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Animal Biology

The Department of Animal Biology at Penn Vet is Apoptotic germ cells in micerecognized as one of the premier basic biomedical research departments in veterinary medicine. Our faculty are conducting innovative research into the mechanisms underlying diseases that will lead to improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment of veterinary and human patients and 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 as they can be applied to improve health. 

Areas of Research Focus

  • Cancer Biology/Oncology
  • Stem Cell Biology/Regenerative Medicine
  • Neuroscience/Neurobehavioral Sciences
  • Diseases of Aging
  • Degenerative Diseases
  • Inflammatory and Fibrotic Diseases
  • Obesity/high-fat Diet Associated Diseases

Major approaches and technologies

  • Animal models of disease
  • Gene therapy
  • Cell and Protein based therapies
  • Biomechanics/Mechanotransduction
  • Preclinical and clinical molecular imaging
  • Bioinformatics
  • Omics (genomics, transcriptomics, epigenomics, proteomis. metabalomics, lipidomics)

Contact Animal Biology

For questions about our department, please contact:

Colleen McEntee, Staff Assistant
Department of Animal Biology
3800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-898-7790
Fax: 215-573-6810

Faculty Focus

Ellen Puré, PhD, Chair, Animal Biology, Penn Vet

Ellen Puré, PhD
Chair, Animal Biology
Grace Lansing Lambert Professor of Biomedical Science

Research: Tumor microenvironment, cellular and molecular basis of inflammation and fibrosis

Learn more about Dr. Puré...

Animal Biology: Research Positions

If you are interested in a research position in Penn Vet's Animal Biology Department, visit our Open Positions page.