Vithal K. GhantaProfessor
Lyons Harrison Research Building 146
Research and Teaching Interests: Immunology, Biology of Aging, Evolutionary Medicine
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- BS, Government College for Women, Guntur, India
- MS, Banaras Hindu University, Banaras, India
- PhD, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
- Postdoctoral, Department of Microbiology, UAB
I am originally from Southern part of India and came to Duke University to study for my PhD in Biochemistry. I was very lonely at Duke and went through a major cultural shock — my English was not fluent and also, because I am a vegetarian, I didn’t know what or where to eat. I transferred to Southern Illinois University and worked with an outstanding scientist and very friendly group of graduate students. I received my PhD in Biochemistry there; my project dealt with organisms and mechanisms responsible for corn stalk rotting.
After completion of my PhD, I moved to Birmingham to apply my carbohydrate knowledge to immunoglobulins. My postdoctoral advisor was an accomplished immunologist and an outstanding advisor. Since coming to UAB I have developed several methods to purify antibodies and quantitate cancer burden in mice. I have enjoyed my stay in Birmingham so much so that I never want to leave. Now, after many years of research, I enjoy teaching immunology, the biology of aging, and evolutionary medicine.
My specific research interests are in:
- interaction between the immune system and the central nervous system;
- conditioning and mild-to-moderate stress to study interactions between the immune system and the central nervous system, alterations in immune functions, and regulation of cancer/tumor growth; and
- alterations in immune cell populations and functions with age in mice.