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Kara Corps, M.S., D.V.M., Diplomate, ACVP

Photo of Kara CorpsNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Neuroimmunololgy Branch, D. McGavern, Ph.D. (mentor)
North Carolina State University, J. Cullen, V.M.D., Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVP (mentor)

Research: Pathological mechanisms of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).
(D.V.M. received from Michigan State University)
Publications

Dr. Corps is a graduate scholar in the NIH Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program in partnership with North Carolina State University and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, July 2010 - present.

Dr. Corps received her B.S. from Michigan State University. After completing the didactic portion of veterinary school, Dr. Corps spent 2008 working towards a M.S. in Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology under Jack Harkema, D.V.M., Ph.D.,Diplomate, ACVP at Michigan State University. She defended her MS thesis in December 2008. Dr. Corps received her D.V.M. from Michigan State University in May 2010. She entered the NCI Molecular Pathology GPP in partnership with North Carolina State University and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in July 2010.  She completed the initial diagnostic pathology and pre-dissertation research training at the NCSU in 2012, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. research training through the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke. Her other research interests focus on comparative neuropathology.

Dr. Corps and co-authors recently published a review discussing inflammation and pathology of traumatic brain injury in JAMA Neurology:  Corps KN, Roth TL and McGavern DB.  Inflammation and neuroprotection in traumatic brain injury.  2015 JAMA Neurol. 72 (3): 355-62. 

 

Amy McCalla, D.V.M.

Photo of Amy McCalla-MartinNational Cancer Institute
Pediatric Oncology Branch, L. Helman, M.D. (mentor)
North Carolina State University, J. Cullen, V.M.D., Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVP (mentor)

Research: Identification of molecular targets in Ewing's sarcoma and development of a mouse model.
(D.V.M. received from North Carolina State University)
Publications

Dr. McCalla-Martin is a graduate scholar in the NIH Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program in partnership with North Carolina State University and the National Cancer Institute, July 2010 - present.

Dr. McCalla-Martin received her BS in Microbiology and Molecular Cell Sciences from The University of Memphis in 2001. Following this degree she was a member of Dr. Stephen Skapek’s lab at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital until 2004. During this time she developed two Arf transgenic mouse models as well as an Arf null knock-out mouse model. She coauthored four publications with the Skapek lab and was the primary author on an additional publication. Research undertaken in this lab examined the role of p19Arf in vascular remodeling and development of the disease persistent hyperplastic primary vitreous.

In 2005, Dr. McCalla-Martin joined Dr. Jorge Piedrahita’s lab at North Carolina State University. She coauthored two publications with this lab on research involving porcine microarray systems and the correlation between intrauterine growth restriction and somatic cell nuclear transfer techniques in swine. In January of 2010, she was primary author on a publication through this lab which described the Gli2 transgenic pig.

Dr. McCalla-Martin began the DVM program at NCSU in the fall of 2006. During her DVM program she continued to work with the Skapek and Piedrahita labs and presented research from both labs at the annual ACVP conferences in 2007 and 2008.  She entered the NCI molecular pathology GPP in partnership with North Carolina State University and the National Cancer Institute in July 2010.  With her initial diagnostic pathology and pre-dissertation research training at the NCSU completed in 2012, she relocated to Bethesda, MD to begin her dissertation research at the National Cancer Institute.

Sarah Cramer, D.V.M., Diplomate, ACVP

Photo of Sarah Cramer National Cancer Institute
Laboratory of Molecular Immunoregulation, S. Durum, Ph.D. (mentor)
University of Maryland, S. Samal, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVM (mentor)

Research: Exploring genetic mutations that may lead to generation of acute              lymphoblastic leukemia.                                                                                          (D.V.M. received from Cornell University)                                                              Publications

Dr. Cramer is a graduate scholar in the NIH Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program in partnership with the University of Maryland and the National Cancer Institute, July 2011–present.

Prior to joining the program, Dr. Cramer received her B.A. in biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2002) and her D.V.M. from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (2008). She completed a residency in veterinary anatomic pathology at Oklahoma State University (2008 – 2011), and was board-certified by The American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 2011. In 2011, Dr. Cramer joing the CBSTP in partnership with the University of Maryland.  She has completed her didactic training at the University of Maryland and is now focusing on her dissertation research. 

Dr. Cramer's research interests include pediatric oncology, IL-7R signaling pathways, leukemogenic genetic mutations, collaborative pathology, and digital image analysis of histology slides.

 

Helen Michael, D.V.M., Diplomate, ACVP

National Cancer Institute
Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics, G. Merlino, Ph.D. (mentor)
University of Maryland, S. Samal, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVM (mentor)

Research:   Mechanisms of melanomagenesis.                                                          (D.V.M. received from University of Minnesota)                                                Publications

Dr. Michael is a graduate scholar in the NIH Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program in partnership with the University of Maryland and the National Cancer Institute, July 2012-present.

Dr. Michael received her bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and her D.V.M. from the University of Minnesota in May of 2008.  Prior to joining the program she completed a residency in clinical pathology at the University of Minnesota.  Her research focuses on the role of childhood UV exposure in the development of melanocytic moles and the progression to melanoma. 

She recently won an NIH Graduate Student Research Award for her work and has given presentations at the Society for Melanoma Research annual meetings. 

 

Caroline Andrews, D.V.M., Diplomate, ACVP

National Cancer Institute
Laboratory of Molecular Immunoregulation, S. Durum, Ph.D. (mentor)

Michigan State University, M. Kiupel, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVP (mentor)

Research: Characterization of IL-27 as a potential therapy for inflammatory bowel disease.
(D.V.M. received from University of Georgia)                                                                                          Publications     

Dr. Andrews is currently a graduate scholar in the NIH Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program in partnership with Michigan State University and the National Cancer Institute, July 2012 - present.

Prior to joining the program Dr. Andrews received her D.V.M. in May of 2012 from the University of Georgia.  She completed the university portion of her research and pathology training in 2014 and began her dissertation research at NIH.  Her research interests include inflammation, immunopathology and regenerative medicine. 

Dr. Andrews recently presented her work at the American College of Veterinary Pathologists 2015 meeting in Minneappolis, MN, for which she received a Young Investigator Award in Experimental Disease. 

 

Jessica Beck, D.V.M.

Photo of Jessica BeckNational Cancer Institute
Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis, C. Harris, M.D.
(mentor)
Purdue University, M. Miller, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVP (mentor)
Research:
Investigating the role of p53 isoforms in astrocyte function.
(D.V.M. received from University of Georgia, Athens)
Publications

Dr. Beck is a graduate scholar in the NIH Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program in partnership with Purdue University and the National Cancer Institute, July 2013 - present.

Prior to joining the program, Dr. Beck received her D.V.M in May of 2013 from the University of Georgia. She competed her initial diagnostic pathology training and pre-dissertation research at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana in 2015. Her research interests include immunology and cancer pathology.

Dr. Beck is the recipient of the 2016 C.L. Davis and W.W. Carlton Awards from Purdue University.

 

Tyler Peat, D.V.M.

Photo of Jessica BeckNational Cancer Institute
Laboratory:
To be determined
Purdue University, M. Miller, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVP (mentor)
Research:
To be determined
(D.V.M. received from Purdue University)
Publications

Dr. Peat is a graduate scholar in the NIH Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program in partnership with Purdue University and the National Cancer Institute, July 2015 - present.

Prior to joining the program, Dr. Peat received his D.V.M in May of 2014 from the Purdue University. He is currently completing diagnostic pathology training and the university portion of his research at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. His research interests include discovery of new diagnostic techniques and therapeutic approaches in human and veterinary medicine.

 

Michael Richardson, D.V.M.

Photo of Jessica BeckNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Laboratory:
To be determined
Michigan State University, M. Kuipel, D.V.M., Ph.D., Diplomate, ACVP (mentor)
Research:
To be determined
(D.V.M. received from Colorado State University)
Publications

Dr. Richardson is a graduate scholar in the NIH Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program in partnership with Michigan State University and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, July 2016 - present.

Prior to joining the program, Dr. Richardson received his D.V.M in May of 2016 from the Colorado State University. He is currently completing diagnostic pathology training and the university portion of his research at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. His research interests include the study of concurrent disease animal models and how those models can advance human and animal health, and the study of Advanced Glycation End-products (AGEs) and how they affect host immunity.

 

 

 

 

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