Faculty

William Ridgway, MD

  • Professor and Division Director
  • Rheumatology, Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Research Interests: Genetics of autoimmunity and autoimmune phenotypes. The primary emphasis is on investigating mouse models of spontaneous polygenic autoimmune syndromes including Type one diabetes, Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosis and Relapsing Polychondritis.

Allison Ehrlich, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology
Research interests: mechanisms by which the environment influences susceptibility to immune-mediated disease; identify the mechanisms by which AhR activation leads to divergent CD4+ T cell fates, and test the hypothesis that the interaction between diverse AhR ligands, the host immune system, and the microbiome influences susceptibility to type 1 diabetes.

Andrew Vaughan, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department of Radiation Oncology
Research Interests: I am interested in the mechanism whereby fusion genes are created. Such genes are classically the driving element in leukemia. However, their significance is expanding to a wider field and such fused genes have been implicated in the development of prostate cancer (TMPRSS2-ERG). Understanding the mechanism behind their creation opens possibilities to suppress the disease they cause.

Jose Torres, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interests: Our laboratory is dedicated to the study of tumors that avoid recognition and elimination by the human immune system. We combine modulation of the immune system in the tumor environment with active immunization to treat metastatic cancer. This work involves design, development and testing of peptide immunogens from tumor specific and tumor associated antigens.

Judy Van de Water, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department of Rheumatology, Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Research Interests: Immunopathology, neuroimmunology, and the cellular and molecular basis of autoimmunity. Current research addresses the biological aspects of autism spectrum disorders including immune function, cellular mechanisms of immune dysregulation, and autoimmunity.
The MIND Institute & 6510 GBSF

Suzanne Teuber, MD

  • Professor
  • Department of Rheumatology, Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Research Interests: Molecular characterization of food allergens associated with life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. Effect of seed polyphenolics on immune response and the possible role in development of food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts. Cross-reactivity of a food allergy.