ICTWS Meeting – 2022

Congrats to our fantastic group of undergraduate students, graduate students, and lab members for their presentations at The 58th Annual Meeting of Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society, April 10-12.

Poster Presentations

Undergraduate Students
Rachel E. Lupas


A DNA Sequencing Strategy for Studying Novelty-seeking Behavior in White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)




Nora Ryan


Shadow of the Prion Protein in Chronic Wasting Disease Wild White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)



YiYing Tung


Prion Protein (PRNP) Gene’s Relation between Maternal and Fetal White-tailed Deer (WTD)




Melanie Bergman —2nd place undergraduate student poster presentation


Comparisons Between Litter Size and Fetal Development for Chronic Wasting Disease in White-Tailed Deer

Graduate Students
Nicole Pietrunti — 2nd place graduate student poster presentation


Using Genotypic Methods to Assess Antimicrobial Resistance in the Fecal Microbiome of Resident Canada Geese (Branta canadensis)

Lab Members and *Collaborators

Poster Presentations
Evan London


Chromatin Conformation Capture Sequencing Empowers Chromosome Assembly of the White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Genome



*Dr. Daniel B. Raudabaugh (Virtual presentation via Zoom)


Survey of Prion Protein Variation in Illinois White-tailed Deer from Jo Daviess, LaSalle, and Winnebago Counties




*Dr. Yasuko Ishida (Virtual presentation via Zoom)


Redesigning Primers and Optimizing PCR Conditions for Amplifying and Sequencing of the Prion Protein Gene PRNP Using DNA from Illinois White-tailed Deer



Dr. Nelda A. Rivera


Historical Changes in Bluetongue and Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Illinois Wild White-Tailed Deer

Oral Presentations
Dr. Nohra Mateus-Pinilla


Chronic Wasting Disease Management in Perspective: The Evolving Challenge




Jameson Mori


Impact of Maternal Infection with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) on Fetal Characteristics in White Tailed Deer



*Dr. Csaba Varga


Effectiveness of Disease Management in Reducing the Burden of Chronic Wasting Disease on Local Illinois Deer Populations



*Dr. Heather L. Kopsco


Managing a One Health Approach to Tickborne Diseases in Illinois