Dori Borjesson

Dori Borjesson

Dean 509-335-9515    

Dr. Borjesson joined Washington State University as the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine in July 2020 after more than a decade at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she established herself as a respected pioneer and leader in the field of veterinary medicine.

She served in various leadership roles at UC-Davis, including as chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology; director of the Clinical Regenerative Medicine Laboratory; and inaugural director of the Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures. She specialized in adult-derived stem cell research and spent her last 12 years at UC-Davis examining how stem cells alter the immune system.

A board-certified veterinary clinical pathologist, Dr. Borjesson has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications. She holds two patents in mesenchymal stem cells and immunomodulation, and some of her recent research has focused on naturally occurring inflammatory bowel disease in dogs, chronic gingivostomatitis in cats and spinal cord injury in dogs. She received the Zoetis Research Excellence award in 2014 for the exceptional quality and productivity of her research efforts in regenerative medicine with an emphasis on utilizing mesenchymal stem cells as a therapeutic option for both orthopedic injury (such as bone and tendon damage) and in immunomodulation.

While her new role as dean means she is no longer in the classroom, Dr. Borjesson has always taken pride and enjoyment in helping to train and motivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in veterinary medicine. Since her first instructor role in 1996, she has taught, mentored, or interacted with hundreds of graduate, undergraduate and professional DVM students.


  • PhD, University of California, Davis, 2002
  • DVM, University of California, Davis, 1995
  • MPVM, University of California, Davis, 1995
  • BA, Colorado College, BA 1988