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Rigoberto A. Sanchez, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

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Additional Title:

Assistant Professor

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Education and Training

  • Loyola University, Maryland, BS, Biology, 1997
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore, PhD, 2005
  • Registered Quality Assurance Professional in Good Laboratory Practices, Society of Quality Assurance, 2013 


Dr. Sanchez has a PhD in pathology, with a concentration in cellular and molecular biology.  He served as the diagnostic laboratory manager for Comparative Medicine and Veterinary Resources and has managed the Animal BioSafety Level -3 laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  He has 20 years of experience in working with various laboratory animal species, ranging from rodents to primates. Dr. Sanchez has also served on the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and been an active member of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

As the Director for Pre-Clinical Research Operations and Compliance within the Program of Comparative Medicine, Dr. Sanchez designs and manages numerous federal and industry funded laboratory animal studies.  He has more than ten years of experience in supporting and conducting pre-clinical Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) studies for medical devices and biologics intended for marketing approval by the FDA and EPA.  Dr. Sanchez has participated in federal and private regulatory audits, and is a Registered Quality Assurance Professional by the Society of Quality Assurance (SQA); this confirms his extensive knowledge in the US Code of Federal Regulations pertaining to Titles 21 and 40, Part 58 and 160.  Dr. Sanchez currently serves as the chair for more than 70 members of the University Specialty Section of the SQA.  He seeks to provide quality in research among National (e.g. Duke, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Southern California), and International Universities (e.g. University of Barcelona, University of Brazil, University of Cape Town) conducting preclinical research studies seeking approval from the FDA/EPA.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Laboratory Animal Medicine, Comparative Medicine, Primatology, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines, Pathology, Good Laboratory Practices

Highlighted Publications

  1. Glasspool-Malone J, Steenland PR, McDonald RJ, Sanchez RA, Watts TL, Zabner J, Malone RW.  DNA transfection of macaque and murine respiratory tissue is greatly enhanced by use of a nuclease inhibitor. 2002.  J Gene Med. May-Jun;4(3):323-2.
  2. Khachik F, London E, de Moura FF, Johnson M, Steidl S, Detolla L, Shipley S, Sanchez R, Chen XQ, Flaws J, Lutty G, McLeod S, Fowler B. Chronic ingestion of (3R,3'R,6'R)-lutein and (3R,3'R)-zeaxanthin in the female rhesus macaque.  Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2006 Dec;47(12):5476-86.
  3. Silverman RP, Banks ND, Detolla LJ, Shipley ST, Panda A, Sanchez RA, Azimzadeh AM, Pierson RN 3rd, Wang D, Rodriguez ED, Holton LH 3rd, Bartlett ST.  A heterotopic primate model for facial composite tissue transplantation.  Ann Plast Surg. 2008 Feb;60(2):209-16.
  4. DeTolla, LJ, Sanchez, RA, Khan, EL, Tyler, BM, Guarnieri, M. Subcutaneous Implants of Buprenorphine-Cholesterol-Triglyceride Powder in Mice. Journal of Veterinary Medicine, Vol. 2014, Article ID 365673, 8 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/365673.
  5. Sanchez, R, DeTolla, L, Calculating the cost of a Good Laboratory Practice, Nonhuman Primate Per Diem in a University Setting. Laboratory Animal Science Professional. 2014, March: 59-60.
  6. R. Sanchez, D. Johnson, M.C. Terzi, M. Izuka, E.D. Allen, J.M. O'Donnoghue, A. Mendonca, K. Yachera, L. DeTolla, Sanitized corncob bedding: Destruction of murine parvovirus. Lab Animal. 2017 April: 46(4): 95-96.