Professor Jean Celli, students recognized for advances in research – WSU Insider

Professor Jean Celli of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Health is the recipient of the Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence.

Since 1985, senior research professors at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine have been recognized annually for their advancements in the veterinary field.

Celli received the honor Wednesday afternoon at the College of Veterinary Medicine Research Symposium.

“As a scientist, it is essential that your peers recognize the importance of your work,” Celli said. “This award means a lot to me. This reassures me that my efforts in science have been recognized and appreciated in my field of research.

Since joining WSU and Allen School in 2013, Celli’s research program has focused on deciphering the virulence and pathogenic mechanisms employed by Brucella abortus, the causative agent of brucellosis.

Celli’s latest discovery characterized a protein that appears to reorganize a pathway believed to deliver the nutrients needed for bacteria to grow inside the host cell.

The protein is the second of some 12 bacterial proteins discovered in the Celli lab.

In addition to Celli’s honor, awards were given to student researchers in five categories: undergraduate, graduate student, postdoctoral researcher, veterinary doctorate student / intern, and veterinary doctorate resident.

Among all the undergraduate scholars, Maho Kasu was recognized for his work. Elizabeth Borghesan, advised by Celli, was recognized among graduate students. Hala Elsayed dominated the post-doctoral research category. Margo Coxon received the Veterinary Medicine Student / Internship Research Award, and Rachel Soltys led the Resident Doctor of Veterinary Medicine category.

Assistant Professor Ryan Driskell is the recipient of the Dean’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Research Award.

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