Dawne M. Page, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Biology
Professor of Biology

Dr. Dawne Page joined the faculty of PLNU in 2002 and became chair of the Department of Biology in 2009. She enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and she has a long-term interest in teacher professional development. Her research interests are in the field of immunology. She currently uses a zebrafish animal model to investigate B cell development and maturation. Since fish are the most ancient vertebrates with an adaptive immune system, a goal of her research is to produce insights into the evolutionary development of adaptive immunity.

Research Gate

Summer Research


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

Courses Taught

  • Immunology – BIO 390
  • Genetics – BIO 345
  • Research Methodology – BIO 301
  • Microbiology & Immunology –  BIO 660
  • Genetics & Molecular Biology – BIO 662
  • Perspectives on Science – BIO 692

Experience in Field

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego, 1990 – 1994
  • Research Scientist, University of California, San Diego, 1994 – 2002
  • Director of SEASAND, the Science Education Association of San Diego, a California Subject Matter Project, 2000 – 2009
  • Director of the HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Grant, PLNU, 2004 – 2010
  • PI, NIH R29 First Award, 1995 – 2000
  • PI, NSF Major Research Instrumentation Award, 2006 – 2008
  • PI, NSF: “B Cell Development and Activation in Danio Rerio,” 2011 – 2015
  • Co-PI, NSF-SSTEM: “Scholarships to Support STEM Majors Computational Sciences Minors," 2015 – 2020

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Director of SEASAND, the Science Education Association of San Diego, a California Subject Matter Project, 2000 – 2009
  • Reviewer: National Science Foundation, Cell Biology Education

Awards and Honors

  • San Diego Science Alliance Sustainable Program Partnership Award for Perspectives on Science Seminar Series, 2008
  • Award for Excellence in Science Education, San Diego Science Education Association, 2004

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Page, D.M., et al. (2013). An Evolutionarily Conserved Program of B Cell Development and Activation in Zebrafish. Blood. 122: e1-e11.
  • Li, R., and D. M. Page (2001). Requirement for a Complex Array of Co-Receptors in the Negative Selection of Autoreactive Thymocytes in Vivo. J. Immunol. 166: 6050-6056.
  • Page, D.M. (1999). Regulation of Thymic Selection and Autoreactivity by Co-Receptors Involved in T Cell Activation. J. Immunol. 163:3577.
  • Page, D.M., et al. (1997). TNF Receptor-Deficient Mice Reveal Startling Differences Between Several Modes of Thymocyte Negative Selection. J. Immunol. 160:120-133.
  • Page, D. M., Y. Tokugawa, J. Silver, and C. L. Stewart. (1997). Role of Thy-1 in T Cell Development. J. Immunol. 159:5285-92.
  • Page, D.M., Kane, L.P., Allison, J.P., and S.M. Hedrick. (1993). Two Signals are Required for Negative Selection of CD4+CD8+ Thymocytes. J. Immunol. 151:1868.