VRL Laboratories is proud to announce the recipients of the Kalter/Heberling Annual Diagnostic Research Grant for 2022, following the committee’s careful review of essays submitted by researchers employed in academic facilities.

“We’d like to thank everyone that took the time and effort to participate in this year’s competition. With so many great essays to choose from, it was a difficult choice. And that’s why this year we decided to award three individuals for their outstanding work,” stated VRL President Dennis Pitts.

On September 14, 2022, VRL announced the award-winning individuals:

  • Martha D. Gay, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
    Georgetown University
    Research: Understanding the role of cholecystokinin (CCK) receptors
  • Lisa Krugner-Higby, DVM, PhD
    Clinical Associate Professor and Research Animal Veterinarian
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Research: Helicobacter treatment for chronic diarrhea in rhesus macaques
  • Amanda K. Darbyshire, DVM, DACLAM
    Assistant Director, Clinical Medicine
    Purdue University
    Research: A novel method of health monitoring in laboratory zebrafish

“The continued advances in research and development that these programs will provide in the coming years reminds us of the passion VRL’s founders, Dr. Seymour Kalter and Dr. Richard Heberling best exemplified,” Pitts said.

VRL, for more than 30 years, has been in business as a diagnostic laboratory maintaining a focus on providing standard-setting diagnostic health monitoring and testing services that evolve with the needs of their customers. From testing to delivering timely customized reports, VRL is committed to being the premier provider for diagnostic testing.