2016 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant and 2017 Student Mentor

Home Department: Electrical Engineering
Supported by: Victoria Reed
Mentor: Jonathan Pollack, Pathology

Ameloblastomas are tooth bud tumors rare in humans but remarkably common in dogs. Persiana proposes to evaluate the similarities of human and canine ameloblastomas at the genetic level. If similarities can be demonstrated, then both humans and our canine companions will benefit from one another, through the collective knowledge and therapy studies done.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2016:

Man’s Best Model: A Genomic Comparison of Ameloblastoma in Humans and Dogs

Persiana Saffari1, Boaz Arzi2, Robert West1, Frank Verstraete2, Jonathan Pollack1
[Department of Pathology1, Stanford University; Department of Surgical & Radiological Sciences2, University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine ]