Margarete Akens, Dr. med. vet., PhD
Dr. Margarete Akens is a Scientist at the Techna Institute and an Assistant Professor at the Department of Surgery and a Faculty member of the Spine Program at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University in Zurich, Switzerland, in 2002.
Her research interests include bone related cancers and bone repair with focus on the development of innovative treatment options. She has extensive experience working with pre-clinical bone cancer models and studying the effect of photodynamic therapy on both cancer cells and bone. Additionally she will lead the emerging Comparative Oncology Program at STTARR. Cancer occurs naturally in animals with a similar frequency as in humans, but due to the shorter life span everything happens faster. This program focus on collaboration between Veterinarians and Physicians to accelerate the knowledge about cancer biology and clinical care.