Douglas Antczak


 United States   

Doug Antczak earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Cornell, where he captained the university polo team. After completing a degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Antczak conducted post-graduate research in England as a Thouron Scholar, and he was awarded a Ph.D. in Immunology from Cambridge University in 1978. Since 1979 he has been on the scientific staff of the Baker Institute. In 1992 Dr. Antczk was appointed the Dorothy Havemeyer McConville Professor of Equine Medicine and, in 1994, Director of the Baker Institute for Animal Health, a post he held for 15 years until 2009. During his career Dr. Antczak has conducted research in equine immunology, genetics, and reproduction. Dr. Antczak’s most important contributions have been in placental biology, specifically in unraveling mechanisms that lead to maternal immune tolerance of the developing equine conceptus. Dr. Antczak has been a catalyst for cooperative research in equine medicine through a series of Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation Workshops that he initiated over 40 years ago. Since 1995 Dr. Antczak has been a principal participant in the international Horse Genome Project collaboration.