Department of Surgery
Allison Ostdiek is a clinical veterinarian and researcher, whose interests include biomedical engineering with an emphasis on cardiovascular biomaterials and nanoparticles. She has worked with a wide variety of species, from non-human primates and swine to mice and rats. She has deep knowledge of swine cardiovascular models, which allows her to judge possible postprocedural changes. She is also trained to read pathology and use a scanning electron microscope. Currently, she is the associate director of large animal clinical services at the University of Chicago.
Her research has been published in Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science; Medical Physics; LabAnimal; Biomaterials; Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part B, Applied Biomaterials; and Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine.
Ostdiek completed her undergraduate work in animal science at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities before receiving her DVM from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. She then joined the comparative medicine residency program at the University of Missouri, where she also pursued her PhD in veterinary pathobiology, with an emphasis on biomedical engineering. After serving as a clinical veterinarian in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago, most recently she was a principal veterinarian at Medtronic, in Minnesota.