Virtual Lab Tour of Worrilow Hall

After a recent redesign, Worrilow Hall opened its doors back up for students and staff in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) to continue teaching and research. The new building features reconfigured learning rooms, updates labs and increased space for graduate students as well as expanded collaborative space for undergrad students. Additional spaces include lunch break rooms, lounge areas and conference room areas for students to comfortably and confidently study and continue with their research.

Access to the building and certain lab spaces require a valid UD ONEcard and traditional key access. Eating and drinking are prohibited in laboratories and only authorized personnel are permitted in research and shared equipment labs.

Take a look at our virtual tour of the building and lab spaces below!

 

Congratulations to Alexa Johnson for her abstracts being accepted

Congratulations to Alexa Johnson, a Ph.D student in the Biddle lab, for having two abstracts being accepted at the 2021 Equine Science Society Virtual Symposium.

The abstracts accepted are titled: “Development of the Equine Keeper Status Scale” in the Production and Management section as a Poster Presentation and “Evaluation of the microbiome effects of easy and hard keeper horses with the application of the Equine Keeper Status Scale” in the Equine Biosciences section as a 15 minute oral presentation.

The Equine Science Society Virtual Symposium will be held June 1-4, 2021.

Get involved in summer research programs at UD!

Summer undergraduate research is getting organized. Here are some of the links to get involved in our programs! 

Summer Scholars 

https://www.urp.udel.edu/application-deadlines/ 

Summer Scholars application is now open. Applications will close March 1st at 5:00pm. Applications for Summer Fellows will open mid-April.

Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars Program 2021

http://de-inbre.org/dissp-applications-and-resources/

Summer 2021 Undergraduate Applications are open. Applications and recommendations are due March 1st. One letter of recommendation, a personal essay, unofficial transcript and resume are required for application submission.

ENVISION

https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/canr/current-students/current-undergrad/careers-and-internships/envision/ 

UD Envision is a five year continuation of a previously-awarded three year program, funded through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) focused on generation the next generation of Agricultural Scientists. Envision Applications are open. One resume and 3 references are required for application submission.

CANR Summer Institute 

https://www.udel.edu/academics/colleges/canr/current-students/current-undergrad/careers-and-internships/summer-institute/ 

The university of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UD CANR) is offering summer research and education experiences to undergraduates (both UD and non-UD students) who are interested in pursuing an advance degree in the agricultural, natural resources, or life sciences. Students will each receive a $4000 stipend for personal and food expenses and can be reimbursed (up to $500) for round-trip travel to participate in the program. Applications are open and are due March 1st.

 

Research Article Published: Lack of Association Between…

Lack of Association Between Barometric Pressure and Incidence of Colic in Equine Academic Ambulatory Practice 

 

Click the link below to check out a research article that was published by Amy S. Biddle, Justine Cianci, Ashley G. Boyle and Darko Stefanovski. This study determines an effect on the likelihood of colic diagnosis in the ambulatory setting based off of the changes in barometric pressure measurements.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jevs.2020.103342

Research article published: Development of the equine hindgut…

Development of the equine hindgut microbiome in semi-feral and domestic conventionally-managed foals

 

Click the link below to check out a research article that was published by Amy S. Biddle, Meredith K. Tavenner and Sue M. McDonnell.  This study demonstrates the impact of management on the development of the foal gut microbiome in the first 6 weeks of life.

https://rdcu.be/cbdy1

 

Congratulations to Alexa Johnson for presenting her research!

As a collaboration between UD ANFS graduate seminar and Cornell University’s Animal Science Department graduate seminar, Alexa Johnson, PhD student from the Biddle Lab presented a talk titled “Reemergence of cyathostomin species demonstrates anthelmintic resistance following drug administration” via Zoom Nov. 19. Congratulations to Alexa for being chosen for this honor, and for giving such a GREAT talk!

Congratulations to Kasey Hobert and David Vega

We would like to give a huge congratulations to Kasey Hobert and David Vega for WINNING first place in the CANR Research Symposium, One Health Presentation: Equine Gut Protozoans – The development of the Equine Protozoa Reference Manual on October 30th!

The team was mentored by  Alexa Johnson who helped guide them throughout their project and presentation. Hobert and her research partner David Vega earned the top spot in the one health category for their studies on equine gut protozoans. The pair worked on the development of a reference manual. Vega was naturally anxious to present among Ph.D. students and post-doctoral researchers.

“Everyone was so friendly and supportive and it was an incredible learning experience,” said Kasey Hobert, a pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences major. “Doing research has been an amazing way to take concepts that I have learned in class and apply them to studying a topic that I am passionate about. For every undergraduate student, I highly recommend getting involved in research.”

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INSIDE THE BELLY OF THE HORSE

University of Delaware doctoral candidate Alexa Johnson grew up in California. She stayed in her home state to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. But, when it came time for her doctorate, as an equine researcher studying health and disease, the California native knew she had to move across the country.

Read more HERE

Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium was held remotely this summer and required researchers to create and record a presentation using Zoom to illustrate their research! The symposium took place on August 13th and had more than 400 undergraduate researchers participating. The Biddle Lab had 8 undergraduates involved with 4 distinct research projects: Zoe Seitz and Allie Baiungo with Equine Gut Metagenomics. Michael Morguess and Christine Marchesano with The Equine Microbiome Project. Daniella Morris and Courtney Barbato with CKD Biomarkers. Lastly, David Vega and Kasey Hobert with Protozoans.