Biographical Sketches of Committee Members
James Fox, DVM, MS is Director and Professor of Comparative Medicine and Bioengineering and Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a recognized expert on infectious diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and their oncogenic potential and is currently the principal investigator of three NIH RO1 grants. He administers the NIH-sponsored post-DVM training program in comparative medicine at MIT. He served on the Committee on Veterinary Medical Sciences in 1980-1982 to assess the effect of legislative and regulatory initiatives on the demand for veterinary medical scientists, an issue closely related to the current efforts. He was also the chair of the Committee for National Survey of Laboratory Animal Use, Facilities, and Resources.
John Harkness, DVM, MS, MEd is a professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and University Laboratory Animal Veterinarian at Mississippi State University. He is an ad hoc consultant for the American Association of Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International, in which he served previously as a member of the Council on Accreditation for 8 years, including 3 years as chair or vice-chair. He served on the NRC Committee on Educational Programs in Laboratory Animal Science, and was a participant in the NRC workshop Definition of Pain and Distress and Reporting Requirements for Laboratory Animals.
William A. Hill, is a fourth-year veterinary medical student at North Carolina State University, pursuing a career in laboratory animal medicine. He
received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Laboratory Animal Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Instrumental in reorganizing the Student Chapter of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners on his campus, he is also devising a survey instrument to be distributed to second-year veterinary students across the country to ascertain their motivation for careers in laboratory animal medicine.
Alan M. Kelly, BVSc, MRCVS, PhD is Professor of Pathology and Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the development of neuromuscular specialization and muscular dystrophy.
Kathy Laber, DVM, MS is Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine, Veterinary Director of the VA Animal Research Facility and Administrative Vice-Chairman of the Division of Laboratory Animal Resources at the Medical University of South Carolina. She chairs an American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine committee on career pathways for laboratory animal veterinarians. Dr. Laber pursues collaborative research efforts in addition to her responsibilities for administering the Animal Research Facility. She is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and a council member/assistant section leader of the American Association of Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care, International.
Fred Quimby, VMD, PhD is Associate Vice-President and Senior Director of Laboratory Animal Research Center at Rockefeller University and was previously a Full Professor of Pathology and held faculty appointments in the Graduate fields of Immunology, Environmental Toxicology and Veterinary Medicine as well as the Director of the Center for Laboratory Animal Resources at Cornell University. He administers the post-DVM training program in laboratory animal medicine at Rockefeller.
Abigail Smith, MPH, PhD is Director of Laboratory Animal Science, Animal Health, and Husbandry Research at The Jackson Laboratory. Her excellence in the field of laboratory animal medicine has been recognized with an honorary membership in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. She has also been recognized by the American Committee on Laboratory Animal Diseases as an expert on the virology of laboratory rodents.
John Vandenbergh, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Zoology, North Carolina State University, where he is an undergraduate advisor of
pre-veterinary students. His research areas are environmental control of reproduction, the endocrine basis of behavior, and rodent and primate behavior. He was a member of the NRC Committee to Revise the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, Committee on Understanding the Biology of Sex and Gender Differences, and Committee on the Cost of and Payment for Animal Research.