Dr. Tolwani oversees the Comparative Bioscience Center’s (CBC) approximately 100 employees, most of whom are involved in caring for research animals and facilitating research. The CBC provides expertise in animal models, research design and methodology, generation and evaluation of genetically engineered mouse models and other collaborative efforts. The CBC also provides training to Rockefeller University investigators.
Dr. Tolwani 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 Ph.D. in cellular and molecular pathology and postdoc residency in laboratory animal/comparative medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. 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 on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine, where his laboratory focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of brain plasticity.