IMV Executive Assistant
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Minneapolis, MN 55455
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Dr. Skinner's laboratory focuses on two distinct research projects. The goal of the first project is to gain insights into prion and Alzheimer disease pathogenesis. The goal of the second project is to gain insights into human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) pathogenesis. Prion and Alzheimer diseases are fatal neurodegenerative diseases with no known cure. Increased understanding of the molecular events that lead to neurodegeneration in each of these diseases is needed for early diagnosis and the development of new drug therapies. Current efforts in Dr. Skinner's lab involve the use of cDNA microarrays to identify alterations in gene expression that occur during prion-induced pathogenesis and Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis. The ultimate goal of the prion/Alzheimer research project is to increase our understanding of the molecular events that occur during these disease processes, identify markers for early diagnosis, and identify new targets for drug therapy. The HIV/SIV project is motivated by the fact that over 40 million people worldwide are infected with HIV. A pressing biomedical priority is the development of an effective HIV vaccine. Several lines of evidence have indicated that the development of an effective HIV vaccine will require the induction of a strong virus specific cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) response. Using MHC-class I tetramers, Dr. Skinner developed a method to stain antigen specific CTLs in tissue sections. This technique is referred to as in situ tetramer staining (IST). Dr. Skinner's lab is using IST to evaluate SIV and HIV specific T cells in tissues after infection, and plans to use IST to evaluate the effects of vaccination on the development of anti-viral T cells in tissues.
'Wisc-e-sota', a Joint UMN-UW Virology Training Grant Symposium was first held on Friday, Sepbember 20th, 2013 at the Uniiversity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Cartwright Center. This was the inaugural collaborative symposium of the NIH T32-supported virology training programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Talks and poster sessions were presented by students, postdocs and faculty. The second UMN-UW Virology Training Grant Symposium will be held in the Fall 2014. Details to follow.
The 2014 IMV Symposium will be held on May 12, 2014 and Mark Denison (Vanderbilt) and Bert Semler (UC-Irvine) will be the Keynote Speakers. Click on the link below to register and submit abstracts.
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