Pamela J. Skinner, PhD
PhD, University of Minnesota, 1998
BS, University of Minnesota
HIV and prion diseases
My research program focuses on understanding HIV and prion disease immunopathogenesis and the development of novel treatments for these diseases. Recently we found that HIV- and SIV-specific cytotoxic lymphocytes are largely excluded from B cell follicles where virus is most concentrated, supporting the hypothesis that B cell follicles are an immune privileged site that allows ongoing viral replication. We are working to develop cellular immunotherapy to target HIV-specific CTL to B cell follicles to functionally cure HIV. In addition, I also study gene expression changes that occur during prion disease to gain insights into disease pathogenesis and develop novel assays to diagnose prion disease.
Dr. Skinner, Publications
VBS1001: Introduction to Biotechnology, Coordinator