Joel Helbling

Post Doctoral - Comparative Medicine Resident Clinical Sciences

E100 Painter Center

About Joel

I grew up on a commercial beef ranch in North Dakota and stayed in state (NDSU) to complete my BS in Wildlife Biology. During this time I read a paper on hibernating bears a model for human osteoporosis. They found that unlike humans, bear bones continue to get stronger and stronger until they die! I thought to myself, how cool would it be if we could cure osteoporosis in people?! After college I got my ‘dream job’ and was able to work as a seasonal wildlife biologist on a non-invasive field DNA research project studying grizzly bear populations in northern Montana. I lived in a backpacking tent for 5 months and hiked around the mountains collecting bear hair. I remain fascinated with comparative medicine and am excited to investigate new technologies that can be translated between animals and humans. I graduated with my DVM in 2019 from CSU and have fallen in love with the Front Range of Colorado, in my free time you can find me in the foothills trail running with my superdog Libby.


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