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Johnathon Anderson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Otolaryngology
UC Davis, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Developing stem cell based therapies for inflammatory and neurological diseases
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Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC

Assistant Professor
Surgical and Radiological Sciences
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Oral and maxillofacial regenerative medicine, tissue engineering (Oral and Maxillofacial Regenerative lab)
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Gerhard Bauer

Associate Adjunct Professor
Hematology and Oncology
Director, Good Manufacturing Laboratory
UC Davis, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Gene and Cellular Therapy (GMP Facility)
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Peter Belafsky, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Otolaryngology
UC Davis, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Novel and minimally invasive treatments for swallowing disorders, transcutaneous electrical stimulation for dysphagia therapy, esophageal and extraesophageal reflux disease, esophageal cancer
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Dori Borjesson, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Professor and Chair
Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Immunomodulatory effects of mesenchymal stem cells
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Satya Dandekar, PhD

Professor and Chair
Microbiology and Immunology
UC Davis, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Molecular pathogenesis of HIV and SIV, Mucosal immunology of host-pathogen interactions and epigenetic regulation of mucosal immune defense in HIV and SIV infections and co-infections
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Anna Denicol, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Assistant Professor
Animal Science
UC Davis, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: Reproductive and developmental biology

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Nasim Fazel, MD, DDS, MAS,

Associate Professor
Dermatology
UC Davis, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Oral mucosal disorders
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Fernando Fierro, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Stem Cell Program
UC Davis, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Translation of genetically altered stem cells
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Larry Galuppo, DVM, DACVS

Professor
Surgical and Radiological Sciences
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Healing of musculoskeletal injuries using regenerative medicine
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Chen Gilor, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

Assistant Professor
Medicine and Epidemiology
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Diabetes mellitus, obesity, and the interaction between gastrointestinal hormones and systemic metabolism
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Steve Hollingsworth, M, DACVO

Professor of Clinical Veterinary Ophthalmology
Surgical and Radiological Sciences
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Ophthalmology
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Michael Kent, DVM, MAS

Associate Professor
Surgical and Radiological Sciences
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Clinical and technical aspects of radiation oncology
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Amir Kol, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Assistant Professor
Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Immunomodulatory properties of stem cells
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Maggie Ann Kuhn, MD

Assistant Professor
Medicine and Epidemiology
UC Davis, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Reflux-mediated swallowing disorders, upper esophageal sphincter dysfunction and clinical outcomes of office-based laryngology procedures
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J. Kent Leach, PhD

Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering
UC Davis, College of Engineering

Research Interests: Tissue engineering and drug Delivery (Leach lab)

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Jamal Lewis, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
UC Davis, College of Engineering

Research Interests: Immuno-modulatory materials, stimuli-responsive materials, dendritic cell immunobiology, translational medicine, host immune system-material interactions, autoimmune disease therapy (Immuno-modulatory Biomaterials Laboratory)

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Stanley Marks, BVSc, PhD

Professor
Medicine and Epidemiology
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Small animal gastroenterology
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Michael Mienaltowski, PhD

Assistant Professor
Applied Physiology and Animal Science
UC Davis, College of Agriculture and Envioronmental Sciences

Research Interests: Development, maturation and repair of musculoskeletal tissues

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Brian Murphy, PhD, DVM

Associate Professor
Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Molecular aspects of lentiviral pathogenisis, signal transduction, cytokine biology, molecular aspects of oncogenesis, bone pathology, gene therapy
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Christopher Murphy, DVM, PhD

Professor
Comparative Ophthalmology
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Medicine

Research Interests: Application of stem cells for the treatment of eye disease
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James Murray, PhD

Professor and Chair
Animal Science
UC Davis, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: Genetic engineering of mammals and horse genomics

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Jan Nolta, PhD

Professor and Director
Stem Cell Program (Institute for Regenerative Cures)
UC Davis, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Migration and homing of stem cells (Nolta lab)
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Sean Owens, DVM

Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Programs
Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
UC Davis, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Blood banking and transfusion medicine
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Pablo Ross, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor
Animal Sciences
UC Davis, College of Agriculture and Envioronmental Sciences

Research Interests: Reproductive biology and epigeneic remodelling

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Paul Russell, PhD

Researcher
Surgical and Radiological Sciences
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Application of stem cells in the treatment of eye disease

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Eduardo Silva, PhD

Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering
UC Davis, College of Engineering

Research Interests: Stem/progenitor cells trafficking and biomaterials (Silva lab)

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Scott Simon

Professor
Biomedical Engineering
UC Davis, College of Engineering

Research Interests: Biomechanics of cells and tissues, neutrophil biology, vascular engineering, particularly with respect to inflammatory disease; fluorescence flow cytometry

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David Simpson, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor
Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Stem Cells, exosomes and biomaterials for cardiac repair
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Claudia Sonder, DVM

Director
Center for Equine Health
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

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Mathieu Spriet, DVM, DACVR, DECDI

Associate Professor
Surgical and Radiological Sciences
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Stem cell tracking and diagnostic imaging
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Beverly Sturges, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Professor
Surgical and Radiological Sciences
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury
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Natalia Vapniarsky, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Assistant Research Scientist
Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Tissue-engineered cartilage and stem cell therapies for immune-mediated diseases
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Frank J Verstraete, DrMedVet, BVSc, MMedVet, DAVDC, DECVS, DEVDC

Professor
Surgical and Radiological Sciences
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Oral and maxillofacial regenerative medicine
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Aijun Wang, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
UC Davis, School of Medicine

Research Interests: Stem cell mediated tissue regeneration and healing (Surgical Bioengineering lab)
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Bart Weimer, PhD

Professor
Population Health and Reproduction
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Metagenomics of extreme enviornments and bacterial metabolism
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Kevin Woolard, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor
Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Comparative glioma biology, cancer stem cells, neural stem cells
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Clare Yellowley, PhD

Professor
Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology
UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine

Research Interests: Orthopedics and musculoskeletal biology
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