Visiting Scholars

NIH Fogarty Pre-doctoral Fellows

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Benear Apollo Obanda (BS, MS)Benear Apollo Obanda (BS, MS)

Visiting Research Scholar-PhD Fellow

Scholarship: NIH Fogarty International Center under the program “Molecular Epidemiology and Key Issues of Food borne Pathogens in Eastern Africa"); PI: Dr Gebreyes 

Home Institute: Kenyan Medical Research Institute [KEMRI] / University of Nairobi, Kenya 

Mentor (s): 
OSU: Dr. S. Wang (College of Medicine, OSU) and Dr Gebreyes
UON: Dr Lilly Bebora 

Research Project:  Molecular Epidemiological Study of Zoonotic Pathogens (MRSA/TB)

 



 

Zufan Sisay Worku (BS, MS)Zufan Sisay Worku

Visiting Research Scholar-PhD Fellow

Scholarship: NIH Fogarty International Center under the program “Molecular Epidemiology and Key Issues of Food borne Pathogens in Eastern Africa"); PI: Dr Gebreyes

Home Institute: Addis Ababa University (AAU), Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa Ethiopia)  

Mentor (s): 
OSU: Prof. Linda J Saif (Distinguished University Professor) at the Food Animal Health Research Program (FAHRP, OSU)
AAU: Prof. Mogessie Ashenafi

Research project:  Detection and molecular characterization of human and animal enteric food and water borne viruses of public health importance

 



Isaac Pastory Kashoma (BVM, MS)

Visiting Research Scholar-PhD Fellow

Isaac Pastory Kashoma

Scholarship: NIH Fogarty International Center under the program “Molecular Epidemiology and Key Issues of Food borne Pathogens in Eastern Africa"); PI: Dr Gebreyes

Home Institute: Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro, Tanzania

Mentor (s): 

OSU: Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara (Food Animal Health Research Program, OSU)

SUA: Prof. Rudovick Kazwala and Prof. Beda Kessy           

Research project:  Molecular Epidemiological Study of Campylobacter species in food animals 



 

Tadesse Eguale HabtemariamTadesse Eguale Habtemariam (DVM, MS):

Visiting Research Scholar-PhD Fellow

Scholarship: NIH Fogarty International Center under the program “Molecular Epidemiology and Key Issues of Food borne Pathogens in Eastern Africa"); PI: Dr Gebreyes

Home Institute: Addis Ababa University (AAU), Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa Ethiopia)   

Mentor (s): 

OSU: Prof. John Gunn (College of Medicine, Center for Microbial Interface Biology, OSU)

AAU: Dr. Efrem Engdawork

Research project:  Biofilm formation in Ethiopian Salmonella isolates and evaluation of small molecule kinase inhibitors for anti-biofilm activity.

 


"One Health" Pre-doctoral Fellows  

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Joshua O. Amimo  (BVM, MS)

Visiting Research Scholar-PhD Fellow

Joshua O. Amimo

Scholarship: Food Animal Health Research Program, OSU

Home Institute: University of Nairobi (UON), Nairobi Kenya

Mentor (s): 

OSU: Prof. Linda J Saif (Distinguished University Professor) at the Food Animal Health Research Program, OSU)

UON: Dr William Ogara and Dr O. Junga        

Research project:  Molecular epidemiology and zoonotic potential of rotaviruses in developing countries: implications for effective vaccines  

 


 

Julius John Medardus

Julius John Medardus (BVM, MS)

Visiting Research Scholar-PhD Fellow

Scholarship: Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, OSU

Home Institute: Addis Ababa University (AAU), Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa Ethiopia)   

Mentor (s): 

OSU: Prof. Wondwossen Gebreyes, Director of Global Health Programs, CVM)

SUA: Prof. Rudovick Kazwala           

Research project:  Molecular Epidemiological Study of Salmonella enterica isolates from eastern Africa and USA

  


 

Nigatu Kebede Wubie

Nigatu Kebede Wubie  (DVM, MS)

Visiting Research Scholar-PhD Fellow

Scholarship: Public Health Preparedness for Infectious Diseases (PHPID), OSU

Home Institute: Addis Ababa University (AAU), Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa Ethiopia)   

Mentor (s): 

OSU: Prof. Abhay Satoskar, College of Medicine, OSU

AAU: Dr. Alemayehu Worku and Prof. Asrat Hailu    

Research project:  Molecular Epidemiology of Leishmania aethiopica leishmaniasis in Ethiopia

 

 


 

OSU Global Health Fellows across the Globe

Ethiopia, 2011

Narry Tiao and Courtney Darrington

Courtney and NarryCourtney Darington is an MPH/VPH graduate student at OSU, College of Public Health and Narry Tiao is  a professional DVM student from College of Veterinary Medicine. The two students  completed a service learning project on “Prevalence of Toxoplasma  gondii in feral cats in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia” in Ethiopia. The two OSU students were paired with graduate students at Aklilu Lemma Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa University.  Prof. Getachew Tilahun from Addis Ab aba University served as a preceptor for the students during their stay in Ethiopia. The two students, after completing the filed work and part of the laboratory work in Addis Ababa also attended and presented the preliminary findings of the Toxoplasma project at the ‘First International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface (ICOPHAI): Impact, Limitations and Needs in developing Countries” held from September 15-17, 2011 at the United nations Conference Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Sponsorship: This project was in part funded by the Battelle Endowment for Technology & Human Affairs (BETHA). The OSU Infectious Diseases Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory (IDMEL) and the USDA-ARS (Beltville, MD) via collaborator Dr. J.P. Dubey provided additional funding for the project. 

Kyle Fluegge

Kyle Fluegge is an OSU student working towards a Ph.D. in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics and MPH student in College of Public Health travelled to Ethiopia and worked on “Understanding non-completion of treatment for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) in Franklin County, Ohio among Ethiopian immigrants with human-animal exposure to TB in Ethiopia” in partnership with one of our collaborator in Ethiopia, University of Gondar. Mr Fleugge also attended and presented his findings at ICOPHAI 2011 in Addis Ababa, September 15-17, 2011.

Sponsorship: The project was supported in part by the Battelle Endowment for Technology & Human Affairs (BETHA). 


Kenya, 2011

Jessica Solomon

Jessica SolomonJessica Solomon is MPH/VPH graduate student from College of Public Health and traveled to Nairobi, Kenya for  a service learning activity during summer 2011. She worked on a project entitled “Survey of animal health and disease transmission knowledge and attitudes relating to livestock-wildlife interactions: A case study of Rimpa Estates, Kiserian, Rift  Valley, Kenya” in partnership with the University of Nairobi, Kenya and Rimpa Estates.  Her preceptor at the University of Nairobi was Dr William Ogara.  Like her colleagues, Miss Solomon also traveled to Ethiopia and presented her findings at the congress (ICOPHAI 2011), September 15-17, 2011.  

Sponsorship: Jessica was sponsored through the Battelle Endowment for Technology & Human Affairs (BETHA).   


Tanzania, 2011

Emily Walz

Emily WalzEmily Walz is a professional DVMA student from the College of Veterinary Medicine and worked on a research project in Morogoro, Tanzania at the Sokoine Universality of Agriculture. She worked on zoonotic diseases at the wild-life, human and domestic animal interface in Tanzania. Her preceptor was Prof. Rudovick Kazwala at the Sokoine University of Agriculture. She worked in twinning with a graduate student at Sokoine.

In 2010, Emily traveled to Cameroon and conducted a summer project sponsored by teh Disease Ecology and Computational Modeling Laboratory (DECML) un der teh supervision of Dr. Rebecca Garabed.

Emily presented her findings from teh Cameroon study at the ICOPHAI congress (ICOPHAI 2011) in Addis Ababa. Her presentation was entitled “Case study of two vector-borne diseases in humans and animals of the far North region of Cameroon: Implications for preventative measures”.  

Sponsorship: This was project was in part funded by the Battelle Endowment for Technology & Human Affairs (BETHA).


Kenya, 2011

Joanna Marshal

Joanna MarshalJoanna Marshal:  is  a PhD student from the College of Medicine  and  conducted a service learning project  at the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Centre for Microbiology Research on” A role of the O-antigen capsule of Salmonella Typhimurium in acute and chronic pathogenesis” from February 1 to March 30, 2011. She presented her findings at the ICOPHAI 2011 congress.  Joanna was one of the  Battelle Endowment for Technology & Human Affairs (BETHA) fellows of summer 2010.


Ethiopia, 2010

Sophia Dailey and Pamela Fry

Sophia and PamelaSophia Dailey is OSU graduate student from College of Public Health and Pamela Frey, a resident in the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a service learning activity during summer of 2010. She worked on a project entitled “Microbiological Quality of Milk Produced in Urban and Peri-Urban Farms in Central Ethiopia and Its Public Health Impact” in partnership with Aklilu Lema Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and Netherlands Development Organization (SNV).

Sponsorship: Project was in part  funded through the Battelle Endowment for Technology & Human Affairs (BETHA) and Netherlands Development Organization (SNV).


Brazil, 2009

Tricia Gerhart

Tricia GerhartTricia is a DVM student, class of 2012 and Tricia was at the UFPB, Northeastern Brazil for two months in summer 2009. She worked on phenotypic and genotypic characterization of staphylococcal isolates from bovine milk and various environmental sam ples obtained from the same farm from Northeastern Brazil. She was funded by the OSU CVM Summer research program (Mentor: Dr. Gebreyes). Tricia worked with a preceptor at the Federal University of Paraiba in Brazil (Prof. Celso Bruno). The main emphasis of her summer project was to determine the epidemiologic relatedness of Staphylococcus isolates from multiple environmental samples to bovine milk using phenotypic characterization (speciation, antibiotic resistance testing) and genotyping (pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, PFGE).

Sponsorship: This project was funded by the OSU Global gateways grant and The Brazilian Sciene and technology Innovation (CNPq)

 

Erin Hisrich

Erin HisrichErin Hisrich was an MPH/ VPH student, class of 2009.  Erin spent two months in summer 2009 at UFPB, Northeastern Brazil. Her summer project was on dairy production and milk quality in  Northeastern Brazil with the objectives of gaining an insight into the process of milk production in the Northeast region of Brazil and how management practices differ from those implemented in the United States, understand the importance of milk quality and the health risks p  osed by the presence of pathogens in milk and milk products in the region and to learn more about hazard analysis and prevention, and measures to establish critical control points in small diary processing plants in order to minimize impact from biological, chemical and physical sources of contamination. Hisrich is advised by Dr. Gebreyes (OSU) and had a preceptor from the UFPB (Dr. Celso Bruno) during her two months stay in Brazil.

Sponsorship: This project was funded by the OSU Global gateways grant and The Brazilian Sciene and technology Innovation (CNPq)


Uganda, 2008

UgandaIn summer, 2008, four students from OSU (two DVM professional and two MPH) participated in a six weeks practical course at Makerere University in Uganda. This course was organized by the North Dakota State University (NDSU) under the direction of Dr. Margaret Khaitsa. The students (Pamela Fry, Megan Drobotij, Crystal Snare and Narry Tiao) (spent a very valuable time learning animal production systems, agrosecurity, food safety and zoonotic diseases interface between domestic and wild animals. 


Brazil, 2007

Narry, Tiao

Narry TiaoNarry Tiao is a former MPH, VPH specialization student, class of 2008.  Narry conducted a two months research project at UFPB investigating carriage of MRSA in bovine milk in North-eastern Brazil. Her advisor at OSU is Dr. Gebreyes and she had a preceptor (Dr. Celso B. Ol iveira) during her stay in Brazil. Narry is currently a CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases fellow and relocated to Atlanta, GA.

Johana Rosenfield

Joanna is a DVM student, class of 2010 and she  spent two months at UFPB in Summer 2007 funded by the CVM summer research program. During her stay at UFPB, she participated on a research project investigating bovine milk for salmonellosis and contamination with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.