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Dr. KLEMENTINA FON TACER, Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine

Klementina Fon Tacer

Klementina Fon Tacer is an assistant professor of reproductive biology and oncology at Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Fon Tacer received her D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Ljubljana. After postdoctoral studies at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, and St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, she joined a newly established School of Veterinary Medicine at Texas Tech University in Amarillo, Texas. Prior to returning to the USA, Dr. Fon Tacer spent two years at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana teaching animal nutrition and studying metabolism and cancer. Dr. Fon Tacer is a recent CPRIT Scholar Awardee from the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas and an inaugural director of the Texas Center for Comparative Cancer Research (TC3R) at Texas Tech University. The overarching aim of Dr. Fon Tacer’s research is to uncover novel mechanisms that have evolved to protect mammalian cells against stress and discover how and why they are deregulated in disease. To address these questions, her group employs a multidisciplinary approach, combining techniques from classical molecular biology and biochemistry to single-cell technology, genome editing, omics analysis, mouse physiology, and biostatistics. With an interdisciplinary program and comparative approach. Dr. Fon Tacer aims to interconnect veterinary and human medicine to ultimately benefit both, animal and human wellbeing and health. Despite working abroad, Dr. Fon Tacer stayed connected with Slovenia and the University of Ljubljana. She has co-mentored several master's students and a doctoral student, she collaborates on research projects and since 2021, she is the Editor in Chief of the Slovenian Veterinary Research journal, published by the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana.