Understanding the basis for immune system development, activation, and function is essential for the creation of new preventive and therapeutic strategies to improve health.  The department is focusing its research and resources in the areas of neonatal immunology, T cell biology, mucosal immunology, and macrophage biology.


Douglas AntczakDouglas Antczak, VMD, PhD, Professor of Equine Medicine at Baker Institute for Animal Health

Research Interest: Pregnancy immunology and placental development; equine genetics and genomic imprinting; equine immunology and infection

Judith A. AppletonJudith A. Appleton, PhD, Vice Provost and Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Immunology

Research Interest: Exploring parasitic diseases of animals, including the ways in which the body fights (or fails to fight) infection with the worm Trichinella spiralis; the immune response to the worm Parelaphostrongylus tenuis; and ways to turn a parasite’s own chemical signals against itself.

Avery August, PhD, Professor of Immunology and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Research Interest: Immune cell activation and signaling in development, response to infection and respiratory inflammation

Margaret BynoeMargaret Bynoe, PhD, Professor of Immunology

Research Interest: The molecular basis of antigen induced immune suppression and the modulation of the innate immune system response in immunity against cancer; the role of adenosine in immune and central nervous system barrier regulation

PPamela Changamela Chang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Immunology

Research Interest: Identification  of metabolites produced by the gut microbiota that regulate the host immune system and the development of chemical tools to modulate the immune response

Theodore ClarkTheodore Clark, PhD, Professor of Parasitology & Immunology

Research Interest: Vaccine Development; Mitochondrial Dynamics; Evolution of Antigen Presentation in teleost fish; Biology of the ciliated protozoa Tetrahymena and Ichthyophthirius

 Deborah Fowell, PhD,  Department Chair

Research Interest: Regulation of immunity at tissues sites of infection and inflammation, immune imaging, intravital multiphoton microscopy

Cynthia LeiferCynthia Leifer, PhD, Associate Professor of Immunology

Research Interest: Understanding innate immunity from the inside out: Toll-like receptors, signaling, dendritic cells, and controlling microbial infection

Brian RuddBrian Rudd, MPH, PhD, Associate Professor of Immunology

Research Interest: Developmental immunology; host response to infection

DDavid Russellavid Russell, PhD, William Kaplan Professor of Infection Biology

Research Interest: The biology of intracellular infection, with emphasis on Mycobacteria

BBrian VanderVenrian VanderVen, PhD, Associate Professor of Bacteriology

Research Interest: Physiology of the intracellular pathogen M. tuberculosis