Lennon Laboratory at Penn Vet

Our Team

The Lennon Lab
Dr. Elizabeth Lennon, Penn Vet

Elizabeth Lennon, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

  • Dr. Lennon is board certified in small animal internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She has a special interest in gastroenterology with an emphasis on inflammatory bowel disease, chronic enteropathy, and intestinal lymphangiectasia.
Olivia Lenz, DVM, Lennon Lab

Olivia Lenz, DVM, post-doctoral fellow

  • Dr. Lenz is a postdoctoral fellow studying the elusive role of mast cells in acute and chronic colitis. A San Diego native, she studied neuroscience at Penn and worked in sleep and circadian neurobiology research for several years upon graduation. Olivia recently earned her Doctor in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University and is determining how best to meld her passion for research and clinical interests. Outside of the lab, Olivia is a lifelong dancer, beach enthusiast, and volunteer surgeon at local animal shelters. 
Olivia Good, Penn Vet

Olivia Good, BS

  • Olivia Good is a Research Specialist in the laboratory examining the role of mast cells in regulating inflammatory immune responses during chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. A recent graduate of Connecticut College, Olivia received her degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She is a former dual sport collegiate athlete, and served as the Captain of her Ice Hockey team. Olivia has previous work experience with patients in the clinical setting, and intends to advance her career working in translational research. 
Jillian Smith, Lennon Lab, Penn Vet

Jillian Smith, DVM, veterinary internal medicine resident

  • Dr. Smith is a resident in veterinary internal medicine at the University of Tennessee. She is investigating the roles of fat-soluble vitamins in naturally-occurring canine inflammatory bowel disease and investigating the role of vitamin supplementation as an adjunctive therapy.  Jillian is originally from Pennsylvania, completed her veterinary training at Ross University, and worked in clinical general practice for several years before returning to university practice for a small animal internal medicine specialty internship. She is currently an internal medicine resident at the University of Tennessee.
Henry Hoffman, Lennon Lab

Henry Hoffman, undergraduate biology student

  • Henry Hoffman is a rising senior undergraduate student majoring in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. A Philadelphia native with plans to attend Medical School after graduating, Henry is researching the mechanism behind the protective role of mast cells in inflammatory bowel disease. In his free time, Henry sings in the Penn Glee Club, plays piano, works as a Physics tutor, and volunteers with a host of clinical and educational organizations around Philadelphia.
Lennon Lab Alumni
Kristen Maxwell-Lennon Lab

Kristen Maxwell, veterinary student

  • Kristen Maxwell is a second-year veterinary student who is studying the role of fat-soluble vitamin deficiency in inflammatory bowel disease and chronic enteropathy. Kristen is a native of Tennessee and is a former college ice hockey player. 
Emily Spica, Penn Vet

Emily Spica, veterinary student

Emily is a 3rd year veterinary student who is studying the effects of bone morphogenetic proteins on mast cell degranulation. Emily is originally from Michigan but earned her bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College, where she worked in a developmental biology lab studying the role of juvenile hormone in the reproductive polyphenism of pea aphids. 

Nicole Corder, MS, Lennon Lab Alumna

Nicole Corder, MS

  • Nicole spent three months in the laboratory as a summer veterinary student at the University of Tennessee, and presented the results of her work at the National Veterinary Student Scholars symposium. Nicole has obtained her Masters of Science degree from the University of California studying the role of oxidative stress in hepatitis C infection prior to enrolling in veterinary school.

Heather Carlin, DVM

  • Dr. Carlin spent three months in the laboratory as a veterinary student. She is currently a small animal veterinarian in clinical practice.
Dr. Jane Woodrow, Lennon Lab, Penn Vet

Jane Woodrow, DVM, DACVIM, PhD candidate

  • Dr. Woodrow is a large animal internal medicine specialist who joined the laboratory in August 2016. She is studying the role of mast cells in equine asthma. Jane is a native Floridian who has a Masters of Science from the University of South Florida. She attended veterinary school at the University of Florida, completed a large animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia, and then performed her large animal internal medicine residency at the University of Tennessee. She plans to enter a career in academia as a veterinary clinician-scientist.