Faculty within the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology conduct research which includes animal models of HIV/AIDS, prenatal stress, atherosclerosis, and neurodegenerative disease.



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Congratulations, Drs. Kissel and Werts!

Casey Kissel, DVM, and Adam Werts, DVM, PhD can now add DACLAM to their names! Our two most recent graduates successfully passed the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine board exam last month! Dr. Kissel is now a Clinical Research Veterinarian in the Gene Therapy Group with the Perelman SOM at University of Pennsylvania, while Dr. Werts just started as a Veterinary Scientist at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. Please join us in congratulating them on this noteworthy accomplishment.

Congratulations, Alicia and Lauren!

Alicia Braxton, DVM and Lauren Peiffer, DVM, DACVP, have received NIH LRP awards! Both are PhD candidates in the Cellular and Molecular Medicine graduate program and postdoctoral trainees in MCP’s T32-funded research training program. The NIH LRP (Loan Repayment Programs) is a competitive mechanism through which a portion of the student loans of recipients are paid off by the NIH in exchange for the recipient dedicating at least 50% of their time to qualifying research. We are so excited for them both!

Congratulations to Jessica Herrod, DVM!

Congratulations to Jessica Herrod, DVM on her receipt of a GLAS Grant (Grants for Laboratory Animal Science) for her project “The use of midazolam as an appetite stimulant and anxiolytic in the common marmoset”. This project is mentored by MCP Assistant Professor, Jessica Izzi, DVM, DACLAM. Congratulations, Drs. Herrod and Izzi, and best of luck on your project.


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