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NYU-Regeneron Veterinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine Faculty

Faculty in the NYU-Regeneron Veterinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine are leading laboratory animal veterinarians and pathologists.

Skye Rasmussen, DVM, DACLAM

Co-Director, NYU-Regeneron Veterinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine
Associate Director and Head of Veterinary Services, Division of Comparative Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology

Dr. Rasmussen received her veterinary degree from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced as an emergency and critical care clinician for a number of years before pursuing training as a laboratory animal veterinarian. Dr. Rasmussen underwent her postdoctoral training at the Tri-Institutional Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Science offered by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, and The Rockefeller University. Before joining NYU Langone, she served as associate director and senior research associate at The Rockefeller University, as a member of the senior faculty for the Tri-Institutional Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Science, and as the attending veterinarian at Psychogenics, Inc.

Lee-Ronn Paluch, BVSc, DACLAM

Co-Director, NYU-Regeneron Veterinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine
Associate Director, NYU Office of Veterinary Resources
Clinical Associate Professor, NYU Center for Neural Science

Dr. Paluch is Australian expat who received her veterinary degree from the University of Melbourne in 2008 and completed her training in laboratory animal medicine at the Tri-Institutional Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Science in 2012. Dr. Paluch has been a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) since 2015 and has international experience in the field working with a variety of animal species used in research, including rodents, aquatic species, reptiles, rabbits, cats, dogs, sheep, swine, and nonhuman primates. Her interests include animal ethics, animal welfare, surgical models, anesthesia, and analgesia.

Stephanie E. Woods, DVM, MS LAM, DACLAM

Co-Director, NYU-Regeneron Veterinary Postdoctoral Training Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine
Senior Manager, Mouse Production Facility, Regeneron

Dr. Woods received her DVM and MS in laboratory animal medicine from Tufts University. She then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in comparative medicine and a laboratory animal training program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Woods’s experience in biomedical and veterinary clinical research includes the study of gastrointestinal diseases and pathogens, in vitro techniques for the generation of transgenic mice, antibiotic-resistant organisms with potential impact on animal and human health, and methods to improve the clinical monitoring and outcomes of macaques used in neuroscience research. During her fellowship, Stephanie also served as an instructor at Tufts University, training veterinary students in laboratory animal medicine. Dr. Woods is a diplomate of ACLAM and has previously served as the attending veterinarian at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and attending veterinarian and chief of Veterinary Medical Unit for the Animal Care and Use Programs of James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Northport VA Medical Center, and VA NY Harbor Healthcare System.

Jennifer Pullium, MVB, DACLAM

Senior Director and Attending Veterinarian, Division of Comparative Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology

Dr. Pullium received her veterinarian degree from University College, Dublin, and completed her laboratory animal medicine training at Emory University. She has been a diplomate of ACLAM since 2002.

Mark M. Klinger, DVM, DACLAM

Director and Attending Veterinarian, NYU Office of Veterinary Resources

Dr. Klinger has been a diplomate of ACLAM since 1994. He has served as director of animal research facilities at the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center of Columbia University, the University of Connecticut Health Sciences Center, and for the Division of Lab Animal Resources at the Nathan S. Kline Institute, New York State Office of Mental Health.

Ellen Levee, BA, DVM

Senior Director of Veterinary Services and Vivarium Operations, Regeneron

Dr. Levee has more than 28 years of experience in laboratory animal medicine and science. She served for more than 18 years in academia and as director of comparative medicine at New York Medical College for 10 years before joining Regeneron. She has served as a consultant to various laboratory animal facilities. She has also served as president as well as council member on the Metropolitan New York branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

Balagangadharreddy (Balu) Reddyjarugu, DVM, DACLAM

Associate Director, Vivarium Operations and Veterinary Services, Regeneron

Dr. Reddyjarugu is a licensed laboratory animal veterinarian who joined Regeneron in June 2015. He is originally from India and went to veterinary school there. He then pursued an MS in infectious diseases at University of Georgia, Athens, and worked as a small animal veterinarian in Atlanta, Georgia. He spent three years (2012–15) in the Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program at Cornell University.

Kevin A. Prestia, DVM, MPH, DACLAM

Director, Division of Comparative Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology

Dr. Prestia has worked in comparative medicine for nearly a decade, and before he joined NYU Langone, he served as associate director of Columbia University’s Institute of Comparative Medicine as well as assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology. Dr. Prestia earned his veterinary medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center and Margaret M. Caspary Research Institute in New York City. He fulfilled his residency training in the Institute of Comparative Medicine and a fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology in the laboratory of Michael R. Rosen, MD, at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. He received his MPH from the Mailman School at Columbia University and is currently pursuing an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

Toya McWilliams, DVM, DACLAM

Associate Director of Vivarium Operations, Regeneron

Dr. McWilliams is a board-certified laboratory animal veterinarian. She received her veterinary degree from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Her postdoctoral fellowship in comparative medicine and pathology was completed at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. McWilliams completed a regulatory fellowship at FDA (CBER)/USDA (CVB) Centers of Biologics Evaluation and Research.

Jaclyn Tontini, BS, DVM

Senior Manager of Veterinary Services, Regeneron

Dr. Tontini earned a BS dual-major degree in animal science and pathobiology from the University of Connecticut, and earned a DVM from the Virginia–Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She has 15 years of experience in the laboratory animal field and is a licensed and USDA-accredited veterinarian.