Dawne Page, Ph.D.

  • Chair of Biology Department
  • Professor of Biology
  • Phone: 619.849.2204

Education

  • B.S., Honors, Biochemistry, PA State University
  • Ph.D., Immunology University of California, San Francisco

Background

Post-Doctoral Fellowship - UCSD:  Immunology (1990-1994)

COURSES TAUGHT

Genetics
Immunology
Biology Graduate Program

Research

Your immune system protects you from viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, and I am interested in how the cells of the immune system develop.  In particular, I am interested in how T cells develop.  T cells control the behavior of many other cells in the immune system, and they also kill cells that are infected with viruses.  T cells learn to recognize and destroy viruses and other pathogens, but T cells do not generally recognize and destroy normal tissues.  Sometimes, however, this process goes awry, and T cells do destroy normal tissues - causing autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and juvenile diabetes.  One of the ways this process can go wrong is in the early life of a T cell when it is still maturing.  Therefore, I study the cellular biology and biochemistry that is involved in T cell maturation in both mouse and Zebrafish models.  By understanding how these processes work, I hope to better understand how autoimmune disease occurs. 

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