Item2019 Baker Institute News: Danko named Robert N Noyce Assistant Professor in Life Sciences and TechnologyBaker Institute for Animal Health (Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2019-03-28)This news item is about: Baker Institute researcher Dr. Charles Danko is the new Robert N. Noyce Assistant Professor in Life Sciences and Technology. The endowed professorship was awarded in recognition of Danko's innovative research that investigates the molecular switches that turn different genes in animal genomes on and off. “It's an honor to be awarded the Noyce Professorship! There are so many creative young investigators at Cornell University, making this award particularly gratifying and humbling for me, said Danko, who is part of the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Item2019 Baker Institute News: Graduate student places second in 3MT competitionBaker Institute for Animal Health (Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2019-03-28)This news item from the Cornell Chronicle is about: Teddy Yesudasan, a research master's student in plant breeding and genetics, grew up in a place where potatoes came in one color. When he arrived in Ithaca, he was amazed at the varieties at a local grocery store. He was so amazed, in fact, that he wrote his master's thesis about it. “Growing up in southern India, all I saw were white potatoes, and so when I came to Ithaca as an international student and went grocery shopping for the first time at Wegmans, I was shocked to see potatoes that came in different colors,” Yesudasan said to open his presentation at the fifth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, held March 20 in Call Auditorium. Item2019 Baker Institute News: CTAM grant supports development of new diagnostic technologyBaker Institute for Animal Health (Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2019-03-14)This news item is about: Baker researchers have received a $50,000 grant from the Cornell Technology Acceleration and Maturation (CTAM) Fund, to further develop their “tethered enzyme technology” as a rapid diagnostic tool. Dr. Roy Cohen, a research assistant professor and Dr. Alexander Travis, professor of Reproductive Biology, are developing a new system for diagnosing disease that uses disposable testing cards to analyze a drop of blood. The test takes minutes and can detect a wide variety of disease biomarkers including proteins, ions, metabolites, toxins, and nucleic acids such as microRNAs. Though Cohen and Travis are still in the testing and development phase, they envision that this technology could be the basis for a point-of-care testing device for use on ambulances, battlefields or anywhere lacking access to medical testing. Item2019 Baker Institute News: Baker Institute recruiting tenure track faculty positionBaker Institute for Animal Health (Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2019-02-22)This news item is about: The Baker Institute for Animal Health and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University seek outstanding candidates for a 12-month faculty tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Candidates must have a D.V.M./Ph.D., Ph.D., D.V.M., M.D./Ph.D., M.D, or equivalent degree(s) and demonstrated accomplishment in research in one or more of the following areas: infectious diseases, virology, immunology, parasitology, cancer, stem cell, reproduction, mammalian genetics/epigenetics, genomics/epigenomics or whole genome biology. The successful Candidate will pursue important questions in biomedical research consistent with the goals of the Baker Institute. Priority will be given to applicants with the potential to develop competitive research programs addressing questions pertaining to companion animals, but which also have implications for human health. Successful candidates will be expected to develop extramurally funded research programs and to contribute to professional (DVM), graduate and/or undergraduate education, including the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Item2019 Baker Institute News: Schang elected for board of International Society of Antiviral ResearchBaker Institute for Animal Health (Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2019-04-16)This news item is about: The members of the International Society of Antiviral Research (ISAR), an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary organization of scientists working towards the development of antiviral drugs, have elected the Baker Institute's Dr. Luis Schang as a member of their board. “I have benefited enormously from belonging to ISAR,” said Schang, a professor of Chemical Virology at Cornell University. “I am very happy to have the opportunity now to help the society in my new position as one of the members of the board, and very humbled that my colleagues have elected me to this position.” Item2019 Baker Institute News: Travis Lab recruiting Post-doctoral AssociateBaker Institute for Animal Health (Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2019-03-06)This news item is about: The Baker Institute for Animal Health invites applicants to apply for a post-doctoral associate position in biochemistry and cell biology in Dr. Alex Travis's lab. Successful candidate will work on a recently NIH funded research aiming to investigate lipid regulation of ion channels in various cells. The successful candidate will utilize a wide range of approaches including biochemical, molecular, cellular and biophysical, focusing on lipid-channel interactions in reproduction and metabolism. Item2019 Baker Institute News: Graduate student follows research opportunities from Puerto Rico to the Baker InstituteBaker Institute for Animal Health (Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2019-02-22)This news item is about: As a first-generation college student, when Robert López-Astacio first heard Dr. Colin Parrish give a talk at University of Puerto Rico-Ponce about his work on viral evolution, he had no idea that just a few years later he would be one of Dr. Parrish's graduate students, studying the deadly disease of dogs caused by canine parvovirus. Parrish had visited UPR-Ponce through the Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement (RISE), an NIH-funded program to diversify the students entering biomedical research. Item2019 Baker Institute News: From Standardbreds to the horse genome: From Standardbreds to the horse genome: Don Miller's 19 years at the Baker InstituteBaker Institute for Animal Health (Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2019-04-04)This news item is about: This year marks Don Miller's 19th anniversary with the Baker Institute for Animal Health. Miller's progression to his position as Research Support Specialist and Laboratory Manager in Dr. Douglas Antczak's lab is a remarkable story. Miller began as an entry-level technician with no formal training or experience in biology. He did, however, come with a deep knowledge of horses from working in the Standardbred racing industry for several years. Within a few months it became apparent that Miller was well suited to laboratory work, and to molecular biology in particular. He quickly mastered techniques in gene cloning, amplification, expression, and sequencing. Miller's natural talents also led him to learn programming for various computational biology applications required to analyze data the Antczak lab was generating as part of the international Horse Genome Project.