College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Dr. Moyes awarded USDA Grant

Dr. Kasey Moyes was awarded a $498,500 grant from USDA Animal Health Program
(2018-22) for her proposal, “PlyC: Use of recombinant bacteriophage
endolysin as a mastitis therapeutic in lactating dairy cows” with Co-PI Dr.
Daniel Nelson from the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research,
and the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland and
Co-Collaborator, Dr. Ronald Erskine from Michigan State University.

Dr. Moyes’ research relates to the prevention and treatment of major
diseases in lactating dairy cattle. She has investigated use of
bacteriophages as an alternative to antibiotic therapy.  With this grant, Dr.
Moyes is specifically investigating the use of a catalytically active
endolysin as a novel therapeutic agent against Streptococcus
uberis-associated bovine mastitis.

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