Michelle A. Parent, Ph.D., MT(ASCP)
Assistant Professor

Office:  305H
Lab:  309 & 312
Willard Hall Education Building 
Department of Medical Technology
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
mparent@udel.edu
302-831-8591

Education

B.S., University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth  1990
M.S., University of Rhode Island, Kingston  1995
Ph.D., Universtiy of Massachusetts, Amherst  2002

Professional Experience

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          

Research Interests

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

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