Diane Bimczok, DVM, PhD, Instructor

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Dr. Diane Bimczok earned a DVM and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Germany. She received additional training in veterinary immunology and virology at the University of Gent, Belgium and the Institute of Virology and Immunoprophylaxis, Mittelhäusern, Switzerland. In 2007, she joined the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship in mucosal immunology. In a remarkably short period of time, she has authored and/or co-authored 17 peer-reviewed publications and a chapter in the forthcoming Principles of Mucosal Immunology textbook. She has won several prizes and awards for her work, including a German Research Foundation Scholarship and the Department of Medicine’s Joseph Reeves Award for Excellence in Research. At UAB, Dr. Bimczok has served on the Executive Board of the Postdoctoral Association for the past three years.

Dr. Bimczok’s research focuses on the role of mucosal dendritic cells in gastrointestinal tolerance and immunity. Her graduate work was dedicated to intestinal dendritic cell migration and function in swine. At UAB, she is focusing on the role of human gastric dendritic cells in the immune response to Helicobacter pylori. She is the first investigator to identify, isolate and characterize phenotypically and functionally gastric dendritic cells (Bimczok et al., Mucosal Immunology, 2010). Dr. Bimczok is especially interested in how stromal, epithelial and dietary factors regulate dendritic cell function in human gastric mucosa.