Our Researchers and Clinicians
Dr. Josephine F. Trott, BScAgr, PhD, EBW
A career scientist, Dr. Trott has won more prestigious awards than many of us have ever heard about. Scholarships, research awards; how about Young Australian of the Year: National Finalist, Science and Technology (2001)? That was a pretty good start.
Currently employed at the University of California at Davis, one of the premier animal research facilities in the world, she has overseen and directed whole laboratories devoted to animal science.
Josie got her start with horses at an early age, riding and caring for horses at an Arabian stud farm in Albion, Australia. She studied under many well-known tutors including Manolo Menendez, Debranne Pattillo, Dr. Kerry Ridgeway, Dr. Hilary Clayton and Gene Ovnicek. For 11 years she was horse barn manager and clinician at Everything Equine, a premier northeast equine exposition.
Her riding awards are no less admirable. She earned the USDF Gold Rider medal on Donatelli III (2015). In 2108, she took the Adequan/USDF All-Breeds Award for the American Morgan Horse Association for HD Redford 1st at Intermediate II and 1st at Grand Prix.
She trained two barefoot horses to Grand Prix dressage and competed successfully at USDF/USEF rated shows. This is very important to us as our commitment to barefoot competition is 100%.
Dr. Trott is one of our go-to researchers for the deep science aspect of our work here at OnikoLabs. It’s one thing to say your horse stuff is good, quite another to prove it in a scientifically structured comparative study (which you can read elsewhere in this website).
And, every once in a while, she “throws us a bone”: She recently tested our Equinell™ Shampoo on a standard poodle with a widespread and persistent fungal infection. She reported the infection was cleared in one application. Had this come from another individual, it would have made a good testimonial, but from her it carries the strength of a qualified technician.
Clearly, Dr. Trott has worked herself up through the ranks to become one of those women of science we all have much to be grateful for.
- (1989-1995) Rode and looked after horses at an Arabian Stud farm, Albion Park Australia
- (1999) Working student for Manolo Mendez, Victoria Australia
- (2003) Certified Equinology Equine Body Worker Level 1. Courses completed include Equine Body Worker® Certification with Debranne Pattillo, Saddle Fit and Farrier Dynamics with Dr. Kerry Ridgway, Advanced Equine Massage Technique Level One with Debranne Pattillo, Biomechanics with Dr. Hilary Clayton
- (April 2005) Attended 3 day Gene Ovnicek clinic, Rutland VT
- (2004-2015) Horse barn manager at Everything Equine, premier NorthEast Equine exposition
- (2004-2008) Clinician at Everything Equine, presenting on equine massage and stretching
- (2015) Earned USDF Gold Rider medal on Donatelli III
- (2018) Adequan/USDF All-Breeds Award for the American Morgan Horse Association for HD Redford 1st at Intermediate II and 1st at Grand Prix
- (2018) Trained two barefoot horses to Grand Prix dressage and competed successfully at USDF/USEF rated shows
- (2008-Present) Trimmed my own horses feet
- (2010) Conducted and published study on Thrush treatment in The Horse’s Hoof Issue 41
Associate Project Scientist (10/13 – Present)
Department of Animal Science, and Department of Nephrology, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Associate Project Scientist (01/13 – 10/13)
Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Assistant Project Scientist (01/08 – 01/13)
Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, CA, USA. Responsible for two research projects. Firstly, molecular analysis of prolactin receptor genotypic variation and function in swine. Secondly, developing a pig model of breast cancer, using sorted, lentiviral transduced, primary mammary epithelial cells from pigs, injected into mice and isogenic pigs. Assisting with a project investigating the effects of conjugated linoleic acid on the mammary glands of mice. Prepare and edit manuscripts, assist with grant writing. Manage all aspects of a busy laboratory comprised of undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, including associated safety and animal documentation.
75% UVM Horse Barn Manager:25% Research Associate (8/05 – 12/07)
Department of Animal Science, University of Vermont, VT, USA. Establishing the pig as a model for breast cancer. Managed co-operative student-run horse barn with 14 students and 20 horses.
Lecturer and teaching assistant for ASCI 115 (Introduction to Equine Science), ASCI 121 (EQUUS), ASCI 119 (Equine Training Techniques), ASCI 205 (Equine Reproduction and Management), ASCI 098 B (Horse Barn Cooperative), ASCI 198 (Advanced Equine Instructing Techniques), ASCI 098/198 (Basic Equitation -Beginner and Novice).
Co-trainer and co-director of UVM equestrian drill team 2006-2007
Postdoctoral Associate/Research Associate (1/02 – 8/05)
Department of Animal Science, University of Vermont, VT, USA. Molecular analysis of the prolactin receptor; endocrine regulation of transcription from the mouse mammary tumor virus promoter. Laboratory management including purchasing, laboratory safety documentation, writing and editing manuscripts, assisting with grant writing and supervising undergraduate and graduate students.
Fogarty International Visiting Fellow (10/99 – 12/01)
National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA (mentor Barbara Vonderhaar). Two research projects. Firstly, I identified new forms of the prolactin receptor in normal and cancer human tissues. Secondly, I resolved prolactin receptor isoform expression in the mammary glands of mice at different stages of development.
4/96 – 5/99 Doctor of Philosophy (Zoology and Molecular Biology)
Department of Zoology, Melbourne University, Australia (supervised by Professor Marilyn Renfree) and Victorian Institute of Animal Science, Attwood, Australia (supervised by Dr. Kevin Nicholas). Thesis Title: Endocrine and Local Regulation of Milk Protein Gene Expression in the Tammar Wallaby, Macropus eugenii. Conferred September 2nd, 1999.
2/92- 12/95 BScAgr (Hons, Convocation Medal, University Medal) (Agricultural Genetics major)
Faculty of Agriculture, University of Sydney, Australia. Collaborative research conducted with Division of Entomology, CSIRO, Australia. Research Project : “A mutant esterase in the Australian Sheep Blowfly Lucilia cuprina with the ability to degrade organophosphate insecticides.”
- (2001) Young Australian of the Year 2001: National Finalist, Science and Technology.
- (2001) Young Australian of the Year 2001:NSW State, Science and Technology.
- (2000) Young Australian of the Year 2000: Runner-up, NSW State Science and Technology.
- (1996) Winner of University of Sydney Convocation Medal, to top graduate of 1995.
- (1995) University Medallist and First Class Honours for BScAgr
- (1995) Department of Natural Resources and Environment: Nancy Millis Research Award.
- (1995) Wesfarmers-Dalgety National Scholarship in Agriculture.
- (1995) Sydney University: Faculty of Agriculture Dean’s List.
- (1995) Sydney University: National Farmers Federation Prize for honors at graduation
- (1995) The Womens College at Sydney University: Janet Elspeth Crawford Prize
Dr. Ron Gain, Ph.D.
Microbiologist, medical school educator.
The specific major discovery regarding Mr. Boegli’s and my project was the synergistic effect of menthol and origanum (combination of selected oils). Originally, both the menthol and oils were presented for my antifungal testing with coded labels. My role in this series of projects was to test the in vitro effectiveness of various formulations on the notorious dermatomycotic fungus, Trichophyton rubrum. The parameter selected for this effectiveness was “magnitude of growth”, measured by colony radii at two day increments of culture. The lower the radius values indicating the greatest extent of inhibition.
The selection of the test organism in this series of experiments was mine, based on Mr. Boegli ‘s original personal interest in infections of the foot, and my personal knowledge of this tinea pedis form of fungal infection. Neither one of us derived any aspect of methodology in our experiments from anything done previously, since all my graduate research involved fungi, and my methodology in these more current experiments was developed from my own experience. I chose alcohol as a carrier, and used controls accordingly.
My selection of test species, culture medium, incubation temperature, and parameters for determining measuring inhibition of growth were likewise based both on my experience and the chemical nature of Mr. Boegli’s test materials. Furthermore, I was requested to test an extensive range of concentrations of selected origanum mixtures against what appeared to be the optimum concentration of menthol.
The selection of materials to be tested was purely without basis to me, since Mr. Boegli wisely and properly didn’t reveal his basis for selection to me. Ultimately, among the various formulations sent to me for testing, I discovered that the combination of two substances, menthol and origanum, gave especially strong inhibition against T. rubrum. This was a surprise to both Mr. Boegli and myself.
At that point I was made aware of the identity of the two materials – menthol and origanum. Notice in my report of Oct. 8, 2009, I was given the name “crystal ” for the one substance and “Ux” for the others, with x representing different forms of origanum (total of 7). In my repeat experiment report of Dec. 27, 2009, I called them “menthol ” and “Org”, and in that report the results confirmed the previous report, plus an even earlier report of Sept. 3, 2009, where the menthol/org combination showed an unmistakable and pronounced synergistic effect against the test organism.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Miami University
Research Project: Analyzed carotenoids in the fungus, Pilobolus
Graduate Research Fellowship, West Virginia University
Research Project: Parasitism and axenic growth of the fungus Gonatorhodiella highlei on its fungus host Nectria coccinea
Post-Doctoral Scientist, Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Research Project: Microbial transformation of steroids by the fungus Calonectria decora.
Professor, Biological Sciences, Marshall University
Responsibilities: Taught Mycology, Bacteriology, and Microbiology.
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Marshall University School of Medicine
Responsibilities: Taught Mycotic (fungal) infections as part of a team taught course to 2nd year medical students.
Cabell-Huntington Hospital Lab
Responsibilities: Lectured and conducted labs on fungal infections to 4th year Medical Technology Program students.
Founder of Microbiological Consultants (incorporated and partnered with Frank Binder in 1983).
1958 – 1962
B.S. Wilmington College (Biology, Chemistry), Wilmington, Ohio
Work/Study Program – Randall Factory
1963 – 1965
M.A. Miami University (Plant Sciences), Oxford, Ohio
1965 – 1968 Ph.D.
West Virginia University (Microbiology), Morgantown, West Virginia
1968 – 1969 Post-Doctorate
Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, (Microbial Transformation of Steriods)