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Personnel

 Andrew LewinAndrew Lewin, BVM&S, DACVO

Assistant Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University 

Andrew graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Edinburgh in 2010. After undertaking internship training at a private practice in the UK and ophthalmology residency training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison he is now an ACVO board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist. In the past, he has also worked in veterinary private practice, animal shelters and for veterinary charities.

Through the Lewin Lab at LSU he oversees a variety of projects centered around infectious ocular disease and clinical ophthalmology. Please feel free to reach out to Andrew with any questions regarding research at the Lewin Lab by email.


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Nikole Ineck, M.S.

Research Associate, Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Nikole received her Master of Science degree in Animal Nutrition from Utah State University in 2019. Following the completion of her degree, she worked as a ruminant nutrition researcher for a feed technology company. Nikole is excited to join the team as a research associate and gain further knowledge about ophthalmology and small animals. She is happy to be out of the northern climate and embrace all that comes with southern living! She can be reached at nineck@lsu.edu.


Chin-Chi (Kitty) Liu

Chin-Chi (Kitty) Liu, MS, MApStat, PhD

Research Associate, Louisiana State University 

Dr. Liu, a native of Taipei, Taiwan, received her Master of Science degree from the National Taiwan University in Taipei, her PhD from Texas A&M University and her MApStat from Louisiana State University.

Dr. Liu oversees the Veterinary Clinical Sciences departmental research laboratory and provides assistance, expertise, and training in benchtop techniques, research study design, data analysis, and experimental statistics. She is specialized in cell and molecular biology technique, such as ELISA, and  Western blotting. She can be reached at cliu@lsu.edu.


 

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Dr. Melanie Mironovich, DVM

2020-2021 Ophthalmology research intern, Louisiana State University 

Melanie graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Following graduation, she completed a rotating equine internship at Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, New Jersey where she discovered her love of ophthalmology. Melanie is joining the Lewin lab for an ophthalmology research internship beginning in 2020. A Cleveland native, she is excited for warmer weather and southern cooking.

Melanie is involved with research within the Lewin Lab centered on feline ocular disease and herpesviruses. She can be reached at mironovich1@lsu.edu.


 

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Dr. Hannah Gafen, DVM

2021-2022 Ophthalmology research intern, Louisiana State University

Hannah earned her veterinary degree at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. Following graduation, she completed a rotating internship at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. She will be joining the Lewin Lab for an ophthalmology research internship in 2021. Having spent most of her life in the Northeast and Midwest, she is excited to head south and to embrace all that Louisiana has to offer.


 

Chris Alling

Christopher Alling, DVM

Resident in Comparative Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University 

Chris graduated as a veterinarian from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. He completed a rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Care Animal Hospital in Albuquerque, NM and an ophthalmology internship at Louisiana State University before embarking on his ophthalmology residency at LSU in July 2019. He is a transplanted New Englander (originally from Massachusetts) who enjoys the Louisiana heat, Cajun cuisine, and southern hospitality of his new home.

Through the Lewin Lab, he participates in multiple research projects involving infectious ocular disease with a focus on herpesviruses.


 

Pilar Camacho

Pilar Camacho, DVM

Resident in Comparative Ophthalmology, Louisiana State University

Pilar completed her veterinary degree at the University of Córdoba in 2010. After completing a rotating internship in a private practice in the south of Spain, she moved to the USA and completed an internship in ophthalmology at Louisiana State University. She then completed a residency program in equine internal medicine at LSU before starting her current residency program in comparative ophthalmology at the same University in 2019.

Pilar is involved in several projects,  including investigation of ocular findings in geckos and the use of novel delivery agents for equine topical ocular medications.


Current and previous student researchers:

2019

Angela Yoon, DVM candidate

Stephanie Lind, DVM candidate

Mikayla Sanford, DVM candidate

Hana Hong, DVM candidate

Carlos Aguilar, MS candidate

2020

Mikayla Sanford, DVM candidate

Rebekah Joyner, DVM candidate

 

2021

Angela Yoon, DVM candidate

Morgan Marino, DVM candidate