Our lab studies the central neuro hormonal regulation of long term arterial pressure and the mechanisms in hypertension and sympathoexcitation during heart failure.
Genetics/molecular biology of cancer - understanding heritable risk traits for common canine tumors Cancer immunology/immunotherapy - understanding mechanisms of immune response to cancer in lab, in clinic, back to lab. Current work specifically studying tumor immunosuppressive barrier Lymphocyte activation - intrinsic negative regulation and its role in maintaining lymphocyte quiescence Cancer pathology/diagnostic medicine - stratification of molecular tumor subtypes that are clinically relevant (prognostic and to guide therapy) Pre-clinical (lab animals and spontaneous tumors of dogs) drug development studies for cancer therapeutics (drugs and biologics). Development of FasL gene-based immunotherapy, ligand targeted toxins, antibodies, genetically modified bacterial vectors, targeted nanoparticles carrying gene therapy, small molecules Nicotine immunotoxicology - role of nicotine in lymphocyte activation and in tumor progression.
I perform clinical research focused on developing and optimizing diagnostic testing in companion animal species, primarily dogs and cats. My clinical research focuses on complications of chemo and radiation therapy in laboratory animal models, predominantly effects on heart, blood, and bone. Recently, I am collaborating on some human studies that branch off from the laboratory animal.