Senior Staff

Monika Burns

Monika Burns, DVM is a Senior Research/Clinical Veterinarian with primary clinical responsibility for non-rodent mammalian species at MIT. Dr. Burns joined the DCM staff following completion of the MIT DCM postdoctoral training program in comparative medicine. Prior to her training at MIT, she received her DVM degree from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Her current research focuses on the effects of Helicobacter pylori on neurodevelopment, and the relationship of H. pylori and iron deficiency in transgenic and wild-type mouse models.

Ge, Zhongming

Zhongming Ge, PhD, is a Molecular Biologist in the Division. His research interests include identification of virulence factors from gastric and enterohepatic helicobacters, the pathogen-host interactions and molecular mechanisms of liver and intestinal tumorigenesis in mouse models. He is also actively involved in collaborative research on several NIH-funded projects as well as the training and supervision of undergraduates and post-doctoral fellows.

Alison M Hayward

Alison M Hayward, DVM, CPIA is a Senior Clinical/Surgical Veterinarian with 20 years of experience in private small animal practice as well as laboratory animal medicine and surgery in academic and contract research settings. Dr. Hayward has primary interests in comparative medicine and anesthesia, surgical model development, and medical device testing. She has experience with regulatory affairs governing animal use in research, IACUC administration, GLP regulations for device assessment, as well as protocol/project management. Her focus is within the Langer Lab on drug delivery devices in animal models.

Jennifer Haupt

Jennifer Haupt, DVM, DACVS, is a Research/Surgical Veterinarian who helps perform and coordinate surgical procedures in all mammalian species as well as overseeing the E25 animal facility. Dr. Haupt joined DCM following the completion of a surgical residency at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She has special interest in developing orthopedic models for osteoarthritis and fracture repair studies. In addition, she has additional training in rodent microsurgical techniques. She is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Haupt is available to consult on surgical techniques as well as assist and perform surgical procedures on all mammalian species.

Hilda Holcombe

Hilda Holcombe, DVM, PhD, DACLAM, is a Senior Research/Clinical Veterinarian with primary responsibilities for rodents in the Koch Institute and non-primate species in E17/18. She received her PhD in immunology following graduation from veterinary school and has a primary interest in mucosal immunity. Her current research focuses on novel approaches for using engineered nucleases to generate genetically modified inbred guinea pigs. She also studies macrophage function in rodent models of IBD.