Graduate Education

Q&A with graduate student Cameron Coyle

Cameron Coyle is pursuing a PhD in Immunology and Infectious Diseases as she explores innate immune memory in the American deer tick, which is of major public health concern as it transmits Borrelia burgdorferi (the causative agent of Lyme disease) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum (the causative agent of human granulocytic anaplasmosis). She is being mentored by Dr. Dana Shaw, an assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology.

Cameron Coyle holds vials of ticks in a lab.

Q&A with graduate student Chris Akinsulie

Dr. Chris Akinsulie is pursuing a PhD in Immunology and Infectious Diseases under the mentorship of Dr. Susan Noh in the College of Veterinary Medicine. His research could help to identify vaccine candidates to protect cattle from Anaplasma marginale, a common tick-borne bacteria that can cause disease and death in herds.

Q&A with graduate student Jimena Ruiz

Jimena Ruiz is a first-generation college student from Los Angeles who is pursuing a PhD in Molecular Biosciences from WSU’s School of Molecular Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Jimena is investigating the influences of mitochondrial stress and lipids on dietary-induced ferroptosis, which is associated with neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine PhD student Jimena Ruiz poses for a photo in her lab.

Q&A with graduate student Albina Makio

Graduate student Albina Makio is studying how the infectious herpes simplex virus invades the cells of its host. It is research that could ultimately lead to new treatments and vaccines to target the virus, which is present in nearly half of the world’s population.

Albina Makio holds a vial of herpes simplex virus that she uses in her research on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023, as she poses for a photo in her lab at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman.