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Comparative Pathology in Translational Science


Faculty, fellows, and residents in Comparative Pathology facilitate identification and resolution of naturally occurring disease outbreaks in the institutional animal colonies, and collaborate in diverse research areas. These pathologists are alerted to disease problems by interactions between Comparative Medicine clinical laboratory animal veterinarians and primary investigators or through the sentinel animal program. Comparative Pathology postdoctoral fellows and residents perform complete gross and histopathologic examinations of animals submitted for postmortem evaluation in close consultation with pathology faculty.

Photograph of Chris Zink DVM, Ph.D.

Every case is formally reviewed by an ACVP board-certified veterinary pathologist. Final reports are sent to the investigator and entered into the computerized Comparative Medicine pathology database. More than 68,000 archived cases are available at Johns Hopkins for review.

Our comparative pathology faculty also serves an integral role in a consortium of regional institutions, including the National Aquarium, the National Zoo and the Maryland Zoo, with a common interest in Comparative Pathology. These interactions provide diagnostic support for these institutions and also foster research collaborations.

Pathology Consultation

Consultation and collaboration for translational science experimental design and  pathology is available though Dr. Cory Brayton and the  Phenotyping Core, or by contacting other comparative pathology faculty.

Pathology consulting and research collaborations through the phenotyping core are customized to the research project and model, can include animal model selection, experimental design, test development, procedural training, specialized testing and pathology procedures, training, reporting, imaging, morphometry, manuscript and grant preparation, and involves relevant experts within and beyond our department.