Student/Resident Corner

Welcome to The Student/Resident Corner ("The SRC")

Here in the SRC, you will find a variety of useful links, blogs and postings that will allow you to chat with STP mentors and fellow trainees while also exploring the many resources and training opportunities available to students/residents interested in learning more about exciting careers in toxicological pathology–trainees just like you! Check it out! Add a comment to our blog! Ask questions! We’re here to help you navigate the exciting world of Tox Path.

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Student Liaison Section

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Jessica Kendziorski, PhD

Ohio State University

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Sophie Hopkins, BS

Colorado State University


Tamsen Polley, MSc, BS

UC Davis, CA


Whitney Chandler, BS

NC State University, NC

Summary of Goals and Objectives   

STP Student Liaisons serve as the point of contact between the STP and their academic institutions.  Liaisons are expected to work with an STP mentor and the Student Outreach and Engagement Taskforce (SOETF) to disseminate information about the STP to veterinary students and other trainees (residents/graduate students), to interface with the ACVP Student Chapter leaders, pathology residents, and the pathology faculty to encourage participation in STP-focused programs (such as the Speakers/Training Institutions Program, STIP) and to promote STP awareness among researchers and pathologists at their school.  

  • Arrange STP-sponsored activities, including at least one annual lecture/workshop for interested students through the STP-STIP program.
  • Disseminate STP literature and announcements of award opportunities and meetings
  • Collaborate with your STP mentor
  • Promote STP membership and engagement among students and trainees
  • Attend/report at quarterly SOETF teleconferences
  • Issue an annual report to the STP summarizing activities and outreach efforts (Due in April)


Liaison benefits include:

  • Free STP student membership
    • Free registration to annual STP meetings,
    • Electronic access to the Journal of Toxicologic Pathology
    • Advanced notice of STP student awards and scholarships
  • Opportunities to apply for a competitive Travel award for Student Liaisons
    • Criteria for selection of awardees:
      • Annual report submitted to the STP complete and on-time
      • Consistent reporting on activities to STP mentor(s) & SOETF – at least once per semester
      • At least one STIP visit to the representative institution that is at least in the planning stages (i.e. a visit has been requested and a speaker has been identified and contacted)
      • Demonstration of increased student awareness of the STP based on number of STP student memberships and student applications for awards, externships, and/or scholarships (this is relative to previous metrics from the institution)



Mentor Profiles


Vinicius Carreira, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DABT

Vini Carreira is a Scientific Director, Pathology with the Nonclinical Safety group at Janssen Research & Development based on the West Coast in La Jolla, CA. In this role Vini influences drug discovery and development projects by providing scientific input in the design, conduct, and interpretation of experiments that focus on characterizing the safety of novel therapeutics and/or understanding mode(s) of action for toxicity in nonclinical studies. He also provides investigative guidance and scientific leadership in pathology to local drug discovery teams, identify and lead collaborative mechanistic efforts with internal, external, consortia and academic investigators. Read more

Originally from Latin America, Vini was born in Brazil to Portuguese parents and retains dual nationality for the two countries. Academically, he completed formal Residency Training in Veterinary Pathology at Michigan State university, he holds a DVM and a PhD in Molecular Genetics and Environmental Toxicology from the University of Cincinnati. Prior to joining Janssen R&D, he was a Senior Pathologist at Vet Path Services (VPS in Mason, OH), where he spent almost 5 years serving as a Study Pathologist for nonclinical safety assessment studies. Prior to VPS, he spent over a year at MPI Research (now CRL Mattawan) as part of his combined training in Toxicologic Pathology.

Vini is a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) as well as a diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology (ABT). He is very passionate about science of toxicologic pathology, with a strong publication record in toxicologic and comparative pathology, developmental and cardiovascular toxicologic pathology, and animal models of human diseases. He volunteers as a scientific reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals and is an active member of multiple committees in professional toxicology and toxicologic pathology organizations, within and outside North America, and is avidly invested in training and career development and outreach.

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