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Mouse microbiome and maternal stress

Neuroscience & Stress

Dr. Bale's lab studies how the mouse microbiome and maternal stress affect mouse pups.

Developing mouse models of stress sensitivity

Stress Sensitivity

Research in Animal Biology studies the roots of neurospsychiatric disease.

Discovering the basis of brain disease

Brain Disease

The mouse brain is a model to study brain disease in animals and humans.

Neuropsychiatric disease and stress pathway dysregulation

Stress Pathway Dysregulation

Stress pathway disregulation is a common symptom of many diseases such as autism.

Neuroscience and neurobehavioral sciences

Neuroscience

Animal Biology researchers study neuroscience with state of the art technology.


Animal Biology


The Department of Animal Biology at Penn Vet is recognized as one of the premier basic biomedical research departments in veterinary medicine. Our faculty are conducting innovative research into the mechanisms underlying diseases, which will lead to improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment of veterinary and human patients. Our research is well integrated with other basic, translational and clinical research efforts within:

Our Mission: To perform cutting-edge research to advance our knowledge of physiologic processes and the mechanistic basis of disease, to deliver an outstanding basic science curriculum to veterinary students and disseminate knowledge gained through our discoveries so they can be applied to improve health.

Areas of Research Focus:

  • Cancer Biology/Oncology
  • Germ Cell and Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Neuroscience and Neurobehavioral Sciences
  • Diseases of Aging, Metabolism and Mitochondria
  • Inflammatory and Fibrotic Diseases
  • Vertebrate Paleobiology

Major approaches and technologies:

  • Animal models of disease
  • Epigenetics
  • Gene regulation and gene therapy
  • Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology, and Biochemistry
  • Biomechanics/Mechanotransduction
  • Preclinical and clinical molecular imaging
  • Cell and protein based therapies
  • Omics (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomics, metabalomics, lipidomics)

News and Events

Apoptotic germ cells in mice 

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