Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine
NextGen Focus Area: Cancer, Infectious Diseases
Dr. Teixeiro’s lab conducts research on the lymphocytes of the immune system that fight against infection and cancer. Her main focus involves T cells that become effective at clearing pathogens (viruses such as influenza or SARS-CoV2 and bacteria) and tumor cells and at providing long-term protection (immunological memory), with the goal to improve therapies for infection and cancer (vaccines and T cell based-tumor immunotherapies).
Precision Health Impact:
- Investigating how T cell lymphocytes provide long-term protection against infection and cancer.
- Applying novel discoveries in T cell biology to improve vaccines against influenza and other infectious diseases and tumor immunotherapies.
- Understanding how T cells contribute to transplant rejection.
Department website: https://medicine.missouri.edu/faculty/emma-teixeiro-pernas-phd