Erin J. Adams
Board Member: 2017 - Present
Dr. Adams and her research team are focused on understanding how events at the molecular level (i.e. protein-protein or protein-ligand interactions) allow the immune system to differentiate between self and non-self. They focus specifically on a particular cell type, gamma delta T cells, which reside in tissue compartments that are initial sites of infection, such as the digestive and reproductive tracts, as well as the epidermis. These cells proliferate during infection, however it is unclear to what stimulus they are responding and what their function is in mediating the response to infection. The goal of Dr. Adams and her team is to identify these signals and characterize them both biochemically and structurally through recombinant protein expression, biophysical analysis, such as surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and finally, structurally to understand the molecular contacts that allow the specific recognition of their signals.