Plum Island Animal Disease Center Research Participation Program
Plum Island Animal Disease Center Research Participation Program
M E E T  T H E  P A R T I C I P A N T S

Research Experiences

Elizabeth Ramirez-Medina
When Dr. Elizabeth Ramirez-Medina, a veterinarian in México City, moved to Connecticut with her husband, also a veterinarian, who was joining the Plum Island Animal Disease Center Research Participation Program, she never expected she would join the program as well. Now, as a program participant, she researches how foot-and-mouth disease develops and the ways in which it can be controlled.

Michael Puckette
Each morning begins the same –Michael Puckette, Ph.D., takes the 35-minute-long ferry ride to Plum Island, upon arrival at the BSL3-ag bio-containment facility he changes into his scrubs, and then he gets down to business. Puckette is a participant in the Plum Island Disease Center Research Participation Program at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC).

Zaheer Ahmed
Zaheer Ahmed emigrated from Pakistan to the U.S. where he now studies foot-and-mouth disease, which threatens populations of cloven-hoofed animals like cattle and pigs. At the Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center, Ahmed’s research is helping develop vaccines to limit or stop transmission during outbreaks.

Ignacio Fernandez-Sainz
Ignacio Fernandez-Sainz, postdoctoral student in veterinary medicine and microbiology, studied classical swine fever during his time at the Department of Homeland Security’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

Sabena Uddowla
Postdoctoral researcher Sabena Uddowla is helping to develop a “marker” vaccine to control the Foot-and-Mouth disease virus in her role as a visiting scientist at Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) off the coast of Long Island, N.Y. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Apicelli and Ethan Macnow, PIADC.

Lindsay Gabbert
Lindsay Gabbert performs research at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, where she is helping to improve the vaccination for foot-and-mouth disease. Prior to Plum Island, she completed a fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she concentrated on human diseases.

Camila Dias Colberg
Camila Dias Colberg is supporting research at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center to find a more effective treatment for foot-and-mouth disease. A Brazilian veterinarian, she hopes one day to be a licensed veterinarian in the United States.

Krystina Addorisio
Forensic scientist Krystina Addorisio has spent the last three years researching a vaccine for animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth—a contagious disease that affects cows, pigs and sheep—at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

Melia Pisano
Melia Pisano gained invaluable experience while contributing to crucial research efforts hoping to curtail the Foot-and-Mouth disease virus during her four-year fellowship at Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York (PIADC). Photo courtesy of Kathleen Apicelli and Ethan Macnow, PIADC.

Fayna Diaz-San Segundo
Fayna Diaz-San Segundo brings a love of melody and rhythm to her research at Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) off Long Island, N.Y., as she seeks new ways to curtail the highly contagious Foot-and-Mouth disease in livestock. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Apicelli and Ethan Macnow, PIADC.

 

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