I no longer accept PhD or rotation students, but remain engaged in teaching and mentoring.
I am currently exploring canine and feline naturally occurring hepatobiliary disease as models for human disease with a particular interest in chronic hepatitis in dogs and chronic cholangitis in cats. Chronic hepatitis in dogs, like in humans, can be associated with immune aberrations as well as inborn errors in copper metabolism. Cholangitis in cats is like primary biliary cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis in humans.
In addition to my interest in liver disease, I am pioneering the use of animal based engineering design challenges to promote STEM education in elementary and middle school children. This work involves designing in school and out of school programs that use real life veterinary case examples to engage students in helping to solve biomedical design challenges. A particular focus is to foster the development of an engineering identity in woman and under-represented minorities.