Chair, Graduate Council
The Baumgarth Lab investigates the basic immunological mechanisms that regulate and control immunity to pathogens. They aim to reveal the signals that drive a protective B cell response and to determine how these responses might be derailed by certain pathogens. Two mouse models of infection are being studied: influenza virus and Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme Disease agent. They are interested also in understanding the development and the role and function of a small innate-like B cell subset, termed B-1 cells and the natural IgM this subset is producing.