Benjamin Weigler: Improving advanced animal care and vivarium technologies and procedures | Undergraduate research
Updated ATP-luciferase-based procedures for animal care and support spaces in a state-of-the-art vivarium
Benjamin Weigler, Ph.D.
Animal resources and campus veterinarian
Benjamin Weigler oversees campus-wide animal welfare compliance, veterinary care, husbandry and research support programs for animals used in education and research. , and contemporary standards of practice. Weigler is a nationally recognized research expert in several areas including zoonotic epidemiology, occupational health and safety in animal research environments, applied biostatistics, and animal welfare compliance. He completed a preceptorship in pathology at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC and was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Queensland, Australia, where he studied the epidemiology of chlamydia in populations of koala in the wild. During his veterinary studies, he worked for the vector-borne disease division of the CDC in Fort Collins, Colorado.
This project will examine the relationship between traditional microbiological culture tests and a bioluminescent test based on adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to help establish thresholds to validate the effectiveness of cleaning and storage procedures for housing and storage systems. other supplies used by the animal resources office. New technologies have become available to help perform these tests faster and with more sensitivity than ever before. program in general. The student will participate in staff meetings and work alongside the veterinary technician and veterinarians to develop this project, obtain the measurements, perform an analysis of the results and prepare the report with recommendations for good practice. Students enrolled in majors such as microbiology, biochemistry, and veterinary sciences would be most applicable for this project.