Media highlights on Tessa and Zach

Zach Lewis was featured in the Infectious Diseases Institute Newsletter for receiving a Trainee Enrichment Award. Tessa Cannon Wilde was featured in The Lantern, the Ohio State student newspaper, for her recent purchase of 60 acres of land in Crooksville, OH, which will become the future home of a primate sanctuary for retired laboratory monkeys. Learn more about Tessa’s nonprofit, For the Love of Primates, here.

Zach presents at the One Welfare and Sustainability Center Launch!

The One Welfare and Sustainability Center  (OWSC) launch included a day of presentations featuring students, faculty, and community partners. The Center is supported by Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton. Zach Lewis shared collaborative research examining the alligator gut microbiome and gastrointestinal health of farmed alligators. These delicious cookies were part of the sweet celebration highlighting an intersection of passions – LVMH and OSU – around and sustainability and animal health.

Vanessa awarded an NIH K08 Career Development Grant!

The Hale Lab is getting ready for more fun with microbes! Dr. Vanessa Hale was awarded a 5-year NIH Career Development Grant titled “Bladders and biomes: Environmental compounds as modifiers of microbiomes, metabolomes, and urothelium.” This work will focus on studying how gut and urine microbes metabolize environmental chemicals like benzo[a]pyrene (a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon) and what impacts this metabolism has on the bladder.


Andrew’s paper is officially out!

Check out this recent publication in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine by Andrew McGlynn and Ryan Mrofchak longitudinally assessing urine pH, specific gravity, culture, antimicrobial resistance, protein profiles in healthy dogs over 3 months.

Look how variable urine pH is over time! Takeaway: Assess urine pH using a pH meter at multiple time points before making clinical recommendations or changes.

End of summer celebration!

The Hale lab crew, and their supporters… they are amazing! Here’s to science, to microbes, and most of all, to the young scientists, with whom we briefly share an orbit, who will show us the future.

Tessa’s preprint on SIV and storage buffer is out!

Looking for field-friendly methods to preserve fecal samples for RNA Virus testing? Check out this preprint on SIV and Storage Buffers by Tessa H.C. Wilde: Simian Immunodeficiency Virus and Storage Buffer: Field-friendly preservation methods for RNA viral detection in primate feces. Bravo to the whole team for all of the efforts that went into this study:

Tessa H. C. WildeRajni Kant ShuklaChristopher MaddenYael Vodovotz, Amit SharmaW. Scott McGraw, Vanessa L. Hale

Two new publications on SARS-CoV-2 and Ohio animals just out!

What did we do during the pandemic? Assemble a huge team of scientists to test for SARS-CoV-2 in animals and the environment – everywhere outside of humans.
Two publications resulting from our animal testing were just released:

SARS-CoV-2 Serological Investigation of White-Tailed Deer in Northeastern Ohio

Lack of SARS-CoV-2 Viral RNA Detection among a Convenience Sampling of Ohio Wildlife, Companion, and Agricultural Animals, 2020–2021

Pelotonia, Year 2 – Ride Success with the CVM Team!

The Pelotonia is an annual bike ride that raises money for Ohio State University James Cancer Center Research. The Hale Lab is a part of this research, and also a part of the ride! To donate, click here.

OSU College of Vet Med Sunday Riders – 37 miles!

11 miles in and going strong!

Finish lime!

We ride for the people, animals, and science that we love! #OneGoal #EndCancer

37 miles… that’s a wrap until next year!

Vanessa and Zach attend the Bladder Cancer Think Tank 2023

Vanessa and Zach attended the Bladder Cancer Think Tank 2023 in Washington D.C.

We also attended the associated “Urothelial Carcinoma Across Species” Translational Summit put on by the CTSA One Health Alliance. Zach presented a poster evaluating effects of urine sample volume and DNA extraction method (with and without host cell/DNA removal) on urobiome profiles. Vanessa presented a talk about dogs as a translational model for microbiome research in bladder cancer.

We were joined at the summit by Dean Rustin Moore (left) and Duncan Alexander (right) – CVM Supporter, BCAN Board Member, and strong believer in the dog as a model for human medicine!