Megan Albertelli, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, Associate Professor received her D.V.M. from Michigan State University. She completed her residency training in laboratory animal medicine and her Ph.D. in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan. Dr. Albertelli joined the Stanford Department of Comparative Medicine in 2009.
Her research interests include genetic variation in breast and prostate cancers, as well as the development and refinement of mouse models of cancer and celiac disease. Dr. Albertelli is a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.
As a laboratory animal veterinarian, I collaborate with investigators to develop and refine animal models of human disease. Better animal models lead to advancement in both biomedical research and animal welfare. My focus area is cancer, particularly rodent models of glioblastoma, breast cancer, and prostate cancer. Surgical, orthotopic tumor models provide ways to test new cancer treatments, while characterization of genetic tumor models can bring insight into tumor initiation and metastasis. I also have ongoing projects to develop and characterize rodent models of celiac disease and multiple sclerosis. Additionally, I investigate ways to improve the welfare of animals in a laboratory setting through the development and assessment of environmental enrichment methods.