Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Research Area(s)

  • Imaging science


Dr. Gurpreet Aulakh earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in pharmacy from Punjabi University. She earned her PhD degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2011. She was a Research Fellow and Postdoctoral Fellow at the U of S, and she was an Eyes High Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the University of Calgary.

Dr. Aulakh joined the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences as the Fedoruk Chair in Imaging Science in August 2016.

Academic Credentials

  • B.Pharm, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Punjabi University, 1999
  • M. Pharm, Pharmacology, Punjabi University, 2002
  • Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan, 2011

Research Interests

  • Imaging
  • Lung inflammation
  • Innate immune cells


  • Aulakh, G.K.  2020.  Lack of CD34 produces defects in platelets, microparticles, and lung inflammation.  Cell and Tissue Research, 382(2): 405-419.  https://www.doi.org/10.1007/s00441-020-03243-4

  • Aulakh, G.K., Brocos Duda, J.A., Guerrero Soler, C.M., Snead, E., Singh, J.  2020.  Characterization of low-dose ozone-induced murine acute lung injury.  Physiological Reports, 8(11): e14463.  https://www.doi.org/10.14814/phy2.14463

  • Aulakh, G.K., Kaur, M., Brown, V., Ekanayake, S., Khan, B., Fonge, H.  2020.  Quantification of regional murine ozone-induced lung inflammation using [18F]F-FDG microPET/CT imaging.  Scientific Reports, 10(1): 15699.  https://www.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-72832-8

  • Chojnacki, A., Wojcik, K., Petri, B., Aulakh, G., Jacobsen, E.A., LeSuer, W.E., Colarusso, P., Patel, K.D.  2019.  Intravital imaging allows real-time characterization of tissue resident eosinophils.  Communications Biology, 2(1): 181.  https://www.doi.org/10.1038/s42003-019-0425-3

  • Aulakh, G.K.  2018.  Neutrophils in the lung: “the first responders”.  Cell and Tissue Research, 371(3): 577-588.  https://www.doi.org/10.1007/s00441-017-2748-z

  • Aulakh, G.K., Kuebler, W.M., Singh, B., Chapman, D.  2018.  Visualization of rib and diaphragm motion in an anaesthetized mouse by live animal synchrotron imaging.  2017 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2017 - Conference Proceedings, 8533101.  https://www.doi.org/10.1109/NSSMIC.2017.8533101

  • Aulakh, G.K., Mann, A., Belev, G., Wiebe, S., Kuebler, W.M., Singh, B., Chapman, D.  2018.  Multiple image x-radiography for functional lung imaging.  Physics in Medicine and Biology, 63(1): 15009.  https://www.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6560/aa9904

  • Aulakh, G.K., Petri, B., Wojcik, K.M., Colarusso, P., Lee, J.J., Patel, K.D.  2018.  Inhibiting focal adhesion kinase (FAK) blocks IL-4 induced VCAM-1 expression and eosinophil recruitment in vitro and in vivo.  Journal of Leukocyte Biology, 104(1): 147-158.  https://www.doi.org/10.1002/JLB.3MA1117-429R

  • Aulakh, G.K., Singh, B., Chapman, D.  2018.  Visualization of rib and diaphragm motion in an anaesthetized mouse by live animal synchrotron.  2017 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2017 - Conference Proceedings, 8533075.  https://www.doi.org/10.1109/NSSMIC.2017.8533075

  • Schneberger, D., Aulakh, G., Channabasappa, S., Singh, B.  2016.  Toll-like receptor 9 partially regulates lung inflammation induced following exposure to chicken barn air.  Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, 11(1): 31.  https://www.doi.org/10.1186/s12995-016-0121-x

  • Martinson, M., Smadi, N., Belev, G., Bassey, B., Lewis, R., Aulakh, G., Chapman, D.  2104.  Development of a bent laue beam expanding double crystal monochromator for biomedical x-ray imaging. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 21: 479-483. https://doi.org/10.1107/S1600577514003014

  • Aulakh, G.K., Balachandran, Y., Liu, L., Singh, B.  2013.  Neutrophil checkpoint: Angiostatin inhibits activiationn and migration of neutrophils. Cell Tissue and Research, 355(2): 375-396.  https://www.doi.org/10.1007/s00441-013-1753-0

  • Aulakh, G.K., Suri, S.S., Singh, B. 2013.  Angiostatin inhibits acute lung injury in a mouse model.  American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, 306(1): L58-68.  https://www.doi.org/10.1152/ajplung.00368.2012  

  • Janardhan, K., Charavaryamath, C., Aulakh, G.K., Singh, B.  2011.  Integrin β3 is not critical for neutrophil recruitment in mouse model of pneumococcal pneumonia.  Cell and Tissue Research, 348: 177-187.  https://www.doi.org/10.1007/s00441-011-1300-9