Ravi Tolwani, D.V.M., Ph.D.Associate Vice President and Senior Director
Comparative Bioscience Center
Dr. Tolwani oversees the Comparative Bioscience Center’s (CBC) approximately 90 employees, most of whom are involved in the care of research animals and in assisting with research protocols. He also fosters the collaborative relationship between Rockefeller University investigators and CBC staff, which includes a series of informal lectures and demonstrations, conducted by Rockefeller's researchers, to help build new skills for the CBC’s veterinary technicians and animal husbandry staff.
Dr. Tolwani, who was born in India and raised in the United States, holds a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Auburn University, in Alabama. After two years in private practice, treating pets in Nashville, Tennessee, he turned to research, completing a residency and postdoc in molecular and cellular pathology and laboratory animal/comparative medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He then remained at the school to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular pathology, which he received in 1994. For his research he developed a mouse model to study a common illness in humans associated with an enzyme deficiency in fat metabolism. Dr. Tolwani later earned a master of science in management degree, an M.B.A. equivalent for mid-career professionals, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Tolwani joined Rockefeller in 2007. From 1994 to 2007, he served as clinical veterinarian at the Veterinary Service Center at Stanford University. He also served on the faculty in the department of comparative medicine within the school of medicine where his laboratory focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of brain plasticity.