Stephanie Shrader, DVM, DACVP (anatomic pathology)
Clinical Lecturer & Ph.D. candidate
Department of Pathobiology
Dr. Shrader received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. in 2006. She earned her DVM from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008 and subsequently completed a residency in veterinary anatomic pathology at Auburn University in 2015. In the fall of 2016, she became a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Dr. Shrader has been working at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as a clinical lecturer while she finishes her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences.
Under the tutelage of Dr. Bruce Smith, Dr. Shrader’s doctoral research focuses on understanding the pathophysiology of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) cardiomyopathy. She has been studying a novel dystrophin-deficient animal model, the Labradoodle. Preliminary cardiac imaging, necropsy, and histopathology data indicate that dystrophin-deficient Labradoodles develop cardiac and skeletal pathology that mimics the disease seen in people with DMD. Dr. Shrader is also performing cardiac transcriptomic analyses on this model; understanding the cardiac manifestation of DMD at the level of gene expression may allow for future development of targeted therapeutics.
Dr. Shrader has additional interests in toxicologic pathology, medical device pathology, and ocular pathology. She is a current member of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, American Veterinary Medical Law Association, Society of Toxicologic Pathology, and the CL Davis Foundation.