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Scientific Advisory Board

An experienced team with a wide range of expertise in veterinary medicine. The members of our SAB bring deep animal health expertise that plays an important role in identifying strategic directions and shaping our portfolio of research programs.

James Fox, DVM

Dr. Fox, who received his Master of Science from Stanford University and his DVM from Colorado State University, has had a long career researching, studying, and educating in the field of laboratory animal science. He has a longstanding interest in the gastrointestinal microbiome and how it interfaces and influences the host’s immune response to gastrointestinal pathogens, particularly Helicobacterspecies, and he has been studying the pathogenesis of Helicobacter gastrointestinal diseases in humans and animals for the past 35 years. Dr. Fox and his team’s research has been enhanced and strengthened by an established collaboration with Professors Tannenbaum and Dedon, with whom they have studied the immunopathology of IBD and CRC. Dr. Fox is currently Director, Division of Comparative Medicine, and Professor, Department of Biological Engineering, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Marina M. Hanson, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

Dr. Hanson received her BS from Rutgers University-Cook College with an interest in laboratory animal science and research. She then attended veterinary school at Iowa State University, followed by a laboratory animal residency and PhD program at University of Missouri. Her PhD work focused on generation of novel transgenic rat and zebrafish models. She gained further expertise in rodent colony management, breeding and genetics while employed at Taconic Biosciences. She became an ACLAM diplomate in 2020. Dr. Hanson is currently the site veterinarian for the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Hilton Klein, VMD

Dr. Klein received a BS in Animal Science/Microbiology from Rutgers University, MS from Pennsylvania State University, and VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He previously worked in senior and executive management and research at Merck Research Laboratory, Taconic, Harlan Laboratories (Envigo), and Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pa. He is a Diplomate of both the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) and the European College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ECLAM) and served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Klein is widely published in peer-reviewed literature, making him a highly respected academic and industry thought leader. He has published over 70 articles and multiple book chapters in the field of laboratory animal medicine.

Christine Lieggi, DVM

Dr. Lieggi is the Associate Director and Head of Veterinary Services in the Research Animal Resource Center, which serves Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. She received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in laboratory animal medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine since 2005. Dr. Lieggi is experienced with a wide range of animal species utilized in the biomedical research setting, including rodents, fish, primates, canines, and farm animals. She enjoys teaching, and her special interests include the management of pain and distress in the research setting.

William White, VMD

Dr. White received his VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (1970); his MS in laboratory animal medicine from The Pennsylvania State University in Hershey (1972); and his BS from Pennsylvania State University in University Park (1966). He was a tenured Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine of the College of Medicine at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center conducted basic research in a number of areas involving the effects of environmental variables on laboratory animals and laboratory animal anesthesia, taught surgery, and served as anesthesiologist for the artificial internal organs research program. In 1988, he joined Charles River Laboratories as Director of Professional Services, subsequently holding a number of positions in the organization. He is recently retired from his last position as Corporate Vice President for Veterinary and Professional Services. He is a Diplomate of both the American (ACLAM) and European (ECLAM) Colleges of Laboratory Animal Medicine and served as president of ACLAM and the International Association of Colleges of Laboratory Animal Medicine (IACLAM).

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