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Famke Aeffner, DVM, has been awarded an Ohio State University Presidential Fellowship from the Graduate School. This fellowship is the most competitive and prestigious scholarly recognition provided by the Graduate School. It recognizes outstanding scholarship and research ability, and provides recipients with the opportunity to devote full time to their dissertation research.
Dr. Aeffner is a CVM graduate student and a graduate research associate in Dr. Ian Davis’ laboratory in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences. Her research aims at closing a significant therapeutic gap in the treatment of influenza patients with respiratory failure; developing new techniques in the field of lung function analysis in the mouse and redefining the mouse model of ARDS due to influenza infection in order to identify new drug targets and test candidate compounds. The ultimate goal is to save human lives by developing new drugs that prevent respiratory failure.
In other honors, the Graduate School has also selected Veterinary Medicine graduate student Kshipra Chandrashekhar, DVM, as one of the 10 allotted nominees from Ohio State to submit a full application for a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship.
Dr. Chandrashekhar is a graduate fellow in Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara’s laboratory in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and the Food Animal Health Research Program at OARDC. She is pursuing her doctorate in the area of bacterial pathogenesis relevant to food safety. Her main focus is to investigate the bacterium, Campylobacter jejuni, and the influence of the colonization of this enteric pathogen in different hosts on pathogenesis. She recently presented her findings at the 63rd North Central Avian Disease meeting held in Minnesota, where she was awarded the BS Pomeroy Award for Student Achievement in Avian Diseases Research for a graduate student oral presentation.