Dr. Troy Sutton receives funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID/NIH) to research COVID-19

October 27, 2020

Dr. Troy Sutton, Assistant Professor, has received funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID/NIH) to determine how long immunity to COVID-19 lasts after an initial infection. Specifically, Dr. Sutton’s research group will use animal models to determine how antibody levels change over time, and the relationship between decreasing levels of antibodies and susceptibility to re-infection. Using a similar approach, he will also explore how long vaccine induced immunity is protective, and working with Emory University, the findings in animal models will be compared to antibody responses in humans.

Memorandum of Understanding between Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (MAFSU) in India now in place.

October 26, 2020

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Sciences University (MAFSU) have now a Memorandum of Understanding in place to develop an international program in areas related to One Health, Food Safety and Diagnostic Medicine. MAFSU was formed on December 3, 2000 with its operational center at Nagpur. The University comprises of five veterinary colleges, two colleges of fishery sciences, and one college of dairy technology. Since 2003, Penn State faculty including Dr. Bhushan Jayarao and Professor Emeritus Channa Reddy have worked with MAFSU faculty and students on several different occasions, including training MAFSU faculty at ADL, providing research and extension programming support in diagnostic medicine, and dairy production. This is a beneficial relationship for both the Department and the College of Ag, and we congratulate and thank everyone involved who made this endeavor official last week!

Veterinary experts offer advice after pet cat tests positive for COVID-19 in Pa.

October 20, 2020

Despite the state's first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a domestic cat, veterinary experts say residents should not be concerned about contracting the virus from pets and other domesticated animals. However, people with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 should take precautions to protect the health of their pets.

Dr. Girish Kirimanjeswara's lab to mentor IID undergraduate student Nina De Luna’s participation in this year’s Step-Up Year Round Research Program.

October 20, 2020

Nina De Luna is an IID honors student in Dr. Girish Kirimanjeswara's lab. She has been accepted in the NIH STEP-UP program called Year Round Research Program. The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

VBSC Grad Student Outing to Way Fruit Farm

October 17, 2020

Some of VBSC's graduate students had a blast at Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda on Friday 10/16/20. We were missing a few but a great time was had by all who attended shopping, apple picking and going on hayrides. We hope to have similar outings each month. Look for emails on future adventures!

Dr. Margherita Cantorna receives new Competitive Revision Supplement to NIH R01 award

October 14, 2020

Dr. Margherita Cantorna recently received a Competitive Revision Supplement to her NIH R01 award to “Vitamin D fluctuations and the mucosal immune response” to generate some preliminary data on the effects of vitamin D on host resistance to COVID-19 infection in mice and hamsters. Drs. Girish Kirimanjeswara and Troy Sutton are Co-Investigators.

Penn State researcher part of project to develop novel COVID-19 vaccine

October 6, 2020

A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is part of a team of scientists working to develop a unique COVID-19 vaccine that uses a bovine adenovirus as a safe and effective delivery vehicle.

IID Alum Jimmie Frisbee Featured on The Penn State Alumni Association’s "Football Letter Live"

October 3, 2020

Former Blue drum major Jimmie Frisbee was featured on The Penn State Alumni Association’s Football letter Live Event on Thursday 10/01/2020. An immunology and infectious diseases graduate in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Frisbee's roots run deep in the band with his parents, grandfather and uncle all wearing the Blue Band blues.

Poultry isolators to boost capacity to study avian infectious diseases in Pa.

September 28, 2020

With COVID-19 continuing to spread around the world bringing sickness and death, a little-noticed development at Penn State’s Animal Diagnostic Laboratory takes on added significance.

Congrats to Drs Barragan and Brown on their recognition for Teaching Excellence!

September 26, 2020

Members of Cantorna lab collaborate on a recent paper on retinoid signaling

September 14, 2020

Retinoid signaling in intestinal epithelial cells is essential for early survival from gastrointestinal infection.

Graduate Student Jiayan Zhou is first author on ‘Investigation of gene-gene interactions in cardiac traits and serum fatty acid levels in the LURIC Health Study’

September 13, 2020

Funded by @usdagov they applied filtering approaches to identify numerous genetic interactions related to cardiac-related outcomes as potential targets for therapy. The approaches described offer ways to detect epistasis in the complex traits and to improve precision medicine capability.

New Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building now 50 percent complete

September 11, 2020

Leaders from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and Office of Physical Plant, HOK architectural firm, and Turner Construction Co. on Sept. 11 held a "topping out" ceremony to mark the halfway point of construction of the Animal, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Building on the University Park campus.

Penn State researchers to study novel coronavirus potential to infect livestock

September 9, 2020

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will enable Penn State researchers to study the potential for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, to infect and spread among livestock.

Penn State launches Testing and Surveillance Center for University Park students

September 8, 2020

As part of the University’s testing and contact tracing plan shared during a July 30 community town hall, Penn State has launched the Testing and Surveillance Center (TASC), to be used for random asymptomatic surveillance testing at the University Park campus.

Technology developed in Schmitt lab showcased at the inaugural Penn State BioTech Discovery Day.

September 3, 2020

The technology “Virus-like Particles as Protein Delivery Vehicles” offers a new tool for delivering therapeutics such as CRISPR enzymes directly into patients’ cells, providing an alternative to AAV vectors and other DNA delivery approaches that can lead to unintended genome changes.

$2 Million will come to Penn State, Kuchipudi Lab, in collaboration with Purdue University to Develop Effective Vaccine to Combat COVID-19

August 26, 2020

A collaborative project between Penn State and Purdue University will develop a novel vaccine solution for COVID-19. Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi, clinical professor of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences and Associate Director of Penn State Animal Diagnostic laboratory will collaborate with Dr. Suresh Mitral, distinguished professor of microbiology, Purdue University on this project. The team has been awarded $3.8 Million by the National Institutes of Health of which over $2Million will come to Penn State.

Aspirin after calving can provide relief to dairy cows, increase milk production

August 25, 2020

Dairy cows that received a short course of anti-inflammatory medication after calving had lower metabolic stress and produced more milk than untreated cows, according to researchers, who say the regimen they tested could be adopted more easily by producers than previously studied treatment strategies.

Brooks named Forensic Science program director

August 11, 2020

Jason W. Brooks, associate clinical professor of veterinary and biomedical sciences at Penn State, has been named director of the Forensic Science program in the Eberly College of Science’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, effective Sept. 14.

College of Ag Sciences students receive Gilman grant for international study

August 10, 2020

Two students in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Janelle Answer and Justin Kurtz, have received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Susceptibility and Potential Adaption to SARS-Cov-2 in Livestock

July 15, 2020

Congratulations to Dr. Suresh Kuchipudi who has received a highly competitive three year grant from USDA-NIFA to study “The Susceptibility and Potential Adaption to SARS-Cov-2 in Livestock” Dr. Kuchipudi is a Clinical Professor and Head of the Microbiology Section at the Animal Diagnostic Lab.

Effects of Postpartum Acetylsalicylic Acid on Metabolic Status, Health, and Production in Lactating Dairy Cattle

July 14, 2020

Dr.'s Adrian Barragan and Ernest Hovingh’s recent experiment on 246 postpartum dairy cows in PA showed results that supports previous findings showing that the use of anti-inflammatory drugs after calving may increase milk production and affect the metabolic status of dairy cows.

Todd A. Jackson named director of Animal Resource Program at Penn State

July 10, 2020

Dr. Todd A. Jackson, who holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine and is recognized as a Diplomat of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, has been named Director of the Animal Resource Program at Penn State, beginning Sept. 28 and reporting to the Senior Vice President for Research. Dr. Jackson will also hold a position as research professor in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. Welcome to Penn State Dr. Jackson!

Epo Receptor Signaling in Macrophages Alters the Splenic Niche to Promote Erythroid Differentiation

July 10, 2020

Alum Dr. Yuanting Chen’s recent pub was a ft. article in This Week in Blood. Chen presents a novel paradigm of the role of erythropoietin (Epo) in stress hematopoiesis.

New course- VBSC 497 Principles of Metabolomics (3 credits) for Sp. 2021 semester

July 10, 2020

Dr. Josh Kellogg is offering a new course- VBSC 497 Principles of Metabolomics (3 credits) for Sp. 2021 semester. Undergrads and Graduate students will be introduced to the world of metabolomics. The course will cover metabolomics experiments, from sample prep, analytical chemistry, data acquisition and analysis, to statistical treatment of datasets. This will be somewhat hands-on, so students will get experience manipulating data and getting a ‘feel’ for what an experiment is like. Contact the Dept for more details!

Custom Nanoparticle Regresses Tumors When Exposed to Light

July 9, 2020

A collaboration of Penn State researchers, including Dr. Adam Glick, developed a unique nanoparticle to deliver a localized cancer treatment. Once the nanoparticles built up in the cancerous area, they used a specific wavelength of light to separate the miRNA from the nanoparticles. The miRNA then pairs with a mRNA in the cancer cell, causing the mRNA to stop making proteins. Eventually, the cancer cell dies.

The Essential Role of Selenoproteins in the Resolution of Citrobacter rodentium-Induced Intestinal Inflammation

July 8, 2020

Grad student Shaneice Nettleford was first author on a recent publication based on the Prabhu Lab’s student that indicated a crucial role for dietary selenium and selenoproteins in the protection against inflammation following enteric infection via immune mechanisms involving epithelial barrier integrity and innate lymphoid cells (ILCs). Not only does preventative and/or adjuvant therapy with selenium efficiently resolves GI inflammation, such a dietary intervention method also aids in enhancing resolution of inflammation associated with an enteric bacterial infection.

Robert Nichols Receives USDA Chlorpyrifos Grant

July 1, 2020

Dr. Robert Nichols, postdoc alum from Patterson Lab, received a USDA grant to study "organophosphate (OP) chlorpyrifos" a commonly used pesticide for fruits and vegetables despite its potential to cause neurotoxicity in children and neonates.

Dr. Sougat Misra Receives 2020/2021 Horace T. Woodward Faculty Development Fund

July 1, 2020

Congratulations to Asst. Research Professor Dr. Sougat Misra for receiving the 2020/2021 Horace T. Woodward Faculty Development Fund from the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences! Dr. Misra invented a novel strategy to target cancer cells using specific combinations of nature-inspired small molecules that bring about catastrophic redox anomaly in cancer cells. He will use this funding to further pursue his research in an aggressive model of human leukemia.

Dr. Troy Sutton Studies Coronavirus In a Highly Secured Biosafety Lab

June 17, 2020

Dr. Troy Sutton discusses in a new article what it is like to handle the SARS-CoV-2 virus, suiting up, feeling safer in the lab, and how his lab was built for this type of work!