Heather Gardner, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology) is an assistant research professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Her laboratory efforts center on comparative and translational oncology, using the tumor genome to inform novel therapeutic approaches.
Dr. Gardner earned her DVM at Washington State University and completed her Residency in Medical Oncology at the Ohio State University before completing her PhD in Genetics at Tufts University.
PhD, Tufts University, 2020
DVM, Washington State University, 2011
BS, Washington State University, 2005
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology), 2017 (ACVIM)
Comparative and Translational Oncology
Selected Research Projects
Defining the functional consequences and therapeutic vulnerability of dystrophin alterations in canine osteosarcoma.
Characterizing the role of SETD2 mutations in osteosarcoma.
Elucidating the therapeutic utility of targeting metabolic dependencies in osteosarcoma
Research and Clinical Interests
Use of spontaneous tumors in dogs as a model for human cancers
Employing comparative genomics to investigate novel therapeutic targets