Margarete Akens, PhD

Dr. Margarete Akens' research interests include bone related cancers and bone repair with focus on the development of innovative treatment options. She has extensive experience working with pre-clinical bone cancer models and studying the effect of photodynamic therapy on both cancer cells and bone.

Cancer occurs naturally in animals with a similar frequency as in humans, but due to the shorter life span everything happens faster. Dr. Akens will lead the Comparative Oncology Program at STTARR, which will create collaborations between veterinarians and physicians to accelerate knowledge of cancer biology and clinical care.
Lasers Surg Med. 2009 Mar;41(3):227-31
Moriyama Y, Nguyen J, Akens M, Moriyama EH, Lilge L
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2010 Jan;119(2):325-33
Akens MK, Hardisty MR, Wilson BC, Schwock J, Whyne CM, Burch S, Yee AJ
Photochem Photobiol. 2007 Sep-Oct;83(5):1034-9
Akens MK, Yee AJ, Wilson BC, Burch S, Johnson CL, Lilge L, Bisland SK
Breast Cancer Res. 2007;9(4):R47
Yee AJ, Akens M, Yang BL, Finkelstein J, Zheng PS, Deng Z, Yang B
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2006;19(3):147-56
von Rechenberg B, Akens MK, Nadler D, Bittmann P, Zlinszky K, Kästner SB, Auer JA
Photochem Photobiol. 2005 Nov-Dec;81(6):1351-5
Moriyama Y, Moriyama EH, Blackmore K, Akens MK, Lilge L
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2005;6:23
Akens MK, Hurtig MB
Vet Radiol Ultrasound. 2004 May-Jun;45(3):247-54
Wergin MC, Ballmer-Hofer K, Roos M, Achermann RE, Inteeworn N, Akens MK, Blattmann H, Kaser-Hotz B
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2004 Mar 3;5:7
El-Warrak AO, Olmstead M, Schneider R, Meinel L, Bettschart-Wolfisberger R, Akens MK, Auer J, von Rechenberg B
Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2004 Mar;12(3):201-16
von Rechenberg B, Akens MK, Nadler D, Bittmann P, Zlinszky K, Neges K, Auer JA


Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto