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Pathobiology Faculty

Located on both the Philadelphia and New Bolton Center campuses, Penn Vet's Pathobiology faculty has not only built an outstanding reputation for fundamental research, but provides crucial clinical services for the School and the State. Furthermore, by offering the very best training for veterinary students, residents, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, the faculty is helping to mold the future leaders in veterinary medicine and in basic research.

Our faculty's research efforts in cancer particularly focus on understanding disease as it occurs in animals, and is aimed at designing new strategies to control cancer in both animals and humans.

   

JORGE ALVAREZ

  • Assistant Professor
  • Immunology Graduate Group
  • Neurosciences Graduate Group
Research Areas Blood Brain Barrier, Blood Meningeal Barrier, Meninges, Blood Cerebrospinal fluid Barrier, Choroid Plexus, Ventricles, Ependyma, Neuroinflammation, Neuroimmunology, Multiple Sclerosis, Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis, Astrocytes

EMAN ANIS

  • Assistant Professor, Pathobiology
Lab PADLS
Wildlife Futures Program

DANIEL BEITING

  • Associate Professor of Pathobiology

Lab Center for Host Microbial Interactions Research Areas Immunology, Microbiology, Genomics

SUSAN BENDER

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathobiology

CHARLES BRADLEY

  • Assistant Professor, Pathobiology

IGOR BRODSKY

  • Immunology Graduate Group
  • Microbiology, Virology, Parasitology Graduate Group
  • Associate Professor of Microbiology
  • Chair of Pathobiology
  • Professor of Pathobiology

Lab Brodsky Laboratory Research Areas Bacterial pathogens, Bacteriology, Infectious Disease, Inflammasome, Innate Immune Defense, Immunology

ANTHONY CARTY

  • Associate Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine

CANDICE CHU

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology
Clinical Specialties Clinical pathology, QA/QC, Cytology, Hematopathology, Urinalysis
Research Areas Canine chronic kidney disease, Next-generation sequencing, Digital cytology

MOLLY CHURCH

  • Assistant Professor, Pathobiology
Clinical Specialties Anatomic pathology, Neuropathology
Research Areas Diagnostic pathology, Comparative Oncopathology

STEPHEN COLE

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Microbiology
Clinical Specialties Clinical Bacteriology and Mycology, Antimicrobial Therapy and Selection, Infectious Diseases
Research Areas My research focuses on two major approaches critical to understand and mitigate the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria in companion animals. (1) To characterize the clinical and molecular epidemiology of extensively drug resistant bacteria (i.e. carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) of dogs and cats. (2) To establish best educational practices in antimicrobial stewardship to promote proper use of these critical drugs.

SHERRILL DAVISON

  • Associate Professor, Avian Medicine and Pathology, Clinician Educator Tract
  • Agriculture Spokesperson

Lab PADLS Avian Pathology Laboratory Research Areas Avian Influenza, Avian medicine, Infectious bronchitis, Poultry Medicine, Infectious diseases, Pathology, Salmonella

JOLIE DEMCHUR

  • Lecturer, Pathobiology
  • Assistant Professor of Pathology (AC)-PADLS/New Bolton Center
  • Section Head, Autopsy Service

RAIMON DURAN-STRUUCK

  • Associate Professor, Pathobiology
  • Director of Regulatory Support, Scientist and Resident Training
Research Areas laboratory animal medicine

AMY DURHAM

  • Assistant Dean for Education
  • Professor, Anatomic Pathology
Research Areas Lymphoid neoplasms, Lymphoma, Oncologic pathology, Pathology

JULIE ELLIS

  • Senior Research Investigator, Pathobiology
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Pathobiology

Lab Wildlife Futures Program, Northeast Wildlife Disease Cooperative Research Areas coastal ecology, biological communities, humans and wildlife, island conservation, wildlife as sentinels for antimicrobial resistance in the environment

JULIE ENGILES

  • Associate Professor of Pathology
  • Associate Professor of Pathology
Clinical Specialties Veterinary anatomic pathology, Veterinary orthopedic pathology, Equine laminitis, Equine gastrointestinal pathology, Equine microbiome Experimental Animal Models
Research Areas Gastrointestinal pathology, Orthopedic pathology, Laminitis

BRUCE FREEDMAN

  • Associate Professor (with Tenure)
  • Director, PennVet Imaging Core Facility
  • Immunology graduate group
Research Areas Calcium, Calcium channels, Calcium Signaling, Signal transduction

RODERICK GAGNE

  • Assistant Professor of Wildlife Disease Ecology

Lab Wildlife Futures Program Research Areas Disease ecology, wildlife ecology, molecular ecology

KRISTIN GARDINER

  • Relief Veterinarian, Exotics Companion Animal Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathobiology
Clinical Specialties veterinary care for research animals, rodent and large animal veterinary care, spontaneous and protocol-related diseases, animal colony health
Research Areas gene therapy administration, animal models, retinal, retinal-directed and neurological diseases, gross/histopathologic patient outcomes, laboratory animal medicine

F. CLAIRE HANKENSON

  • Associate Vice Provost for Research and Executive Director of University Laboratory Animal Resources (ULAR)
  • Professor of Pathobiology (CE)
Research Areas Laboratory Animal Medicine, Rodent models of human disease, Refinements in laboratory animal veterinary practice

RONALD HARTY

  • Professor of Pathobiology and Microbiology
  • Lab Head, Infectious Diseases & Immunology

Lab Harty Laboratory Research Areas Antiviral immune responses, Ebola, Marburg, Rabies, VSV, Lassa Fever, Junin, Innate immunity, Innate Immune Defense, Virus-host interaction, Zoonotic diseases, Antiviral therapeutics

DE'BROSKI HERBERT

  • Professor of Pathobiology
  • Presidential Professor of Immunology

Lab Herbert Laboratory Research Areas Regulatory networks, Immunity, Inflammation, Tissue repair, Mucosal interface, Helminth infection, Lung and intestinal injury, Transgenic mice

CHRISTOPHER HUNTER

  • Penn Institute for Immunology
  • Mindy Halikman Heyer Distinguished Professor of Pathobiology
  • King of Pathogens

Lab Hunter Laboratory Research Areas Infectious Disease, Toxoplasma gondii, Zoonotic diseases, Host-pathogen interactions, Immunology, Parasites, Parasitology, Transgenic parasites, Inflammatory responses

DONNA KELLY

  • Interim Department Head, Veterinary Clinical Microbiology
  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Microbiology
Clinical Specialties Avian and Finfish production medicine/pathology/welfare, Population medicine, Infectious/Zoonotic diseases, Food Safety

JAMES LOK

  • Professor of Parasitology Emeritus
Research Areas Caenorhabditis, G protein, Morphogenesis, Parasitic nematodes, Neuronal regulation, Parasites, Parasitology, Strongyloides, Strongyloides stercoralis, Transgenic parasites, Zoonotic diseases

LEAH MAKARON

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathobiology
Clinical Specialties ULAR, laboratory animals, research animal veterinarian
Research Areas memory impairment, fatty liver disease, Immune-mediated interface dermatitis, laboratory animal medicine

JAMES MARX

  • Associate Professor, Pathobiology
Research Areas Laboratory Animal Medicine

NICOLA MASON

  • The Paul A. James and Charles A. Gilmore Endowed Chair Professorship within the Department of Clinical Sciences and Advanced Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine & Pathobiology

Lab Mason Canine Cancer Studies Clinical Specialties Internal Medicine
Research Areas Chimeric Antigen Receptor T cells, Chimeric Auto-Antigen Receptor T cells, Adoptive Cell Therapies, Listeria based vaccines, Canine hematopoietic cancers, Canine osteosarcoma, Canine Urothelial Carcinoma, Canine Soft Tissue Sarcomas

ELIZABETH MAULDIN

  • Lab Head, Pathology & Toxicology
  • Professor, Anatomic Pathology, Dermatopathology
  • Associate Chair, Pathobiology
Clinical Specialties Dermatology & Allergy, Food & Skin Allergies, Ear & Skin Infections
Research Areas Canine and Feline Skin Diseases, Canine genetic skin disorders, Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Skin diseases, Pathology

LOUISE MONCLA

  • Assistant Professor of Pathobiology
Lab Moncla Laboratory

LISA MURPHY

  • Professor of Toxicology, Department of Pathobiology
  • Associate Director
  • Co-Director
  • Resident Director

Lab PADLS
Wildlife Futures Program Research Areas Animal decontamination, Anticoagulant rodenticides, Emerging toxicants, Freshwater algal toxins, Toxicology

KEVIN NIEDRINGHAUS

  • Assistant Professor of Wildlife Pathology

BLYTHE PHILIPS

  • Assistant Professor of Laboratory Animal Medicine

MARTINA PIVIANI

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology
Research Areas cytology, haematopathology, immunohistochemistry, sepsis, canine leishmaniosis

MICHAEL POVELONES

  • Assistant Professor, Pathobiology

Lab Povelones Laboratory Research Areas Host-pathogen interactions, Vector biology, Malaria, Complement, Innate immunity

JENNIFER PUNT

  • Professor of Immunology
  • Associate Dean for One Health

ENRICO RADAELLI

  • Associate Professor, Pathobiology
Research Areas Pathobiology of animal models, Phenotyping of genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models, Comparative pathology

SHELLEY RANKIN

  • Professor of Microbiology Emeritus
Research Areas Antibiotic resistance, Microbiology, Staphylococcus spp., Salmonella

DIETER SCHIFFERLI

  • Professor of Microbiology Emeritus
Research Areas Bacterial pathogenesis, Salmonella, Salmonella and adhesin vaccines, Yersinia pestis, Escherichia coli, Allelic variation

PHILLIP SCOTT

  • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Pathobiology
  • Member, Immunology Graduate Group
  • Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Group
  • Vice Dean for Research & Academic Resources

Lab Scott Laboratory Research Areas Host-pathogen interactions Leishmania, Memory T cells, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Leishmaniasis, Parasites, Parasitology, T cells, Virus-host interaction, Zoonotic diseases

CAROLINE SOBOTYK

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Parasitology

BORIS STRIEPEN

  • Professor, Pathobiology
  • Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Lab Striepen Laboratory Research Areas Cell biology and molecular biology of protozoan parasites, Cryptosporidium

ORIOL SUNYER

  • Professor, Immunology/Pathobiology

Lab Sunyer Laboratory Research Areas Fish immunology, Innate immunity, Immunology

KORANDA WALSH

  • Assistant Professor, Clinical Pathobiology
Clinical Specialties Clinical pathobiology

JOHN WOLFE

  • Professor of Pathology
  • Stokes Investigator of the Joseph Stokes, Jr. Research Institute
  • Director, Walter Flato Goodman Center for Comparative Medical Genetics, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Lab Wolfe Laboratory Research Areas Gene therapy, Neural stem cells, iPS cells, Viral vectors, Animal models of human diseases, Neurological disease, Genetics, Molecular neuropathology, Lysosomal enzymes