For all students, I first will want to find out what their goals are and what prior training they have. This can be via an online conference or possibly via phone. I will want to assess current abilities by seeing a sample of written work (ESL) or having a conversation. I will work with students online to start improving vocabulary and comprehension. I will be flexible and try to work with whatever methods seem to work well with you. For biology and narrower fields, having the student suggest the area to work on and then pointing to relevant reading and following with discussion are more common, but again, variety and flexibility are key.
I am a veterinarian (animal doctor), pathologist (I study and diagnose disease, in animals), and toxicologist (I assist in assessing safety of drugs and chemicals, in particular their ability to cause cancer or acute side effects). I have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and Masters of Science both from Saskatchewan (WCVM), and a PhD from The Ohio State University. I am a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American Board of Toxicology.
Rates may be reduced if a continuing arrangement proves suitable to both parties.
Qualifications in Biology
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the American Board of Toxicology, with over 20 years of experience in veterinary pathology and research, as well as over 5 years of practice in mixed (i.e. large and small animal) veterinary medicine in Manitoba. Experienced in veterinary diagnostic pathology. Experienced in work with various pathogens (organisms) as part of studies to establish their life cycle and in the process of development of vaccines. Work with many laboratory species as well as (North American) farm species. My vast experience with the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of many species means I can help with understanding these and related topics. For students wishing a broader focus, I can start with taxonomy and principles of evolution.
Qualifications for ESL and teaching of English
I am experienced in writing scientific reports (narratives) for pharmaceutical companies, for grants (e.g., MCSDA), and for the FDA, as well as letters of reference and for other business purposes. I have authored several scientific publications. For those with an interest in zoology (and specifically veterinary medicine), I can focus on providing understanding of medical terminology and/or on teaching using farm, veterinary, or nature-based examples.
D.V.M. Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
M.V.Sc. Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Master of Veterinary Science)
Ph.D. The Ohio State University (Experimental Pathology), Columbus, Ohio
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, 1994
Diplomate, American Board of Toxicology, 2003
Recertified 2008, 2013, 2018 (pending)
University Undergraduate Scholarships – 1984 to 1986
Burroughs-Wellcome Award in Bacteriology – 1984
W.B. Saunders Co. Award in Medicine – 1985
Frank Schoffield Award in Pathology – 1986
Graduated summa cum laude, WCVM – 1986
University of Saskatchewan Graduate Scholarship – 1991
Western Canadian Interprovincial Scholarship – 1991
MSD/AGVET Graduate Student Award – 1992
CAVP Graduate Award in Pathology for Presentation of Research – 1993
Western Canadian Interprovincial Scholarship – 1992
SmithKline Beecham Graduate Research Grant – 1993
Western Canadian Interprovincial Scholarship – 1994
Graduate Research Fellowship, Barber Charitable Trust – 1994 to 1998
Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Women in Science (and Engineering Initiative) (WISE) travel grant – 1997
Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award, National Institutes of Neurologic Diseases and Stroke, National Institutes of Health – 1998 to 2000
Young Investigator Award, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, St. Louis, Missouri – 1998
Science and Technology Challenges Award, Battelle – 2001
French C, and Vasconcelos D. 1994. Heartworm in an Alberta dog. Olds Veterinary Centre, Olds, Alberta. PMCID: PMC1686735 PMIS: 8069825 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE] Can Vet J 35(2): 120.
Newlands CN, Houston DM, and Vasconcelos DY. 1994. Hyperferritinemia in a Golden Retriever Dog with malignant histiocytosis. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 205: 849-851.
Vasconcelos DY, Middleton DM, and Chirino-Trejo JM. 1994. Lesions caused by natural infection with Streptococcus suis type 9 in weaned pigs. Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation 6: 335-341.
Vasconcelos DY and Grahn BH. 1995. Disseminated Rhizopus infection with ocular involvement in a calf. Veterinary Pathology 32: 78-81.
Heller M, Vasconcelos DY, Cummins J, and Oglesbee MJ. 1998. Interferon inhibits the emergence of cellular stress response-dependent morbillivirus large plaque variants. Antiviral Research 38: 195-207.
Vasconcelos DY, Cai X-H, and Oglesbee MJ. 1998. Constitutive over-expression of the major inducible 70 kDa heat shock protein mediates the emergence of large plaque variants of measles virus. Journal of General Virology 79: 2239-2247.
Vasconcelos DY, Norrby E, and Oglesbee MJ. 1998. The cellular stress response increases measles virus-induced cytopathic effect. Journal of General Virology 79: 1769-1773.
Peace TA, Goodchild LR, and Vasconcelos DY. 2000. Fever and Leukocytosis in a young beagle. Lab Animal 30: 23-26.
Gelinas R, Chesler E, Vasconcelos D, Miller D, Yuan Y, Wang K, and Galas D. 2011. A genetic approach to the prediction of drug side effects: bleomycin induces a range of phenotypes in mice of the collaborative cross. Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine 4: 35-45.
Bhusari S, Malarkey DE, Hong HH, Wang Y, Masinde T, Nolan M, Hooth MJ, Lea IA, Vasconcelos D, Sills RC, and Hoenerhoff MJ. 2013. Mutation spectra of Kras and Tp53 in urethral and lung neoplasms in B6C3F1 mice treated with 3,3’,4,4’ tetrachloroazobenzene. Toxicol Pathol May 23 [Epub ahead of print].
Sharma G, Annetta N, Friedenberg D, Blanco T, Vasconcelos D, Shaikhouni A, Rexai A, and Bouton C. 2015. Time stability and coherence analysis of multi-unit, single-unit and LFP neuronal signals in chronically implanted brain electrodes. Bioelectronic Medicine 2:63-71.
Perfect! Daphne, was an excellent tutor . Every lesson was well put together. I learned a lot from her and I would absolutely use her again .I highly recommend her.
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