The Barlow Lab conducts research on dairy cattle health and disease. Our studies focus on mastitis epidemiology and bovine immunology. We conduct laboratory and on-farm experiments ranging across molecular, cellular, and population levels. Examples of the techniques we use include: basic microbiology, mammalian cell culture models, mathematical epidemiologic models, immunologic and molecular diagnostics, and nucleic acid sequence analysis.


LAB NEWS

October 10th 2013

Our lab group hosted investigators for our annual NSF-BREAD project PI meeting. All the project investigators, post-docs and grad students traveled from Copenhagen, Nairobi and New York to Vermont in early October when foliage was still at its peak. The meeting was held at the North Hero House on Lake Champlain. Attending the meeting this week were:

  • Bill Golde, Scientist, USDA-ARS, Foreign Animal Disease Research, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, New York, USA.
  • Soren Buus, Professor, Department of International Health, Immunology and Microbiology, University of Copenhagen http://isim.ku.dk/immunology/experimental_immunology/
  • Vish Nene, Director, Vaccine Biosciences (ILVAC), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya http://www.ilri.org/user/440
  • Morten Nielsen, Associate Professor. Center for Biological Sequence Analysis. Department of Systems Biology, Technical University of Denmark and Investigador principal Conicet y Profesor adjunto. Instituto de Investigaciones Biotecnológicas. Universidad de San Martín, San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina http://www.cbs.dtu.dk/staff/show-staff.php?id=564
  • Jared Patch, Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Animal Science, University of Vermont and Foreign Animal Disease Research, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, New York, USA.
  • Janet Sei, Post-Doctoral Associate, Department of Animal Science, University of Vermont and Foreign Animal Disease Research, Plum Island Animal Disease Center, New York, USA.
  • Nicholas Svitek, Post-Doctoral Scientist, Vaccine Biosciences (ILVAC), International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi, Kenya http://www.ilri.org/users/nsvitek

We also invited 2 guest scientists:

On Thursday October 10 we hosted a T cell response mini-symposium on the UVM campus. Speakers and presentations included:

  • Ivan Morrison, Theileria parva: A natural model for understanding how T cell responses mediate immunity against a complex intracellular pathogen.
  • Soren Buus, T cell epitope discovery; lessons from human studies - Part A, Biochemistry of T cell responses.
  • Morten Nielsen, T cell epitope discovery; lessons from human studies- Part B, Bioinformatics of T cell responses.
  • Wendy Brown, Importance of DQ-restricted CD4 T cell responses to Anaplasma marginale surface proteins in cattle.

September 12th 2013

Mital Pandya, PhD candidate, presented her research progress to the UVM Immunobiology core. Her work on typing class I MHC expressed genes and analysis of peptide-MHC class I interactions in Foot and Mouth Disease vaccination of cattle was well received and generated significant discussion.


September 10th 2013

The new website is up. The lab website has launched. Enjoy! -Mandy