Zoobiquity Research Symposium Organizers

Donna M Bouley, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
Stanford University School of Medicine
Professor of Comparative Medicine and by courtesy, Pathology

Donna Bouley received her D.V.M. from the University of Tennessee, received her Ph.D. in 1995 in Comparative and Experimental Medicine (University of Tennessee) studying the immunopathology of Herpetic Stromal Keratitis in mouse models, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1996. She served on the faculty at Texas A & M for two years, then joined the Department of Comparative Medicine at Stanford in 1997 where she is the director of necropsy services for the Veterinary Service Center. Her research interests include phenotypic characterization of genetically engineered mice (GEM), host-pathogen interactions, and the pathology of minimally invasive cancer treatments (focused ultrasound, cryoablation) in a normal dog prostate model. Dr. Bouley has been awarded several Stanford honors for her teaching and mentoring of undergraduates interested in careers in veterinary medicine, human medicine and biomedical research, including the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel award (2007) and appointment as the Kleinheinz Family Fellow in the Bass institute for Undergraduate Education. She is an affiliate faculty with the HumBio Interdepartmental Program, the Wood’s Institute, and is the founder of the Stanford Undergraduate Pre-Vet Club (SUPVC).



Stephen A. Felt, DVM, MPH, Diplomate ACVPM, Diplomate ACLAM
Stanford University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Medicine
Attending Veterinarian, Veterinary Service Center

Stephen A. Felt, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, DACLAM, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Medicine and is the Attending Veterinarian at Stanford University. He earned his veterinary degree from University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and completed his public health education at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland. He conducted his residency training in laboratory animal medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). He is double- boarded by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. His research interest focuses on infectious diseases, particularly zoonoses, and refining experimental techniques to improve animal health and welfare. Currently he is collaborating with labs which are studying the virulence factors of Vibrio cholerae, the use of "microbubbles" for molecular diagnostic imaging and as a delivery system for targeted therapies which may be translated into human and veterinary clinical applications.



Ashley Zehnder, DVM, ABVP (Avian)
Stanford University School of Medicine
Post-doctoral Fellow/PhD candidate

Ashley Zehnder, DVM, ABVP (Avian) is a post-doctoral fellow/PhD candidate in the Khavari Lab at Stanford currently working on novel therapeutic strategies to target altered signaling pathways in epithelial cancers. She graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005 and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 2006. Subsequently, she completed a 3-year residency in Companion Avian and Pet Exotic Medicine at the University of California-Davis and became boarded in Avian Medicine in 2009. Since beginning her research training at Stanford, she has pursued interests in cancer biology as well as comparative medicine by maintaining active research interests in both fields. More recently, she has founded a research alliance to bring together medical professionals to pursue research interests relating to cancer in non-domestic species to shed light on the biology of tumors in these potentially valuable animal models. More information is available on these activities at www.escra.org.

Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, M.D.
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology

In addition to patient care, she is actively involved with medical education and research. Dr. Natterson-Horowitz also holds a professorship in the UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is Co-Director of the Evolutionary Medicine Program at UCLA.
She also serves as a cardiovascular consultant to the Los Angeles Zoo as a member of its Medical Advisory Board and is Chair of the Zoobiquity Conference, a national educational program that facilitates interdisciplinary discussions between physicians, veterinarians and others in the health professions.
In 2012, Dr. Natterson-Horowitz co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, Zoobiquity: The Astonishing Connection Between Human and Animal Health. Zoobiquity was named Discover Magazine’s Best Book of 2012, The China Times Best Foreign Translation of 2013, and a Finalist in the American Association for the Advancement of Science Excellence in Science Books 2012. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Nature, Scientific American, and New Scientist, among others.
Dr. Natterson-Horowitz completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard College and received a Master’s degree from Harvard University. She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco.


Kathryn Bowers
Fellow at the New American Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Associate Editor, Zócalo Public Square

Kathryn Bowers is a Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. She began her career in journalism as a staff editor of the Atlantic Monthly and worked for CNN-International in London. Kathryn later served as an assistant media liaison at the United States Embassy in Moscow, where she received a State Department Meritorious Honor Award for her service. She’s taught writing at UCLA and is currently an associate editor of Zócalo Public Square, an Ideas Exchange based in Los Angeles.
Kathryn holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Andy Bowers and their daughter.



Susan Kwan, MPH
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Executive Director of the Zoobiquity Research Initiative
and Administrator of the Evolutionary Medicine Program

Susan began her career as a program analyst at the UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology where she was responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of geriatric education programs. In 2010, she was appointed to the U.S. DHHS’s Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-based Linkages by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She completed her appointment in 2013. The committee was created by Congress to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of the DHHS concerning policy and program development and other matters of significance related to activities under Part D, Title VII of the PHS Act, as amended by the Affordable Care Act.
Susan completed her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California, double-majoring in biochemistry and gerontology (health-sciences track). She received her Master’s in Public Health from UCLA, specializing in community health programs and aging.