Jenna Burton, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)
Dr. Burton is a veterinary medical oncologist and the director of the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME and her DVM from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. Dr. Burton then moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to complete a one-year rotating small animal internship followed by a residency in medical oncology at Colorado State University. She is board certified in oncology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her primary research focus is comparative and translational oncology with a specific interest in canine lymphoma.
Michelle Giuffrida, VMD, MSCE, DACVS
Dr. Giuffrida is the associate director of the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials and a soft tissue surgeon. At the University of Pennsylvania, she completed undergraduate degree in 2001, her veterinary degree in 2007, and her masters in clinical epidemiology in 2015. Dr. Giuffrida then moved to Davis, CA to be an assistant professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She is board certified in veterinary surgery and a fellow of surgical oncology.
Chrissy Kinkade, PhD
Dr. Kinkade is an analyst in the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland College Park in 2006, she received her doctoral degree in neuroscience from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011. Dr. Kinkade then went to the University of California, Berkeley to be a research administrator until 2013 when she came to the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
Christine Munsterman, BS
Ms. Munsterman is the financial analyst at the Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials.
Teri Guerrero, BS, RALAT
Ms. Guerrero is one of the clinical trial coordinators and has been coordinating oncology clinical trials and running the tumor bank biorepository at UC Davis since 2007. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Biology with a Chemistry emphasis, Ms. Guerrero worked in private practice as a Veterinary Assistant and Office Manager and then in the preclinical and clinical laboratory services for pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry where she obtained her AAALAC accreditation. She has extensive Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Clinical Practice (GCP) knowledge and experience working with small and large animals. Ms. Guerrero is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Clinical Research Management for Regulatory Science.
Mike Bannasch, BS, RVT
Mr. Bannasch is one of the clinical trial coordinators. Throughout high school and college at Michigan State University, he got involved in veterinary medicine through his experience as an animal care attendant, groomer, veterinary assistant at a family-owned veterinary practice in Michigan and an emergency and critical care assistant at the Virginia–Maryland Veterinary Emergency Service in Alexandria, Virginia. While on the east coast, Mr. Bannasch spent over a year at the National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, but then accepted a position in the UC Davis’s Small Animal Intensive Care Unit in 1998. He joined Dr. Niels Pedersen’s laboratory in the Center for Companion Animal Health as a post graduate researcher in 1999 and then became the program coordinator of the first Shelter Medicine veterinary residency training program in the world in 2000. Fifteen years later, Mr. Bannasch joined the UC Davis Veterinary Center for Clinical Trials as a clinical trial coordinator.