Pamela J. Skinner, PhD

Pamela J. Skinner

Contact Info

skinn002@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-624-2644

Fax 612-625-5203

Office Address:
2-107 Microbiology Research Facility Building
689 23rd Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
205 Veterinary Science Building
1971 Commonwealth Ave.
St. Paul, MN, 55108

PhD, University of Minnesota, 1998

BS, University of Minnesota


Summary

Research in my laboratory focuses on two distinct research programs. The goals of the first research program include gaining insights into human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) pathogenesis, aiding in the development of an effective HIV vaccine, and developing novel therapies to functionally cure HIV. The goals of the second program include gaining insights into prion disease pathogenesis, developing novel assays to diagnose prion diseases prior to the onset of clinical symptoms, and developing an effective treatment for prion diseases.

Expertise

HIV and prion diseases

Research

Research Summary/Interests

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.

Publications

Teaching

Courses

VBS1001: Introduction to Biotechnology, Coordinator