Texas Tech University

CORE Lab Team

Post Doctoral Researchers

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Mallory T. DeChant, PhD, CCFT

Mallory was awarded her BS in Animal Science from The University of Findlay in 2016 and her MS in Animal Science from Southern Illinois University in 2018 where she studied the physiological impact of simulated search work in search and rescue canines. In 2019 Mallory completed her certificate in canine fitness and conditioning from The University of Tennessee. 

Mallory completed her PhD in Animal Science at Texas Tech University in 2021 where she studied various training and experience factors that impact detection dog performance. Currently, Mallory is a Postdoctoral research associate at Texas Tech University where she is studying various training methods to enhance search vigilance in detection dogs. In addition, Mallory is also researching nutritional solutions for reduced core body temperature in sporting dogs. 


PhD Students

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Sarah A. Kane is a third year PhD student at Texas Tech University. Her academic interests include canine olfaction, specifically in odor generalization and discrimination. Prior to her studies at Texas Tech, Sarah worked as a research assistant at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. At the Working Dog Center, she helped on projects studying canine detection of invasive species, ovarian cancer, and wildlife diseases. She also collaborated on a projected in Bristol, England in 2015 studying the efficacy of diabetic alert dogs.  


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Liza Rothkoff is a first year PhD student in the Animal Sciences program at Texas Tech University. She is interested in all things canine cognition and olfaction. Prior to joining the CORE lab, Liza earned her MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation from Hunter College in 2023. Her master's research focused on contrafreeloading in pet dogs. At Hunter College, Liza also worked as lab manager of the Thinking Dog Center, where she ran studies on dog play and canine pointing comprehension.

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Glenna Cupp is a first year PhD student in the Animal Science program at Texas Tech University. Her primary research interest within the realm of canine olfaction is human remains detection. Glenna earned her MS in Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare at Virginia Tech, where her research focused on the effects of nature walks on companion dog welfare. She previously worked as a research assistant for the PennVet Working Dog Center and as a professional dog trainer.

Masters Students

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Astrid Concha DVM, MSc, PhD

Dr. Concha is a Postdoctoral research associate at the US Army Research Office and Texas Tech University.  She has 20 years of experience that encompasses working in veterinary clinical animal behavior, working as a dog trainer, and working as a researcher. She has a Master in Animal Behavior (Spain) and earned her PhD in animal behavior and welfare from the University of Lincoln (UK) focused on olfactory detection performance in dogs. She has worked with Medical Detection Dogs (UK), and has worked with Police and Military Working Dogs across the world. Her primary research area is the study of canine detection and patrol performance, as well as developing novel technologies to measure alert responses in detection dogs

Dr. Concha is currently working with Military Working Dogs to identify cognitive, sensory, and morphological markers associated with key performance metrics in dual- purpose DoD Military Working Dogs at Lackland Air Force Base (USA).

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Dr. Aviles-Rosa is a Postdoctoral research associate at the Texas Tech University Canine Research and Education lab. He earned his PhD in animal welfare and behavior from Texas Tech University in 2019 and since then he has been conducting research in olfaction and detection dog performance. As a researcher, he is interested in improving detection dog capability and understand dogs' olfactory limitations. Although he is interested in a variety of topics, he aspires to conduct research to better understand olfactory generalization in detection dogs. His goal is that his research will provide scientific evidence that can lead to the development of training methods that will produce robust generalization in detection dogs without compromising specificity.





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Aaron Teixeira

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Eddie Cordova


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Rachel Wyant


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Stephanie Soto

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Lauren Fernandez. Lauren is a first year masters student studying canine olfaction.



Animal & Food Sciences