Research models

Carmen Calabresi

Lab Manager

Areas of expertise

+ Animal science health monitoring
+ Physiopathology of aging
+ Immunology


+ Animal health and welfare
+ Customer support
+ Employee support

What are your responsibilities at Envigo?

I am responsible for the lab that produces health monitoring reports for our animal models. In clinical trial research, health status can affect research results. Not all viruses or bacteria affect a study, so we decide with the client if a particular health status is acceptable or not. We always work closely with our clients to explain the results of our research and offer assistance. This is what I want to offer the client —my expertise and presence when they have a need.

What inspired you to pursue a career in science?

My sister is a cardiologist. I wanted to study something different, but similar. I knew I wanted to do something science-related, but there were few universities in Italy with many fields to choose from. You either become a doctor, or pursue a career in biochemistry or biological science. I was young and thought the latter would be good for me. It’s turned out to be my passion.

I love science. I like to know my contributions are part of a bigger effort to provide the community with good research and ultimately therapies for disease. Every day that passion for my work increases. It’s what I want to do for the rest of my life.

What are some of the key attributes of being successful in your role?

The study of animal disease is less common than human disease, you must be flexible. One day you could discover a new bacteria and have to immediately determine if it’s applicable to your animals or research. Science continually finds something new, we must immediately react to those findings. To do that effectively, you have to stay flexible and constantly improve your knowledge.

What are the best parts of your job?

I encourage my staff to believe that if something is difficult, we can solve it. “Do not panic” is my favorite English phrase. I love to say it. Everything can happen and we can solve everything. It’s important to keep that in mind with our work.

It’s also very nice as a manager to identify an individual’s strength as a scientist. I sit down with each of my staff at the beginning of the year and lay out objectives. For example, one of my employees is a great microbiologist so we set their objective to study this new bacteria. Then, at the end of the year, I put all of these objectives together to see if they’ve been reached and if the employees have obtained the results. This is the part of my job that I absolutely love — identifying an employee’s potential and investing in their growth.

Which career achievements make you proud?

One achievement that makes me really proud is when I acquired the responsibility of Envigo’s health monitoring department. It was a very big challenge for me, but now I’m really proud because we’ve reached a lot of success in health monitoring. We develop many tests and have concluded a lot of projects. I am very proud of this achievement and want to give thanks to the people at Envigo, past and present, who’ve helped me get here and continue to help me every day.

What do you like doing outside of work?

The two things I love to do are scuba dive in the summer and snow ski in the winter. I often go to Lake Como — which is about seven miles away. It houses lots of interesting fish and 18th century shipwrecks to explore. I have a small house in the Orobie Alps about 50 miles away where I go to ski. Both are very nice to experience when I have the time.

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