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Department of Veterinary Medicine

Cambridge Veterinary School

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Our team

Principal investigator(s): 


Jane Ladlow MA VetMB CertVR CertSAS DipECVS MRCVS

Royal College and European Specialist in Small Animal Surgery

Senior Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery (Soft Tissue)           

Jane is currently a Senior Lecturer in Soft Tissue Surgery, and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (awarded in 2002). Jane’s main area of clinical research is brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, the objective assessment of airway function in these dogs and the development of effective surgical strategies for them. 




Dr David Sargan  MA PhD

Veterinary Geneticist

Senior Lecturer in Molecular Pathology

David is interested in comparative genetics of disease and in particular in genetic diseases of dogs. Understanding canine models will throw light on human disease, whilst also allowing us to develop veterinary insights and better advice for breeders. His current projects focus on a canine cone rod dysplasia, for which his group has very recently shown that the primary locus is subject both to genomic and translational modifiers, and mapped a modifying locus; on lens luxations in terrier breeds for which they have recently identified the causative mutation, and on breed predispositions to a variety of soft tissue sarcomas and a single type of carcinoma. In the last year he has also begun to work on projects on brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome. David is also working on modelling the effects of CoI on prevalence of diseases with complex inheritance.



Post-doctoral researcher(s):


Dr Lajos Kalmar PhD

Post-doc Research Associate 

Zoologist mastered at the University of Veterinary Science Budapest (Hungary) in 2000, had his PhD from human genetics in 2007. Before he joined the team in the autumn of 2015 he worked in the Institute of Enzymology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, did research in the field of structural biology (especially in the field of disordered proteins). In the research team, he is responsible for the genetic studies related to BOAS and eating all the brownies that Nai-Chieh makes for Eileen.




Nai-Chieh Liu DVM MPhil PhD

Clinical Post-doc Research Associate

Nai-Chieh obtained her veterinary degree and a rotating internship at National Taiwan University and then working as a junior training surgeon at WellcareVet Specialist Hospital in Taipei. She joined the BOAS team as an MPhil student in 2011 and started her PhD working on developing a non-invasive screening test for BOAS using whole-body barometric plethymgraphy. Nai-Chieh is particularly interested in respiratory physiology in brachycephalic dogs and ENT surgery. She is also an artist who enjoys painting portraits of her favorite study dogs. 




Research Nurse: 


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Amy Stelman RVN

 Amy has many years experience working in the veterinary field, both in general practice and referral surgery. This includes six years as a specialist surgical nurse at the Queen's Veterinary School Hospital (QVSH), and then one year working as the Research Nurse in Small Animal Surgery for the Surgical Discovery Centre in the Department of Veterinary Medicine.
Amy has recently taken up a position as the Clinical Research Co-ordinator at the QVSH and brings her experience in a clinical role to this research group. She also has a background in research, having completed a Masters by Research at Anglia Polytechnic University.







Hattie Wright BSc MPhil

MPhil student in Veterinary Science

Hattie obtained a BSc in Zoology at the University of Reading, where she did her undergraduate research project looking at paedomorphosis and the evolution of the domestic dog. Wanting to continue with this theme whilst being able to apply research undertaken to improve canine health and welfare, Hattie was now working on her MPhil project here at Cambridge with the rest of the BOAS research team.





Eileen Troconis BSc MPhil

MPhil student in Veterinary Science

Before joining the BOAS research team, Eileen obtained an undergraduate degree in Biology at Amherst College. For her MPhil project she was investigating how the characteristic skull dimensions of canine brachycephalic breeds contribute to the development of the BOAS, and how they relate to the genetics underlying the condition. Next year, she hopes to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine.  In her spare time she enjoys talking to her family in Venezuela and the United States, as well as meeting new people and animals from all over the world. 




Brigitta Kara BSc 

Brigitta is an MSc student in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Technology and Economics of Budapest. In July 2015 she joined the research group of Peter Tompa in the Institute of Enzymology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, where she did bioinformatics analyses in the field of the evolution of disordered proteins. Currently she is doing experimental work in molecular biology related to disordered proteins. During the summer of 2016 Brigitta worked as a trainee in the BOAS research group.

Brigitta worked on the signal processing of auditory signals from dogs with Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS). The aim of her work was to develop a customized algorithm to analyse the recorded audio tracks and correlate their frequencycomposition with the observed anatomical defects.