Angely Jimenez

Mentor: Dr. Kwang Jeong
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
 
"I wanted to get experience in other areas of science. I am on the pre-vet track and was looking for an area that interest me that I had never dealt with before, and came across Dr. KC Jeong's lab."

Major

Biology

Minor

 

Research Interests

  • Antimicrobial resistant microorganisms
  • Food animal safety
  • Emerging pathogens

Academic Awards

  • SHARE scholarship 2014-201
  • CALS Dean's List
  • Travis Dunning Memorial Scholarship 2012
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Organizations

  • Alpha Zeta Honors Fraternity
  • CALS Ambassadors
  • CALS Honors Program

Volunteer

  • Undergraduate TA for Intro to Animal Science
  • Gainesville Pet Rescue
  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Hobbies and Interests

  • Playing sports
  • Dancing
  • Hiking
  • Traveling

Research Description

Underlying mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance in cows with uterine disease

Postpartum cows show a high prevalence of various uterine diseases, including metritis and endometritis. The causes of uterine disease can be attributed to a variety of different bacteria, making it difficult to treat. The current drug on the market, called Ceftiofur, is used to treat metritis; however, the drug’s failure rate is about 30%. Jeong’s lab hypothesizes that this is due to the presence of antimicrobial resistant microorganisms (ARMs) in the uterus. The purpose of this research project is to understand the underlying mechanisms of the failure of antibiotic treatment for uterine disease and, by extension, benefit the overall animal food industry. The main objectives are to evaluate the presence of ARMs in cows due to antibiotic treatment against uterine disease and to speciate the ARMs and identify the resistance genes.