Klementina Fon Tacer, DVM, PhD
Texas Tech University
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Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
May 20, 2020
Studying cancer in non-human animals, or comparative cancer research, opens the door to exiting new discoveries and a fuller understanding of and treatment for human cancers. Through animal research, scientists are learning how to protect the fertility of young boys undergoing chemotherapy and developing better-targeted cancer therapies.
Veterinarian and cancer researcher Klementina Fon Tacer was recruited in 2020 to the Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine from St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis where she was a research scientist. She received a First-Time Tenure-Track Award from CPRIT.
“Fertility preservation in men who undergo chemotherapy is relatively easy because you can take and preserve sperm,” Fon Tacer says. “But with children we have to preserve immature spermatogonia and develop methods to preserve fertility later in life.”