Current Faculty of GGIP

Verena Affolter

Verena Affolter

Professor

vkaffolter@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Affolter's research is in Dermatopathology/Immunopathology: Structure and function of the leukocytic components of the skin immune system; Histiocytic proliferative diseases in dogs and cats; Lymphocytic proliferative diseases of the skin; Immune-mediated skin diseases, including vasculitis; Ischemic dermatopathy in dogs; Progressive lymphedema and associated pastern dermatitis in draft horses.

Monica Aleman

Associate Professor

mraleman@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

TBA

Kyriacos A. Athanasiou

Kyriacos A. Athanasiou

Professor

athanasiou@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Athanasiou’s research is to understand and enhance the healing processes of cartilage. Successful cartilage regeneration continues to be the most vexing problem in musculoskeletal medicine.

Danika Bannasch

Danika Bannasch

Professor

dlbannasch@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The identification and characterization of naturally occurring large animal (equine and canine) models of human inherited diseases.

Chris Barker

Chris Barker

Assistant Adjunct Professor

cmbarker@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Barkers research is in ecology and epidemiology of mosquitoborne viruses.

Peter Barry

Peter Barry

Professor

pabarry@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Barry’s research involves infection of rhesus macaques with rhesus cytomegalovirus (RhCMV) as an in vivo system to investigate the mechanisms of HCMV persistence and pathogenesis. HCMV and RhCMV are members of the herpesvirus family of viruses with all members of this family sharing a common virion structure.

Nicole Baumgarth

Nicole Baumgarth

Professor

nbaumgarth@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The Baumgarth Lab investigates the basic immunological mechanisms that regulate and control immunity to pathogens. We aim to reveal the signals that drive a protective B cell response and to determine how these responses might be disregulated by certain pathogens. We are interested also in understanding the development and the role and function of a small innate-like B cell subset, termed B-1 cells.

Charles Bevins

Charles Bevins

Professor

clbevins@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Bevins research is in Innate immune responses; mucosal immunology; antimicrobial peptides.

Dori L Borjesson

Dori L. Borjesson

Professor

dlborjesson@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr Borjesson a board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist who has a broad interest in the field of regenerative medicine (mesenchymal stem cells), inflammation, cell-microbe interactions and hematopoietic progenitor cells. Currently the laboratory is actively engaged in research on equine and canine mesenchymal stem cells (MSC).

Robert Brosnan

Robert Brosnan

Professor

rjbrosnan@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Mechanisms of anesthetic action, cardiopulmonary effects of anesthesia.

Barbara A Byrne

Barbara A Byrne

Professor

bbyrne@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The Byrne laboratory focuses primarily on microbiological questions as they apply to clinical veterinary microbiology. Some research areas include: Evaluation of the marine health by detection of pathogens in marine mammals, their food sources, and the marine environment and appraisal of their connection with terrestrial sources.

Kermit Carraway

Kermit Carraway

Professor

klcarraway@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The lab uses biochemical, cell biological, pharmacological and genetic methods to dissect the roles of growth factors, their receptors and modulator proteins in mammalian development and in tumor initiation and progression.

Hongwu Chen

Hongwu Chen

Professor

hwzchen@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Chen's research includes molecular mechanisms of hormone signaling in control of cell growth and differentiation, role of steroid receptors such as estrogen receptors and androgen receptor and their associated cofactors (especially coactivators) in cancer. Chromatin Modifications and Remodeling Dr. Chen is also researching on chromatin modifications/ remodeling and protein acetylation in control of gene expression.

Xinbin Chen

Xinbin Chen

Professor

xbchen@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Chen's research consist of the p53 family proteins are transcription factors and consist of p53, p63, and p73. Each member regulates a diverse array of both common and unique target genes. These target genes mediate various activities for the p53 family proteins, including the cell cycle control, apoptosis, differentiation, senescence, DNA repair, normal development and tumor suppression.

Simon R. Cherry

Simon R. Cherry

Professor

srcherry@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Molecular imaging technology, particularly positron emission tomography, multi-modality imaging systems, gamma and x-ray detector technology,3-D image reconstruction and use of imaging techniques in phenotyping and drug development.

Bruno Chomel

Bruno Chomel

Professor

bbchomel@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Chomel is a veterinary epidemiologist whose research is focused on the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases, especially Zoonoses transmitted by bites and scratches. Most of Dr. Chomel's recent work has focused on cat scratch disease in its feline reservoir and has expanded to wildlife infection by Bartonella as a potential source of animal and human infection.

Photo: Derek Cissell

Derek Cissell

Assistant Professor

ddcissell@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The Cissell laboratory aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of joint disorders by: (1) developing biomedical imaging techniques to detect early cartilage injury; (2) identifying relationships between imaging and tissue function; and (3) applying imaging for assessing cartilage repair. The lab is engaged in research characterizing temporomandibular joint disorders in animals and using magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate cartilage.

Lark L A Coffey

Lark L A Coffey

Assistant Professor

lcoffey@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Coffey is a virologist whose research focuses on arthropod-borne virus ecology and evolution with a goal of understanding how arboviruses persist via continuous cycling, how they invade new areas, and how they cross-species to cause human and veterinary disease.

Patricia Ann Conrad

Patricia Ann Conrad

Professor

paconrad@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

One Health research approach to global human, animal (wild & domestic) and environmental health problems; Characterization, biology, pathogenesis and ecology of zoonotic protozoal parasites, particularly Neospora, Toxoplasma, Babesia and Sarcocystis spp. parasites.

Beate Crossley

Beate Crossley

Professor

bcrossley@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Diagnostics of emerging viral infectious diseases.

James Cullor

James Cullor

Professor

jscullor@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Animal health (mastitis, neonatal diseases, vaccines, novel antimicrobial compound development and testing), public health (antibiotic residue avoidance) , food safety (novel methods for controlling pathogens in milk), food defense (detection of and protection from agroterrorism/criminal activity on-farm), food security (developing/testing novel food processing methods), diagnostic assays, and new approaches to breakthrough management techniques for food supply enterprises.

Satya Dandekar

Satya Dandekar

Professor

sdandekar@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Dandekar's research program is focused on the molecular pathogenesis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infections with special emphasis on gastrointestinal mucosal lymphoid tissue (GALT) as a major target organ of the viral infection and as a viral reservoir.

Wenbin Deng

Wenbin Deng

Associate Professor

wbdeng@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Deng's laboratory conducts basic and translational neuroscience and stem cell research. Emphasis is on molecular mechanisms of neuronal and glial cell death, excitotoxic, oxidative and inflammatory forms of injury to the developing brain, stem cell biology, and regenerative medicine.

Peter J Dickinson

Peter Dickinson

Professor

pjdickinson@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Dickinson research is in Neurooncology: Molecular genetic characterization of primary brain tumors; development of novel therapeuitc strategies for primary brain tumors.

Thomas Farver

Thomas Farver

Professor

tbfarver@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Providing a thorough evaluation of the performance of non-iterative procedures for estimating the linear-by-linear measure of association for two-factor ordinal contingency tables using loglinear modeling.

Carrie Finno

Carrie Finno

Assistant Professor

cjfinno@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Finno investigates the molecular basis for genetic diseases in the horse and other companion animals. One of the strong translational focuses of Dr. Finno's laboratory is to investigate the role of vitamin E in neurodegeneration using a well-established mouse model and a naturally-occurring model of neuroaxonal dystrophy (NAD) in the horse. Dr. Finno's research is funded by the NIH.

Janet Foley

Janet Foley

Professor

jefoley@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Foley studies the ecology of infectious diseases. The main research investigates the natural history of Anaplasma phagocytophilum in humans, rodent reservoirs, other wildlife, and companion animals, as well as the ixodid tick vector. She is interested in the broad scope of the problem, from the process of disease induction to maintenance of the disease agent in nature, to modeling the population process. Other interests include plague and other rodent-associated vector-borne diseases.

Rodrigo A Gallardo

Rodrigo Gallardo

Professor

ragallardo@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Gallardo research interests are in the area of the avian virology, specifically in RNA viruses and their capabilities of mutation, recombination and variation making them very difficult to control in productive settings. He enjoy's applying the information gathered in the laboratory by molecular or virological techniques in the field improving productive parameters and performance of poultry flocks.

Damian C Genetos

Damian Genetos

Assistant Professor

dgenetos@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Genetos research focuses upon the skeletal system, its development, and the mechanisms whereby it adapts to changes in the local microenvironment.

Laurel Gershwin

Laurel Gershwin

Professor

ljgershwin@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Gershwin research focuses on fIgE/allergic responses, bovine respiratory syncytial virus (BRSV) pathogenesis and effects of air pollutants (environmental tobacco smoke and ozone) on pulmonary allergic disease/asthma.

Paramita Ghosh

Paramita Ghosh

Professor

paghosh@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Ghosh's current research concentrates on the study of signal transduction pathways involved in prostate cancer development and progression. This includes studies on the EGFR family of receptor tyrosine kinases, leading to the PI3K/Akt pathway and finally to the mTOR signaling pathway.

Ralph Green

Ralph Green

Professor

rgreen@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Green is internationally recognized for his research, which focuses on studying how deprivation or metabolic disruption of B-complex vitamins, iron and other nutritional elements affects the blood, cardiovascular system, nervous system, and the aging process.

Fuzheng Guo

Fuzheng Guo

Professor

fzguo@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The research interest in my laboratory has been focused on biology and pathology of glial cells (oligodendroglia, astroglia, microglia and ependymal cells) in the central nervous system development and disease using a combination of genetic, molecular, cellular and proteomic approaches applied to both in vitro and in vivo models.

Wolf-Dietrich Heyer

Professor

wdheyer@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Studies in the Heyer laboratory center on the mechanism and regulation of recombinational DNA repair, a central pathway to maintain genome stability with significance for cancer predisposition and anti-cancer therapy.

Kate Hopper

Associate Professor

khopper@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Major research is in clinical acid-base and electrolyte disorders, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and mechanical ventilation.

Smita Iyer

Assistant Professor

smiyer@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Our lab’s primary research interests center around delineating immunological and molecular mechanisms of CD4 T cell help. Our ultimate goal is to use this information to design an effective HIV vaccine and in parallel understand mechanisms of HIV susceptibility and pathogenesis.

Photo: Michael Austin Johnson

Michael Austin Johnson

Assistant Clinical Professor

ausjohnson@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research

Dr. Johnson studies novel techniques for resuscitation and critical care following trauma and traumatic brain injury. The laboratory utilizes a diverse set of techniques to study the optimization of critically ill trauma patients for prolonged transport prior to definitive care. The laboratory has an emphasis on developing novel endovascular devices and the automation of therapies but also utilizes traditional molecular and histologic techniques to study the pathophysiology of trauma and traumatic brain injury.

Amy Kapatkin

Amy Kapatkin

Professor

askapatkin@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Kapatkin research focus is using gait parameters (EMG kinetic and kinematic analysis) to access if clinical outcomes are improved after surgery in orthopedic patients.

Kevin Keel

Kevin Keel

Professor

mkkeel@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Keel's research focuses on emerging infectious diseases of wildlife promoted by anthropogenic factors. Specific issues investigated include: pathogenesis of white-nose syndrome and techniques to reduce mortality among bats; emerging diseases of white-tailed deer; and emerging infectious diseases of wild carnivores (canine distemper virus and parvoviruses).

Nick Kenyon

Professor

njkenyon@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Nicholas Kenyon, MD, MAS, is a physician-scientist with a research and clinical focus on adult severe asthma with an emphasis on asthma therapeutics and the role of nitric oxide in airway inflammation.

Imran H. Khan

Imran H. Khan

Professor

ihkhan@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Khan’s research interests include studies on biomarkers for intracellular signaling pathways (cancer related) and infectious diseases. In the last several years he has worked on developing highly efficient, high-throughput multiplex approaches for studying proteomic and genetic biomarkers.

Amir Kol

Assistant Professor

akol@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Stem cell biology, Mesenchymal stem cells immunomodulatory mechanisms, naturally occurring inflammatory disease in companion animals

Gerald J. Kost

Gerald J. Kost

Professor

gjkost@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Kost is the founding Director of the Point-of-Care Testing Center for Teaching and Research and one of the founding fathers of the field of point-of-care testing. Other interests include clinical pathology, clinical chemistry, and bioengineering.

Jian-Jian Li

Jian-Jian Li

Professor

jian-jian.li@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Research interests include the study of the molecular mechanisms causing tumor resistance to radiation and chemotherapy.

K.C. Kent Lloyd,

K.C. Kent Lloyd

Professor

kclloyd@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Lloyd research emphasizes the application of mouse biology, genetics, stem cells, and reproductive physiology to address and resolve biological questions.

Su Hao Lo

Su Hao Lo

Professor

shlo@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Overall research interests are to understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie the structure and function of focal adhesions. Focal adhesions are integrin-mediated junctions that attach a variety of different cell types to their underlying substratum.

N. James MacLachlan

N. James MacLachlan

Professor

njmaclachlan@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The study of viral diseases of livestock that impact international commerce, notably emerging diseases such as bluetongue and African horse sickness that are transmitted by Culicoides biting midges. These diseases and their vectors are poorly characterized and are of increasing global concern.

Photo: Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno

Veronica Martinez-Cerdeno

Associate Professor

vmartinezcerdeno@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Stem and progenitor cell properties and behavior in the normal and pathogenic developing cerebral cortex, with an emphasis in autism. Stem and progenitor cells as treatment for traumatic and neurodegenerative diseases. Stem and progenitor cell role in the evolution of the cerebral cortex.

Jonna Mazet

Jonna Mazet

Professor

jkmazet@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Research has focused on the emergences and impacts of zoonotic diseases and toxins at the animal-human-environment interface. Three major areas of emphasis: One Health risk assessments, emerging pathogen diagnostics, and ecology of zoonotic diseases and their impact on wildlife conservation and public health.

Stephen J McSorley

Stephen J McSorley

Professor

sjmcsorley@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. McSorley research focuses on the innate and adaptive immune response to bacterial pathogens and largely uses mouse models of infection with Salmonella and Chlamydia.

Stuart Meyers

Stuart Meyers

Professor

smeyers@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Meyers research focuses on Sperm cell biology, stallion infertility, evaluation of sperm function, cryobiology of macaque and horse sperm, Theriogenology.

Michael J. Mienaltowski

Michael J. Mienaltowski

Professor

mjmienaltowski@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Mienaltowski primary research interests are based in the development, maturation, and repair of musculoskeletal tissues.

Chris Miller

Chris Miller

Professor

cjmiller@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Miller's research is focused on primate models of human viral diseases, and the immunopathology and pathogenesis of diseases caused by lentiviruses in particular. He has a focused emphasis on the rhesus macaque model of human acquired immunodeficiency syndrom (AIDS) and on mucosal immunity in the genital tract.

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller

Professor

lmiller@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Lung development, mucosal and developmental immunology, allergy & asthma, environmental immunotoxicology.

Arta Monjazeb

Arta Monjazeb

Professor

ammonjazeb@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Monjazeb has a clinical focus on the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies (including esophageal cancer), sarcoma, and central nervous system malignancies.

Peter G. Moore

Peter G. Moore

Professor

pfmoore@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Moore's clinical and research interests involve cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia, as well as lung transplant anesthesia, subjects on which he has published widely in books and journals. He also has conducted research investigating hypertonic saline, airway thermal volume in humans and its relation to body size, and the effects of calcitonin-gene related peptide (CGRP) and adenosine on regional coronary conductance in dogs with ventricular pacing.

Brian G. Murphy

Co-Chair Brian G. Murphy

Co-Chair & Professor

bmurphy@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Brian Murphy is interested in general mammalian and nonmammalian pathology. He has a special interest in infectious disease, orthopedic pathology and oral pathology, with a particular interest in odontogenic tumors. His laboratory research involves the study of mechanisms of lentiviral pathogenesis.

William J. Murphy

William J. Murphy

Professor

wmjmurphy@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Murphy’s laboratory studies various aspects within cancer immunology and immunotherapy for melanoma. Current projects within the lab are exploring how to increase the success of these engraftments as well as to make them safer for patients by decreasing the period in which the patient is immune-compromised. Another focus within Dr. Murphy’s laboratory is studying how the immune system becomes activated after the systemic administration of immunotherapies.

Jan Nolta

Jan Nolta

Professor

janolta@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The basic research in the Nolta laboratory focuses on understanding the dynamics of stem cell migration and attraction to sites of injury. Following intravenous infusion, adult stem cells home to sites of tissue damage.

Joanne R Paul-Murphy

Joanne Paul-Murphy

Professor

paulmurphy@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Paul-Murphy has a special interest in imaging techniques and analgesia of birds, reptiles, fish and exotic small mammals.

 Patricia Pesavento

Co-Chair Patricia Pesavento

Co-Chair & Professor

papesavento@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The Pesavento laboratory devotes considerable effort to analyzing novel patterns of disease, including clinically enigmatic diseases from animal shelters, the veterinary hospital, or the state diagnostic laboratory. We have a collaborative record of viral discovery that includes identification and characterization of virulent feline caliciviruses, canine diarrhea-associated viruses including Amdo-, Kobu, Sappo, and circoviruses, a bovine Astrovirus associated with encephalitis, canine and avian papillomaviruses, and a potentially oncogenic polyomavirus (RacPyV) from raccoons.

Kent Pinkerton

Kent Pinkerton

Professor

kepinkerton@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Pinkerton research focuses on the health effects of inhaled environmental air pollutants to alter respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological structure and function. Special areas of interest include the interaction of gases and airborne particles to produce cellular and structural changes within site-specific regions and cells of the respiratory tract in both acute and chronic timeframes of exposure.

David Pleasure

David Pleasure

Professor

depleasure@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

David Pleasure studies how inflammation of white matter contributes to certain autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and several inherited childhood diseases such as adrenoleukodystrophy.

Katherine A. Rauen

Katherine A. Rauen

Professor

rauen@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Katherine A. Rauen is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and a physician-scientist affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute and UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Robert Rebhun

Robert Rebhun

Associate Professor

rbrebhun@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Rebhun’s research focus is in the field of comparative and translational oncology, with specific interests in metastasis and novel therapeutics. 

Alexander Revzin

Alexander Revzin

Professor

arevzin@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Traditional cell biology techniques monitor large cellular populations and report dominant trends while leaving contributions from smaller cell subsets unaccounted for. The laboratory focuses on developing novel microsystems for cell cultivation and analysis.

Photo: Jeroen Saeij

Jeroen Saeij

Associate Professor

jsaeij@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Pathogens and their hosts co-evolve, leading to variation in both host and pathogen genomes and to the emergence of differences in parasite virulence and host resistance. The focus of the Saeij laboratory is to identify parasite genes that modulate the host cell and/or determine virulence, host genes and pathways that determine resistance/susceptibility, and to characterize their specific interactions. We focus on parasites that belong to the phylum Apicomplexa such as Toxoplasma,Neospora, and Sarcocystis. To achieve our goals we use a combination of genetics, genomics, biochemistry, microscopy, immunology and computational tools. See www.saeijlab.com for more information.

Edward Schelegle

Edward Schelegle

Professor

esschelegle@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Schelegle area of interest is pulmonary physiology with a focus on the role that lung vagal afferents and efferents play in lung function, control of breathing pattern, epithelial injury, inflammation and repair in models of acute and chronic lung injury and/or disease.

Jared T. Shaw

Jared T. Shaw

Professor

jtshaw@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The Shaw group focuses on the development of new reactions and the stereoselective synthesis of natural products and other biologically active molecules.

Christina Sigurdson

Christina Sigurdson

Professor

csigurdson@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Sigurdson is interested in the molecular pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), a family of fatal neurodegenerative disorders of humans and animals that includes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or “mad cow disease”, and chronic wasting disease (CWD) of cervids.


Scott I. Simon

Scott I. Simon

Professor

sisimon@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Inflammation & Neutrophil Biology, Atherosclerosis, Vascular and Leukocyte Adhesion Molecules, MechanoBiology & Signal Transduction. Technology development in fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, microfluidic devices to image leukocyte function on vascular mimetic models of vascular diseases.

David Glenn Smith

David Glenn Smith

Professor

dgsmith@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Current research includes the biogeography of genus Macaca, genetic evidence for circumstances pertaining to the peopling of the New World, and the use of both modern and ancient DNA to assess ancestor-descendant relationships.

Woutrina A Smith

Woutrina A Smith

Associate Professor

wasmith@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Smith's research program uses One Health approaches to investigate the epidemiology and transmission dynamics of zoonotic pathogens locally in California as well as internationally at multiple project sites in Africa and Asia. As a molecular epidemiologist working at the interfaces of humans, animals, and their shared environments, waterborne fecal pathogens as well as milk- and airborne transmitted zoonotic agents are of particular interest when considering individual and population health issues.

Esteban Soto

Esteban Soto

Professor

sotomartinez@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Soto's main research interests are to understand the pathogenesis of important infectious diseases of wild and aquatic animals, and to develop strategies to protect animals from these diseases.

Joshua Stern

Joshua Stern

Professor

jstern@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Cardiac genetics and cardiac pharmacogenomics are the principal foci of my research. Specifically, mutation identification and subsequent evaluation of the role that these mutations play in the development of congenital heart disease as well as their effects on response to medical therapy. One of the research goals is to further propel the role of individualized medicine in veterinary cardiology patients.

Jeffrey Stott

Jeffrey Stott

Professor

jlstott@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Microbial pathogenesis; vaccine development; immunologic assessment of marine mammal health.

Susan Stover

Susan Stover

Professor

smstover@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Musculoskeletal Injury Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, and Biomechanics: The primary research focus is the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and biomechanics of repetitive, overuse injuries in equine athletes. The second research focus is Silicate Associated Osteoporosis in horses, a systemic osteoporotic disease associated with inhalation exposure to cytotoxic silicate particles and granulomatous lung inflammation.

Jane Sykes

Jane Sykes

Professor

jesykes@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Infectious diseases of dogs and cats, especially those of immunocompromised patients; fungal diseases; bloodstream-associated bacterial infections.

Fern Tablin

Fern Tablin

Professor

ftablin@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Tablin's laboratory focuses on platelet physiology and the role of platelets in health and disease. They are particularly interested in the contribution of platelets to the systemic, cardiac and pulmonary proinflammatory responses to air pollution. Additionally, they are focused on the use of platelets and platelet rich plasma in therapeutic regenerative medicine.

Alice Tarantal

Alice Tarantal

Professor

aftarantal@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Regenerative Medicine, Gene Therapy, Stem/Progenitor Cells and Transplantation, Fetal:Maternal Microchimerism, In vivo Imaging for Translational Research.

Sara Thomasy

Sara Thomasy

Professor

smthomasy@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Thomasy  is currently a vision researcher in the Murphy-Russell Laboratory and her research interests include corneal wound healing, glaucoma, ocular pharmacology, and antiviral therapy for the management of feline herpesvirus.

Jose V. Torres

Jose Torres

Professor

jvtorres@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Ongoing projects include development and testing of vaccines against the variability of HIV and overcoming MHC restriction; induction of cellular and mucosal immune responses using live recombinant viral and bacterial vectors; and study of the molecular mechanisms of retroviral pathology, nucleic acid and cancer vaccines.

Nam Tran

Nam Tran

Professor

nam.tran@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Conducting clinical outcomes-based research in burn, trauma, and emergency surgery patients. Development of software-based clinical decision-making and training tools for critical care. Development and application of novel molecular pathogen detection methods. Characterize the kinetics of pathogen invasion and dissemination in sepsis.

Renee Tsolis

Renee Tsolis

Professor

rmtsolis@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Host Pathogen Interactions, Bacterial Infections, Concurrent Infections, Brucellosis, Malaria, and Salmonellosis.

Joseph Tuscano

Professor

jtuscano@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Tuscano's areas of specialty include the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, MDS, and multiple myeloma. He is also a member of the adult stem cell transplant team. He has both basic/translation and clinical research interests that include the development of novel antibody and other immune-based therapeutics for hematologic malignancies.

Francisco A. Uzal

Francisco A. Uzal

Professor

fauzal@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Uzal is a diagnostic and research pathologist with special interest in clostridial diseases of animals and in the use animal models to elucidate mechanisms of pathogenesis and immunity.

Laura Van Winkle

Laura Van Winkle

Adjunct Professor

lsvanwinkle@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

The role of sex-differences and xenobiotic metabolism in lung pathology and toxicology. Air pollution including tobacco smoke, particulates and ozone. Growth factors and cell-cell interactions in lung wound healing, in lung disease (lung cancer and asthma) and during lung development. Cell proliferation and progenitor cells. Microscopes and imaging methods.

William Vernau

William Vernau

Associate Professor

wvernau@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Hemic neoplasia in dogs and cats, including the characterization of canine T-cell leukemia, a rather poorly characterized constellation of syndromes that often mimic the behavior of their human counterparts and thus have broad comparative biomedical significance. General veterinary clinical pathology with an emphasis on veterinary hematology and cytology, particularly immunophenotyping and immunocytochemistry, and the diagnostic assessment of cerebrospinal fluid.

Aijun Wang

Aijun Wang

Professor

aawang@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Wang’s research interest is to develop novel technologies that combine stem cell engineering and biomaterial engineering to promote tissue regeneration. One line of research is the study of stem cell contribution to vascular disease development (atherosclerosis etc) and wound healing process (foreign body reaction and scar formation).

Joie Watson

Joie Watson

Associate Professor

jlwatson@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Immunology and Infectious Disease in Horses.

Bart C Weimer

Bart Weimer

Professor

bcweimer@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Weimer's laboratory group focuses on microbial physiology and function. Research on host/microbe interactions has led to the elucidation of the competitive binding of beneficial bacteria to the gut epithelium and the resulting displacement of pathogenic bacteria such as salmonella.

Robert H Weiss

Robert Weiss

Professor

rhweiss@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Robert H. Weiss' clinical interests include the diagnosis and treatment of all renal diseases and electrolyte problems. His research interests concern the cyclins and cyclin inhibitors, cancer growth control (kidney and breast cancer), metabolomics and proteomics, and polycystic kidney disease.

Erik R Wisner

Erik Wisner

Professor

erwisner@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Functional, physiologic and quantitative imaging techniques. Contrast targeting mechanisms. Neuroimaging. Pulmonary imaging.

Kevin Douglas Woolard

Kevin Douglas Woolard

Assistant Professor

kdwoolard@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Comparative glioma biology, cancer stem cells, neural stem cells.

Jian Wu

Jian Wu

Adjunct Professor

jdwu@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Wu major research interests are to develop innovative therapeutic approaches for liver injury and fibrosis, including pharmacological, molecular and gene therapy, as well as cell-based therapy and organ-specific or cell type-specific targeting drug or gene delivery. He uses RNA interference (RNAi) strategies to develop clinically applicable therapeutics for the treatment of liver injury and fibrosis.

Reen Wu

Reen Wu

Professor

rwu@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Wu has used human lung cells and tissues as well as animal models to study the molecular mechanisms of various lung diseases in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiac fibrillation (CF), airway inflammation and infection, smoking, and inhalation toxicology. His focus is on the role of airway epithelial cells in the development of these diseases and the injury/repair response.

Clare Yellowley

Clare Yellowley

Professor

cyellowley@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Bone and cartilage cell biology; Skeletal stem cells, Mechanotransduction, hypoxia, cell migration, Orthopaedics, Fracture healing.

Angela Zivkovic

Assistant Professor

amzivkovic@ucdavis.edu

Area of Research:

Dr. Zivkovic’s research is focused on the role of diet and nutrition in Precision Health. Precision Health emphasizes individually tailored approaches to optimize health and prevent disease. The Zivkovic Lab has four overall research themes: 1) Investigating the functional biology of HDL; 2) Assessing the effects of diets and dietary constituents on inflammation; 3) Integrating clinical, metabolomic, proteomic, glycomic, transcriptomic, and genomic approaches to characterize metabolic phenotypes and their responsiveness to different diets; and 4) Investigating the effects of diets and dietary constituents on the gut microbiota and how they in turn affect host health.