UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Gloria Gellin

UK Graduate Student Spotlight: Gloria Gellin

Gloria Gellin is studying horses' immune response to leptospirosis and the epidemiology of leptospirosis in the central Kentucky area.

Photo: University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Name: Gloria Gellin
From: Cleveland, Ohio
Degrees and institute where received:

  • AAS in veterinary technology from Morehead State University;
  • BS in animal science from the University of Kentucky (UK);
  • MS in animal science with a concentration in microbiology from UK; and
  • MPH with a concentration in epidemiology at UK.

Gloria Gellin came to the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment for her bachelor of science and her master’s degree. For her master’s, she worked on a project looking at antibiotic resistance in swine and for her MPH, Gellin worked with both the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the College of Public Health. Gellin is currently working on her PhD in veterinary science under the direction of Craig Carter, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, and director of the UK Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL).

Gellin said Carter is the reason she is working on a doctorate.

“He believed in me and my ability to continue to work while working on my doctorate,” she said.

Gellin’s current research project focuses on the horses’ immune response to leptospirosis, particularly in pregnant mares, and the epidemiology of leptospirosis in the central Kentucky area, looking at kidneys, eyes, urine, and heart blood in horses brought to the UKVDL.

“My most valuable takeaway from my time spent at the University of Kentucky is the willingness of the department and my committee to allow me to continue to work and still work on this degree; it isn’t easy and definitely not for everyone,” Gellin said. “I think having several degrees behind me and experience in research helps to be able to focus in on not just areas I’m interested in, but ways to form a program that allows me to still work and work on my degree.”

Gellin plans to finish her PhD in either December 2017 or May 2018. After graduation, she plans to focus her work in areas of animal diseases, their epidemiology, and their cause/effect on the environment, animals, and humans.

Alexandra Harper, MBA, is the operations and communications coordinator with the UK Ag Equine Programs.

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