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Dr. Dori Borjesson honored with 2014 Zoetis Research Award

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Dori Borjesson received the 2014 Zoetis Excellence in Research Award.

Dr. Dori Borjesson is the recipient of the 2014 Zoetis Excellence in Research Award.  She is being recognized for the exceptional quality and productivity of her research efforts in regenerative medicine. 

Dr. Borjesson is a professor and department chair in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology. Her research is focused on regenerative medicine, with an emphasis on utilizing mesenchymal stem cells as a therapeutic option for both orthopedic injury (such as bone and tendon damage) and in immunomodulation.  Dr. Borjesson and her team are able to generate mesenchymal stem cells from bone marrow, adipose tissue, umbilical cord blood/tissue, and study the effect of these cells on lymphocyte activation.

Recent work published in the journal Stem Cells and Development has extended this focus to include canine adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells, where they studied the interaction of these cells with bacterial organisms. This groundbreaking work is opening up novel therapeutic strategies and generating several ongoing clinical trials.  The potential of this work is also recognized by funding agencies, including NIH, who have awarded significant grant funding to support these important studies.

Dr. Borjesson completed her DVM in 1995 and PhD in comparative pathology in 2002 here at UC Davis, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists as a Clinical Pathologist. 

The Zoetis Excellence in Research Award fosters innovative research on which the scientific advancement of the veterinary profession depends by recognizing outstanding research effort and productivity.  Nominees must be faculty members of the School of Veterinary Medicine or a nationally recognized teaching/research hospital, and the recipient’s research accomplishments conducted within the past three years.  Nominees are typically the principal investigator in a research program that has attained or is likely to attain national recognition.  Zoetis works with leading scientists and research institutes to identify and address the most pressing challenges facing animal health today.