Assistant Director of the Animal Resources Department, Salk Institute for Biological StudiesBiography
Dr. Leblanc is the Assistant Director of the Animal Resources Department at the Salk Institute for Biological studies. He obtained his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Montreal in 1997. After 2 years in private practice, he pursued a Masters and a Ph.D. degree in Physiology and Endocrinology. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Leblanc characterized the pharmacokinetic and peripheral metabolism of DHEA in cynolmogus monkeys and also participated in the validation of human Affymetrix genechip microarrays in non-human primates for genomic studies. While doing his doctoral studies, he developed a unique expertise in Laboratory Animal Medicine and Drug Safety assessment in both the biotechnology and academic sectors. Following his Ph.D., he did a residency in Veterinary Pathology at the University of Montreal while remaining active in Lab Animal Science. He then became Director of Regulatory Affairs and University Veterinarian at McGill University overseeing one of the largest animal care and use program in Canada. He moved on to the position of Assistant Director and Veterinary Pathologist at the Salk Institute in 2007 where he is responsible for the veterinary care, diagnostic and preventative medicine program as well as the Comparative Pathology platform. Dr. Leblanc is also a Staff Scientist in the Gene Expression Laboratory and has published on cancer research and metabolism in several high impact journals such as Cell, Cancer Cell and Nature Medicine. He is Diplomate of the ACLAM, participated on multiple assessment visits for both the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and AAALAC International and published several articles in Lab Animal Medicine.