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Caroline Whitacre, PhD


Professor, Microbial Infection and Immunity
Vice President For Research

Member, Center for Microbial Interface Biology

Courtesy appointments: 
Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics
Veterinary Biosciences
Internal Medicine

Contact information:​
208 Bricker Hall
190 North Oval Mall
Columbus OH 43210
Phone: (614) 247-8356
Fax: (614) 292-6602

Research Interests

Immune tolerance, CNS autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis, animal models for the study of multiple sclerosis, gender differences in autoimmune disease, neuroendocrine-immune interactions, immune effects in spinal cord injury.

The laboratory uses cellular and molecular approaches to devise therapeutic regimens for multiple sclerosis focusing on the animal model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). The primary focus of research is to understand the mechanisms underlying gender differences in autoimmune diseases, specifically differences in the immune response to explain why women tend to get autoimmune diseases more often than men, yet men often exhibit a more rapidly progressive course of disease.  The lab also studies the effect of pregnancy on disease progression in MS.  A recent area of investigation is the role of microRNA in the pathogenesis and treatment of MS and EAE.
Laboratory Personnel
Todd Shawler
Research Associate
660 BRT