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303 Compton Science Center
Immunology, Cell Biology, Advanced Microscopy, General Biology, Biology Seminar, Biotechnology Laboratory, Host-Pathogen Interactions
Dr. Taylor’s research interests are centered on immunology, specifically the immune responses and tissues in the mucosal layers of the intestine. Recent projects have included the characterization and analysis of microscopic lymphoid tissues called cryptopatches and isolated lymphoid follicles in the small intestine of wild animals, including field mice (Peromyscus sp.) and fish (C. commersonii). These tissues have been shown to form and change dramatically in response to diet and inflammation in laboratory animals, but little is known about cryptopatches and isolated lymphoid follicles in wild vertebrates.
Another of Dr. Taylor's research interests is that of host-pathogen interactions and pathogenesis. To that end, Dr. Taylor and several undergraduate and graduate students are currently investigating the prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative agent of Lyme disease, in Western Maryland. Ticks are collected and tested for the presence of Borrelia by PCR analysis, and blood and tissue samples from wild mice are also tested by ELISA and PCR. These data along with enviromental information will allow a broad picture of the emergence of Lyme in the regional area.
Dr. Taylor mentors undergraduate and graduate students who have an interest in learning advanced biological techniques such as small mammal trapping and handling, dissection and cryopreservation, tissue sectioning, histochemical staining, immunofluorescence microscopy, ELISA, PCR, and cell culture.