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Shila Nordone, PhD is the Chief Scientific Officer for the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Shila is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at North Carolina State University in 1990, her Master of Science in Nutritional Physiology at Iowa State University in 1994, and her PhD in Immunology at North Carolina State University in 2001. She completed her postdoctoral training at the Human Vaccine Institute at Duke University in 2003.
Before joining the AKC Canine Health Foundation in January 2012, she was a Research Assistant Professor of Immunology at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine where her research program focused on acute inflammatory diseases, including sepsis, acute lung injury, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. She continues to be an adjunct professor at NCSU and is an active collaborator on a variety of projects in veterinary biomedical research.
In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Anthony; her three children, Kathryn, Alex, and Luke; her two Golden Retrievers, Murray and Sadie; and her Border Collie, Sam. One of their favorite ways to spend time is at the coast, with the kids and the dogs playing in the ocean and on the beach.