Center for Immunity and Inflammation

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   Karen L. Edelblum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Chancellor Scholar

Center for Immunity and Inflammation



Dr. Edelblum began her training in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University.
During her graduate training, Dr. Edelblum focused on the role of Raf-1 kinase in intestinal epithelial cell survival
downstream of pro-inflammatory cytokine signaling and in response to acute colitis. Fascinated by the synergy
between immunological, epithelial and microbial factors during the pathogenesis of colitis, she continued her
training at The University of Chicago where she developed novel advanced live imaging approaches to visualize
immune/epithelial interactions in the intestinal mucosa during exposure to enteric pathogens. Combining
traditional cell biology and mucosal immunology techniques has allowed Dr. Edelblum to investigate gamma delta
T cell migration and how direct contact between gamma delta T cells and enterocytes confer protection against
enteric pathogen invasion. Dr. Edelblum?s long-term research interests are to identify how gamma delta T
cell/epithelial interactions shape innate immune responses to pathogenic and commensal bacteria as a means to
treat inflammatory bowel disease.


Ph.D., 2008, Vanderbilt University
B.S., 2002, Emory University

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