Dr. Szczepan Baran is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Veterinary Bioscience Institute, which provides online surgical and biomethodology education to laboratory animal science and veterinary communities. He also serves in the following capacities: Course Director at Drexel University College of Medicine for the online Masters of Laboratory Animal Science Program in Philadelphia; Adjunct Faculty in the Office of Research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine; and as a member of Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute’s Document Development Committee. Past experiences include: Chair and Co-chair on various laboratory animal science program committees; special volunteer position at the National Cancer Institute Laboratory of Genomic Diversity; and faculty at Delaware Valley College.
Dr. Baran earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Washington, a Veterinary Medical Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Delaware. His research interests include embryonic stem cells, the development and validation of online surgical training programs, and the development and validation of rodent laparoscopic procedures. Dr. Baran has established a freezing protocol for Nonhuman Primate Embryonic Stem cells, which has increased their survival from 5% to over 90%. Additionally, he was a contributing team member in the development of one of the first canine embryonic stem cell lines. He has pioneered new territory by demonstrating the effectiveness of online surgical training in the laboratory animal medicine field.