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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.


COVID-19 continues to get widespread coverage in the media.  Stephen Felt, Professor of Comparative Medicine, is quoted in USA Today, 3/19/20.

COMPMED 23N Featured in The Stanford Daily!

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Cherpes. His class, COMPMED 23N: Microbes that Made Plagues, is featured on the February 10, 2020 edition of The Stanford Daily! See:

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! 

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