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  • Lisa Wagar

    Lisa Wagar

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Microbiology and Immunology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research focuses on understanding the human immune response to infectious diseases and vaccination. As part of Dr. Mark Davis' group, I have developed a high-throughput vaccine testing platform that enables rapid testing of new vaccine and adjuvant formulations from primary human tissues. A high throughput screening process that makes use of healthy human cells rather than animal models allows us to identify the most promising vaccine candidates rather than relying on animal models, which historically have been poor predictors of vaccine efficacy in humans. This model enables dissection of the cellular contributors to the adaptive response.

    I also have an interest in systems immunology approaches to study human pediatric immune development in general, as this vulnerable population represents an important group for immunization against infectious diseases.