Graduate Students
Grad Office:  203 Terrill

Both MS and PhD degrees are offered through the Department of Animal & Veterinary Sciences. Currently all graduate programs involve a combination of courses and graduate research for a thesis. Areas of study broadly correspond to the specializations and research interests of the faculty. The following is a sample of graduate research currently being conducted by our graduate students:

Mac CampbellMackenzie "Mac" Campbell, originally from Reisterstown, Maryland, received his B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2012. Following graduation, he worked at both the Maryland University Dairy and a livestock biomedical research facility before coming to graduate school. He will be working towards his  Ph.D. under the direction of Dr. Rick Grant at the William H Miner Institute in Chazy, New York, as well as taking classes at UVM. His research will focus on the effects of overstocking and nutritional practices on dairy cattle behavior, stress, production, and rumen health. Email:

Bonnie CantrellBonnie Cantrell is originally from Caldwell, Idaho. She graduated from Washington State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Animal Science. During her time there, she worked for the Animal Science Department in a bovine genetics laboratory. She worked on projects in the laboratory to help decrease disease susceptibility of Johne's disease and Bovine Respiratory Disease in bovine. Bonnie will be working on her Ph.D. in Animal, Nutrition and Food Sciences with Dr. Stephanie McKay. Her research will focus on finding methylation in multiple regions of the bovine brain that correlate with docility. Bonnie also enjoys crafting in her spare time.  Email:

Korin EckstromKorin Eckstrom is from Tioga Center, New York. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2015 with a B.S. in Animal Science. During her undergraduate career, she worked in Dr. Barlow's Lab where she will continue with her graduate studies working towards a M.S. in Animal Nutrition, and Food Science. Her work so far has focused on next generation sequencing technologies for the bovine MHC Class I molecule and she will continue to expand this project, as well as work on other related projects in the lab. Outside of school she loves baking, hiking, and attempting to stay upright while skiing. Email: Korin

Mallory HonanMallory Honan is from Rouses Point, New York. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 2017 with a B.S. in Animal and Veterinary Sciences, along with a minor in Chemistry. While she was an undergraduate, Mallory assisted in bovine dietary manipulation trials, in Dr. Sabrina Greenwood's lab,  to explore the possible effects on the milk proteome. Mallory is continuing as a Master's student in Dr. Greenwood's lab to further investigate the bovine milk proteome and identify potential sources of proteins found in milk. Outside the lab, Mallory enjoys coaching track, Crossfit, trying new restaurants, and re-watching The Office.

Nicole JaskiewiczNicole Jaskiewicz grew up in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire and graduated from Colby-Sawyer College in May of 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She had always planned on attending veterinary school, but when her mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, Nicole realized her passion for biomedical research. In August of 2012 she enrolled in the University of New Hampshire's Biochemistry Ph.D. program under the mentorship of Dr. David H. Townson. When Dr. Townson became the UVM Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department Chair in January of 2016, Nicole and her family jumped at the opportunity to make a fresh start in Vermont. Nicole's research focus is, the role of Glycobiology, specifically O-GlcNAcylation, in cancer disease progression. Her mother is now cancer free and is her greatest cheer leader! Outside of the lab Nicole enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and their new daughter, Fiona. As a family they enjoy gardening, working on their new home, and hiking with their dog, Newton. Email:

Filiz KorkmazFiliz Korkmaz is originally from Wrentham, Massachusetts.  She studied at the University of Massachusetts where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. She joined the Cellular, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences PhD program in August 2012 and is working on her dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. David Kerr. Her research is focused on the innate immune response to bovine mastitis and, in particular, how the immune response may be regulated epigenetically. Outside the lab, she enjoys running, skiing, cooking and traveling.  Email:

Allie LundbergAllie Lundberg, originally from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S in Animal Science. She will be working on a project in Dr. David Townson's lab related to infertility in dairy cows. She is ecstatic to be joining the Townson Lab and the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and is ready to see what adventures await her in Vermont. In her free time, Allie enjoys playing outside, coloring, eating, and going on adventures to new places. Email:

Robert MugabiRobert Mugabi was born and raised in the small district of Lyantonde in Uganda where he received his primary and high school education, Later Robert joined Makerere University in Uganda where he received his Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree. He completed a Master of Science degree in Infectious Disease Management and Biosecurity from North Dakota State University and has joined UVM to pursue his Ph.D. He will be working in Dr. John Barlow's lab focusing his research on Staphylococcus aureus molecular epidemiology and biofilm formation of different isolates in cattle farms. Email:

Ricky Scuderi and his
                        dog SpotRichard "Ricky" Scuderi was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, spending most of his time in Northern Idaho. Prior to starting his college education, Ricky volunteered and worked as a veterinary assistant at a local practice. He now has 11 years' of experience in the industry. Ricky graduated in May 2015 from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor's Degree in Animal and Veterinary Science and with minors in Business and Marketing. He has conducted research in lipid metabolism in dairy cattle and assisted with forage research. In June 2015 he started working on his Master's Degree in Animal Science with Dr. Sabrina Greenwood. His focus will be on nutrition and health, specifically looking at how dietary manipulations can alter milk proteins which play important roles in human and animal health. In his spare time, Ricky enjoys being in good company, traveling, photography, skiing, and being outdoors with his dog Spot.  Email:

Wyatt SmithWyatt Smith is originally from Hamburg, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2016 with a B.S. in Animal Science. He is currently working towards his Master's Degree under the direction of Dr. Rick Grant at the William H. Miner Institute located in Chazy, New York. Through this program, he will be taking classes at UVM and participating in research projects at the Miner Institute. His research will focus on indigestible portions of neutral detergent fiber in dairy cattle diets.  Email:

A.J. SpitzerA.J. Spitzer is from Cleveland, Ohio and has always loved all things living. In his early years, he expressed this passion by personally rearing over a hundred different species of animals. He meandered his way north to the University of Vermont and graduated in May 2016 with a B.S. in Animal Science and Microbiology. He began studying with Dr. Zhao near the end of his undergraduate career and continues to work with him as he pursues his M.S. degree. In the lab, he investigates the role of severe hypoxia in mastitis through mammary tissue cultures and other methods. His love of herpetology is second to none and his hobbies include cooking, playing or watching sports, hanging out with friends and pets, and boasting a colorful wardrobe.  Email:
Allison UngerAllison Leigh Unger was born and raised in the Providence, Rhode Island area. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2015 with a B.S. in Animal Science. During her time there, she worked in a laboratory that sought to find sustainable alternatives to chemical anthelmintics in sheep and goats. She came to visit Vermont for the first time last summer and fell in love with the area. Her interest in the connection between agriculture and human nutrition led her to Dr. Jana Kraft's lab. As part of Allison's Ph.D. in Animal, Nutrition, and Food Sciences, she will be a project coordinator at the Clinical Research Center for a study that is looking at the effects of bioactive fats in milk on metabolic health markers, as well as utilizing mice models. She enjoys hiking, baking, coffee, trying new restaurants, and going to the theatre. Her favorite farm animal is a sheep.  Email:

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