Areas of Inquiry

The Department of Biomedical and Health Sciences plays an important role in ongoing immunology, autoimmunity, cardiovascular disease, epigenetics, and cancer research. Our alliance with the University of Vermont Health Network ensures that patients benefit from the breakthrough discoveries of scientific research and clinical trials.

Pioneering New Treatments for Cancer

Paula Deming with students in lab

Dr. Paula Deming’s research aims to understand how mammalian cells translate extrinsic and intrinsic signals to regulate cellular functions. The primary focus of this work is to elucidate mechanisms of protein kinase signaling and how defects or disruption of these systems contribute to cancer. Learn more about Dr. Deming >>

Immune Response: A Race Against Time

Eyal Amiel

The Amiel Laboratory team found that dendritic cells — the special cells that help activate the immune system — draw from glucose stored within the cell. This finding adds an important missing piece to the puzzle of how metabolism helps regulate responses to infection. Learn more about Dr. Amiel >>

A Revolution in the Study of Disease

Seth Frietze

Dr. Seth Frietze investigates the molecular mechanisms of gene expression in the pathological progression of disease. His research projects range from blood cancer genomics to persistent viral infections, including varicella zoster virus (VZV), which causes herpes, chickenpox and shingles.  Learn more about Dr. Frietze >>


Tackling a Neurologic Disorder that Afflicts Young Adults

Dimitry Krementsov looks into a microscope

Dr. Dimitry Krementsov’s research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying pathogenesis of immune-mediated diseases. Some projects in the Krementsov Laboratory focus on bacteria in gut microbiomes that trigger immune cells’ inflammatory response, and how this response correlates to inflammatory diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS). Learn more about the Krementsov Lab >>