Penn Vet Names First Recipients of Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Research Fellowship

The scholarship shows the institute’s dedication to supporting researchers and future leaders in the biomedical field.

The Institute of Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) awarded its first Martin and Pamela Winter Fellowships in Infectious Diseases of $35,000 each to 2 early-stage biomedical scientists. career.

According to a statement from the university, the fellowships reflect the institute’s long-term goal of helping researchers and future leaders in the biomedical industry understand barriers regarding zoonotic infectious diseases of wildlife and humans. .

The Martin and Pamela Winter Fellows in Infectious Diseases are:

  • Recipient: Khabadire Tlotleng
    • Institution: Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • Project: Identification of canine parvovirus variants
  • Mentor: Eman Anis, DVM, MVSc, PhD, ACVM; Assistant Professor of Pathobiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Section Chief, Molecular Diagnostics at the Pennsylvania Animal Diagnostic Laboratory System (PADLS) at the New Bolton Center.
  • Recipient: Matthew Martinez
    • Institution: University of Pennsylvania
    • Project: Defining malaria parasite invasion strategies
      Mentor: Yi-Wei Chang, PhD; Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

“We are thrilled to select Khabadire and Matthew as our first Martin and Pamela Winter Fellows in Infectious Diseases,” said De’Broski R. Herbert, PhD, Presidential Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Pathobiology and Associate Director of Global Affairs and Research. education at Penn Veterinary Institute of Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases.

“The unique perspectives and abilities of these interns will be invaluable in Penn Vet’s mission to address emerging and re-emerging zoonotic and vector-borne diseases,” he continued.

The core laboratories participating in this fellowship program focus on infectious disease investigations of enteric pathogens, vector biology, vaccine development, tropical medicine, public health, microbiome and functional genomics, l immunology and ecology, according to the statement.

In addition to laboratory or field research, the fellowship includes coursework and programming that highlights Penn Vet’s infectious disease research and expertise, and career development assurance for early-career scientists. .

“Public awareness of infectious diseases has never been higher; the COVID pandemic has made it clear that it is imperative to broaden our focus and approach to infectious diseases. said Christopher Hunter, PhD, Mindy Halikman Heyer Emeritus Professor of Pathobiology and director of the Penn Vet Institute for Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases.

“These fellowships represent our longer-term commitment to preparing scientists not only for their future careers, but also to supporting vital public health initiatives related to infectious diseases,” he added.


Hacket MJ. The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine announces recipients of Infectious and Zoonotic Disease Fellowship. Press release. University of Pennsylvania. February 23, 2022. Accessed February 23, 2022. – beneficiaries-of-the-sickness-grant

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