Department of Comparative Medicine

Residents

Alan Avalos avavalos@uw.edu 206-616-9307
Jourdan Brune jourdi@uw.edu 206-616-1460
Daniel Eldridge deldrid@uw.edu 206-616-7072
Leandra Mosca lmosca@uw.edu 206-616-7772
Kristin Zabrecky zabrecky@uw.edu 206-543-3917

Alan Avalos

DubsIIAlan is a Los Angeles native and a graduate of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. His interests in comparative medicine began as an undergraduate at UCLA, where he learned of the great diversity of species in comparative medicine and the multiple roles veterinarians play in research. His current professional interests lie in clinical pathology and diagnostics, as well as animal husbandry and enrichment. As a member of the Iritani laboratory, Alan looks to understand the role of Hematopoietic protein-1 in the development of B cells. After completing his residency, Alan plans on working primarily as a laboratory animal veterinarian and pursuing his interests in clinical pathology. Outside of his time at the University of Washington, Alan enjoys playing sports such as softball and ultimate Frisbee, as well as taking in Seattle’s natural beauty, and music and food scenes.

Jourdan Brune

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Jourdan is a Seattle-area native and a graduate from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She began her residency training immediately after completing veterinary school in 2017. She is a member of the Frevert laboratory where she studies pulmonary inflammation and chemokine-proteoglycan interactions associated with influenza infection. Her professional interests include quantitative digital pathology and laboratory animal anesthesiology.

After residency, she would like to work as a laboratory animal veterinarian and a research collaborator in an academic setting. Outside of the residency program, Jourdan enjoys drag hunting on horseback, attending Sounders matches and catching Dungeness crab while paddle boarding.

Daniel Eldridge

Daniel hails from the southeast U.S. and attended veterinary school (c/o 2018) at North Carolina State University. He moved to Seattle with his wife and dog shortly after graduating to begin his laboratory animal residency at UW.

His professional and veterinary interests include animal welfare, anesthesia/analgesia, and surgery. His research interests are broad, with his prior experiences including experimental hematology (including gene therapy), buprenorphine and wound healing, and canine lymphoma genomics. He is currently a member of Charlie Hsu’s lab within the DCM, where his master’s project is focused on the effects of mouse norovirus infection on B cells in STAT1 deficient mice. His plans after residency are to pursue a clinical veterinary position in academia, where he hopes to expand on his professional and research interests.

When he is not in the lab or vivarium, Daniel enjoys any water-related sports or activities, hiking with his wife and dog in the mountains, eating tacos, and brewing beer.

Kristin Zabrecky

 

Kristin is from Cincinnati, Ohio and a graduate from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She started her laboratory animal residency in 2018 and joined the lab of Dr. Jennifer Davis studying in vivo mechanical force manipulation and the effects on cardiomyopathies. Kristin and Dr. Davis are also collaborating with the International Space Station National Laboratory to study the effects of microgravity on heart gene expression and function. Kristin is hoping to pursue a career in industry with a focus on cardiology research and microsurgery. Outside of the residency program, Kristin is passionate about her cats, running, and aerial arts.

 

 

Leandra Mosca

Leandra grew up in Madison, Connecticut and received her B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is a 2019 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is a Veterinary Business Management Certificate recipient. Her current areas of interest include infectious disease and pathology, anesthesia and analgesia in laboratory animals, and One Health. She plans to pursue further research in these areas, and looks forward to broadening her clinical experiences in laboratory animal medicine. Outside of work Leandra enjoys running, paddleboarding, baking, and spending time with her high-energy dog, Isla.