Nora Springer

 Nora SpringerAssistant Professor

Office: (785) 532-4818
Mosier Hall K-242


BS (2000) Marietta College
DVM (2008) Kansas State University
PhD (2018) Cornell University
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Pathologists


I am the coordinator of the veterinary clinical pathology residency program. I am committed to training the next generation of academic veterinary pathologists and research scientists.


I study the tumor microenvironment, particularly how interactions between extracellular matrix and tumor or inflammatory/immune cells guide cancer development and progression. I am especially interested in the link between obesity and cancer, specifically how structural changes of extracellular matrix that occur in obese adipose tissue predispose individuals to cancer development.

PUBMED Springer

Selected publications

Lourenço BN, Springer NL, Ferreira D, Oliveira C, Granja PL, Fischbach C. CD44v6 increases gastric cancer malignant phenotype by modulating adipose stromal cell-mediated ECM remodeling. Integr Biol (Camb). 2018 Feb 16. doi: 10.1039/c7ib00179g. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29450424.

Priest HL, Hume KR, Killick D, Kozicki A, Rizzo VL, Seelig D, Snyder LA, Springer NL, Wright ZM, Robat C. The use, publication and future directions of immunocytochemistry in veterinary medicine: a consensus of the Oncology-Pathology Working Group. Vet Comp Oncol. 2017 Sep;15(3):868-880. doi: 10.1111/vco.12228. Epub 2016 Mar 22. PubMed PMID: 27001524.

Springer NL, Fischbach C. Biomaterials approaches to modeling macrophage-extracellular matrix interactions in the tumor microenvironment. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2016 Aug;40:16-23. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2016.02.003. Epub 2016 Feb 25. Review. PubMed PMID: 26921768; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4975673.