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Three CVM Graduate Students Honored Among Elite at Auburn

By Ben Hohenstatt, journalism intern, CVM

Auburn, Alabama —

Three Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine students were recently selected by the Graduate School as among Auburn University’s most outstanding graduate students.

Hui Huang, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology; and Farruk Lutful Kabir, Department of Pathobiology, were recognized as Outstanding Doctoral Students.

Valeria Albanese, an Equine Surgery resident, was named Outstanding Master’s Student.

The Graduate School recognized a total of 20 students to be selected as the 2013-14 Outstanding Graduate Student Award honorees. Departments nominate students for the awards, and the winners are chosen by a committee of graduate faculty.

All three students said they were surprised and gratified to be recognized for their achievements.

“I’m excited,” said Huang. “It means my research, my work is being recognized.” Huang is researching the MC4R receptor, and how it affects obesity.

Kabir, who was the recipient of last year’s Outstanding International Student Award, shares Huang’s excitement at recognition. “I was very surprised to found out I had won,” Kabir said. “It was really a huge win.”

Kabir is researching cancer-inhibiting genetics. “I wanted to do something good with science,” Kabir said. “I’m really happy with my research, and I’m excited with the recognition.”

This year’s Outstanding Master’s Student, Albanese, said she is proud of her selection and feels fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct productive research.  She is researching intra-abdominal pressure in horses.

“We’re researching a specific vice called cribbing,” Albanese said. “It’s a vice similar to nail-biting or smoking in humans.”

Cribbing occurs when a horse bites a solid object, arches its neck and sucks in air, which increases abdominal discomfort.

“I am very happy that my research was recognized,” Albanese said.

From left: Valeria Albanese, Farruk Lutful Kabir and Hui Huang.

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