jean a. nemzek, dvm, ms,dacvs

Assistant Professor, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine
Veterinary Supervisor, Animal Surgery Operating Rooms


Dr. Nemzek is an Assistant Professor in the Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine (ULAM) at the University of Michigan.  She received her DVM from University of Minnesota in 1987, completed an internship at the University of Illinois in 1989 and finished residency training in surgery at Michigan State University (MSU) in 1992. After clinical training, she remained at MSU to complete a Masters in Clinical Sciences and a research fellowship focusing on development of an animal model of retroviral transmission in connective tissue transplantation.  She joined the University of Michigan in 1997 to pursue a T32 funded postdoctoral fellowship in Comparative Medicine. As a faculty member, she was awarded a K08 to study the role of chemokines in sequential inflammatory insults within ULAM and the Department of Pathology/.   

Dr. Nemzek’s research studies focus on the innate immune effects of trauma, sepsis and acute lung injury. Her current NIH funded studies have identified a novel cell therapy for sepsis that enhances T cell proliferation through an antigen-independent mechanism. In addition, she has received funding from the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science and the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Foundation to pursue practical welfare refinements that maintain the scientific integrity of murine sepsis models. For these studies, she was the recipient of the AALAS Nathan R. Brewer Scientific Achievement Award.

In her current position, Dr. Nemzek is the supervisor of the ULAM-Animal Surgery Operating Rooms, providing veterinary as well as business management oversight. She reviews for several journals spanning human and veterinary medical research in surgery and critical care. She actively participates in the clinical, research and didactic training of the 12 veterinary residents at University of Michigan. As an adjunct faculty member of MSU, she coordinates experiential programs in research for professional students and has a strong commitment to promoting alternative careers for veterinarians in biomedical research