Our Team

Faculty

Dr. Amy Biddle 

Assistant Professor of Animal Science

302-831-2642

asbiddle@udel.edu

Dr. B’s UD faculty page

 

 

 

Graduate Students

Alexa Johnson

Current Research: The comparative evaluation of the microbiome effects of easy and hard keeper horses

alexaj@udel.edu

 

 

 

 

Usha Vyas

Current Research: A metabolomics approach to study novel/ certain selected serum and uremic biomarkers which are indicative of disease progression in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)

usha@udel.edu

 

 

 

Jose Daniel Chazi Capelo 

Current research: machine learning techniques for sample prediction of horses based on keeper status using microbial abundance from the gut. Whole-genome sequencing of the gut microbiome between obese and non-obese horses

jdchc@udel.edu

 

 

 

Gabriella Castillo 

Currently a non-thesis M.S student with a concentration in Animal Science Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Gabriella is currently focusing on the growth and promotion of the Equine Gut Microbiome Project.

gabacat@udel.edu

 

 

 

 

Gloria Andrade-Feraud

Currently a non-thesis M.S student with a concentration in Veterinary Biosciences, Biotechnology, and One Health (VBBOH). Gloria’s research interests are in the Equine Gut Microbiome, Nutrition and Health.  

gmaf@udel.edu

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

 

Allison (Allie) Baiungo

Current Research: Equine Gut Metagenomics

Class of 2022

 

 

 

 

David Vega

Current Research: Protozoans 

Class of 2022

 

 

 

 

Kasey Hobert

Current Research: Protozoans 

Class of 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Nate Hunsinger

Current Research: CKD 

Class of 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Brenna Tento

Current Research: Cyathostomins 

Class of 2023

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni

Justin Berg 

Graduate student at The University of Guam in the Master of Biology program

Current Research: Understanding how degraded watersheds, specifically sedimentation, affect the coral microbiome in Southern Guam

Class of 2017

 

Hailey Siegel 

Veterinary student at The University of Pennsylvania 

Currently: Starting her third year at PennVet with a track in mixed animal medicine and is one semester away from starting clinicals! She is interested in the Microbiome and nutrition in general.

Class of 2017

 

Kelsey Bernarducci

Veterinary student at University College Dublin 

Previous Research: Nutrition and the microbiome of the gastrointestinal tract 

Class of 2018

 

Justin Blair 

Transitioned from Sr. Molecular Scientist at Genesis Diagnostics to a new position as a Research Data Analyst at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Current Research: Genetic causes of Cornelia de Lange Syndrome

Class of 2019

 

Anthony Pompetti

Graduate student at The University of Delaware to gain his Master’s in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Previous Research: Cyathostomins 

Currently: Working at a small animal private practice before attending graduate school 

Class of 2019

 

Gisselle Garcia 

Veterinary student at Mississippi State University after earning her Master of Animal Science at UD in 2o2o 

Previous Research: The Effects of NSAIDs on the Equine Gastric Microbiome via an in vitro time-course analysis. Gisselle completed a senior thesis titled, “An In Vitro Analysis of the Effects of Firocoxib on the Equine Gastric Microbiome”.

Class of 2019

 

Kathryn Babiarz

Obtaining her Master’s in Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky, class of 2021!

Current Research: She is a member of the Equine Musculoskeletal lab at UK and for her project, she is evaluating equine proximal sesamoid bones from breakdown and non-breakdown racing thoroughbreds utilizing clinical CT and microCT data.

Previous Research: During her time in the Biddle Lab, Kathryn completed a senior thesis titled “An In Vitro Assessment of the Effects of Phenylbutazone on the Equine Gastric Microbiome”.

Class of 2019

 

Tesa Stone

Veterinary student at The University of Pennsylvania  

Previous Research: She completed her senior thesis with the Biddle Lab, “An In Vitro Assessment of the Effects of Flunixin Meglumine on the Equine Gastric Microbiome”.

Class of 2019

 

Michael Morguess 

Class of 2021

 

Christine Marchesano 

Class of 2021

 

Zoe Seitz

Veterinary student at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine 

Class of 2021

 

Daniella Morris

Veterinary student at Long Island University College of Veterinary Medicine

Class of 2021

 

Courtney Barbato  

Class of 2021

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