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Post Doc Spotlight, Fall 2013: Jessica Hokamp

 

 

Name: Jessica Anne Hokamp, DVM, DACVP

Current lab or position at TAMU: Assistant Lecturer and Veterinary Clinical Pathologist in the Veterinary Pathobiology Department; Pursuing a PhD in veterinary pathobiology

Mentors: Mary Nabity, DVM, DACVP

Brief introduction to your general area of research: Urinary biomarkers for use in diagnosis and prediction of prognosis in dogs with naturally occurring chronic kidney disease

Educational background:

-July 2009-present: PhD in Veterinary Pathobiology (Texas A&M University)

-July 2009-June 2012: Residency and Board Certification in Veterinary Clinical Pathology (Texas A&M University)

-August 2004-May 2008: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Summa Cum Laude (Texas A&M)

-August 2001-December 2005: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, Summa Cum Laude (Texas A&M)

Research, teaching, and diagnostic work:

-July 2009 - present: Assistant lecturer and clinical pathologist in veterinary clinical pathology; Concurrent PhD training in veterinary pathobiology (Texas A&M)

-This has included pathology diagnostic duty, teaching duties (for veterinary students), mentorship of veterinary research students, and research training

-May-August 2006: Veterinary student worker in the Texas A&M Gastrointestinal Laboratory

Clinical veterinary work:

-July 2008-June 2009: Internship in Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine (Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston, TX)

-July 2008-June 2009: Spay-Neuter Assistance program (Houston, TX)

-July 2008-June 2009: Texas Wildlife and Rehabilitation Coalition (Houston, TX)

-June-July 2007: Veterinary preceptorship in wildlife medicine at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center (Glen Rose, TX)

-January 2003-May 2007: Veterinary student worker at Texas A&M Wildlife and Exotic Animal Center (Texas A&M)

-May - August 2005: Veterinary technician at the Airport Freeway Animal Emergency Clinic (Euless, TX)

Awards or funding which you may have received (if you would like to share)

College of Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship 2013

Outstanding Postdoctoral Platform Presentation Award, TAMU Research Symposium 2013

TAMU CVM High Impact Achievement Award: Large Grant Recipient Award 2012

L.P. Jones Pathology Resident Memorial Award 2012

Pfizer Animal Health/Morris Animal Foundation Veterinary Research Fellowship 2011

Publications:

Hokamp, J.A., R.G. Di Chiacchio, E.R. Matushima. Capybaras. In Exotic Animal Clinical Pathology: Techniques and Diagnosis. J.J. Heatley, K.E. Russell. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Accepted for publication.

Taylor, A.R., J.W. Barr, J.A. Hokamp, M.C. Johnson, and B.D. Young. Cytologic Diagnosis of Disseminated Histoplasmosis in the Wall of the Urinary Bladder of a Cat. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association; May/June 2012; 48: 203-208.

Presentations:

Hokamp, J.A., M. Nabity, G. Lees, R. Cianciolo, M. Boggess. Evaluation of Urinary Biomarkers in Canine Chronic Kidney Disease. Platform presentation. Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine Spring Research Symposium, College Station, TX, February 2013.

Hokamp, J.A., M. Nabity, G. Lees, R. Cianciolo, M. Boggess. Evaluation of Urinary Biomarkers in Canine Chronic Kidney Disease. Platform presentation. Kalamazoo Research Summit. Morris Animal Foundation and Pfizer Animal Health, Kalamazoo, MI, February 2012.

Hokamp, J.A., M. Nabity, G. Lees, R. Cianciolo, M. Boggess. Evaluation of Urinary Biomarkers in Canine Chronic Kidney Disease. Platform presentation. Annual Meeting of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Nashville, TN, December 2011.

Hokamp, J.A., J. Mansell, J. Brown. Medulloblastoma in a Boxer Dog. Platform presentation. Southcentral Division Meeting of the Charles Louis Davis Foundation, Galveston, TX, October 2011.

Hokamp, J.A., J. Mansell. Rhabdomyosarcoma in a Hamster. Platform presentation. Southcentral Division Meeting of the Charles Louis Davis Foundation, Galveston, TX, October 2010.

Community outreach

-May 2013: Brazos Valley Veterinary Medical Association rabies vaccination and heartworm testing clinic

-2002-2004: Woodstock Animal Foundation of Texas (College Station, TX): private rescue and adoption foundation for dogs and cats

-2001-2004: Aggie Feral Cat Alliance of Texas (Texas A&M): feral cat spay/neuter and release program

-2002: Rogers Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (Hutchins, TX): rehabilitation of wild/domestic avian species

Further details of your research

We are evaluating novel protein, gene, and epigenetic biomarkers for diagnosis and monitoring of naturally occurring chronic kidney disease (CKD) in dogs. The major goals are to be able to diagnose CKD in dogs earlier and with better specificity as to location of renal damage and to help determine prognosis for dogs with CKD.

Future goals or research

My major goal is to work in an academic setting as a veterinary clinical pathologist with duties in diagnostics, teaching, and research. I would especially like to combine my training in clinical pathology with my interest in avian, exotic animal, and wildlife medicine and conservation as a specialty in pathology of non-domestic species.

Tell us a little about yourself outside of your research (pets, kids, spouse, hobbies)

I have 7 wonderful pets: 4 cats (Cheeto, Baby Cat, Annabelle, and Dingus McKoy), 2 dogs (Token and Harley) and a Rex rabbit (Butters). I love to travel, particularly to the mountains where I enjoy hiking and amateur photography. I am insufficient as a cook and housekeeper, but I have been trying to improve my gardening skills. I like to dance (poorly) in the privacy of my car and house, and I love pilates and step aerobics.

 

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Andrew Steelman, Fall 2012