Vijaya Knight

By March 17, 2018

Dr. Vijaya Knight received her M.D. (MBBS) degree in 1991 from Mysore Medical College, University of Mysore, India followed by training in Neuromicrobiology and Immunology at the National Institutes for Mental Health and Neurosciences, India, where her work focused on the development of immunological diagnostic assays for neurotuberculosis. She then obtained a PhD in immunology from Melbourne University, Australia, where she worked on T cell epitope mapping, experimental subunit vaccines for tuberculosis,and the cellular immune response to intracellular infections. This was followed by 2 years of post-doctoral work at UCSF, California, focusing on immune evasion mechanisms of M. tuberculosis in human in-vitro model systems. Following a JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation) fellowship award, she commenced studies on T cell regulation in models of autoimmune disease, as well as the modulation of autoimmune diabetes using regulatory T cells. Dr. Knight then spent a couple of years at Medimmune (Mountain View, CA) as a research scientist with the translational biology group and was involved in biomarker discovery and development, as well as immune monitoring for clinical trials for pediatric viral vaccines. She is currently the Director of the Advanced Diagnostic Immunology laboratory at National Jewish Health and holds a faculty appointment with the Division of Pathology within the department of Medicine. In addition to overseeing the clinical immunology laboratory, Dr. Knight is also involved in developing new diagnostic assays for a spectrum of immunological disorders, with an emphasis on immune deficiency,as well as the development of immune monitoring tools for clinical trials. Additionally, she is involved in teaching and training fellows(divisions of allergy and immunology, hematology-oncology) in immunology laboratory methods. Dr. Knight has developed academic collaborations with local universities leading to internship programs for students in Masters’ programs in the biomedical sciences. Additionally, she is on the Colorado Bioscience Institute’s education committee and involved in education efforts for teachers in K through 12 grades with the intent of making scientific concepts more accessible to elementary through high school students.Her research interests include analysis of the immune response in chronic infections such as
mycobacterial infections, as well as the immune analysis of primary immunodeficiency disorders, with the goal towards developing better diagnostic tools. Dr. Knight has been as active member of the AMLI since 2008 and has been invited to speak at various immunology meetings and forums,and has several publications in peer reviewed journals.

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