Caroline Whitacre, Ph.D.

Professor, Dept. of Microbial Infection and Immunity; Vice President for Research


Current Research Description

The laboratory uses cellular and molecular approaches to devise therapeutic regimens for multiple sclerosis focusing on the animal model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). The primary focus of research is to understand the mechanisms underlying disease suppression following the oral administration of antigen (oral tolerance). In addition, this laboratory studies gender differences in autoimmune diseases, specifically differences in the immune response to explain why women tend to get autoimmune diseases more often than men, yet men often exhibit a more rapidly progressive course of disease. Areas under active investigation include the effects of stress and CNS trauma on the immune system.

Areas of Expertise
  • Stress and Neuroimmunology

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