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COHA Translational Research Fellowships

The CTSA One Health Alliance (COHA), supported by a CTSA Innovation Award from NIH/NCATS, is supporting 2-year research fellowships to engage veterinary clinical specialists in inter-disciplinary research teams. 

The COHA Translational Research Fellowship provides 2 years of support for research training of residency trained veterinary specialists. The Fellowship provides a salary stipend at the NIH postdoctoral pay scale, plus $2,500 for travel or training-related expenses. Fellows must devote at least 75% effort to research, but may supplement this with up to 25% effort devoted to clinical duties that are relevant to the proposed research and are funded separately by the training institution. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents for this NIH-funded initiative.

Fellowship applications are closed. For more information about COHA fellowships, please contact Dr. Lauren Trepanier (lauren.trepanier@wisc.edu) or Dr. Rob Rebhun (rbrebhun@ucdavis.edu)

Congratulations to our COHA fellows appointed to date!

COHA TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP: 2022 COHORT

Amanda Watkins - COHA Fellow
Amanda Watkins - COHA Fellow

Amanda Watkins - COHA Fellow AMANDA WATKINS, VMD

RESIDENCY TRAINED IN LARGE ANIMAL SURGERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Cold Atmospheric Plasma to Treat Post-Surgical Orthopedic Infection

Dr. Watkins will be working on the efficacy of cold plasma, plasma activated liquid, and immune activation in a sheep model of MRSA bone fracture infections.

Mentor Team at the University of Pennsylvania

Elsa Ludwig - COHA Fellow
Elsa Ludwig - COHA Fellow

ELSA LUDWIG DVM, MS, DACVS-LA

RESIDENCY TRAINED IN LARGE ANIMAL SURGERY AT VIRGINIA-MARYLAND

Normothermic Machine Perfusion, Cold Storage Preservation, and Intestinal Allograft Viability

Dr. Ludwig is a PhD candidate in North Carolina State University’s Comparative Gastroenterology Lab and will be working on allograft preservation in a porcine model.

Mentor Team at North Carolina State University and Duke University

Hyun-Tae (Hunter) Kim - COHA Fellow
Hyun-Tae (Hunter) Kim - COHA Fellow

HYUN-TAE (HUNTER) KIM, DVM, MS

RESIDENCY TRAINED IN VETERINARY CLINICAL NUTRITION AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Mechanisms of Diet-Induced Immunomodulation in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Kim will work on mast cell and T cell programing in inflammatory bowel disease using intestinal samples from human and canine patients.

Mentor Team at the University of Pennsylvania

COHA TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP: 2021 COHORT

Benjamin Curtis - COHA Fellow
Benjamin Curtis - COHA Fellow

BENJAMIN CURTIS DVM, RESIDENCY TRAINED IN ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY AT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY

Development of mucosal vaccines using a systems immunology approach

Dr. Curtis will work on the use of probiotic adjuvants for the development of oral vaccines against SARS CoV2, feline enteric coronavirus, and human and murine rotaviruses.

Mentor Team at Colorado State University

Ellen Sherrick - COHA Fellow
Ellen Sherrick - COHA Fellow

ELLEN SHERRICK, DVM. 3RD YEAR MEDICAL ONCOLOGY RESIDENT AT NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY

Neuronal regulation of acute chemoradiotherapy-associated pain in patients with head and neck cancer

Dr. Sherrick will examine the role of neurons that express the TRPM8 ion channel in acute orofacial radiation-associated pain and perform pain phenotyping in humans and dogs undergoing chemoradiation for spontaneous head and neck cancers.

Mentor Team at North Carolina State University

Elizabeth Rose - COHA Fellow
Elizabeth Rose - COHA Fellow

ELIZABETH ROSE, DVM (ANATOMIC PATH)

NC State Mentors: Anthony Blikslager DVM, PhD, DACVS; Amanda Ziegler DVM, PhD; Laurianne Van Landeghem PhD; Jack Odle PhD

Enhancing postnatal development of intestinal microbiome, neural networks and mucosal repair

COHA TRANSLATIONAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP: 2020 COHORT

Britt Levy - COHA Fellow
Britt Levy - COHA Fellow

BRITT LEVY VMD (DERMATOLOGY)

U Penn Mentors: Aimee Payne MD, PhD; Nicola Mason BVetMed, PhD, DACVIM

Comparative immunology and cellular immunotherapy of human and canine pemphigus

Alexa Spittler - COHA Fellow
Alexa Spittler - COHA Fellow

ALEXA SPITTLER, DVM, MS (LAB AN MED)

Colorado State Mentors: Daniel Gustafson PhD; Kelly Santangelo DVM, PhD, DACVP; Miranda Sadar DVM, DACZM

Efficacy of cannabidiol in a rodent model of primary osteoarthritis

Angela Gaesser - COHA Fellow
Angela Gaesser - COHA Fellow

ANGELA GAESSER DVM (LA SURGERY)

U Penn Mentors: Kyla Ortved DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR; Thomas Schaer VMD, Jason Burdick PhD

An injectable hydrogel for sustained release of extracellular vesicles as a treatment for posttraumatic osteoarthritis