Associate Professor-Joint Appointment
Phone: (979) 845-2994
Major goals of my program are (1) to acquire fundamental new knowledge of the avian immune system, especially antigen presentation and (2) to apply this new knowledge toward the development of novel immuno-biotechnological tools, such as vaccines, immunoassays and diagnostics. Basic avian immune studies include the study of cellular and humoral interactions, especially those involving the chicken professional antigen-presenting cells (APC)s (macrophages, dendritic cells and B-cells). Immuno-biotechnological applications include the development of monoclonal antibodies (a routine procedure and hallmark of our lab), polyclonal antibodies (incl. in chicken egg yolk), and recombinant antibodies for diagnostic, prophylactic and therapeutic purposes. Current projects feature the development of antibody-guided 'smart' vaccines, and the development of immunodiagnostic and analytical tools for the detection of a wide variety of molecules and microorganisms.
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