Alumni News

Dr. Tyler Peat Recipient of NIH/NCI Cancer Research Training Award
Thanks to the training, mentorship and recommendation provided by Dr. Klaunig, Dr. Peat has recently been awarded the NIH/NCI Cancer Research Training Award through the Comparative Biomedical Scientist Training Program (CBSTP).  With this fellowship, Dr. Peat will continue interdisciplinary cross-over training in animal and human health as a Comparative Biomedical Scientist in a combined PhD/Veterinary Anatomic Pathology residency.  The CBSTP dual residency/PhD program provides excellent foundational understanding of the fundamentals of gross and microscopic pathology and the pathophysiology of diseases.  The PhD training at the NIH is exceptional in that it is integrated as a comprehensive health science center.  This environment provides abundant research opportunities and state-of-the-art technology to complete it.  The goal of the fellowship is to become a qualified comparative biomedical scientist that may fulfill a cross cutting, interdisciplinary niche—leading and collaborating at the scientific forefront of discovery.  Dr. Peat also aims to contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of both human and animal diseases, while playing a role in the development and translation of new therapies.

Dr. Peat obtained a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University Bloomington in 2007; working as a research assistant in various labs during this time.  Prior to pursuing his DVM, he began working for Dr. Klaunig at the Center for Environmental Health as a research technician and later became the Investigative Tox/Path Core manager.  While completing the DVM coursework, he worked for three years as an immunocytochemistry technician in the Purdue Comparative Pathobiology department.  In 2011, he was awarded a summer research fellowship to study biomarkers of Woodchuck Hepatitis virus-induced hepatocellular carcinoma, which parallels liver cancer caused by chronic Hepatitis B virus.  In 2012, Dr. Peat was awarded an NIH internship in biomedical research to investigate pathophysiology of viral meningitis and neuropathology at the NIH in Bethesda.  He received additional pathology training through the clinical and diagnostic pathology clerkships at Purdue and an externship at AbbVie Pharmaceuticals in Chicago. Currently, Dr. Peat is a Veterinary Anatomic Pathology resident at the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Here, he is training for his ACVP board certification, taking graduate courses, and pursuing various research endeavors.

Klaunig Lab Alumnus Dr. Solomon Owumi Announces Birth of Daughter
Solomon Owumi, Ph.D. has announced the birth of his daughter, Hazel Isabel Catherine Owumi. Hazel was born at 06:03 hrs on August 20th 2013 at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford, CA. She weighs 7lbs 3oz and she is 19 ¾ inches tall. Both mom and baby are doing well.

Dr. Kyle Kolaja, Ph.D., DABT, Fellow, ATS
Pharma’s R&D Focus Shifting to Stem Cells


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