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Lab Members

Dr. Andrew Miller is an Assistant Professor and the Anne Groot Sesquicentennial Fellow in the College of Veterinary Medicine.  He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP).  He received his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 2005 and completed a residency in veterinary anatomic pathology at Cornell University in 2008.  He joined the faculty at the New England Primate Research Center, a division of Harvard Medical School in 2008.  His appointment was through the Pathology Department of the Massachusetts General Hospital during this period.  He joined the faculty in the Section of Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences as an Assistant Professor at Cornell University in fall of 2013. He has a strong interest in training veterinary students and pathology residents and preparing them for a career in comparative veterinary pathology.  He believes that this is best done through hands-on exposure to clinical cases and basic research techniques.  He is involved nationally in the ACVP.   He strongly believes in the integration of teaching and collaborative research as a way to foster continued growth in the field of comparative veterinary pathology.

 

Olivia Lenz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. She began working at the Center for Sleep and Circadian Neurobiology at Penn during her sophomore year, and continued her research there in a full-time capacity both during the summers as well as for several years after graduation. Using Drosophila as a model organism, her projects focused on the role of sleep in a variety of contexts such as Alzheimer’s disease, immune function, stress, and glutamate signaling. She has co-authorship on several papers, and first authorship on a publication titled “FMRFamide signaling promotes stress-induced sleep in Drosophila.” Currently she is in her second year at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and is interested in eventually pursuing research in neuroscience and further training in anatomic pathology.

 

Miller Lab Alumni

Erica Sloma received her undergraduate degree from Wells College in 2010. After graduation she worked in virology and immunology labs until joining the Miller lab as a technician in 2014. In the lab she focused on validating antibodies for immunohistochemistry, testing probes for in situ hybridization, and applying methods from human neuropathology to veterinary medicine.

 

 

 

Maria Martes received her B.S degree in Cellular-Molecular Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus in 2016. She did undergraduate research with the chytrid fungus and an amphibian species affected by it, Eleutherodactylus coqui, which resulted in the publication of the article “Arboreality predicts Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection level in tropical direct-developing frogs.” She also did a summer REU in Costa Rica with the Organization for Tropical Studies looking at individual signatures in the chatter calls of the proboscis bat. She is currently a veterinary student at Cornell University, and is interested in completing a Ph.D. and a residency related to pathology or conservation medicine. She joined Dr. Miller’s lab in the summer of 2017 through Cornell’s VIP program.

 

Morgan Shelton is a senior studying Animal Science with a minor in Biomedical Sciencesat Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She joined the Miller Lab as a freshman to try something new and learn about another avenue of veterinary medicine that was unfamiliar to her. Since then, Morgan has come to thoroughly enjoy veterinary pathology and how diseases progress in various species. Already accepted into some vet schools (but still undecided on where to go), Morgan hopes to be an exotics veterinarian with a focus in reptiles – since she loves all things herpetology related – while still integrating her love for research in her future pursuits.

 

Carolyn Creneti was an undergraduate student who worked in our lab from May 2014-May 2015. She graduated from Cornell in May of 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Biological Science and Spanish and a minor in Latin American Studies. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and participated in three summer internships at the Cleveland Clinic while in high school, which spurred her interest in pathology. Before coming to our lab, she worked in an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology lab studying milkweed plants and monarch butterflies. However, after taking BIOAP 4130 – Histology: The Biology of the Tissues, Carolyn was inspired to return to her medical laboratory roots and found our lab to be an excellent fit for her. Carolyn then served as an undergrad TA in Histology her senior year and highly recommends this course as great background knowledge for the subjects we study in our lab. After Cornell, Carolyn returned to Cleveland and is currently working in the Histology Lab at the Cleveland Clinic. She also hopes to attend the Cleveland Clinic’s School of Cytotechnology in the near future so that she can become certified as both a histotechnologist and cytotechnologist. She aspires to continue a career in pathology and laboratory medicine and hopes to be able to further integrate her passion for research.

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