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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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 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!
Drs. Vanessa Hale and Jenessa Winston were highlighted in an AVMA article about microbiome science and at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.