Julian Castaneda DVM, PhD
Director and Veterinarian of the IND Animal Facility
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Dr. Castaneda is the Director and Veterinarian of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) Animal Facility. In this role, Dr. Castaneda optimizes, coordinates, and mobilizes the formidable resources offered by the IND Animal Facility to advance the world-class science being conducted at the IND.
In 2001, Dr. Castaneda received his BS in Chemistry and BA in Anthropology from the University of Florida. He received his PhD in Molecular Toxicology and Environmental Medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2007. His PhD thesis focused on characterizing the humoral anti-brain response in Batten disease, a lysosomal storage disorder. In 2011, he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he was presented with the awards for best senior seminar, pathology and laboratory animal medicine. In 2014, Dr. Castaneda became a Diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine.
Dr. Castaneda’s scientific and medical interests include toxin- and toxicant-induced changes to tertiary protein structure, non-invasive drug delivery methods to the central nervous system, infectious disease in animal colonies, and the continuous refinement of the care and medical treatment of laboratory animals.