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Jaime Modiano hails from Mexico City, where he graduated from the baccalaureate program at Colegio Columbia in 1981. He did undergraduate work in Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX from 1981 to 1984 before moving on to veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He completed his veterinary training and PhD in Immunology through the Veterinary Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, followed by a residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO (1991 - 1993) and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver, CO (1993 - 1995). He was appointed to the faculty in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University as Assistant Professor between 1995 and 1999. Dr. Modiano returned to Denver from 1999 to 2007 where he was Associate Professor of Immunology at the School of Medicine and Full Member of the Cancer of the University of Colorado, Denver (Health Sciences Center) and also held Scientist and Senior Scientist appointments at the AMC Cancer Research Center and Foundation. In July of 2007, Dr. Modiano joined the College of Veterinary Medicine, School of Medicine, and Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota, where he continues his research program as Alvin and June Perlman Endowed Professor of Oncology and Comparative Medicine.
Between 2001 and 2003, Dr. Modiano served as Director of Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy for the Donald Monk Cancer Research Foundation; he also is a partner at Veterinary Research Associates, LLC, a company focused on development and implementation of diagnostics for veterinary medicine and a founder/scientist at ApopLogic Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a biotechnology company focused on development of cancer therapeutics. His research program has had uninterrupted support from federal and private sources for 15 years, leading to co-authorship of more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, and more than 200 abstracts, presentations, and book chapters focused on various aspects of immunology, cancer cell biology, the genetic basis of cancer and applications of gene therapy.
Dr. Modiano is married to Dr. Michelle Ritt, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (1999) who is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. They share their home with two outstanding agility dogs - Logan, a Gordon setter and Quetzal, a German Shepherd Dog.
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