Penn Vet Cancer Center Members

The Penn Vet Cancer Center is comprised of research scientists and clinicians from all four departments of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.  Our members come from a diverse educational and clinical backgrounds and represent a wide array of research interests.

To learn more about becoming a member, contact us.

  • Ellen Puré, PhD

  • Director, Penn Vet Cancer Center


Tumor microenvironment, cellular and molecular basis of inflammation and fibrosis

  • Michael Atchison, PhD

Transcription, gene expression, oncogenesis

  • Narayan Avadhani, PhD

Autoimmune diseases, metabolic regulation, mitochondrial genetics, mitochondrial function

  • Andrés Blanco, PhD

Epigenetics, cellular identity, cancer cell fate, acute myeloid leukemia, chromatin biology, epigenomics
  • Igor Brodsky, PhD


Bacterial pathogens, bacteriology, infectious disease, inflammasome, innate immune defense, immunology

  • Rumela Chakrabarti, PhD

 Breast cancer, cell fate regulators

  • Molly Church, VMD, PhD

Comparative pathology, anatomic pathology

  • Lillian Duda, VMD, MBE

Radiation therapy, bioethics

  • Amy Durham, VMD

Lymphoid neoplasms, lymphoma, oncologic pathology, pathology

  • T. S. Karin Eisinger, PhD

Immunobiology and experimental pathology

  • Julie Engiles, VMD

Gastrointestinal pathology, orthopedic pathology, laminitis

  • Serge Y. Fuchs, MD, PhD

Autoimmune diseases, cytokines and growth factors, interferon, ubiquitin, cancer

  • Oliver Garden, BVetMed, PhD

Autoimmune disease and cancer, regulatory T cells, myeloid-derived suppressor cells

  • David Holt, BVSc

Imaging cancer during surgery, portosystemic shunts, brachycephalic airway disease, laryngeal paralysis

  • Christopher Hunter, PhD

Infectious disease, Toxoplasma gondii, zoonotic diseases, host-pathogen interactions, immunology, parasites, parasitology, transgenic parasites, inflammatory responses

  • Anna Kashina, PhD

Angiogenesis, protein arginylation, cancer

  • Christopher Lengner, PhD

Regenerative medicine, cancer, embryonic stem cells, epigenetics, oncogenesis, oncogenic transformation, somatic stem cells, oncology

  • Jennifer Lenz, DVM
jlenz@vet.upenn.eduClinical oncology for companion animals, extracellular vesicles, myeloid-derived suppressor cells, canine lymphoma, canine histiocytic sarcoma
  • Frank Luca, PhD

Regulation of cell growth and proliferation, signal transduction, cell cycle regulation, polarized morphogenesis, cancer, yeast genetics, cell biology 

  • Jennifer Mahoney, DVM

Medical oncology for companion animals, canine lymphoma, canine hemangiosarcoma, chemotherapy

  • Wilfried Mai, DrMedVet, PhD

Diagnostic imaging, radiology, ultrasonography, vascular imaging

  • Nicola Mason, BVetMed, PhD

Cytotoxic T lymphocytes, lymphoma, NF-Kappa B activation, oncology, bone cancer, canine lymphoma, canine cancer, cancer immunotherapy, cancer vaccines

  • Michael May, PhD

Inflammatory diseases, inflammatory responses, cancer, NF-Kappa B activation, signal transduction, chronic inflammatory diseases

  • Michael Mison, DVM

Clinical surgical oncology and soft tissue surgery, virtual reality surgical training, effects of CO2 LASER on incised tissues

  • Pascale Salah, DrVetMed
Clinical oncology for companion animals, canine lymphoma, hemangiosarcoma and osteosarcoma
  • Karin Sorenmo, DVM

Canine cancer, mammary and prostatic cancers, canine hemangiosarcoma, oncology

  • Susan Volk, VMD, PhD

Wound repair and regeneration, extracellular matrix scar formation and fibrosis, regenerative medicine, cell-based therapies, tumor microenvironment