Jennifer Johns

Assistant Professor, Clinicial Pathology

Research in our lab focuses on several areas: 

1) Translational research utilizing mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). We are currently evaluating: a) How MSCs alter the bone marrow microenvironment and local immune response in canine osteosarcoma (a common bone cancer of dogs), and the resulting impact on tumor progression;  b) The role of MSCs in modulating the host immune response to infectious diseases, particularly bacterial infections, in veterinary species.

2) Research on tick-borne rickettsial infections, including granulocytic anaplasmosis and related obligate intracellular bacterial infections. 

3) Clinical research for veterinary diagnostic testing, with an emphasis on laboratory animal and exotic species, and hematopoietic disorders in domestic animals.