Comparative Medicine

About Comparative Medicine

Comparative Medicine is a distinct discipline of experimental medicine that uses animal models of human and animal disease in translational and biomedical research. The Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford is an academic department whose faculty teach at the undergraduate, graduate, professional and post graduate levels. 

The faculty in the Department of Comparative Medicine are basic researchers or veterinary clinician scientists, all working toward one health. Basic scientist faculty use animal models of epilepsy, neuronal reorganization and recovery after injury, and cortical neuronal circuitry to study physiological and pathophysiological processes. Our basic science faculty also explore strategies to protect women from acquiring HIV and other genital infections.  The veterinary clinical faculty in the Department of Comparative Medicine research interests focus on topics pertaining to laboratory animal and wildlife health, and on animal models of human disease. The species studied are diverse, ranging from rodents to the African Clawed frog.


Welcome David E. Bentzel, VMD, MPH, DACLAM, DACVPM!

Associate Director, Veterinary Service Center
Director, Animal Diagnostic Laboratory
Clinical Professor

Dr. Bentzel earned his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his public health education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He also earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.                                                  Read more>>>>

Congratulations to Dr. Nirk Quispe Calla, for his first place poster "Norethisterone enanthate increases mouse susceptibility to genital HSV-2 and HIV-1 infection"  at the HIV Mucosal Systems Meeting in Chicago, May 6-8, at the Prentice Woman's Hospital! 

Congratulations to Alexandria Hicks-NelsonDVM! She is one of five (5) AVMA members in the nation who has been awarded a Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship to attend the AVMA’s annual Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC) in Chicago in January 2019.

The VLC scholarship program has recognized Dr. Hicks-Nelson as an AVMA member who has participated in efforts to eliminate discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community, and shown a commitment to diversity and inclusion for people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender presentations within veterinary profession.

Dr. Hicks-Nelson, a first year Laboratory Animal Medicine Resident, will be participating in leadership training at the VLC and learning about effective communication techniques and team-building among other activities and workshops.

Picture: Alexandria Hicks-Nelson, DVM

Congratulations to the Cherpes Lab, 2018 recipients of a Discovery Innovation Award. This 2-year award encourages Stanford basic science labs to investigate more daring, novel, and potentially transformative research ideas, and the Cherpes Lab will use this award to explore strategies that may increase ability of the host to combat tumors and pathogenic microorganisms. The Cherpes Lab also newly received an award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. This will support their continued use of highly relevant preclinical models to define strategies that can reduce male-to-female transmission of HIV and other genital pathogens.

Picture Thomas L. Cherpes, DVM, MD

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