Kirkpatrick Appointed Chair of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Beth D. Kirkpatrick, M.D., Director of the Vaccine Testing Center and Professor in Infectious Diseases, has been appointed as Chair of the UVM Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) at the Larner College of Medicine and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Learn more here.
This summer the VTC team welcomes Dylan Koundakjian. Dylan joined the Diehl Lab as a Medical Student Summer Research Fellow to carry out his project, “CD14+CD16+ monocyte stimulation of B cell responses in DENV vaccination.” A native of Bedford, MA, he previously worked in Dr. Bruce Walker’s lab at MGH studying the host response to HIV infection. In a pivot from his work with T cells, this project focuses on characterizing a monocyte subset which becomes activated in response to acute dengue infection/vaccination and will test the mechanism by which this population stimulates B cells to differentiate into antibody-producing plasmablasts. Dylan hopes to translate this immunology research experience into a career as a physician-scientist.