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Ken Roth

rothke@jmu.edu
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Visiting Assistant Professor

B.S. - Eastern Menonnite University
Ph.D. - Medical College of Virginia 

Phone - 540-568-5524
Fax - 540-568-3333
Office - Bioscience 3016I

Office Hours

Courses:   Organisms lab (BIO 114), Effective Scientific Communication (BIO 500), Effective Teaching (BIO 600), Allied Health Microbiology (BIO 280), Immunology (BIO 343L).


Interests:  Immunology

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.