Prof. dr. Nataša Tozon graduated from the Veterinary faculty of the University of Ljubljana in 1991. In 1995, she completed her master’s studies and in 1998 she obtained her doctoral degree, defending the doctoral dissertation »The occurence and progression of renal pathological changes in feline immunodeficiency virus-infected cats«.
In 2014 she was appointed as Full Professor in field of Animal Health and Diseases – Internal Medicine of Small Animals at the Veterinary Faculty in Ljubljana. Since 1997 she has been lecturing different subjects, primarily infectious diseases and clinical oncology.
She is a member of the Research Programme Group P4 0053, researching endocrine, immune and enzyme responses in healthy and diseased animals and participates in several research projects, primarily in the field of translational oncology and current infectious diseases of dogs and cats.
She also received a special achievement award for research work from the Veterinary Faculty in 2016. Furthermore, in 2017 one of her publications was selected for »Excellent in Science«, which is rewarded by the the Scientific Research Councils of Slovenian Research Agency. She was a mentor to three junior researchers, mentor or co-mentor to 6 postgraduate students (one masters and five doctoral) as well as seven student research studies.
Prof. Nataša Tozon participated in curriculum of Veterinary Faculty in Pisa, Italy and Veterinary Faculty, University of Jerusalem, Israel as an invited lecturer. Since 2007, she has been teaching postgraduate studies in Clinical Oncology – Masters in Oncology at the Veterinary Faculty in Pisa, Italy. As an invited lecturer she also participated in the 1st World Congress in the field of electroporation in year 2015.
Nataša Tozon is a member of the organizing, editorial and program committee of the annual international workshop on the use of electrochemotherapy and gene electrotransfer in veterinary medicine. She frequently participates as an invited lecturer at different types of education in the field of electroporation based therapies around the globe.
As a reviewer, she has collaborated with numerous professional and scientific journals: the Slovenian Veterinary Resarch, Journal of Small Animal Practice, Current Medical Chemistry, Veterinary Archives of Zagreb, Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases, Ciencia Rural, Journal of Veterinary Medical Science , Medical & Biological Eng & Computing.
She is a member of numerous professional associations, the Veterinary Chamber of Slovenia, the Slovenian Small Animal Veterinary Association (member of the management board since 2004, President of the management board 2006-2008, 2010-2012 and 2016-2018), member of the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA).
From 2006 she is also a representative of Slovenia at WSAVA, ESVONC, ESVIM and ISCAID.
In her clinical work she uses her professional experience to successfully transfer knowledge gained from research work to clinical practice. Nataša Tozon is one of the first in the world to introduce some alternative methods of treatment of oncologic diseases, such as electrochemotherapy and immunotherapy employing interleukin-12 gene electrotransfer into veterinary medicine.
- Electrochemotherapy with intravenous bleomycin injection: an observational study in superficial squamous cell carcinoma in cats.
- IL-12 based gene therapy in veterinary medicine.
- Renal alterations in feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)-infected cats: a natural model of lentivirus-induced renal disease changes.
- Electrogene therapy with interleukin-12 in canine mast cell tumors.
- Anaplasmosis in dogs: the relation of haematological, biochemical and clinical alterations to antibody titre and PCR confirmed infection.
- Local and systemic antitumor effect of intratumoral and peritumoral IL-12 electrogene therapy on murine sarcoma.
- Electrochemotherapy compared to surgery for treatment of canine mast cell tumours.
- Effective treatment of perianal tumors in dogs with electrochemotherapy.
- Canine babesiosis in Slovenia: molecular evidence of Babesia canis canis and Babesia canis vogeli.
- Clinical and laboratory features of the first detected cases of A. phagocytophila infections in dogs from Slovenia.
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