Karina Ferreira de Castro, a PhD student from São Paulo State University who visited the TCG in 2014, has successfully defended her PhD thesis in Brazil. Karina is also a veterinary oncologist, who regularly treats CTVT cases. Her thesis was entitled “Canine transmissible venereal tumour – I. Gene and protein expression and genotypic characterization of DLADQA-1 (MHC-II); II. Immunohistochemistry evaluation of local immune response”. Congratulations, Karina!