Visiting Assistant Professor
B.S. - Eastern Menonnite University
Courses: Organisms lab (BIO 114), Effective Scientific Communication (BIO 500), Effective Teaching (BIO 600), Allied Health Microbiology (BIO 280), Immunology (BIO 343L).
Interleukin-3 (IL-3) is a cytokine that has been shown to influence the proliferation and differentiation of various cell types, including blood cells. It is also an important cell-signaling molecule in the immune system. Our group is studying the role of IL-3 in the immune response to malaria. We use a mouse model for our studies, including mice that have been genetically engineered in a way that makes them unable to produce IL-3 (i.e., IL-3 “knock-out” mice). Our ultimate goal is that what we learn will someday be helpful in developing protocols that can be used for the prevention or treatment of malaria.