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Our Team

Angela Arenas

Dr. Angela Arenas

Principal Investigator
aarenas@cvm.tamu.edu

Danie Garcia

Daniel Garcia

Senior Research Associate
dgarcia@cvm.tamu.edu
979-845-9814

Omar Khalaf

Omar Khalaf

PhD Student

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad (2006)

MSc Veterinary Pathology, University of Baghdad (2009)

Interests: Understand the mechanisms of osteroarticular brucellosis which is one of the most common complications in humans and animals infected with Brucella, using in-vivo and in-vitro systems to characterize this pathogenesis.

Lance Wheeler

Shakirat Adetunji

PhD Student

D.V.M: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria (2014)

M.S. (Thesis Option) Biomedical Sciences: College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University (2016).

Interests: I am currently investigating the immune pathogenesis of Brucella-induced pregnancy complications using laboratory animal models. The overall goal of my research is to understand the host-pathogen molecular interactions during pregnancy and the associated adverse outcomes.

Martha Hensel

Martha Hensel

PhD Student (T32 NIH Training Grant)

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University (2013)

Anatomic Pathology Resident, Texas A&M University (2016)

Board certification, American College of Veterinary Pathologist, (2016)

Interests: My research focus is to develop an improved aerosol model for Brucella melitensis infection in guinea pigs. Future goals include using this model to explore the pathogenesis of Brucella-associated reproductive disease in pregnant animals. My long-term research goals will combine my training as a veterinary anatomic pathologist with research experience in infectious diseases to establish my own research program investigating the pathogenesis of microbial infections.

Sankar Chaki

Sankar Chaki

Research Assistant Professor

Lauren Stranahan

Lauren Stranahan

Pathology Resident

B.S. Elon University

D.V.M. North Carolina State University

Interests: Canine brucellosis, caused by Brucella canis, is a highly contagious disease of dogs that primarily manifests as reproductive failure. Cases of canine brucellosis, including zoonotic infections in humans, are on the rise, emphasizing the need for an effective vaccine. I am interested in assessing the safety and efficacy of a live attenuated vaccine candidate, B. canis ΔvjbR, for the prevention of canine brucellosis.

Ramin Bagheri Nejad

Ramin Bagheri Nejad

DVM, PhD Student, University of Tehran, Iran

Visiting Scholar

Lisa Maria Avila

Lisa Maria Avila

DVM Student (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

Visiting Scholar
Vince Hardy

Vince Hardy

Program Coordinator/Bench to Shop Program

Victor Gongora

Victor Gongora

Program Coordinator (AgSecure)

Slim Zriba

Slim Zriba

MSc Student, graduated on May 2017

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, École Nationale de Médecine Vétérinaire de Tunisie (2012)

MSc in Biomedical Sciences, Thesis option, Texas A&M University (2017). Fulbright Scholarship

Interests: Vaccination has been proven to be a key component to protect humans and animals against the spread of epidemics, spill-over or misuse of infectious agents. My previous study was about the safety of Brucella abortus S19deltavjbR in pregnant swine and its DIVA capabilities towards the development of a safe and efficacious vaccine against swine Brucellosis. My future work will focus on the development and trials of a new generation TB vaccine involving the swine model at VIDO-INTERVAC (University of Saskatchewan).

Katherine Anne Franc

Katherine Anne Franc

DVM Candidate UGA. Internship from 5/16/16 to 8/5/16

Peter Oba

Peter Oba

Visiting Scholar from 01/30/2017 to 04/21/2017

Mikel Thompson

Mikel Thompson

Student, Lincoln University

Internship from 6/8/2016 to 8/12/2016
Tumen Wuliji

Tumen Wuliji

Professor, Lincoln University

Internship from 6/8/2016 to 8/12/2016

Isaac Mengele

Isaac Mengele

Visiting Scholar from 9/13/2015 to 11/21/2015