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Speaker Bios: 

Dr. Clifford Roberts, DVM, DACLAM

Dr. Clifford Roberts is the Attending Veterinarian at the San Francisco

Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. He recently held the position of Interim Director and Attending Veterinarian at the Office of Laboratory Animal Care at UCB. Dr. Roberts has held numerous positions in the University of California system including Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Research of UCSF, Director of the Laboratory Animal Resources Center at UCSF, and Director of Laboratory Animal Resources at UC Irvine. His University service activities have two main themes: research animal care and use, and management of risks, regulatory and ethical, associated with biomedical research. In addition to his work at the University of California, Dr. Roberts has also held the positions of Director of the US Army Medical Research Unit in Kenya and Deputy Director of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Dr. Roberts is considered one of the leading experts in the field of laboratory animal medicine and is well known for his expertise in animal facility design and management of animal facilities. He has extensive experience with the design and opening of numerous animal facilities and buildings on the UCSF campus. Dr. Roberts earned his DVM from Texas A&M University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. He has held the position of President of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and serves as an ad hoc site visitor for the Association for the Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care.

Dr. Megan Albertelli, PhD, DVM, DACLAM

Dr. Albertelli is a professor and clinical veterinarian at Stanford Veterinarian for the research animals on campus. This involves seeing animal patients and working with investigators to help them work with animal subjects. She also performs collaborative research. This can involve helping labs identify appropriate animal models, working with people that want to develop a new animal model, discussing experimental design with animal models, and assisting researchers with the different techniques involved in working with their animals.

Another project Dr. Albertelli is involved in is developing a new animal model, which is the mouse lemur: a small prosimian that lives in Madagascar. Dr. Albertelli has travelled to Madagascar to study this animal with the intent of applying our findings to studying human diseases. Secondarily to this, the researchers involved in this study realized that there was a great opportunity to help train the next generation of scientists in Madagascar. One of our teaching projects involves working with the University of Antananarivo with students training to be secondary school teachers in Madagascar. We put on workshops to help them learn hands-on techniques in molecular biology and genetics. This year, we’re starting a new project with high school students to bring scientific training to the high school setting.

Dr. Monika Huss, MS, DVM, DACLAM

Dr. Monika Huss is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Comparative Medicine. She graduated from Stanford University with a MS in biology in 2006 and received her DVM from Western University of Health Sciences in 2010. Dr. Huss went on to complete her residency in laboratory animal medicine in 2015. She is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal medicine and is also a certified professional in iacuc administration. Dr. Huss’s research interests include refinement in rodent analgesia, anesthesia and aseptic surgical technique 

Dr. Jennifer Frohlich, VMD

Jennifer Frohlich received her VMD from University of Pennsylvania. She completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center (AMC), a specialty small animal hospital in New York City. She stayed on at the AMC as a Staff Doctor for 2 years after her internship, practicing both small animal and exotic pet medicine. She then went on to complete a residency in Laboratory Animal Medicine at UC San Diego. She is currently a clinical veterinarian at UC Berkeley with the Office of Laboratory Animal Care (OLAC). 

Dr. Ravi Tolwani, PhD, DVM, DACLAM

Ravi Tolwani has held faculty appointments at Stanford University and The Rockefeller University where he is currently the Associate Vice President of the Comparative Bioscience Center.  He received his DVM from Auburn University, PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was a Sloan Management Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Dr. Christie Ferrecchia, DVM, DACLAM

Dr. Christie Ferrecchia is a clinical veterinarian at the University of California Berkeley. She is a member of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and received her DVM from The University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College. Dr. Ferrecchia completed a nonhuman primate residency at the Oregon National Primate Research Center and also completed a general laboratory animal medicine residency at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Ferrecchia is a well-published author in topics including nonhuman primates, hyenas, bats, and facilities issues in mice vivaria.


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