Address

Texas Tech University
School of Veterinary Medicine
7671 Evans Dr., Amarillo, Texas 79106

Office: Room E249

Contact Information

Call: 1 (806) 834 3019

Email: fontacer@ttu.edu

Klementina Fon Tacer, DVM, PhD

Principal investigator
Assistant professor, Reproductive Biology and Oncology
Director, Texas Center for Comparative Cancer Research (TC3R)
CPRIT Scholar

Biography

In 2020, Klementina joined the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the Texas Tech University (TTU SVM) and became a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Scholar. She is a Director of the Texas Center for Comparative Cancer Research at the TTU SVM and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Biology and an adjunct position at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center.

Klementina received her D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she was trained in veterinary medicine, molecular biology, and biochemistry. During her Ph.D. studies, she became fascinated with germ cells and their specific ways to regulate metabolism. She came to the U.S. for her post-doctoral training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, where she studied endocrine fibroblast growth factors and klotho proteins in normal physiology and cancer. Klementina then returned to her native Slovenia where she taught animal nutrition at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana. Science brought her back to the U.S., first to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and then to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Her work showed that MAGEs, although dispensable for mice in a laboratory, provide benefits to male fertility when animals encounter stress.