Lauren Schnabel | Principal Investigator
Lauren is an Associate Professor of Equine Orthopedic Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. She is also an Associate Director of the Comparative Medicine Institute at NCSU. Lauren completed her DVM, Large Animal Surgery Residency, and PhD at Cornell University under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Fortier and Dr. Douglas Antczak. She is board certified in both the American College of Veterinary Surgery and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Lauren’s research focuses on stem cell immunology, use of biologic therapies to treat musculoskeletal injuries and diseases, and advancing equine rehabilitation protocols.
In February of 2019, Lauren was named an NC State University Faculty Scholar.
In April of 2020, Lauren received the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence.
Phone: (919) 515-7410
Julie Long | Research Specialist
Julie joined the Schnabel Lab as a research specialist in the fall of 2013. She received her BS in Animal Science from the University of Maryland at College Park and has 20+ years of experience working with research animals. In addition to the day-to-day management of the laboratory, Julie is responsible for running the MSC culture service for the equine hospital at NCSU and maintaining records for equine MSC clinical trials at NCSU in compliance with the FDA.
Phone: (919) 513-7213
Alix Berglund | Research Scholar
Alix joined the Schnabel Lab in 2014 after completing her DVM at Washington State University. Her PhD work was supported by a Morris Animal Foundation Training Fellowship and focused on how manipulation of MHC expression on equine mesenchymal stem cells alters the ability of immune cells to recognize and reject donor stem cells. Alix is now a K01-funded Research Scholar studying the specific mechanisms by which TGF-β is able to alter MHC expression on stem cells.
Jessica Gilbertie | Postdoctoral Fellow
Jess joined the Schnabel Lab in 2016 after completing a fellowship in orthopedic research at the University of Pennsylvania with Dr. Thomas Schaer. She received her MS at Virginia Tech in 2010 and her DVM at Iowa State University in 2014. She followed that education with a clinical internship in equine medicine and lameness at BW Furlong and Associates. Under the mentorship of Dr. Schnabel and continued collaboration with Dr. Schaer, Jess completed her PhD in 2019 on the pathogenesis of infectious osteoarthritis and novel treatments for this disease. Her PhD was funded by a Morris Animal Foundation Training Fellowship and Jess also received a Grayson-Jockey Club Elaine and Bertram Klein Career Development Award for her work. Jess’ postdoctoral fellowship work in both the Schnabel and Jacob Laboratories is focused on further development and clinical application of a novel therapeutic to combat biofilms in multiple diseases.
Rachel Gagliardi | Graduate Student
Rachel joined the Schnabel Lab in 2018 after completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science at University of Maryland College Park. She previously worked in the lab of Dr. Heidi Reesink at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine studying equine osteoarthritis and in the lab of Dr. Chad Stahl at University of Maryland studying neonatal musculoskeletal development in swine. Rachel is currently pursuing a DVM/PhD dual degree at NCSU CVM. Rachel’s research focuses on preventing the onset of post-traumatic osteoarthritis and identifying novel therapies to improve joint biology.
Drew Koch | Graduate Student
Drew completed his DVM at Colorado State University in 2016. He then finished a rotating hospital internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in California before returning to CSU and completing a three-year combined large animal surgery residency and Master of Science degree. He joined the Schnabel Lab in 2020 as a NIH T32 sponsored postdoctoral fellow through NCSU’s Comparative Medicine and Translational Research Training Program, which was established to provide research opportunities for veterinary specialists in well-funded laboratories. In the lab, Drew will be examining and characterizing the inflammatory environment in acute tendon injury in the horse and how this environment affects mesenchymal stem cells and their secreted factors.
Frank Zackary Jenio | Graduate Student
Zack joined the Schnabel Lab in 2018 as an undergraduate student at NC State studying Biological Sciences: Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology. He previously performed research in the United Arab Emirates under Dr. William D. Murrell studying platelet-rich plasma in clinical practice. Zack is currently pursuing an accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree through the NCSU College of Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine as part of the Park Scholar Program. Zack’s research focuses on identifying novel therapies to treat osteoarthritis.
- Ali Schubert (NCSU DVM, Class of 2023): Undergraduate researcher 2017-2019; CMI SIRI student 2018
- Alexa Frink (UPenn Vet, VMD Class of 2020): Veterinary student researcher Summer 2017; Veterinary Scholar’s Program Summer 2018
- Miriam Chari: Veterinary Scholar’s Program Summer 2018
- Bryanna Gristina (NCSU Undergraduate, Class of 2020)
- Payton Smith: Undergraduate researcher Fall 2017
- Alexandra Grobman: Undergraduate researcher 2016-2017, NCSU CALS Honor Program 2017; Summer 2017 Undergraduate Research Grant
- Cole Martini (Washington University in St. Louis, Class of 2019): Undergraduate researcher Summer 2017
- Laura Barrachina, DVM: Visiting Ph.D. Scholar (Zaragoza, Spain) Fall 2016
- Garrin Shipman: Undergraduate researcher Fall 2016
- Elizabeth Harris: Veterinary Scholar’s Program Summer 2016, NCSU CALS Honors Program 2015
- Latanya Linton: Veterinary Scholar’s Program Summer 2015
- Jennifer Patterson: Veterinary Scholar’s Program Summer 2015
- Aryn Krueger: Undergraduate researcher 2015-2016
- Katrina Leser: Undergraduate researcher 2015-2016
- Christina Vezza (Virginia Tech University): Undergraduate researcher Summer 2015, Summer 2014
- Olivia Seybold: North Carolina School of Science and Mathemathics Mentorship Program, 2014-2015
- Emma Poole: Veterinary Scholar’s Program Summer 2014
- Kristin Cameron: Veterinary Scholar’s Program Summer 2014
- Mario Vezza (Ohio Wesleyan University): Undergraduate researcher Summer 2014