Dr. Margarete Akens

Margarete Akens

Dr. med. vet., PhD

Assistant Professor


(416) 581-8570


Affiliated Hospital(s)

Princess Margaret Hospital (UHN)


101 College Street, Room 15-311
Toronto, ON

Catherine Williams


2013 - present: Scientist, Techna Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2008-2013: Junior Scientist, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
2004-2008:Fellowship, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
2002-2004: Canadian Arthritis Network Postdoctoral Fellow; Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada,
1997-1998:Postgraduate Course in Experimental Medicine and Biology at the University of Zurich, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
1994:Fachtieraerztin fuer Pferde (Equine Board Certification), Association of Veterinarians, Westphalia (Tieraerztekammer Westfalen-Lippe), Muenster, Germany

2002: PhD, Veterinaermedizinische Fakultaet Universitaet Zuerich, Zuerich, Switzerland
1994: Dr. med. vet., Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berlin, Berlin, Germany,
1983-1988: Veterinary Medicine, Staatsexamen, Justus-Liebig-Universitat Giessen, Germany

Areas of Specialty and Research Interests

Focus: Preclinical and translational research

My research interests includes bone related cancers and bone repair with focus on the development of innovative treatment options. One project focus on the development of burst-mode ultrafast fibre laser for orthopaedic surgery. I have extensive experience working with pre-clinical bone cancer models and studying the effect of photodynamic therapy on both cancer cells and bone. I also have an interest in comparative oncology to foster collaborations between veterinarians and physicians to accelerate knowledge of cancer biology and clinical care.