Congratulations to Kaitlyn Waters, a graduate student in Systems Biology Lab, who received the graduate fellowship from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) NBAF Scientist Training Program (NSTP)


Posted on 07/22/2018 Archive: Student

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Waters, a graduate student in Systems Biology Lab, who received the graduate fellowship from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) NBAF Scientist Training Program (NSTP).

This fellowship is highly competitive and the awardees are a distinguished group of highly qualified graduate fellows with the skillset and drive to meet the scientific goals and development needs of the APHIS Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (FADDL) at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, and subsequently, at the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF). The mission of this training program is paramount to the long-term success of FADDL, and of NBAF as a whole, as NSTP fellows will be the next generation of subject matter experts in emerging and foreign/transboundary animal diseases. The APHIS-FADDL mission directly supports activities to prevent, respond and control outbreaks of emerging and foreign animal diseases. FADDL scientists have dedicated their careers to enhancing USDA’s ability to protect America’s agriculture through implementation of the best diagnostic tools; surveillance of the national animal herd; education of federal, state, and military veterinarians; and personification of public service and stewards of our food supply. Plum Island is home to some of the most distinguished foreign animal disease experts in the world, and they are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with you, the next generation of FADDL scientists.

Congratulations again!



Feng Wen, a graduate student in Systems Biology Lab, received his Ph.D. degree


Posted on 07/22/2018 Archive: Student

On July 20th, 2018, Feng Wen, a graduate student in Systems Biology Lab, accomplished the defense on his dissertation titled “Characterization of mutations in the receptor binding site of influenza A viruses determining virus host, tissue, and cell tropisms using systems biology approaches”.

Congratulations, Feng!



Feng Wen is the recipient of 2018 outstanding graduate student award at Mississippi State University


Posted on 03/19/2018 Archive: Student

Feng Wen is the recipient of 2018 outstanding graduate student award at Mississippi State University.

Congratulations, Feng! Very proud!

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Lucas Ferguson receives a 2017 research award


Posted on 05/01/2017 Archive: Student

Lucas Ferguson, an undergraduate student in SystemsBio lab, receives a 2017 research award from College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Congratulations, Lucas!



Bianca Quade has been accepted at the SUNY University


Posted on 05/01/2017 Archive: Student

Bianca Quade, a recently graduated undergraduate student in SystemsBio lab, has been accepted at the SUNY University, Buffalo, New York. She will be working towards her PhD degree in Biomedical Sciences starting from this Fall with a Presidential Fellowship award.

Congratulations, Bianca!



Brigitte Martin was recognized as MSU Graduate School Student Hall of Fame Scholars.


Posted on 04/13/2017 Archive: Student

Brigitte Martin, a veterinary medicine science doctoral student in SystemsBio lab, was among six graduate students who were recognized as MSU Graduate School Student Hall of Fame Scholars.

Original post: Mississippi State University Graduate School Student Hall of Fame Scholars were formally recognized during a Graduate Student Appreciation Week ceremony held recently on the Starkville campus.

Pictured are (left to right) Mohammad Mahtabi, Brigitte E. Martin, Alexander Tice, Mariela G. Gantchoff, Nathaniel L. Hammond and Kimberly Mason Peeples. Nominated by a department head and selected by the dean of their respective colleges, the scholars all have made significant contributions to the growth of MSU through their exemplary leadership abilities and research or teaching skills in their chosen fields of study.

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The Department of Basic Sciences hosted a party to celebrate Lucas' Gates Cambridge Scholarship.


Posted on 02/14/2017 Archive: Student

The Department of Basic Sciences hosted a party to celebrate Lucas' Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

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Congratulations to Lucas Ferguson, a undergradute in our lab, who received the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship.


Posted on 02/09/2017 Archive: Student

Congratulations to Lucas Ferguson, a undergradute in our lab, who received the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. This is MSU's first recipient for this scholarship.

Lucas J. Ferguson of Batesville, a 2016 Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College Outstanding Research Award recipient, is among 36 selected to receive one of the most generous international scholarships awarded by the University of Cambridge. In addition to the full cost of studying at one of the world’s leading universities, the award provides additional discretionary funding.

The scholarship is provided by the Gates Cambridge Trust, which is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council in England via the University of Cambridge. For more information about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, please visit www.gatescambridge.org.

MSU President Mark E. Keenum called Ferguson’s selection “another resounding endorsement of the fact that Mississippi State empowers our students to compete on an international scale.”

“Lucas Ferguson is the latest MSU student to make his mark by claiming one of the world’s leading higher education opportunities based on his intellect, hard work, and the educational foundation he earned at our university,” said Keenum. “Whether the scholarship is Gates, Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, or a host of other top drawer opportunities, MSU students are competing and winning.”

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Yifei Xu, a graduate student in Systems Biology Lab, received his PhD degree


Posted on 12/09/2016 Archive: Student

On December 9th, 2016, Yifei Xu, a graduate student in Systems Biology Lab, received his PhD degree.

He will be joining Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, UK. Congratulations!



Congratulations to Brigitte Martin, a graduate in our lab, who received a Couvillion Award from the CVM, MSU


Posted on 10/27/2016 Archive: Student

Congratulations to Brigitte Martin, a graduate in our lab, who received a Couvillion Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University. Brigitte will use this award for travel expenses to attend a scientific meeting to present the results of her research.

Background for Couvillion Award: In January of 2007, Linda Couvillion McGrath and Family established the C. EDWARD COUVILLION, DVM, PHD, ENDOWED GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP at Mississippi State University. The scholarship was established because of the impact that Dr. Couvillion had on the lives of everyone he came in contact with and because of his dedication to teaching, service, and research. This endowed graduate scholarship is the first endowment in the MSU-CVM Office for Research and Graduate Studies. The awardee must be actively involved in research and whose career goal will lead to further research, and studies in parasitology and/or wildlife diseases will be favored.



Bianca Quade, an undergraduate in our lab, has received a Summer internship


Posted on 05/10/2016 Archive: Student

Bianca Quade, an undergraduate in our lab, has received a Summer internship sponsored by the DAAD RISE program . RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American and British universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. Bianca will be working with Dr. Markus Kretz at University of Regensberg for a project to explore the effects of an EDClnc1 knockout on epidermal homeostasis

Way to go, Bianca!



Lucas Ferguson received a Summer Fellowship Award


Posted on 05/05/2016 Archive: Student

Congratulations to Lucas Ferguson, an undergraduate in our lab, who has received a Summer Fellowship Award of $1,000 from Shackouls Honors College, Mississippi State University. Lucas will be visiting China this Summer for one month to explore the polymorphisms of Mx1 genes in domestic poultry and their roles in resistance against influenza virus infection.



Panola County junior at MSU authors national research study


Posted on 09/15/2015 Archive: Student

A Batesville honors student at Mississippi State is the lead author on a research study being published in the December edition of an international medical journal.

The report in Virology by university junior Lucas J. Ferguson is titled “Influenza D virus infection in Mississippi beef cattle.” A new influenza virus and its impacts on bovine production systems is the article’s focus.

Ferguson, a double-major in microbiology and biochemistry, is a graduate of the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus. A first-place winner earlier this year in MSU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium competition, he is a President’s List Scholar and Shackouls Honors College member. Read more



Lucas Ferguson presented his poster at the American Society of Virology 34th Annual Meeting,


Posted on 07/30/2015 Archive: Student

Lucas Ferguson, an undergraduate student working in Dr. Wan’s lab, presented his poster "Influenza D Virus Infection in Mississippi Beef Cattle" at the American Society of Virology 34th Annual Meeting, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada. He received $750 travel award from the University Honors Office for this travel.



Sherry Blackmon, our lab member and DVM-PhD student, traveled to Uganda studying transboundary diseases


Posted on 06/01/2015 Archive: Student

MSU-CVM veterinary students are provided with multiple sources of fundings to travel abroad to expand their veterinary experience, enhance their leadership skills, and teach others - all while helping people and animals in need.

Fundings includes: the Pegasus Partners Fund (established in 2013), the Paul Farmer Memorial and Nutramax Laboratories Student Travel Fund, and the Paul Eggert International Education Travel Fund.

Sherry Blackmon, our lab member and DVM-PhD student, is among those recipients. She traveled to Uganda studying transboundary diseases. The funding programs and Sherry's travel are published in MSU-CVM Pegasus Press, Summer 2015 edition



Lucas Ferguson has won a tied first place in the category of Biological Sciences and Engineering in the MSU 2014-2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium


Posted on 04/24/2015 Archive: Student

Lucas Ferguson, an undergraduate student, microbiology and biochemistry/bioinformatics double-major, has participated in the MSU 2014-2015 Undergraduate Research Symposium, and has won a tied first place in the category of Biological Sciences and Engineering. Congratulations, Lucas! Read more



Find your place in the world


Posted on 09/01/2014 Archive: Student

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Research Day


Posted on 08/15/2014 Archive: Student

Research Day and Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Symposium was held on August 14-15. Our lab members participated and won prizes. Brigitte Martin, PhD student, won 2nd place in Graduate Student Oral Presentation category; and Elizabeth Bailey won 2nd place in Graduate Student Poster category. Congratulations, Brigitte and Elizabeth!



Janet Gomez, spent nine weeks in the Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.


Posted on 08/06/2014 Archive: Student

While many students took a break this summer from the rigors of college life, one Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine student spent her time researching amoeba-related diseases.

Janet Gomez, a fourth year doctor of veterinary medicine student, spent nine weeks in the Dr. James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. She was part of a group of 10 students selected out of 263 applicants. The program gave her experience in epidemiology, the branch of medicine related to the causes and possible control of diseases.

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Sherry Blackmon, a DVM-PhD student from our lab, has been awarded among 10 graduate student winners.


Posted on 01/29/2014 Archive: Student

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA's 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, titled "The Changing Face of Agriculture," to be held Feb. 20- 21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. Twenty university juniors and seniors were chosen on the basis of their essays on "Agriculture as a Career," and 10 graduate students were selected for their response to "The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years."

Sherry Blackmon, a DVM-PhD student from our lab, has been awarded among 10 graduate student winners. Congratulations, Sherry! Read more



Lucas Ferguson, a Batesville native, got a head start on his goal to become a medical researcher in Dr. Henry Wan's Lab


Posted on 11/18/2013 Archive: Student

Lucas Ferguson is a little different from most other Mississippi State University freshmen.

Ferguson, a Batesville native, got a head start on his goal to become a medical researcher last year while still a senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus. Ferguson began learning basic biosafety and maintenance procedures by assisting Dr. Henry Wan’s graduate, Ph.D. and post-doctoral students with their research in the virology laboratory.

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