Immunobiologylab250x180The immunology research interests of our core faculty members span a wide spectrum from immune development, homeostatic regulation, cell death, response to various infections, cytokine function and regulation, and the immunogenetic control of infectious and autoimmune diseases. These projects contain both basic and translational components, given our proximity to the clinics and hospital at The University of Vermont Medical Center.

Basic and Translational Research

  • Ralph Budd, M.D.: Death receptors, caspases and metabolism in T cell growth, gamma delta T cells in Lyme arthritis
  • Jason Botten, Ph.D..: Virology, cellular microbiology, viral immunology, proteomics
  • Karen Fortner, Ph.D.: Regulation of T lymphocyte homeostasis and autoimmunity
  • Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D.: T cell activation, allergy/asthma, influenza infection, T cell development, breast cancer, cancer and inflammation
  • Cory Teuscher, Ph.D..: Identification and characterization of non-classical immune response genes controlling susceptibility and resistance to immunopathologically mediated diseases
  • Tina Thornton, Ph.D..: Signaling pathways that control early thymocyte development and survival, and exploring the interaction of the p38 MAPK pathway and GSK3
Research Facilities

Biological research at UVM occurs mainly in four adjacent buildings (Given Medical Research Building, Health Sciences Research Facility, Stafford Hall, and Hills Buildings). Our division has responsibility for, or contributes to, the following facilities of the College'sCore Facilities