Lab Professionals

Cassie Henry

Post-Doctoral Research Collaborator.

Ph.D. – Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech University, 2020

B.S. – Biology, Middle Tennessee State University, 2012

Prior to coming to Texas Tech University, I conducted research to study the effects of contaminants on snakes as an undergraduate, and then I worked as a fisheries observer in Alaska, as well as a research technician on several projects that studied turtles in Illinois. I recently graduated from TTU with a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology. My doctoral research focused on conducting studies required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to register a medicated feed to treat parasites in wild northern bobwhite. I also used molecular techniques to identify potential intermediate hosts of those parasites. For my post-doctoral research, I wish to continue studying the impacts parasites have on wild bobwhite.

Aravindan Kalyanasundaram

Post-Doctoral Research Collaborator.

Ph.D. University of Madras, India 2011
M.Sc. Biotechnology, Bharathidasan University, India 2003
B. Sc. Biochemistry, Periyar University, India 2001

I graduated with a Ph.D in Biotechnology from the University of Madras (Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture-ICAR) in November 2011. My doctoral research has focused on identifying novel seafood allergens (Pen m 3.0101, Pen m 4.0101 & Pen m 6.0101) in black tiger shrimp Penaeus monodon. My previous research experience dealt with the molecular epidemiology of ticks and tick borne diseases, and epidemiological studies focusing on anthelmintic resistance in nematodes that affect ruminants. The objective was to identify potential recombinant vaccine candidates to combat parasite infections in ruminants. As a Post-Doctoral Research Investigator in the Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory, I wish to advance our understanding of the pathogenicity and life cycle of parasites in quail.

Spencer DeBrock

Wildlife Research Scientist

M.S- Veterinary Public Health-Epidemiology, Texas A&M University, 2020
B.S- Zoology, University of Maine, 2018
Prior to coming to Texas Tech University, I conducted research on the immune response of Cystic fibrosis affected zebra fish to Influenza A virus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and, in my undergraduate thesis, I studied the effects of Hemlock loss on Black-legged tick abundance in Maine forests. I recently completed my master's degree at Texas A&M University where I characterized the haemoparasite communities in migratory songbirds arriving to coastal Texas during spring migration. In the Kendall lab, I hope to study how songbirds contribute to the epidemiology of Oxyspirura petrowi and infection in Bobwhite quail.``

Brett Henry

Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology
Post-Doctoral Research Collaborator

M.S. Chemistry, Middle Tennessee State University 2016

B.S. Biochemistry, Middle Tennessee State University 2013

My Master’s research was focused in two parts, on the purification of the enzyme purine nucleoside phosphorylase from bovine liver using protein liquid chromatography techniques, and the characterization of that enzyme through substrate specificity studies, enzymatic velocity studies and the determination of the enzyme’s kinetic mechanism. Additionally, I worked as an associate scientist in Downstream Process Development in Biologics at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Devens, Massachusetts.``

Jeremiah Leach

Ph.D. Graduate Student

B.S. – Wildlife Biology, Texas State University, 2016

M.S. – Wildlife Ecology, Texas State University, 2019

My prior research experience focused on an introduced trematode that infects waterfowl. I surveyed waterfowl across much of Texas to determine prevalence and intensity while also describing the pathology associated with infection. I also conducted an experiment to better understand the behavior of one infective stage of the parasite. My research at TTU will focus on the impacts of parasites on Bobwhite Quail population in the Rolling Plains and will include developing a protocol that utilizes recent advances in DNA sequencing to monitor the endoparasite communities of wildlife.

Hannah Suber

M.S. Graduate Assistant

B.S., Zoology, Liberty University, 2020

I completed my undergraduate degree in Zoological sciences, during which I was heavily involved in various wildlife research projects. My primary focus was on the Peaks of Otter Salamander, a threatened species endemic to only a few mountain peaks in central Virginia. However, my involvement in a project studying Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in frogs and its sister fungus B. salamandrivorans in salamanders quickly piqued a profound interest in epidemiological research, which brought me here to The Wildlife Toxicology Laboratory. Over the course of my graduate studies, I plan on researching the effects of various environmental factors on the epidemiology of parasites found in Bobwhite Quail. Hopefully, this will give vital insight into mitigating these detrimental infections in order to help restore the populations of the iconic gamebird species.

Tammy Henricks

Administrative Assistant

I have been employed at Texas Tech for 27 years with 21 of those working for Dr. Kendall. I retired in December 2020 and returned part-time in March 2021.

Katelyn Conley

Undergraduate Research Assistant

I am currently working on my undergraduate degree at Texas Tech studying Natural Resources Management concentrating in Wildlife Biology. My first undergrad research, I lead a pilot study with Texas Tech and TPWD to assess if quail transmitters could be an effective way to track movement on the Lesser-Prairie Chicken species. Other species I have worked with by aiding in other projects are White-Tailed deer, Purple Martins, North American Deer Mice, and now Northern Bobwhite. With the Wildlife Toxicology Lab, I am diving in my interest of Wildlife Toxicology and my growing love for upland game. My plan after my undergrad is to continue on working in research for conservation and management efforts on upland game, as well as waterfowl.