I am involved in two collaborative projects with veterinary researchers: (1) the impacts of heart worm and round worms on the lungs of the domestic cat with Dr. Ray Dillon and associates at the University of Auburn School of Veterinary Medicine; and (2) an atlas of avian anatomy for avian surgeons with Dr. Scott Echols (DVM; private practice) Dr. Brian Speer (DVM; private practice) and Dr. Hsu (University of Utah)
Pulmonary disease in the domestic cat
Both round worms (Toxocara cati) and heart worms (Dirofilaria immitis) cause significant damage to the otherwise healthy lungs of cats. Respiratory lung disease was induced in cats through experimental exposure to heart worms (D. immitis) at Auburn University. CT scans were taken before and after infection to evaluate the extent of the damange (along with histological sections), and models were created to visually convey the extenty and intensity of the damage in three dimensions. Similar methods were applied to a different set of cats using T. cati, in order to compare the type of pulmonary damage to the D. immitis cats.
AVIAN ATLAS OF ANATOMY
A joint project with Dr. Scott Echols (DVM), Dr. Brian Speer (DVM) and Dr. Edward Hsu (Dept of Bioengineering) to create a digitalfor the grey parrot (Psittacus erithacus), and eventually other taxa relevant to avian veterinarians.
VETERINARY GROSS ANATOMY DIAGRAMS
I created some basic anatomical study guides for the Veterinary Gross Anatomy course at the University of Pennsylvania when I was a graduate student. These are primarily for entertainment now, but feel free to grab a screen shot if you want them.