Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology

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.

ElkTracks: Winter 2024

Early every year, we prepare a report to the Washington State Legislature to share information about progress the Washington State University program has made on elk hoof disease research and outreach in the previous calendar year. This is an important document because the people of Washington, through the State Legislature, provide the majority of funding […]

A desaturated photo of a bull elk with several cow elk. The "ElkTracks" icon is over the photo.

Report to Legislature | 2023

Executive summary In 2008, cases of limping elk exhibiting characteristic hoof lesions reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) increased markedly in Southwestern Washington. By 2017, and in response to stakeholder concern regarding the intensity and spread of the disease, the Washington State Legislature unanimously passed Senate Bill 5474 to designate Washington […]

Multiple bull elk laying in a field.