Dr. Jennifer Kishbaugh currently serves as the Judy and John W. McCarter, Jr. Global Health Veterinary Intern. Her duties include assisting the Smithsonian's Global Health Program (GHP) team with disease surveillance, training and capacity building in Myanmar and Kenya, as well as assisting with grant writing and performing independent research. Her research focuses on development of a freeze-dried platelet product from elephant platelets, to be used for supportive care in elephant calves suffering from Elephant Endotheliotrophic Herpes Virus (EEHV), a potentially fatal virus that currently has no vaccine and a high mortality rate. She is also helping to complete long-term GHP studies, including evaluating BNP as a marker of heart disease in gorillas, and a report on blood values from an endangered population of lizards in the Bahamas, the San Salvadore Iguanas.
Dr. Kishbaugh's projects include:
- Lyophylized (freeze-dried) elephant platelet product production and evaluation for use in supportive treatment of Elephant Endotheliotrophic Herpes Virus (EEHV), a leading killer of Asian elephants
- Tracking fruit bat (Pteropus gigantecus) movements in Myanmar to follow movements of zoonotic disease
- Non-invasive sampling of tomb bats in Myanmar for evaluation of shifts in disease prevalence and shedding, as well as to evaluate exposure to local human and domestic animal populations
- Biomarker measurement in captive western lowland gorillas to monitor and facilitate diagnosis of heart disease