Photo: Vanessa Dahl, BS, MS (PhD student in Animal Biology)

Vanessa Dahl, BS, MS (PhD student in Animal Science)

Vanessa's goal is to determine if hoof conformation and characteristics can be used to predict injury in horses. Her study interests are horse hooves and their health.



Lauren GloeklerLauren Gloekler, BS, (MS student in Biomedical Engineering)

Lauren's study involves using Raman spectroscopy to investigate the molecular mechanism of the stress-whitening phenomenon observed in bone prior to mechanical failure. Her goal is to determine the effects of mechanically-driven collagen dehydration on mechanical properties of bone.  



CarissaCarissa Garrity Garrity, BS (PhD student in Integrative Pathobiology)

Carrissa's project is focused on cartilage tissue engineering and immunogenicity. The goal for her main project is to be able to efficiently knockout MHC I from chondrocytes to establish immune-universal cartilage. 


Christina RohlfChristina Rohlf, BS (PhD student in Biomedical Engineering)

Christina's objective is to identify ground surface properties that will minimize tendon and ligament strains of show jumping horses. She is evaluating the influence of surface properties on limb kinematics and tendon and ligament strains during jumping through correlated results of surface mechanical testing, live animal studies and computer modeling.



Sarah ShafferSarah Shaffer, BS (PhD student in Mechanical Engineering)

Sarah's project focuses on stress fractures of equine proximal sesamoid bones, which are among the most common fatal bone fractures in Thoroughbred racehorses.  She is creating a finite element of the proximal sesamoid bones that can predict fracture risk based on a horse's exercise history. 


Hailey Cunningham, BS (PhD student in Orthopaedic Surgery)

Priscilla Tjandra, BS (PhD student in Biomedical Engineering)

Lyndsey Marsh, BS, MS (PhD student in Animal Science)

Veterinary Students

Sarah Alwen
Michael Maynard

Past Students

Regina Zavodovskaya, MS, DVM, Dipl ACVP

Tiffany Sarrafian, BS, DVM, PhD
Tiffany completed her equine surgical residency at UCDavis. She completed her PhD research involving muscle regeneration.

Jennifer Symons, MS, PhD
Jen's research was focused on racehorse limb dynamics and she developed a computer dynamical model of the racehorce limb interaction with a simulated racetrack surface.

Mandy Murray, DVM, PhD
Mandy's research was on Silicosis Associated Osteoporosis

Jacob Setterbo, PhD
Jake's research was on the Racetrack Surface in a Box

Shinya Watari, DVM, PhD
Shinya research was in control of osteogenic differentiation induced by biophysical cues.

Lucy Anthenill, DVM, PhD

Rachel Entwistle, MS

Tim Thio, BS (MS student in Mechanical Engineering)

Sasha Curtis, BS (Masters student in Animal Biology)

Allison Hsia, PhD

Armaun Emami, PhD

Manali Paralkar, MS