AMP's 2009 - 2010 Fellows


 Gillian Braden-Weiss

Gillian Braden-Weiss

 "I am honored to be a recipient of the 2009 Michael D. Hayre Fellowship Award along with my classmate, Breanna Caltagarone. As a veterinary student and Masters of Laboratory Animal Science alumnus, I am passionate about promoting the humane use of animals in biomedical research. I am truly grateful to Americans for Medical Progress for giving us this unique opportunity to reach out to our peers and educate them about this important topic. I would also like to thank all the donors that have supported this fellowship, and I hope that with our program we will be able to inspire future advocates to become involved in the national movement supporting biomedical research."

                                             - Gillian Braden-Weiss

Gillian Braden-Weiss is a student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2006 and her Masters of Laboratory Animal Science from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2008.  She has served as a research assistant in the Department of Pathobiology and at the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Penn.

Gillian has extensive experience in animal welfare. She has worked as a veterinary associate at an emergency veterinary clinic in Baltimore, served an externship at Penn Vet’s Laboratory Animal Resources Department, and has been employed in laboratory animal departments at Drexel University, the University of Maryland, Rutgers University, Wyeth, and Merck.

She is the founder of the Student-Faculty Forum at Penn and is currently serving as a liaison for the IACUC for the Special Species Club and as Secretary of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Club. Gillian was awarded the 2009 J.J. Noonan Scholarship by the Delaware Valley Branch of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science.


Breanna Caltagarone

Breanna Caltagarone

"I was thrilled to hear the news that our proposal was accepted and I am both honored and excited to begin this fellowship project. I can't wait to get started exercising my voice and engaging my peers. I want to thank AMP for offering such a great opportunity."

                                            - Breanna Caltagarone

Breanna Caltagarone is a student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 2006 and her Masters of Laboratory Animal Science from Drexel University in 2008. She is currently serving as an NIH – Merck/Merial Veterinary Research Scholar and as Vice President of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Club at Penn Vet.

Breanna has worked in animal and veterinary care as a colony assistant in the Department of Medical Genetics at Penn, as an extern at Thomas Jefferson University, and in an animal clinic in Reynoldsville. She has served as a volunteer at the Schuylkill Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, the Philadelphia Zoo, the Academy of Natural Science’s Live Animal Center, and at the Helen O. Krause Animal Shelter in Dillsburg.


Megan Wyeth

Megan Wyeth

"It is truly humbling to be granted this opportunity in honor of Dr. Michael Hayre.  I am very grateful for the encouragement and support in this endeavor. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow students and colleagues to communicate the importance of animal research, the threat it is under, and the care with which it is undertaken. I am excited to work with the tremendous team at AMP, and I thank the committee for this privilege. I will strive to be worthy of the tradition of the fellowship and the organization."            
                                                           - Megan Wyeth

Megan Wyeth is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Neurobiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). She earned her B.S. in Neurobiology with College Honors in 2002 from the University of Washington. Megan’s research focuses on functional changes in mice with spontaneous seizures and is designed to shed light on epilepsy. She has presented her research at meetings of the American Epilepsy Society and the Society for Neuroscience.

During her undergraduate training, Megan worked for the Washington State University’s Department of Environmental Engineering on water treatment issues and for the Department of Veterinary Medicine’s Field Disease Investigation Unit making recommendations to the USDA on bacterial contamination. Following graduation, she spent two years in the Peace Corps in Senegal, where she supervised the training of HIV/AIDS community facilitators and implemented education programs on health issues.

At UCLA, Megan has served as a teaching assistant for neuroanatomy and neuroethology and was a Graduate Research Mentorship Fellow. She served as a student organizer for the UCLA Pro-Test rally in April where 800 students and faculty came together to speak up for animal research and against animal rights extremism.