Well done, Ana! This stipend will support her continued research on recrudescent ranavirus infections in Xenopus laevis.
Jesse was granted tenure and promotion in the spring, but the timing is such that the new rank starts now, in the fall semester. Phew!
Jesse transitioned from Assistant Director to the new Director of the Global Ranavirus Consortium at the 2017 International Symposium on Ranaviruses. He is looking forward to his tenure at the helm. Many thanks to Matt Gray and the GRC board for all of their hard work getting this organization off to such a great start!
Mitch was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-aid-of-research for his proposal entitled, “Are scavengers good for your health? The effect of scavengers on ranavirus transmission in Long-toed Salamanders.”
Ana Trejo and Anna Aviles were award College of Arts and Sciences’ Undergraduate Science Grants to support their summer research.
Ana T will be testing whether hormones can cause subclinical ranavirus infections in African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) to reactivate. She has been collaborating with Jacques Robert at University of Rochester and Erica Crespi here in SBS on this project, too.
Anna A will be using security cameras to track the movements of long toed salamander larvae (Ambystoma macrodactylum) in response to predator cues. She will test whether anti-predator behaviors are long-lasting and whether they affect contact rates and therefore might influence pathogen transmission.
Well done Ana and Anna!
Ana will use her this departmental research funding to test whether elevated hormones (corticosterone, the “stress” hormone, and testosterone) can cause quiescent ranavirus infections to reactivate.