Sarachek Fellowship Award Recipient

Kai Yuan

Kai Yuan

Kai Yuan is a doctoral candidate in animal sciences and industry. His research focuses on investigating the interactions between inflammation and metabolism and developing strategies to improve immune function, metabolism and health of dairy cows. This research has advanced the understanding of dairy cow nutritional physiology and immunology and has contributed to improving the health and production of dairy cows.

Yuan received his bachelor's degree in Veterinary Medicine from Yangzhou University and his master's degree in dairy science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He plans to complete his doctorate in May 2014. Barry Bradford, associate professor of animal sciences and industry, is Yuan's major professor.

Yuan will use the fellowship to relocate to Michigan to begin postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan Medical School. His research will study the molecular links between obesity and diabetes with the goal of developing drugs that could prevent and mitigate metabolic disorders. Yuan also plans to use the funds to attend the 2014 American Dairy Science Association Annual Meeting and the 2014 American Dairy Science Scientific Sessions, as well as the Molecular Biology Summer Workshop at Smith College.

Sarachek Travel Award Recipients

Damien Downes

DownesDamien Downes’ research focuses on DNA-binding proteins that are involved in regulating genes that help understand and combat the ways pathogens infect their hosts and cause disease.

Downes plans to use the funds to attend the 2014 Mycological Society of America annual meeting in Michigan where he will be a guest speaker.




Sara Duhachek Muggy


Sara Duhachek Muggy’s research focuses on understanding metastasis and drug resistance to develop more targeted and effective therapies for breast cancer. The objectives of her research are to improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients by reducing or eliminating negative side effects from therapy and to improve patient prognosis and survival.

Duhachek Muggy plans to use the funds to attend an American Association of Cancer Research conference and the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.


Jessica Rupp

RuppJessica Rupp's research focuses on reducing annual wheat loss due to the wheat streak mosaic virus and Triticum mosaic virus, where there is currently little resistance available.

Rupp plans to use the funds to attend the 34th annual meeting of the American Society for Virology in Canada where she hopes to present her research.




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