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Maria Cekanova, MS, RNDr, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
The University of Tennessee
2407 River Drive, VTH, C204
Knoxville, TN 37996
Office A122: (865) 389-5222
Lab 307A:: (865) 974-5647
Fax: (865) 974-5554

Education

  • Ph.D. in Genetics, Pavol Josef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia 2000-2005
  • RNDr. in Biology, P.J. Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia 2000-2002
  • M.S. in Biology and Chemistry with Honor, P.J. Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia 1994-1999

Professional Experience

  • 2009, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2005 - 2009, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2003 - 2005, Research Assistant, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 2000 - 2003, Research Assistant, Department of OB/GYN, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 1999 - 2004, Scientist, Institute of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science, P. J. Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia

Research Interest

  • Evaluation of new PET and fluorescent imaging tracers for detection of cancer
  • Investigation of a novel application of neutron imaging techniques
  • Isolation and characterization of canine primary cancer cell lines
  • Study the effects of doxorubicin and its derivates in drug resistant lymphomas in dogs in vitro and in vivo
  • Role of canine mesenchymal stem cells for the treatment of osteoarthritis

Teaching

  • 1999 - 2000, Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, P. J. Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia

Grant

  • OCTOBER 2010 – OCTOBER 2012 – National Institute of Justice – TITLE: “Investigation of a novel approach to forensic analysis using neutron imaging techniques.” ROLE: CO-INVESTIGATOR
  • OCTOBER 2010 - SEPTEMBER 2011 - Morris Animal Foundation - “Safety and efficacy of a novel anthracycline, AD 198 in dogs with refractory lymphoma” Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • SEPTEMBER 2010 – AUGUST 2011 - The Physians’ Medical Education and Research Foundation– Title: “Role of estrogen receptor beta (ERß) in breast cancer” Role: Principal Investigator
  • AUGUST 2010 - JULY 2011 – Oak Ridge National Laboratory – Title: “Neutron imaging for the determination of tumor margins” Role: Principal Investigator
  • APRIL 2010 - MARCH 2011 - WINN Feline Foundation - Title: “New staging techniques and evaluation of therapies for oral squamous cell carcinomas in cats.” Role: Principal Investigator
  • NOVEMBER 2009 - JUNE 2011 – Center of Excellence in Livestock Diseases and Human Health – Title: “Toxicity study of new NSAIDs in dogs and cats.” Role: Principal Investigator
  • OCTOBER 2009 - JUNE 2010 - Center of Excellence in Livestock Diseases and Human Health – Title: “ GABA role in canine and human transitional cell carcinoma” Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • JULY 2009 - JUNE 2011 – Center of Excellence in Livestock Diseases and Human Health – Title: ”Isolation and characterization of the Stem Cells after exposure to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy from Circulating Stem Cells in Horses and Dogs.” Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • JULY 2009 - JUNE 2011 – Center of Excellence in Livestock Diseases and Human Health – Title: “The Effect of different NSAIDs in canine primary Osteosarcoma cell lines.” Role: Principal Investigator
  • APRIL 2009 - APRIL 2016 – Milam grant – Title: “Research in oncology and metabolism in dogs and cats” Role: Co-Investigator
  • 2009 - 2010, Fort Dodge Animal Health/Pfize

Awards

  • MARCH 2010 - Award from NCI/AACR Cancer Research Imaging Camp, St Louise, Missouri to attend this workshop in June 20th - 25th, 2010
  • 2008, Award from AACR Pathobiology of Cancer: The Edward A. Smuckler Memorial Workshop, Snowmass Village, Colorado
  • 1999, Dean's Award for excellent study results, Faculty of Science, P. J. Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia

Professional Societies

  • 2006, Associate member of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • 2006, Associate member of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB)

Publications