Comparative Pathobiology

The Department of Comparative Pathobiology combines expertise in biomedical research, pathology, and foundational teaching to engage in cutting-edge research, diagnostic pathology, and innovative education that builds on and promotes the health and well-being of all species. Our department interfaces with colleagues in other departments at Cummings, throughout Tufts, nationally and internationally in ways that include:

  • Collaborative research and other scholarly activities
  • Diagnostic services, including diagnostic pathology and internal and external consulting
  • Integration and alignment of clinical knowledge with pre-clinical foundational courses

First-Year Courses

  • Anatomy I & II
  • Case Based Learning I & II
  • Clinical Skills I
  • General Pathology
  • Organ System Structure and Function, I & II
  • Veterinary Biochemistry and Metabolism

Second-Year Courses

  • Animal Law and Veterinary Medicine
  • Basic Pharmacology
  • Clinical Skills II
  • Endocrine Pathophysiology
  • Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology
  • Hemic Lymphatic & Clinical Pathology
  • Urinary Pathophysiology
  • Respiratory Pathophysiology

Third-Year and Fourth-Year Rotations

  • Anatomical and Clinical Pathology

Graduate Courses

  • Preventative Medicine in Research Animal Facilities & Journal Club
  • Surgery & Anesthesia in Research Facilities
  • Introduction to Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine and Pathology
  • Specialized Research Environments & Journal Club
  • Applied Learning Experience (ALE)


Research in the department involves a variety of methodological approaches, including basic, clinical, pedagogical, and field studies, with which they investigate topics related to both animal and human health. Areas of interest include endocrine and metabolic diseases, reproductive health, systems, and cell-based opioid pharmacology and neurobiology, as well as research related to the practice of veterinary education. Members of the department are highly collaborative with internal and external research partners from both academia and industry.

Faculty members in the section of Cummings Veterinary Diagnostic Lab are involved in teaching, research and providing anatomic and clinical pathology support to the various clinics and organizations on and off campus.



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Denise M. Elwart, MBA

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Jill E. Franko, B.S., C.V.T.

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Stacy Johnson

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Richard Rego

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Mike Santasieri, B.S., C.V.T., L.V.T., F.F.C.P.

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John Stokes, MS, SCYM(ASCP)CM

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Janine Stuczko

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Gabriella Suazo


Contact Us

Department of Comparative Pathobiology
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
200 Westboro Road
North Grafton, MA 01536