Spencer Defends!

Congrats to Spencer on the successful defense of his thesis for the MS-Veterinary Public Health- Epidemiology Degree, followed by celebration at Lick Creek Park!

SARS-CoV-2 in Pet dogs and cats

We’ve been busy visiting local homes of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, with an interest in quantifying pet exposure and infection (  A press release detailing the first confirmed infections in our study was covered by several media outlets.

Kissing bugs abundant this year

Interview with the Texas Chagas Task Force and Dr. Gabe Hamer regarding increased numbers of kissing bugs this summer, covered by TAMU AgriLife, NBC-Dallas/Fort Worth, and others.

Canine Chagas Webinar

On-demand webinar, made by VetVine and sponsored by AKC- Canine Health Foundation, about our canine Chagas disease research.  You can watch for free or enroll to earn continuing education credits.

COVID-19 Response Team

Thanks Italo and Ed for your volunteer work on the COVID-19 response team with the Brazos County Health Department since March!  Photo is from their recent radio spot discussing the importance of case investigations.  From the radio facebook: Gracias al Dr. Italo Zecca y Edward Davila que aportaron mucha información relacionada con el rastreo de […]

AFS Distinguished Graduate Student

Congrats to Dr. Alyssa Meyers for being selected as a 2020 Association of Former Students Distinguished Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research. CVM write up here. Alyssa’s outstanding academic record and contributions in Research have been recognized and acknowledged by a distinguished committee of reviewers.  Alyssa and other graduate students selected as 2020 awardees […]

Congrats Rachel Busselman!

Rachel was selected as the recipient of the national Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation Scholarship for the 2020–21 academic year!  About the Foundation: Kappa is celebrating 25 years of its Foundation. The Foundation continues to honor the history of women through its museums; Enables the women of today through scholarships; Invests in women by partnering with […]

Congrats Spencer!

Spencer was awarded a small grant from the American Ornithological Society to support the work on malaria parasites. Specifically, the Werner and Hildegard Hesse Research Award- Supports graduate student research (Masters or Doctorate), with preference given to those studying birds in the wild. Congrats!

Outstanding Postdoc Dr. Curtis

Congrats to Dr. Rachel Curtis for being named the CVM’s 2020 ‘Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Associate’.  This Award is presented to a postdoctoral research associate who demonstrates excellence in research, publications, and secured research funding.  Award includes a cash prize!

Social distance lab meeting

Outdoor lab meeting at the TAMU Teaching Gardens followed by a bluebonnet photo!  L to R: Sujata Balasubramanian, Sarah Hamer, Rachel Busselman, Lisa Auckland and Jordan Salomon. Joined by Zoom includes Ed Davila, Juan Pablo Fimbres Macias, Italo Zecca.