Immunobiology: Decoding Cellular Conversations

Mike Kuhns, a 2011 Pew scholar, aims to decode the “conversations” that take place between immune cells and other cells in the body as they work together to respond to infections, vaccines, and growing tumors. As an assistant professor of immunobiology at the University of Arizona's College of Medicine, his long-term research goal is to develop techniques that manipulate the molecular machinery of the immune system for a desired outcome—such as enhancing response to vaccines or developing therapies to fight tumors.

Quick Facts on Mike Kuhns:

  • Named a Pew scholar in 2011.
  • Studies the molecular mechanisms of the immune system involved in the communication between cells, and the roles they play in the midst of infections, after vaccines, and during tumor development.
  • Appointed assistant professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2010.
  • Conducted postdoctoral studies in immunology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University.
  • Earned a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Arizona.
  • Native of Prescott, AZ.

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