John Vahle

ESTP Congress


Dr. Vahle received his veterinary medical degree from the University of Missouri in 1988 and his doctorate in veterinary pathology from Iowa State University in 1996.  He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1995 and joined Lilly as a senior pathologist in 1996.  He currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow at Lilly.

John has over 25 years of experience in pathology and toxicology and has served in a variety of roles including study pathologist, project pathologist, toxicology project leader, and regulatory toxicology advisor.  John’s areas of interest include carcinogenicity assessments, biotherapeutics development, and bone toxicology and pathology.  Dr. Vahle is active in various professional societies and consortia and is a past Councilor of the STP, past Chair of the BioSafe Organization, and a member of the steering committee for the international toxicologic pathology nomenclature initiative, INHAND.  Based on his experience in carcinogenicity testing, John served as a member of the ICH Expert Working Group assessing carcinogenicity testing paradigms for pharmaceuticals.  Dr. Vahle’s publications have focused on toxicologic pathology of the endocrine and musculoskeletal systems as well as approaches to carcinogenicity assessment.