Trina Westerman grew up in Illinois where she completed her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While pursuing her DVM at Ohio State University, she worked in the lab of Dr. Jim Belknap studying equine laminitis. She continued her clinical training with an internship at Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital followed by a large animal internal medicine residency at Oregon State University. During her residency, she completed an MS and studied acute phase proteins in hospitalized large animals with Dr. Keith Poulsen. She particularly enjoys managing colitis cases and her interest in infectious causes of diarrhea led her to pursue a PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Johanna Elfenbein. Trina’s research focuses on how Salmonella influences the neutrophil antimicrobial response.