Michelle A. Parent
Medical Laboratory Sciences
305 Willard Hall Educ. Bldg.
- B.S., University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth 1990
- M.S., University of Rhode Island, Kingston 1995
- Ph.D., Universtiy of Massachusetts, Amherst 2002
- 1990-97 Senior Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Microbiology, The Children's Hospital, Boston MA
- 1995-97 Lecturer, Department of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
- 1997-2002 Doctoral Student, Department of Animal Biotechnology & Biomedical Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- 2002-03 Lecturer, Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- 2003-06 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Laboratory of Stephen T. Smiley, Ph.D., Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake, NY
- My research interests is Immunology and Infectious Disease. Currently my laboratory is investigating the protective mechanism required to survive a pneumoic plague infection. Using an attenuated Yersinia pestis our goal is to understand the underlying mechanisms of a protective immune response directed against Y. pestis in order to produce a more efficacious vaccine. We are also developing a mouse model of Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection. This emerging pathogen is the leading cause of food related illness in the United States however little is known regarding the host immune response to infection. We are currently developing a mouse model in order to ascertain those aspects of the immune response that result in organism clearance.