Biological and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

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Cornell Clinical Fellows


Current and Former Trainees

Current Cornell Clinical Fellows

Dr. Luciano Caixeta (2011-2013) - Faculty Mentor - Dr. Daryl NydamLuciano Caixeta
       Research Project:  Define the roll of FGF-21, a hormone-like protein, produce in the liver that take action of lipid mobilization, mechanism very important on the attempt to regulate the metabolism on the peri-parturient period

I am a member of a family of large animal veterinarians; being a vet was always an objective of my life and in March 2008 I graduated at Federal University of Goiás – Brazil, obtaining my DVM degree. The large beef cattle enterprises were always part of my routine and the population medicine and management was the guideline during my veterinary education back home, along with research developed in “junior research” program of my Veterinary College. During my last year of Veterinary School I had the chance to visit Cornell University for the first time and the contact with the Population Medicine department and Ambulatory Clinic showed me a way to improve my large animal clinical experience by participating on the residency program. Throughout the training period research opportunities were presented and that combined all my expectations. Starting the Clinical Fellow program was a good chance to keep on the clinical-research track, and Cornell being known worldwide for its excellence in the Animal Nutrition program just made it easier to find the institution to apply for.

Currently my research is focused in the transition period of the dairy cow, period when the animals go through a severe metabolic imbalance and when most of the veterinary work is demanded. The specific aim of my experiments is to define the roll of FGF-21, a hormone-like protein, produce in the liver that take action on lipid mobilization, mechanism very important on the attempt to regulate the metabolism on the peri-parturient period.

Former Cornell Clinical Fellows

Fellow Years in Program Faculty Mentor Title of Research Project Current Position
Dr. Nedra Holmes 2012-2013 Dr. Robert Weiss Determine the requirement for Sirt5 during malignant transformation in vivo using a mouse model of cancer  
Dr. Jodie Gerdin 2012-2013 Dr. John Parker Investigations into the mechanisms of feline calicivirus infection of epithelial cells  
Dr. Erin Daugherity 2010-2012 Dr. Robert Weiss Analyzing the roles of hepatic lipid accumulation and sex steroids in hepatocarcinogenesis using liver-specific p53 conditional knockout mice Full-time Clinical Laboratory Animal Veterinarian at Cornell, with continued work in the Weiss Lab.
Dr. Sarah Pownder 2010-2012 Dr. Lisa Fortier Quantitative MRI for evaluation of meniscal repair in the sheep Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. Research Division, Instructor on the Research Track in the MRI Laboratory. Also works part-time at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, CT as staff radiologist.
Dr. Sarah Helmond 2009-2011 Dr. Margory Brooks Do inflammatory mediators include platelets and monocytes to become procoagulant? Practice, Colorado
Dr. Alexandra Burton 2008-2010 Dr. Daryl Nydam Molecular epidemiology of the zoonotic transmission of cryptospordium species from foals, calves, and crias University of Georgia, PhD Degree Program
Dr. Kelly Hume 2008-2010 Dr. Robert Weiss In vivo investigation of DNA damage responses in mice when Hus 1 expression is reduced Cornell University, Instructor, Department of Clinical Sciences
Dr. Sophy Jesty 2008-2010 Dr. Michael Kotlikoff To determine the effects of ranolazine on fibrillatory parameters (rotor number, dominant frequency) of AF in intact equine atrial tissue using optical mapping
University of Tennessee, Associate Professor, 
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences