Invited Speakers » A/Prof B. Rudd
Cornell University, USA
Assistant Professor Brian Rudd obtained a Masters Degree in Molecular Epidemiology and a PhD in Pathology from the University of Michigan. Following the award of his PhD in 2006, he joined the laboratory of Prof. Janko Nikolich-Zugich as a post-doctoral fellow at Oregon Health and Sciences University and then moved with the Nikolich-Zugich laboratory to the University of Arizona. His post-doctoral research focused on investigating quantitative and qualitative differences in CD8+ T cells between individuals of different ages, with the aim of gaining insights into the age-related compromise of T cell immunity. Dr. Rudd received a National Institutes of Health K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award in 2010 that enabled him to transition to independent research in the area of neonatal immunity, with a particular focus on developmental T cell immunology and its role in limiting the ability of neonates to control viral infections. In 2011, he accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Cornell University, where he has established his own research laboratory. His group is currently using a variety of approaches to uncover the cellular and molecular mechanisms that limit the formation of memory CD8+ T cells in early life.