Phi Zeta presents research awards

Published on July 27, 2016
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Dr. Elizabeth Lennon

Phi Zeta, the international honor society of veterinary medicine, recently presented two awards to authors of research manuscripts. Each award consists of a plaque and $1,000. 

Dr. Elizabeth Lennon (North Carolina State ’07) received the 2016 Phi Zeta Research Award in the category of basic sciences. The Phi chapter at the University of Tennessee submitted her winning manuscript, “Early life stress triggers persistent colonic barrier dysfunction and exacerbates colitis in adult IL-10-/- mice” (Inflamm Bowel Dis 2013;19(4):712-719).

Dr. Lennon completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at North Carolina State University and a doctoral degree in the university’s Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee. Her laboratory focuses on studying the role of the mast cell in inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Steven G. Friedenberg (Cornell ’09) received the 2016 Phi Zeta Research Award in the category of clinical sciences. The Psi chapter at North Carolina State University submitted his winning manuscript, “Evaluation of a DLA-79 allele associated with multiple immune-mediated diseases in dogs” (Immunogenetics 2016 Mar;68(3):205-17). 

Dr. Friedenberg became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2013. He will join the faculty of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in fall 2016. His research interests focus on understanding the genetics of autoimmune diseases in dogs and developing a canine model to study autoimmune diseases in humans.