College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences

Research Grants Awarded

Dr. Porter receives fourth NIFA grant

Dr. Porter in his lab

Dr. Porter and colleagues were awarded a fourth grant in the past three years from the USDA-NIFA for their proposal titled "Molecular Basis for Egg Production Rates in Turkey Hens". 

Meat production is the primary goal of the turkey industry and requires production of young turkeys (poults) from eggs laid by the breeding flock. However, a large variation in egg production exists within individual commercial flocks, leading to reduced overall egg production.  Improvement of the reproductive efficiency of hens would eliminate the need to house and feed additional breeding hens to meet poult production requirements. Reproduction in turkeys is controlled in part by hormones produced by the hypothalamus, the anterior pituitary gland, and
the ovary. A better understanding of the mechanisms regulating production of these hormones is essential to develop new strategies aimed at improving reproduction in turkeys. The specific objectives of the project are to 1) Define the influences of estrogen and thyroid hormone on responsiveness of the pituitary gland to hypothalamic hormones in low and high egg producing
hens, 2) Characterize effects of estrogen and thyroid hormone on responsiveness of ovarian tissues to pituitary hormones, and 3) Identify proteins and nucleic acids that regulate important genes within the reproductive axis of low and high egg producing hens.

Completion of this research will lead to the identification of new information that can be used in breeding programs and the poultry industry to produce more food for the growing world’s population.


Dr. Moyes awarded USDA Grant

Dr. Kasey Moyes

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.


Gates Foundation Grant Awarded to Dr Telugu
Gates Foundation Grant Awarded to Dr. Telugu

The Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.3 million dollar grant to Dr. Bhanu Telugu  in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to facilitate cutting-edge research into the development of precision breeding technologies. Specifically, the grant will fund development of methodologies for generating genome edited livestock with improved tropical adaptability and performance traits.

Genetic modification of livestock has a longstanding and successful history, starting with domestication and breeding of animals several thousand years ago. Modern animal breeding based on marker-assisted selection, genomic selection, artificial insemination, and embryo transfer have led to a significant improvement in the performance of domestic animals, and are the basis for a regular supply of high quality animal derived food. However, the major limitations of current breeding paradigm is the requirement to breed over multiple generations to introduce novel traits. This strategy is not realistic in responding to the unprecedented challenges faced by the animal agriculture such as climate change, pandemic diseases, and feeding an anticipated 3-billion increase in global population in the next three decades. Addressing these pressing challenges require “next generation” breeding technologies that permit replacement or transfer of genetic information between individuals, lines, breeds, and even species. The availability of genome editors such as CRISPR/Cas that allow for facile genetic modification are therefore needed to make this a reality. 


Dr. Porter Awarded USDA Grant

Tom Porter in the Horse BarnDr. Tom Porter and Dr. Hsiao-Ching Liu at North Carolina State University
have been awarded a five hundred thousand dollar grant from the National
Institute of Food and Agriculture for their grant proposal titled "MicroRNA
Regulation of Metabolic Pathways during the Metabolic Switch in Broiler

The transition from embryonic development to life after hatching in chickens
represents a massive switch in their metabolism from primarily utilizing fat
stored in the egg yolk to primarily utilizing carbohydrates in their chicken
feed. This metabolic switch is essential for the chick to successfully
transition from development in the egg to growth on corn-based feed. However,
regulation of this metabolic switch is not understood. Dr. Porter and Dr. Liu
hypothesize that very short RNA molecules called microRNAs play an important
role in the metabolic switch that is essential to efficient growth of broiler
chickens by regulating levels of messenger RNAs (mRNAs) in metabolic
pathways. Their collaborator on the project, Dr. Nishanth Sunny in our
department, will be performing metabolomics analysis on the project. The
experiments to be performed in this project will define the contributions of
miRNAs to the metabolic switch during development that is critical to growth
on corn-based feed in broiler chickens. Completion of this research will lead
to new information that can be used in poultry breeding programs and by the
poultry companies to produce meat more efficiently for the world’s growing

NIFA Grant Awarded to 3 ANSC Faculty

Drs. Kohn, Sunny, & SongDrs. Rick Kohn, Nishanth Sunny, and John Song received a grant from USDA-NIFA for $493,000 in the AFRI Foundational Animal Nutrition, Growth and Lactation section titled, "Understanding Mechanisms of Changes in Ruminal Metabolism”. This project will explore the mechanisms of regulation of the rumen microbiome that digests feeds in dairy cattle.

Grant Awarded to Dr. Kohn

Dr. Kohn in his LabDrs. Rick Kohn, Fernando Escribano (Spain) and others received
a grant from the World Bank for almost $400,000 titled "Innovative Research and Development for Use of Typha (Cattails) for Animal Feed and Biogas Production in Hadejia Valley, Nigeria" with Federal Ministry of Water Resources (Nigeria), Polytechnical University of Madrid, and University of Maryland. This project will develop and introduce methods to preserve and use cattails, which are a nuisance weed in sub-Saharan Africa, for use as silage to feed cattle and for use in making biogas for cooking.

Dr. Telugu Awarded NIFA Grant

 Dr. Bhanu Telgu in his labDr. Bhanu Telugu has been awarded a five hundred thousand dollar grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for his grant proposal titled "Genome Editing To Create Germ Cell Deficient Livestock."

Genetic gain in food animal production is critical for enhancing growth
efficiency, animal health, and product quality. In pig production, genetic
gain is achieved via selective breeding with desirable sires. At present,
artificial insemination (AI) is a widely used option for exploiting this
principle. However, the number of sperm that can be collected from an
individual boar is a major limiting factor for widespread dissemination in
the commercial pig production. Also, AI methodology limits the gains to the
reproductive lifespan of a male. Thus, development of novel approaches for
expanding the output and preservation of germline from desirable sires is of
significant need. Dr. Telugu and his collaborators at Washington State
University will generate lines of boar that completely lack endogenous
spermatogonial stem cell (SSC), and use them as surrogates for exogenous SSC
transplantation and spermatogenesis. To achieve this objective, Dr. Telugu
utilized the CRISPR/Cas9 system to edit the NANOS2 gene in pig embryos that
lack germline but other aspects of testicular development are normal. This
study will for the first time generate SSC-deficient animals by genome
editing and test the feasibility of SSC transplantation in a large animal
species. Arguably this project will have wide ranging applications in
germline preservation technologies

Dr. Biswas Awarded NIFA Grant

Dr. Debabrata Biswas

Dr. Debabrata Biswas has been awarded $100,000 by NIFA for his proposal entitled, “Competitive exclusion of Campylobactercolonization in poultry by overexpression of linoleate isomerase gene in Lactobacillus casei.”

A natural probiotic able to improve growth and competitively
exclude zoonotic pathogens from the poultry gut, leading to safer and more
improved poultry products and a reduction in foodborne infections in humans,
could be a critical step forward in sustainable poultry farming. The
beneficial effects of probiotics depend upon the total quantity of probiotic
and the amount and type of functional byproducts they produce. In a recent
study, we found that in the presence of prebiotic-like components (peanut
flour and cocoa), production of linoleic acid by Lactobacillus casei (LC)
increased 100 fold; it was also able to outcompete several enteric bacterial
pathogens, including Campylobacter jejuni. Therefore, we have developed a
genetically engineered, naturally bacteriophage-resistant LC strain that
overepresses the linoleate isomerase (mcra) gene called LC-JPR-CLA. We have
already verified its ability to inhibit C. jejuni growth, attachment, and
infection in vitro in chicken cells. In this research project, we aim to
evaluate if LC-JPR-CLA is also able to outcompete C. jejuni in an in vivo
chick model, while maintaining its capacity to improve growth and maintain
overall gut health by production of byproducts with anti-inflammatory
properties. This research into the properties and bioactive capacities of
LC-JPR-CLA has the potential to provide a novel, cost-effective,
consumer-friendly, and simple-to-use natural probiotic that could improve
poultry growth, support poultry immune health, and reduce transmission of
poultry-borne Campylobacter to humans.

 T01 Grant

Dr. Byung-Eun Kim has been awarded a $1.39 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK/NIH) for his R01 grant proposal entitled, “Systemic Copper Homeostasis Regulation in Mammals.” 

Copper (Cu) is an essential trace element for normal growth and development. The dysregulation of Cu homeostasis causes severe human diseases that include Menkes disease, Wilsonʼs disease, myeloneuropathy, and cardiomyopathy. Cells have evolved sophisticated homeostatic mechanisms for the regulation of Cu acquisition and distribution, and organs communicate to ensure that Cu is distributed appropriately throughout the body, balancing cellular requirements.

All organismal Cu must pass through the intestine prior to distribution to other tissues. Therefore, cross-communication must take place among tissue types to ensure that Cu import and export from the intestine are coordinated with extra-intestinal tissue Cu requirements.  In this project, Dr. Kim has proposed an inter-organ regulatory mechanism for Cu homeostasis, as the cardiac-specific knockout mouse of the high-affinity Cu importer, Ctr1 exhibited dramatically elevated levels of the ATP7A Cu efflux pump in the liver and intestine, suggesting the existence of an organismal level Cu sensing signal that communicates a cardiac Cu deficiency to the primary site of Cu storage and uptake organ. 

The studies in this project aim to uncover cellular and inter-organ Cu homeostasis mediated by Cu transporters using a combination of mouse physiology and C. elegans genetics to allow better diagnosis and treatment of diseases caused by Cu imbalance. 

NIFA Grant

Dr. Tom Porter has been awarded a five hundred thousand dollar grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for his grant proposal titled "Mitigation of heat stress in broiler chickens through early-life thermal conditioning."
Heat stress in chickens can occur in the summer, when temperatures often exceed 95°F in the regions of the United States where most broiler chickens are raised. Notable effects of heat stress on broiler production include increased death of chickens in the flock and reduced feed intake and growth by the birds that survive. In addition to the financial costs, heat stress in commercial poultry operations represents a serious issue of animal well-being. Thermal conditioning using temporarily elevated brooding temperatures during early development imparts long-term resistance to heat stress in broiler chickens, so that they can survive and grow at higher temperatures during a heat wave. However, the underlying mechanisms of early-life thermal conditioning are unknown. In this project, Dr. Porter and his colleagues in the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences and at North Carolina State University will perform a comprehensive physiological analysis of the effects of heat stress, with and without prior thermal conditioning, across multiple tissues that are likely to play a role in the bird’s metabolic and stress responses to heat stress. This project will provide new information on body temperature regulation required to develop future strategies for improving the well-being of poultry, while sustaining or improving broiler meat production during summer heat waves.


Porter and Ellestad Awarded NIFA Grant

Dr. Tom Porter and Dr. Laura Ellestad have been awarded a five hundred thousand dollar grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for their grant proposal titled "Mechanisms affecting posthatch growth following embryonic induction of growth hormone in broiler chickens."

In this project, Dr. Porter and Dr. Ellestad will define the mechanisms regulating the chicken’s production of its own growth hormone and the effects of its own growth hormone on meat production and feed efficiency in broiler chickens. Their specific objectives are to (1) characterize effects of premature growth hormone production resulting from corticosterone injection into the incubating eggs on the growth performance of broiler chickens, (2) determine the effect of corticosterone injection on metabolic indicators, hormone levels, and gene expression in broiler chickens, and (3) identify key mechanisms within the growth hormone system of chickens. Completion of this research will lead to the identification of new information that can be used in breeding programs and the poultry industry to produce more food for the growing world’s population. This award marks 24 years of funding from the United States Department of Agriculture for Dr. Porter's research into the hormonal control of growth in broiler chickens.


Sunny Awarded $1.86 million R01 Grant


Dr. Nishanth E. Sunny has been awarded a $1.86 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases, NIH (NIDDK/NIH) for his R01 grant proposal entitled, “Metabolic Origins of Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis.” 

In this project, Dr. Sunny and his collaborators will probe for novel mechanisms through which dysfunctional mitochondrial oxidative metabolism promotes inflammation, oxidative stress and progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Defects in mitochondrial oxidative metabolism are central to the etiology of NAFLD, a major public health problem affecting over 70% of the obese and type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. The impact of these studies will be towards identifying key strategies to reduce oxidative stress and inflammation during NAFLD, specifically by attenuating dysfunctional mitochondrial oxidative flux. These strategies will provide a better paradigm to treat NAFLD and type 2 diabetes mellitus.


NIFA Grant

Dr. Li Ma was recently awarded a USDA-NIFA grant entitled “Sequence-Based Big Data Genomic Discovery and Application to Improve Dairy Fertility” for $350,000 over 3 years.

For the past 50 years, dairy production continued to increase but fertility experienced severe declines. The overall goal of this research is to discover causal/tightly linked genetic variants and apply these genomic discoveries to improve dairy fertility. The expect outcomes include an increase in dairy reproductive performance, a breakthrough understanding in the genetic mechanism of dairy fertility and related traits, and a decreased cost in genomic evaluation of fertility traits.

MAES Grants


Six ANSC faculty were awarded funding from the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) Competitive Grant Program for 2016-2017.  

Dr. Amy Burk received $21,000 for her proposal entitled, “Get it under cover! Restoring soil health in high use areas of farms with traffic-tolerant grasses.” Dr. Rachel Dennis received $29,900 to study “Animal health and production and animal product.” Dr. Tom Porter received $30,000 for his proposal entitled, “Identification of mechanisms and gene networks associated with differences in egg production in turkey hens.” Dr. Chad Stahl was awarded $30,000 to fund his proposal entitled, “Improving efficiency of meat production with Tributyrin.” Dr. Bhanu Telugu received $30,000 for his proposal entitled, “Genome editing to create germ cell deficient livestock.” Dr. Zhengguo Xiao was awarded $30,000 for his proposal entitled, “Exosomes in the immune regulation induced by Ostertagia Ostertagi in cattle.”

NIFA Grant


Associate Professor Zhengguo Xiao was recently awarded a NIFA (USDA) grant entitled “Mucosal Immune Response to Ostertagia ostertagi in Cattle” for $499,999 over 3 years.

The goal of this investigation is to understand the mucosal immune response of cattle to nematode O. Ostertagia. This parasite invades cattle through stomach mucosa. The host (cattle) launches immune reaction against these invaders, and the parasites counterattack the immune reaction to facilitate their survival in cattle. Dr. Xiao’s and his research group is trying to understand how the host and parasites interact with each other locally and systemically in cattle, and the knowledge generated from this project could be useful for future vaccine development.

Tier 1 Seed Grant


Dr. Debabrata Biswas has been awarded a $50,000 Tier 1 Seed Grant from the Division of Research. The award is meant to help faculty show proof of concept and pursue sponsored research. 

Dr. Biswas will study genetic engineering of the probiotic organism Lactobacillis casei to produce more antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory conjugated linoleic acids. He will examine whether this raises the concentration of beneficial microbes in the gut and improves host health, aiming to eventually use the strain against dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria.



Dr. Iqbal Hamza received a NIH/NIAID funded Phase I STTR grant for $702,315 for two years. Dr. Hamza is the PI of the STTR grant and was submitted through his start-up company Rakta Therapeutics, Inc and in collaboration with UM Baltimore. 

The grant will aid in developing highly potent and selective drugs to block heme transporters in parasites and cure parasitic infections, a vast and untapped commercialization potential. The STTR grant research mechanism fits with President Loh’s vision for accelerating the pace of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology transfer and commercialization at UMD. The STTR grant will complement Dr. Hamza’s research program which is currently funded by several NIH grants

MAES Grant


Drs. Andrew Schiffmacher, Lisa Taneyhill, and Carol Keefer have received a $30,000 Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) grant. The grant is for their research proposal entitled “Investigating the roles of SNAIL transcription factors during bovine trophectoderm lineage segregation.”

NIFA Grant


Drs. Carol Keefer and Brian Bequette were awarded a $452,000 grant by NIFA (USDA) for a project entitled “Fluxomic Evaluation of Bovine Embryo Nutrient Utilization and Viability”. Dr. Ganesh Sriram (Department of Chemical and BioMolecular Engineering) will take over the duties of Dr. Bequette to help in fulfilling the scientific aims of this project.

American Cancer Society Grant

 Dr. Lisa Taneyhill

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill was awarded a $792,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to study how epithelial-to-mesenchymal transitions are regulated in neural crest cells. The objectives of the grant are to investigate whether neural crest cells employ epigenetic modifications to regulate proteases whose functions are key for EMT and how sequential processing of cadherins by proteases allows for coordinated regulation and subsequent loss of cadherins during EMT.



1.9 Million in NIDCR/NIH Grant Funding

 Dr. Lisa Taneyhill

Dr. Lisa Taneyhill has been awarded a $1.9 million from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH (NIDCR/NIH) for her R01 grant proposal entitled, “Neural crest and placode cell interactions during cranial gangliogenesis.” 

In this proposal, Dr. Taneyhill and her colleagues aim to elucidate how two different cell types migrate, adhere, and coalesce together in the developing chick embryo to form the cranial ganglia, which are responsible for integrating sensory information and controlling cell movements. These processes are mediated by specific junctional complexes, which serve as the “glue” to hold cells together and allow for cell-cell communication. Importantly, such intercellular interactions are critical throughout embryonic and adult development to form new tissues and organs, with aberrations resulting in animal and human diseases. The results of this research will form a framework for understanding cellular behavior during the formation of other tissues comprising several cell types and will have direct translational applications to therapies based on tissue growth or organ repair and/or regeneration.

Mini Grant for Reproductive Research

 Dr. Curry Woods

Dr. Curry Woods was awarded $20,000 by NIFA-USDA for his research: “Teleost spermatozoal transriptomes: requisite foundation for functional genomics, sperm quality and male fertility.” This grant will allow Dr. Woods to sequence and evaluate sperm transcriptome profiles from male striped bass with observed differences in fertilization rate.  This research will be used to increase the reproductive efficacy of captive brood stocks, important to the aquaculture industry, by identification of superior males prior to spawning.

$1.6 Million NIH-NIFA Grant Funding

 Dr. Bhanu Telugu

Dr. Bhanu Telugu has been awarded a $1.6 million from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program. This is a NIH-NIFA Dual purpose with Dual benefits (R01) grant entitled “Generation of Zoonotic Influenza Resistant Recombinant Pigs via Site-directed Technology.” 

2014 Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grant

 Dr. Debabrata Biswas and Serajus Salaheen

Serajus Salaheen, graduate student in Dr. Debabrata Biswas’s lab, was awarded 2014 Northeast SARE Graduate Student grant in the amount of $14,983 for his research proposal entitled, “Reduction of environmental risks and improving livestock productivity in Mixed Crop- Livestock Systems with cheap byproducts of berry fruits.” Northeast SARE is part of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Seed Grant for Reproductive Research

 Dr. Carol Keefer

A joint review panel of the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institute awarded Dr. Carol Keefer a grant of $40,000 for her work in trying to save endangered species. Her proposal entitled “Alternate Approaches to Produce Pluripotent Stem Cells for Conservation Biology Applications,” goes directly to the source by attempting to save genetic diversity by reprograming cells to act as reproductive cells. Of the award money, $22,500 will come from the Smithsonian, while the university will provide $17,500.


Morris Animal Foundation Grant

 Dr. Ed Orlando

Dr. Ed Orlando was awarded a grant from the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) for $124,968 for the three year period of September 2014 – August 2017.  MAF is the largest nonprofit foundation dedicated to funding research studies to protect, treat and cure animals.  Dr. Orlando’s proposal is entitled, “Environmental gestagen exposure effects on wildlife: reproductive toxicity and potential remediation.”

2014 USGS/NIWR National Competitive Grant Program Nominee

 Dr. Ed Orlando
On July 14, 2014, Dr. Ed Orlando’s grant proposal entitled "Environmental Concentrations and Exposure Effects of Environmental Gestagens on a Sentinel Teleost Fish (2014MD321G)” has been recommended for funding by the 2014 U.S. Geological Survey/National Institutes For Water Resources (USGS/NIWR) National Competitive Grant Program. The selection panel recommended that the proposal be funded at the requested level of over $238,000.


ADVANCE Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grant

 Dr. Kasey Moyes
The seed grant proposal by Dr. Kasey Moyes, along with Co­PIs Dr. Xiaoping Zhu of the Veterinary Medicine Program, Dr. Ted Elssasser of USDA, Beltsville and Dr. Brian Bequette has been approved for funding from the ADVANCE Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research seed grant program. It is entitled: "Nutrient Supply and Stage of Lactation: Effects on Metabolism and Inflammatory Response of Bovine Blood Neutrophils" and will be funded for $20,000. Due to the critical importance of blood PMN for resolution of mastitis and the possible larger susceptibility to mastitis for cows in early lactation, results of this project may lead to improvements in animal health and well­being of dairy cows.

MAES/UME Integrative Research and Extension Grant

 Dr. Kasey Moyes
Dr. Kasey Moyes was awarded a MAES/UME Integrative Research and Extension Grant in the amount of $30,500 for her grant proposal, "Estimating and quantifying the economic impacts, production outcomes and lifestyle changes for small-to-medium sized dairy farms regarding the transition from conventional to automatic milking systems in the Mid-Atlantic region."

MAES/UME Funding

 Dr. Debabrata Biswas
Dr. Debabrata Biswas received funding in the amount of $40,000 from MAES/UME for his proposal titled: "Ecological prevalence of major foodborne bacterial pathogens in Mixed Crop-Livestock in Maryland and control with feed supplement."

Tier 1 Seed Grant

 Dr. Lisa Taneyhill
Dr. Lisa Taneyhill was awarded a $50,000 Tier 1 seed grant from the University for her proposal, "Alpha-n-catenin function in mammalian neural crest cell development." She also received the Summer Research and Scholarship Award (RASA) for Summer 2014 from the Graduate School.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant

 Dr. Tom Porter
Dr. Tom Porter received a grant of $500,000 on January 1, 2014, from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for his project titled "Glucocorticoid induction of endogenous growth hormone (GH) in chicken embryos." This research project in Dr. Porter's laboratory has been funded for 20 years by grants from the USDA. Growth in chickens is controlled in part by the chicken's production of its own hormones, including GH which is secreted from the chicken's pituitary gland. The overall hypothesis of this research is that chicken growth can be increased by manipulating the chicken's production of its own GH. The current proposal aims to define the mechanisms regulating GH production. Identification of these mechanisms will not only increase our understanding of the regulation of this hormone that is essential to normal growth, it will also lead to new information that can be used in breeding programs to produce more efficient chickens and more food for the world's population.

USDA-Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center Grant

 Dr. Curry Woods
Dr. Curry Woods is a co-principle investigator with Dr. David Berlinsky, University of New Hampshire, Department of Biology, on a recently awarded $119,000 USDA-Northeastern Regional Aquaculture Center Grant. The grant has been awarded and research is scheduled to begin at the Department of Animal and Avian Science’s UM-Crane Aquaculture Facility later this fall. The research aims to determine if striped bass, through a comprehensive genetic evaluation of the range of geographic strains, are tolerant of seawater as juveniles and a potential candidate for marine aquaculture. One of the important goals of this research will be to provide identified salinity-tolerant striped bass brood stock to the industry. Dr. Woods’ lab will employee and train several undergraduate students to assist in the evaluation of phenotypes from six different geographic strains in each of the first two years of the project to determine which genotypes are more favorable for use in ocean aquaculture.

UMD-SI Seed Grant

 Dr. Carol Keefer and Halli Sigal
In June, 2013 a joint review panel of University of Maryland (UMD) faculty and Smithsonian Institution (SI) staff awarded a UMD-SI Seed Grant to Dr. Carol Keefer, Halli Sigal, and Dr. Adrienne Crosier for their proposal entitled "Elucidating spermatozoal energy metabolism and metabolic dysfunction in felids and teratospermic species." The UMD-SI Seed Grant is for the amount of $35,830 which is split between the two institutions. Funding, which is for one year, started in August, 2013.


 Dr. Brian Bequette
Dr. Brian Bequette is a co-principle investigator with Dr. Nathalie Trottier, Michigan State University Department of Animal Sciences, on a recently awarded $500,000 USDA-NIFA grant. The funding will begin in January 2014 with the University of Maryland portion amounting to over $66,000. The research aims to determine the impact of dietary amino acid balance in lactating sows on heat production, lysine utilization and whole body N metabolism, and subsequent piglet growth performance. The overall goal of the research is to improve nutritional performance of lactating sows and their nursing pigs under heat stress conditions. Dr. Bequette will employ novel stable isotope approaches in the lactating sows to determine the influence of dietary amino acid balance on whole body lysine utilization for milk protein and muscle synthesis, muscle protein turnover and amino acid catabolism.

UMD-UM Seed Grant

 Dr. Bhanu Telugu
On June 12, 2013, Dr. Bhanu Telugu and Dr. Loren Thompson, UMB, School of Medicine, were awarded a $75,000 UMD-UM Seed Grant for their proposal titled, "Development of a Novel Animal Model for Human Preeclampsia." There were 66 proposals submitted to the competition and only 7 were funded. 

NRSA F32 Postdoctoral Fellowship

 Dr. Andrew Schiffmacher 
Postdoctoral research associate Dr. Andrew Schiffmacher was awarded the prestigious NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA F32 postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Taneyhill and co-sponsor Dr. Iqbal Hamza. His over $164,000 fellowship titled, "Proteolysis of Cadherins in Cranial Neural Crest" will be funded for 3 years by the NIH-National Institute for Dental & Craniofacial Research.

Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship

 Dr. Anjali Nandal
Dr. Anjali Nandala postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Bhanu Telugu's laboratory, has been awarded a 2-year, $110,000 postdoctoral fellowship from the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF.) Dr. Nandal’s project aims at directed differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells into insulin producing beta-precursor cells for diabetes therapies. Remarkably, Dr. Nandal put together the grant proposal within the first month of joining the Telugu laboratory.

2013 Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship

Halli Sigal and Ankita Shah
Ankita Shah, graduate student in Dr. Lisa Taneyhill's lab and Halli Sigal, graduate student in Dr. Carol Keefer's lab, have each been awarded a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship for Summer 2013. The Fellowship carries a $5,000 stipend from the Graduate School and the Department. It is intended to provide support to doctoral students at “mid-career” and enable them to devote a summer of focused work to prepare for or complete a benchmark in their program’s requirements.

2013-2014 Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship

Ashley Franklin
Ashley Franklin, graduate student in Dr. Tom Porter's lab has been awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship for 2013-2014. These one-semester awards provide support to outstanding doctoral students who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships carry a stipend of $10,000 plus candidacy tuition remission and $800 toward the cost of health insurance. The Graduate School awards only 40 Wylie Dissertation Fellowships per year.

2012 Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship

Lindsey Vansandt

Lindsey Vansandt, DVM and graduate student in Dr. Carol Keefer's laboratory has been awarded a Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship for summer 2012 by the Graduate School. This Fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000 and is intended to enable doctoral students to devote a summer of focused work to their program’s requirements and help them take a significant step forward in their studies.


National Institute of Health (NIH) Grant

Dr. Iqbal Hamza

The NIH awarded an administrative supplement of $194,377 to Dr. Iqbal Hamza for his NIDDK R01 grant titled "The Biological Role of Heme in Nutrition" to purchase a COPAS BIOSORT flow cytometer. The COPAS (Complex Object Parametric Analyzer and Sorter) is a continuous flow system sorter capable of analyzing small and large quantities of objects from 20-200 microns in diameter. The offices of the Vice President of Research, Dean of AGNR, and the Chairs of ANSC and PLSA provided an additional $97,188. No such instrument currently exists on campus.

5 Year Renewal of the NIH Grant

 Dr. Iqbal Hamza

Dr. Iqbal Hamza was awarded a 5 year renewal of his NIH grant titled "The Biological Role of Heme in Nutrition" for $1,931,357. His research program is supported by two additional NIH R01 and NIH R21 grants.

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