Research in Professor Biron's laboratory is directed at understanding the cellular and cytokine mechanisms regulating immune defenses. There is a particular interest in the responses to acute viral infections and links between innate and adaptive immunity. Basic pathways regulating natural killer (NK) and T cells are being defined. Focus includes regulation of the signal transducers and activators of transcription (STATs).
Christine A. Biron, Brintzenhoff Professor and former Chairperson in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, focuses her research on innate immunity to viruses, particularly at the level of natural killer cells, cytokines, and signal transducers and activators of transcription. She trained at UMASS, UNC, and Scripps Research Foundation, and was a Visiting Scientist at the Karolinska Institute as well as a Visiting Professor at Trinity College Dublin. A past Scholar of the Leukemia Society of American, she has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Immunology, on the Editorial Board for Virology, on NIH Study Sections, and on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NCI. She is currently a Journal of Experimental Medicine Advisory Editor, Associate Editor for Immunity, on the External Scientific Advisory Board for the Trudeau Institute, and on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the NIAID. She is a member of the American Association of Immunologists and American Society for Virology, an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Microbiology, and serves on the US-Japan Immunology Board for NIAID.
CHRISTINE BIRON, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1980
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