Research Associate Professor
Maria Cekanova, RNDr, Ph.D. is the Director of Translational Research Laboratory and Research Associate Professor of Oncology at the department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences. Cekanova received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Pavol Josef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia and did postdoctoral research training at the University of Tennessee at the Department of Pathobiology of College of Veterinary Medicine. She began her academic career at the University of Tennessee at the department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences in 2009. Cekanova’s research program focuses on the evaluation of novel imaging and therapeutic agents for detection and treatment of cancers. Her group has used companion animals with naturally-occurring tumors as models for human cancers in vivo and in vitro.
Included in the awards Cekanova has received are the Zoetis Research Award of Excellence from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine; the Award from National Cancer Institute/ American Association for Cancer Research to attend Cancer Research Imaging Camp; Award from American Association for Cancer Research Pathobiology of Cancer: The Edward A. Smuckler Memorial Workshop; Award for excellent study results, graduated with honors, Dean of Faculty of Science, UPJS in Kosice; Award of Excellence, University of Tennessee Research Symposium of Comparative and Experimental Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee for first place in category of Research Assistant Professor. She is the author of over 35 research publications and multiple presentations. She served as a reviewer of National Institute of Health study section BMIT-B and Slovak Grant Agency, APVV. She has served on the College of Research Committee at UTCVM since 2011 and on the Science Review Committee for Neutron Science user’s proposals at Oak Ridge National Laboratory since 2015.
Ph.D. in Genetics, Pavol Josef Safarik University in Kosice, Slovakia