Congratulations to our 2019 Cornerstone Grant Awardees!

Tasneem Anthony University of Pretoria/Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory
  Dr Anthony graduated with her BVSc degree from the University of Pretoria, Onderstepoort Veterinary campus. She then completed her MSc in Wildlife Immobilisation and Anaesthesia – specifically focused on the Spotted hyena. In January 2020 she will begin her MMedVet Pathology residency at the Onderstepoort Pathology department. Currently, she has a keen interest in controlled and notifiable diseases due to her exposure in her current position as state veterinarian and pathologist at the Western Cape Provincial Veterinary Laboratory. Her MMedVet project will be focusing on wild Rift Valley Fever virus infection in the alpaca species during the South African 2010 and 2011 outbreaks.
 Jourdan E. Brune  University of Washington

Jourdan received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. She is currently completing her MSc in Comparative Medicine at the University of Washington in Professor Charles Frevert's laboratory, where she is focused on understanding the role of versican, an extracellular chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan, in the innate immune response to influenza viral pneumonia. Her research project has a particular emphasis on the microenvironment of the lung and co-localization of immune cells with versican over the course of influenza disease. In her work, Jourdan leverages histology, immunohistochemistry and quantitative digital pathology techniques in order to answer important questions about the role of versican in influenza pneumonia. With the Cornerstone Grant, she is excited to be able to conduct experiments utilizing in situ hybridization which will further elucidate the cellular sources and signaling pathways responsible for versican expression in the lungs during influenza pneumonia. After completing her MSc in Comparative Medicine Jourdan plans to continue her training in a PhD program with a strong emphasis on translational research. As a veterinary scientist she hopes to investigate translational research questions regarding zoonotic infectious diseases throughout her career. 


 Hayley Fisher  Kansas State University

Hayley Fisher is a graduate student in Dr. Charles Pickens's lab at Kansas State University. She studies the neural circuitry of goal-directed decision making, with a special interest in thalamocortical interactions.

 David Bachinger  University of Zurich and University Hospital Zurich

David Bächinger, MD, graduated from medical school in 2016 and is currently enrolled in a MD-PhD program at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. At the Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at the University Hospital Zurich, he is pursuing a PhD project with a focus on the endolymphatic sac and Meniere’s disease. Beside that, he started his otolaryngology residency in in 2017.


Look for more information about these award winners and their projects coming soon...