Scholarship
  • 2009-2010: Veterinary Medicine Board of Directors Scholarship
  • 2009: American Association of Bovine Practitioners- Amstutz Scholarship
  • 2009: American Association of Bovine Practitioners- Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award
  • 2008: Merck-Merial Veterinary Student Scholar

Clinical Research Interests

  • Large Animal Clinical Pathology
  • Oncology
  • Zoological and Wildlife Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
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Jasenka Zubcevic Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:32:37 +0000 Jasenka Zubcevic, photoAssistant Professor

Department of Physiological Sciences
Box 100144
1333 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610-0144
Office:  352-294-4010
Fax: 352-392-5145


  • BSc in Pharmacology, Bristol Heart Institute, University of Bristol, UK, 2003
  • PhD in Physiology, Bristol Heart Institute, University of Bristol, UK, 2008
  • Post-doctoral fellow, Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics, University of Florida, USA, 2010-2013

Honors and Awards

  • American Heart Association Best Presentation Award 2013
  • American Heart Association New Investigator Travel Award, 2011
  • American Heart Association Best Presentation Award, 2011
  • Donald J Reiss Memorial Trainee Award, 2006

Research Interests

Neural control of cardiovascular physiology, neurogenic hypertension, bone marrow hematopoiesis and immune responses in cardiovascular diseases.


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José Ignacio Aguirre Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:02:05 +0000 Ignacio Aguirre Portrait

Assistant Professor

Department of Physiological Sciences
PO Box 100144
1333 Center Drive
Gainesville, FL 32610-0144
FAX: 352-392-5145


  • Residency, University of Florida, Animal Care Services, College of Medicine, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, College of Medicine, 2005
  • PhD, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, 2002
  • Diplomat, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Department of Histochemistry, 1998
  • Master in Vet. Pathology, University of London, Royal Veterinary College, 1997
  • Diplomat, University of Tokyo, Department of Agriculture, 1992
  • DVM, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, 1989

 Honors and Awards

  • Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DACLAM), 2013
  • President’s Poster Competition Award. ASBMR, 34th annual meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2012
  • Young Investigator Travel Grant. ASBMR, 33th annual meeting. San Diego, CA, 2011
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Travel Award. National Veterinary Scholars Symposium, Orlando, FL, 2011
  • Young Investigator Award. The International Society of Bone Morphometry (ISBM), XIth Congress of the ISBM, Zell Am See, Austria, 2009
  • Young Investigator Travel Grant 2007. ASBMR, 29th annual meeting, Honolulu, HI, 2007
  • Juan de la Cierva Award, Spanish Ministry of Education and Science. Barcelona, Spain, 2005
  • Young Investigator Award. The American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR),2005
  • Alice L. Jee Memorial Young Investigator Award. The 34th International Sun Valley Workshop on Skeletal Tissue Biology, Sun Valley, ID, 2004
  • Reentry Grant Award for Postgraduate Students. The Antorchas Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2000
  • Biorad. Ltd. Co. Assistantship to support Diploma of The Imperial College in Pathology, Department of Histochemistry, Hammersmith Campus, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, United Kingdom, 1997
  • Laboratory Animals LTD grant. London, United Kingdom, 1996
  • Graduate Scholarship Award. International Cooperation Agency, Argentinean Ministry of Education, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1996
  • Award for Advanced Studies in the United Kingdom. The British Council and the British Embassy, London, United Kingdom, 1996
  • Graduate Scholarship Award. Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo, Japan, 1991

Research Interests

Skeletal effects of bisphosphonates and bone anabolic agents/drugs for the prevention and treatment of local osteopenias (e.g., jaw) and postmenopausal osteoporosis. Pathophysiology of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ARONJ), and other side effects of antiresorptive drugs. Small animal models of periodontitis. Extended half-life of RANK Ligand antagonists for preclinical testing of osteoporosis treatments in small animals. Comparative medicine.

Recent Publications

  1. Aguirre J.I.; Akhter M.; Kimmel D.; Pingel J.; Xia X.; Williams A.; Jorgensen M.; Edmonds K.; Lee J.; Reinhard M.; Battles A.; Kesavalu L.; Wronski T.J. Enhanced Alveolar Bone Loss in a Model of Non-Invasive Periodontitis in Rice Rats. Oral Dis. 18(5):459-468, 2012.
  2. Aguirre J.I.; Akhter M.; Kimmel D.; Pingel J.; Xia X.; Williams A.; Jorgensen M.; Kesavalu L.; Wronski T.J. Oncologic Doses of Zoledronic Acid Induce Osteonecrosis of the Jaw-Like Lesions in Rice Rats (Oryzomys palustris) with Periodontitis. J. Bone Mineral Res 27(10):2130-2143, 2012.
  3. Yarrow, J.F.; Conover, C.F.; Beggs, L.A.; Beck, D.T.; Otzel, D.; Baelez, A.; Combs, S.M.; Miller, J. R.; Ye, F.; Aguirre, J.I.; Neuville, K.G.; Williams, A.A.; Conrad, B.P.; Gregory, C.M.; Wronski, T.J.; Bose, P.K.; Borst, S.E. Testosterone Dose-Dependently Prevents Bone and Muscle Loss in Rodents Following Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma 31(9):834-845, 2014.
  4. Aguirre, J.I.; Edmonds, K.; Zamora, B; Pingel, J.; Thomas, L.; Cancel, D.; Schneider, L.; Reinhard, M.K.; Battles, A.H.; Akhter, M.P.; Kimmel, D.B.; Wronski, T. J. Marsh rice rat (Oryzomys palustris) under laboratory conditions: breeding, rearing, veterinary care and hematologic findings in a small animal model for periodontitis. JAALAS. (Accepted; May, 2014).

Additional publications

  1. Aguirre, J.I.; Buttery, L.; O´shaughnessy, M.; Afzal, F.; Fernandez de Marticorena, I.; Hukkanen, M.; Huang, P.; MacIntyre, I.; Polak, J. Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase Gene-Deficient Mice Demonstrate Marked Retardation in Postnatal Bone Formation, Reduced Bone Volume, and Defects in Osteoblast Maturation and Activity. Am. J. Pathol. (USA) 158(1): 247-257, 2001.
  2. Chen, J.; Plotkin, L.; Aguirre, J.I.; Han L.; Peng H.; Kousteni S.; Bellido, T.; Manolagas, S. Transient Versus Sustained Activation and Nuclear Accumulation of ERKs Underlie the Anti-versus the Pro-apoptotic Effects of Estrogens on Osteoblasts/Osteocytes and Osteoclasts. J. Biol. Chem. (USA) 280(6):4632-4638, 2005.
  3. Plotkin, L.; Aguirre, J.I.; Kousteni, S.; Manolagas, S.C.; Bellido, T. Bisphosphonates and Estrogens Inhibit Osteocyte Apoptosis Via Distinct Molecular Mechanisms Downstream of ERK Activation. J. Biol. Chem. (USA) 280:7317-7325, 2005.
  4. Plotkin, L.; Mathov, I.; Aguirre, J.I.; Manolagas, S.C.; Bellido, T. Mechanical Stimulus Prevent Osteocytes Apoptosis Through an Integrin/SRC/ERK Signalsome Localized in Caveolae. Am. J. Physiol.- Cell Physiology (USA) 289: C633-C643, 2005.
  5. Aguirre, J.I.; Plotkin, L.I.; Stewart, S.A.; Weinstein, R.S.; Parfitt, A.M.; Manolagas, S.C.; Bellido.T. Osteocyte Apoptosis Precedes Osteoclastic Bone Resorption and The Loss of Bone Mineral and Strength Induced by Unloading in Mice. J. Bone Mineral Res (USA) 21 (4): 605-615, 2006.
  6. Aguirre, J.I.; Leal M.E., Rivera, M.F.; Vanegas, S.M.; Wronski, T.J. Effects of Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor and a Prostaglandin E2 Receptor Subtype 4 Agonist on Osteoblastogenesis and Adipogenesis in Aged Ovariectomized Rats. J. Bone Mineral Res (USA) 22 (6): 877-888, 2007.
  7. Aslanidi, G.; Kroutov, V.; Philipsberg, G.; Lamb, K.; Campbell-Thompson, M.; Walter, G.; Kurenov, S.; Aguirre, J.I.; Keller, P.; Hankenson, K.; MacDougald, O.; Zolotukhin, S. Ectopic expression of Wnt10b decreases adiposity and improves glucose homeostasis in obese rats. Am. J. Physiol.- Endocrinology and Metabolism (USA) 293 (3) E726-E736, 2007.
  8. Aguirre, J.I.; Plotkin, L.I.; Gortazar, A.R.; Martin Millan, M., O’brien C.A.; Manolagas, S.C.; Bellido.T. A Novel Ligand-independent Function of The Estrogen Receptor Is Essential for Osteocyte and Osteoblast Mechanotransduction. J. Biol. Chem. 282 (35) 25501-25508, 2007.
  9. Leal, M.E.; Holliday, S.; Aguirre, J.I.; Wronski, T.J. In Vitro and in Vivo Evidence for Stimulation of Bone Resorption by and EP4 Receptor Agonist and Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor: Implications for their Efficacy as Bone Anabolic Agents. Bone 44(2) 266-274, 2009.
  10. Aguirre, J.I.; Altman, M.K.; Vanegas, S.M.; Franz, S.E.; Bassit A.C.; Wronski, T.J. Effects of alendronate on bone healing after tooth extraction in rats. Oral Dis. 16(7):674-685, 2010.
  11. Ma Y.L.; Zeng, Q.Q.; Porras, L.L.; Harvey, A.; Moore, T.L.; Shelbourn, T.L.; Dalsky G.P.; Wronski, T.J.; Aguirre, J.I.; Bryant, H.U.; Sato, M. Teriparatide [rhPTH (1-34)], but not strontium ranelate, demonstrated bone anabolic efficacy in mature, osteopenic, ovariectomized rats. Endocrinology 152(5) 1767-78, 2011.
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Christopher J. Martyniuk Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:08:01 +0000 Associate ProfessorMartyniukChris_200px

Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology &
Department of Physiological Sciences
2187 Mowry Road, Bldg 471
PO Box 110885
Gainesville, FL 32611
Office: 352-294-4636
Fax: 352-392-4707


  • PhD Biology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, CAN, 2006
  • MSc Zoology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, CAN, 2001
  • BSc Biology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, CAN, 1996

Courses Taught in College of Veterinary Medicine

  • VME 6603 Advanced Toxicology (Fall)
  • VEM 5176 Poisonous Plants (Spring)
  • VEM 5172 Veterinary Toxicology (Fall)

Recent Honors and Awards

  • 2013: The Gorbman – Bern New Independent Investigator Award. North American Society for Comparative Endocrinology
  • 2013: Canadian Society of Zoology, Bob Boutilier New Investigator Award
  • 2010: UNB Harrison-McCain Young Researcher Award
  • 2008: ThermoElectron-ABRF 2008 Outstanding Scientist/Technologists Awardees
  • 2007: Finalist for top Ph.D. thesis in Canada (Canadian Society of Zoology)

Research Interests

aquatic toxicology, sex steroids, neuroendocrinology, gamma-aminobutyric acid, transcriptomics, proteomics, reproduction, fish biology

Current Projects


  • Mechanisms of intersex and sex differentiation in rainbow darter (P Bahamonde, PhD)
  • In vitro methods in largemouth bass for sediment screening (D. Dreier, PhD candidate)
  • Effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons on the reproductive axis (J Loughery, PhD candidate)
  • Molecular biomarkers for environmental assessments for selenium in trout (R. Kan, MSc candidate)

Human Health

  • Pesticide effects on GABAergic and dopaminergic signaling systems in zebrafish (A. Cowie, MSc candidate)
  • Natural product screening for angiogenesis in zebrafish (K. Sarty, MSc candidate)

Recent Research Articles

  • Colli-Dula CR, Martyniuk CJ, Kroll KJ, Prucha MS, Kozuch M, Barber DS, Denslow ND. 2014. Dietary exposure of 17-alpha ethinylestradiol modulates physiological endpoints and gene signaling pathways in female largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). Aquatic Tox. In press
  • Zhang J, Carnduff L, Norman G, Josey T, Wang Y, Sawyer TW, Martyniuk CJ, Langlois VS. 2014. Transcriptional Profiling in Rat Hair Follicles following Simulated Blast Insult: A New Diagnostic Tool for Traumatic Brain Injury. PLoS One. 9(8):e104518.
  • Marlatt VL, Sun J, Curran CA, Bailey HC, Kennedy CK, Elphick JR, Martyniuk CJ. 2014. Molecular responses to 17β-estradiol in early life stage salmonids. Gen Comp Endocrinol. In press.
  • Richter CA, Martyniuk CJ, Annis ML, Brumbaugh WG, Chasar LC, Denslow ND, Tillitt DE. 2014 Methylmercury-induced changes in gene transcription associated with neuroendocrine disruption in largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). Gen Comp Endocrinol. In press.
  • Liang X, Martyniuk CJ, Cheng G, Zha J, Wang Z. 2014. Pyruvate carboxylase as a sensitive protein biomarker for exogenous steroid chemicals. Environ Pollut.189:184-93.
  • Bissegger S, Martyniuk CJ, Langlois V. 2014. Transcriptomic profiling in Silurana tropicalis testes exposed to finasteride. Gen Comp Endocrinol. doi: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2014.01.018.
  • León-Olea M, Martyniuk CJ, Orlando EF, Ottinger MA, Rosenfeld C, Wolstenholme J, Trudeau VL. 2014. Current Concepts in Neuroendocrine Disruption. Gen Comp Endocrinol. In press.
  • Bahamonde PA, Tetreault GR, McMaster ME, Servos MR, Martyniuk CJ, Munkittrick KR. 2014. Molecular signatures in rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) inhabiting an urbanized river reach receiving wastewater effluents. Aquat Toxicol.148C:211-220.
  • Mennigen JA, Martyniuk CJ, Seiliez I, Panserat S, Skiba-Cassy S. 2014. Metabolic consequences of microRNA-122 inhibition in rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. BMC Genomics. 15(1):70.
  • Mathieu-Denoncourt J, Martyniuk CJ, de Solla SR, Balakrishnan VK, Langlois VS. 2014. Sediment Contaminated with the Azo Dye Disperse Yellow 7 Alters Cellular Stress- and Androgen-Related Transcription in Silurana tropicalis Larvae. Environ Sci Technol. 48(5):2952-61.
  • Liang X, Li W, Martyniuk CJ, Zha J, Wang Z, Cheng G, Giesy JP. 2014. Effects of dechlorane plus on the hepatic proteome of juvenile Chinese sturgeon (Acipenser sinensis). Aquat Toxicol 148C:83-91.
  • Chishti YZ, Feswick A, Martyniuk CJ. 2014. Progesterone increases ex vivo testosterone production and decreases the expression of progestin receptors and steroidogenic enzymes in the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) ovary. Gen Comp Endocrinol. 199C:16-25.
  • Feswick A, Ings JS, Doyle MA, Bosker T, Munkittrick KR, Martyniuk CJ. 2014. Transcriptomics profiling and steroid production in mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) testes after treatment with 5α-dihydrotestosterone. Gen Comp Endocrinol. In press.

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UF veterinarians develop technique to test for manatee heart problems Thu, 27 Jun 2013 13:37:36 +0000  

An adult manatee receives an echocardiogram by Dr. Amara Estrada, a UF veterinary cardiologist, in the field at a Crystal River health assessment in the fall of 2011.

An adult manatee receives an echocardiogram by Dr. Amara Estrada, a UF veterinary cardiologist at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. (Photo by Dave Parkinson, Lowry Park Zoo)

Leisurely swims in warm, tropical waters fueled by the gaze of admiring fans and a healthy vegetarian diet.

The life of a manatee hardly seems likely to prompt concerns about heart disease. But researchers at the University of Florida say the lumbering, loveable sea cow’s ticker deserves a closer look because of the animal’s endangered status.

That’s why they’ve developed a technique to test for cardiac problems in endangered manatees, both in the wild and in captivity. The new technique will enhance knowledge of how the manatee heart functions.

The UF researchers are using the technique to gather data they hope to share with wildlife and zoo veterinarians to ultimately save more manatee lives. Collaborating with scientists from Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s marine mammal pathology laboratory in St. Petersburg, they are using echocardiography on the large creatures, making use of a specially designed table built to hold animals weighing up to 2,000 pounds.

“There are a lot of gaps in our knowledge base on basic anatomy and physiology of manatees due to the obvious limitations of working with a 1,000- to 1,500-pound animal that spends its entire life in the water,” said Dr. Trevor Gerlach, an intern in UF’s aquatic animal health program and lead author on a paper that documents the first phase of the researchers’ study in the June issue of the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. “Due to their current endangered status, it is important that we understand the animal in its entirety so that we can better tailor conservation efforts for the species.”

The researchers’ long-term goal is to provide practitioners at rehabilitation facilities and those working in the field with data from clinically healthy animals. Such animals could be compared to animals of concern to determine if cardiac disease is present.

To allow for effective testing, the researchers first developed a table built to hold the weight of 2,000-pound animals that were part of a large-scale manatee health assessment conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey in Crystal River. Fourteen healthy, wild and captive Florida manatees underwent echocardiography, administered using the table technique, between fall 2011 and winter 2012. The group included eight females and six males of various ages.

Manatee sonogram

A manatee receives an echocardiogram administered by Dr. Ivan Sosa, center, a UF veterinary cardiology resident. Also shown assisting are veterinary technician Melanie Powell, second from right, and Dr. Trevor Gerlach, an aquatic animal health intern, far right. (Photo courtesy of Lowry Park Zoo.)

“We were able to clearly visualize all valves and chambers,” Gerlach said, adding that other key indicators of heart function also were successfully obtained. Some abnormalities in the study animals also were documented.

“Our results indicate that echocardiography in the Florida manatee is possible, which has both clinical and research implications in larger epidemiologic studies evaluating diseases of the cardiopulmonary and cardiovascular systems,” Gerlach said.

Although extensive research has been conducted on comparative anatomy, physiology and ecology of sea cows, very few studies have evaluated the manatee heart. Basic cardiac morphology and a test called an electrocardiogram have been examined, but the diagnostic value is limited to electrical imbalances in the heart, the researchers said.

“Echocardiography is the gold standard for diagnosing valve diseases and structural abnormalities, and provides other information as well,” Gerlach said.

Researchers are finishing up the second phase of the study, which entails collecting more data from echocardiographs to establish normal testing parameters for manatees of various ages.

“Once we establish the parameters, we can begin larger epidemiological studies on the prevalence of heart disease in the wild population, which is one of our long-term goals,” Gerlach said.

Dr. Bob Bonde, a manatee researcher with the USGS, praised the new technique.

“Out-of-water, real-time assessment of these large aquatic mammals will benefit our evaluation of manatee health-related indices in the wild population,” “Knowledge of manatee reproductive fitness and nutritional condition is paramount to our fully understanding their recovery.”

Dr. Amara Estrada, a veterinary cardiology specialist who mentored Gerlach while he was a UF veterinary student and assisted with his research, said the collaborative aspects of the project were especially valuable to her both professionally and personally.

“The opportunity to work with such a diverse group of people toward a common goal is especially meaningful to me as a clinician/researcher and can only be accomplished by being a part of the University of Florida,” Estrada said.

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Thomas B. Waltzek Mon, 24 Jun 2013 20:21:43 +0000 Waltzek2Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Aquatic Animal Health Program

Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology
PO Box 110880
Bldg. #1379, Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-0880
FAX 352-392-9704


  • PhD, Comparative Pathology, University of California at Davis, 2010
  • DVM, University of California at Davis, 2009
  • MS, Ecology, University of California at Davis, 2002
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Florida State University, 1998

Honors and Awards

  • 2010 – John L. Pitts Veterinary Student/Recent Graduate Scholarship
  • 2009 – Merck Achievement Award, UC Davis
  • 2009 – Wilds Scholastic Award, UC Davis
  • 2009 – AVMA Achievement Award, UC Davis
  • 2007 – Best Student Presentation, 33rd Eastern Fish Health Workshop

Research Interests

  • Characterization of Emerging Aquatic Animal Viruses (EAAVs) using Metagenomics;
  • Phylogenomics to study the Biology, Epidemiology, and Evolution of EAAVs;
  • Development of Broadly Applicable Diagnostic Methodologies to Track EAAVs;
  • Determining the Role that International Commerce of Aquatic Animals Plays in the Emergence of AAVs as it Relates to Global Aquaculture and Ecosystem Health.
  • Aquatic Animal Zoonoses, Public Health, One Health

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James W. Lloyd Wed, 19 Jun 2013 02:55:58 +0000 Dean of the College and Professor
photograph of Dr. James Lloyd, Dean of UF College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. James Lloyd
College Dean

Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Office of the Dean
PO Box 100125
Gainesville, FL  32610-0125
FAX: 352-392-5145


  • PhD, Agricultural Economics & Operations Research, Michigan State University, 1989
  • DVM, Michigan State University, 1981
  • BS, Fisheries & Wildlife, Michigan State University, 1978

Honors and Awards

  • LGVMA Leadership Award, 2013
  • President’s Honor Roll, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Senior Fellow, Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University, 2005-13
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Assoc. of Vet. Practice Management Consultants and Advisors, 2004
  • Norden Teacher of the Year Award Finalist, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2003
  • Creativity in Teaching Award, Merck Agvet, 1995
  • State Team Award, Milk Quality Assurance Program, Michigan State University Extension, 1993
  • Commendation (for Extension activity), Michigan Cattlemen’s Association, 1992
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Michigan State University, inducted 1985
  • Phi Zeta, Honorary Veterinary Society, Michigan State University, inducted 1981
  • Butler Award, voted by peers as “most likely to succeed” in large animal veterinary medicine, 1981
  • Honors College, Michigan State University, 1975 to 1977


Dr. Lloyd was leader of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues working group on Enhancing the Skills, Knowledge, Aptitude, and Attitude of Veterinarians from 2000-2009. He also works as an organization development consultant, emphasizing strategic planning and leadership development with inclusion as a core element.

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Jennifer L. Owen Tue, 18 Jun 2013 23:15:10 +0000 Assistant Professor 

Department of Physiological Sciences
Box 100103
2015 SW 16th Avenue
Gainesville, FL  32610-0103
Office:  352-294-4286
Fax: 352-392-2938


  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, 2012
  • Residency, Veterinary Clinical Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2009-12
  • DVM, Valedictorian, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2009
  • Post-doctoral research associate, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, 2003-05
  • PhD, Immunology, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL, 2003
  • BS with High Distinction, Biology Major, Anthropology Minor, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • 2015: Class of 2017 Teacher of the Year, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2015: SCAVMA Clinical Sciences Teacher of the Year, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2012: Support Service Resident of the Year, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2012: Awarded sponsorship by the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians to attend the AAVC Residents’ Leadership and Professional Development Conference for residents who have shown aptitude for an academic career
  • 2011: CL Davis award, given to a veterinary pathology resident from a university who has demonstrated superior scholarship and diagnostic skills
  • 2009: Phi Zeta Award of Academic Excellence, $1000 awarded to the senior veterinary student graduating with the highest grade point average
  • 2009: Allan H. Hart IDEXX Scholarship, $500 awarded to the senior veterinary student who displays exceptional proficiency in diagnostic clinical pathology
  • 2008-09: Elizabeth Fuschetto Memorial Scholarship, $1000 awarded to academically superior students who demonstrate financial need
  • 2008: Pfizer Animal Health Veterinary Scholarship, $1000 awarded to a deserving junior student having a high level of academic achievement and productivity in the field of veterinary medicine, and a financial need
  • 2007-08: SCAVMA Student Activities Award, awarded $250
  • 2003: Award of Academic Merit, for academic excellence by the graduate school of the University of Miami
  • 2000-03: Awarded a University of Miami Tumor Immunology Fellowship to present at several national conferences and an international meeting
  • 2000: Received a Scholar in Training Grant to present at the AACR conference, Cytokines and Cancer: Regulation, Angiogenesis, and Clinical Applications in September 2000, Vail, CO
  • 1999-2002: Awarded a University of Miami Fellowship, provided full tuition and graduate stipend
  • 1998-2002: Selected as a Florida Scholar, awarded $250/year towards training related expenses

Research Interests

Cancer immunology, mucosal immunity


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