Oliver Garden is the Henry and Corrine R Bower Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences & Advanced Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
His particular clinical interests include gastrointestinal and immune-mediated disease. Oliver has contributed chapters on immune-mediated disease and gastrointestinal immunology to two widely read textbooks in the field.
Oliver is also involved in the teaching and supervision of both interns and residents at the Ryan Hospital for Companion Animals, having contributed to the training of 43 interns and 58 residents over the years at his previous academic home, the Royal Veterinary College. He has lectured to veterinarians and veterinary nurses in the UK, USA and Asia – both general practitioners and specialists.
Current Research in the Garden Laboratory focuses on the role of regulatory cells of lymphoid and myeloid origin in the pathogenesis of cancer and autoimmune disease. The laboratory is also interested in the role that Tregs and myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) play in the development and progression of cancer in dogs. DOgs make excellent large animal models of various human cancers, recapitulating the human disease in a spontaneous manner that cannot be captured in genetically modified murine models.