Research Lab of Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., M.P.H.
Area of interest: regulation of the immune response in pregnancy.
Our laboratory uses studies in mouse models and, in an iterative fashion, in humans to determine the rules underlying the regulation of maternal immunity. We have extensive experience in examining the homeostasis of T cells in the mouse maternal immune system, and this includes up-to-date methods to isolate and phenotype T cells from maternal tissues. Recently, we have extended our studies of T cell homeostasis to the postpartum period. Further, we are examining the role of the maternal immune system in systemic vascular remodeling both early and late postpartum. In an additional project, we use viral infection and exposure to bacterial coat proteins to understand innate-adaptive immune system cross-regulation during pregnancy. Our laboratory has moreover extended its focus to include neonatal immunity. One important clinical problem we seek to address is that of preterm labor. We continue to be interested in delineating the inflammatory processes that underlie both normal parturition and preterm birth. We are grateful for productive global collaborations, for multiple sources of funding, and for the friends, students, and trainees who contribute to our work.
Kirtika Prakash, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Ariana Virgillio, Technician
Mina Peshavaria, PhD, Volunteer Research Associate Professor
Nanbert Zhong, PhD, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor
Rieck, Rebecca: Maternal-fetal medicine Fellowship Research Advisor (with Benjamin Suratt). “The effects of pregnancy on the pulmonary response to lipopolysaccharide-induced acute lung injury” 2018-2019, Faculty at the University of Virginia
Montgomery, Theresa: Rotation supervisor PhD program in cell and molecular biological sciences, University of Vermont. “A mouse model of congenital ZIKA virus infection” Sept-Dec 2017, PhD in progress
Rodriguez, Princess Dee: Rotation supervisor PhD program in cell and molecular biological sciences, University of Vermont. “Regulation of erythroid precursors in neonatal spleen” October 2015-February 2016, PhD in progress
Haswell, Abigail: Rotation supervisor PhD program in cell and molecular biological sciences, University of Vermont. “Regulation of erythroid precursors in neonatal spleen” August 2015
Ekor, Kome: Undergraduate Research Experience (supervisor). “Maternal T cell metabolism” Sept 2018-Graduated 2019: Laboratory technician.
Green, Malia Nicole; Undergraduate Research Experience (supervisor). “Role of pregnancy in modulating cardiovascular risk of a high fat diet” June 2018-June 2019 Matriculated 2019: Clinical Scribe.
Scott, Sara; Undergraduate Research Experience, Honors College (supervisor).” Role of pregnancy in modulating cardiovascular risk of a high fat diet” 2016-2017Matriculated: University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine.