I have worked for 30 years in the fields of primatology, metabolic
physiology and reproductive biology. My research interests have
centered on the development of the marmoset monkey as a disease model.
Marmosets are small South American primates.
My research approach is highly integrative, as I seek both mechanistic
and evolutionary explanations to understand the biology of this unusual
group of nonhuman primates. I also work in collaboration with a wide
array of investigators who wish to use marmosets as models in diverse
areas - such as infectious disease, autoimmune disease and metabolic
disease - to aid them in developing effective, efficient and humane
Harris RA, Tardif SD, Vinar T, Wildman DE, Rutherford JN, Rogers J, Worley KC, Aagaard KM. Evolutionary genetics and implications of small size and twinning in callitrichine primates. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jan 28;111(4):1467-72.
Ross CN, Power ML, Artavia JM, Tardif SD. Relation of food intake behaviors and obesity development in young common marmoset monkeys. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Sep;21(9):1891-9.
Tardif SD, Coleman K, Hobbs TR, Lutz C. IACUC review of nonhuman primate research. ILAR J. 2013;54(2):234-45.
Power ML, Ross CN, Schulkin J, Ziegler TE, Tardif SD. Metabolic consequences of the early onset of obesity in common marmoset monkeys. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Dec;21(12):E592-8.
Jarcho MR, Power ML, Layne-Colon DG, Tardif SD. Digestive efficiency mediated by serum calcium predicts bone mineral density in the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). Am J Primatol. 2013 Feb;75(2):153-60.