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Comparative Pathologists in the Department of Comparative Medicine

Piper Treuting, DVM, MS, DACVP:  Dr. Treuting is a board certified veterinary pathologist with considerable experience in mouse pathology, aging, and cancer. 

Charles Frevert, DVM, ScD:  Dr. Frevert is trained in veterinary internal medicine and comparative pathology with expertise in lung pathology.  He also has considerable experience in the use of animal models to study lung infection, lung injury, and sepsis.  Research in his laboratory focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate the innate immune system and the mechanisms that are responsible for the successful clearance of bacteria and viruses from the lungs. This includes research to determine the role that proteoglycans and their associated glycosaminoglycans play in the innate immune response to lung infection.

Denny Liggitt, DVM, PhD, DACVP:  Dr. Denny Liggitt, a board certified veterinary pathologist and Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Medicine, has broad experience in biomedical research working in both the academic and private sectors - this includes substantial experience in translational medicine.  He works closely with Drs. Frevert and Treuting to provide oversight for the CPP.

George Sanders, DVM, MS:  Dr. Sanders is certified as a Fish Pathologist by the American Fisheries Society Fish Health Section. Currently, Dr Sanders is a Lecturer and is the Director of the Aquatic Animal Program, which provides multiple resources, training, instruction, and coordinates veterinary care and diagnostics for aquatic research animals at the University of Washington

Renee Hukkanen, DVM, MS, DACVP: Dr Hukkanen is a board certified veterinary pathologist and the Tissue Program Coordinator at the Washington National Primate Research Center.  She specializes in natural and experimental diseases of macaques and collaborates with investigators working on cross-species model development (ie: bringing pilot projects from mouse to monkey).  Her position at the WaNPRC affords much interaction with MD pathologists within the Seattle Cancer Care alliance (UW Medicine, Fred Hutch, and Children's Hospital).  Her research interests include in vivo imaging and innate immunity.

Bob Murnane, DVM, PhD, DACVP:  Dr. Murnane is a board certified veterinary pathologist at the Washington National Primate Research Center, and has many years of broad experience in comparative veterinary pathology including over 10 years of research and pathology experience with zoo and wild animals.  His primary responsibility is to provide research and diagnostic pathology expertise for the primate center.  Dr. Murnane’s current primary research interest is focused on multi-disciplinary efforts to develop meta-analysis tools to query and analyze the plethora of scientific data available to biomedical researchers.


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